Every time we meet someone who has or is in the military, we should always thank them for their service. Veterans Day, however, is a special day for our heroes. And a day to do something a little extra to show our appreciation.
The country observes Veterans Day every year on November 11. It’s the anniversary of the day World War 1 ended in 1918. And Veterans Day was officially celebrated for the first time a year later, in 1919. Since then, it has been a day of remembrance and celebration for the 19 million (uso.org) men and women who have served in the U.S. military.
A great way to show extra love to our heroes for Veterans Day is to do volunteer work for a nonprofit that helps them. The United Service Organizations (USO) is one such nonprofit. They have options on their website for those who want to help with donations. Helpers can donate $115 for an entire gift bundle that will go to a soldier. Or there are more specific ways to help. $100 supports the musical arts by providing instruments for soldiers. A $50 donation can help a soldier who is a parent record bedtime stories for their children at home. Get a list of more opportunities here.
Nonprofits in Las Vegas dedicated to helping veterans.
We also have some local organizations and chapters that are giving back to veterans. The 22 Warriors Foundation is committed to making strong connections with veterans and to reduce the number of deaths in their communities. Kline Veterans Fund helps veterans in Southern Nevada who are homeless or at-risk of being so. Paralyzed Veterans of America work to improve the quality of life for veterans who have a spinal cord dysfunction. Nevada Veterans Foundation‘s mission is to improve the quality of life for all veterans in Nevada and their families.
Housing assistance for veterans is the mission of Harvison House. US Vets in Las Vegas provides housing, mental health services, suicide prevention and more help to our local vets. Veterans Charity Care, Forgotten Not Gone, WSP Foundation are other nonprofits that are helping our local heroes.
So there are a lot of ways to give back to our Las Vegas military members this Veterans Day. Here are a few events happening locally that you can enjoy with your family while showing love to our local veterans.