By Ventura W. Tounsel Jr.

This month we have an amazing opportunity.  We have a chance to show our appreciation to America’s warfighters.  Every Soldier, Airman, Marine, Sailor, and Coast Guardsman who made a conscious decision to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

However, I want to challenge you to come up with a creative way to show your appreciation to these brave men and women.  We all know that sharing your appreciation on social media or buying lunch are appropriate gestures.  Another idea would be going to our local VA hospital.  Many vets are alone. When they are sick or injured, a visit in the hospital means more than you may ever know.

Nothing says you appreciate veterans like visiting those in need.  Are you a dog parent?  Did you know you could have your pet certified as a therapy dog?  You and your four-legged friend will be gratified by the joy that comes from a therapy dog visiting hospitals and retirement homes. Dogs are wonderful companions and can easily show that they appreciate veterans too!

The last idea I want to share with you can pay dividends in a veteran’s life for years to come.  Help a veteran with their resume.  When members of the military transition to the civilian workforce they often have no resume or place to start. An impressive resume makes a difference. Help a vet write their resume to make their work experience in the military shine through to how it will help them with a new job.  This list is by no means all-inclusive.  However, I hope this list is a good start to your journey to show a veteran you care for and appreciate them.

I would like to invite all of you to American Legion Post 109 (15921 S. Houghton Road) on the 11th of November, at noon, as we celebrate our veterans with a short service to show our appreciation for their service.  We have invited a leader from Davis-Monthan AFB to be our guest speaker along with the DMAFB Honor Guard.  We are looking forward to a good time.  Join us!

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