JNR Spotlight: Veteran’s Day

I would not describe myself as someone that comes from a “military family.” My grandfathers on both my maternal and paternal side served in WWII and the Korean War but that is to be expected with that generation of men. I did not have parents in the military and I really was not in contact with anyone that was deployed overseas growing up.

A few months ago a family member started really digging in to our ancestry and in celebration of Veteran’s Day began posting family members and their service records on social media. At first it was what I expected, a great, great uncle, some cousins three times removed, great grandparents etc. But as the commemorative day of Veteran’s Day neared, the relatives being honored were not so distant. In fact, several people popped up that I actually see quite often and somehow forgot that they had dedicated years of their lives to our Armed Services. Several of my uncles are decorated Officers. A beloved aunt served in the US Women’s Army Corp- the branch of the Army arguably instrumental in opening the door to females serving alongside their male counterparts. My brother for goodness sake served in the Navy while I was out of the country studying at university! The list continued to grow longer and longer and I began to second guess my direct disconnection to Veterans.

Why does it take a bank holiday to remind us that so many people in our lives have devoted their time serving our country? We should celebrate these individuals all year long and not because it sounds good, but let’s really give them the reverie they deserve. Let’s not dismiss the fact that family members endured intense training in Basic or were placed on the front lines to protect our freedoms just because they are now living a civilian life. Undoubtedly these years are times that they will never forget, we certainly should not either.

This Veteran’s Day I will take a moment to celebrate and honor all Veterans that so bravely trained, fought, left their families, suffered unbearable losses and celebrated victories with brothers and sisters, not through blood, but through a bond that most of us will never truly understand. Let’s honor our Veterans not just today but on all days. Let’s not disrespect the time they committed selflessly to our country just because they do not talk about it.   Pay attention to those around you and the honor the sacrifices they have made that benefit our lifestyle everyday. Look around your workplace; notice those that frequent your favorite coffeehouse or restaurant. Talk to your children about what it means to be a Veteran and introduce them to all of the people around you that have been a part of our Armed Services. We are all from a “military family.” Our country is a “military family” and I ask that we all stop taking that for granted.

 

Connect with one of these organizations and see how you can help, not just today but throughout the year.

American Legion
Department of Veteran’s Affairs
Veterans of Foreign Wars
USO

  1. Say “Thank You”.
  2. Visit a wounded Veteran at the hospital.
  3. Offer your skills to a Veteran or military family.
  4. Volunteer your financial, legal or career expertise via MilServe
  5. Deliver a meal or care package to Veterans or homes with family members deployed overseas.
  6. Help a Veteran family member tell their story through a project such as the Veteran’s History
    You can download a VHP field kit from the Library of Congress website.
  7. Volunteer with an organization such as K9s For Warriors or Canine Companions for Independence, that provides therapy dogs to Veterans with PTSD.
  8. Offer a Vet a ride by volunteering with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization, which provides free transportation to men and women unable to travel to VA medical facilities on their own.
  9. Visit serve.gov and use keyword “Veterans” to find more opportunities to serve our nation’s Veterans.
  10. Check these sites for many other simple ways to help our Veterans and show them you care and are thankful for their service.
    http://www.operationwearehere.com/IdeasforSoldiersCardsLetters.html
    http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/05/us/iyw-simple-ways-to-honor-veterans/

 

 

By JNR Incorporated

Written by Barbara Williamson

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom incentive travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

10 Ways to Honor and Help US Veterans

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, known then as “the Great War.”  Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American Veterans of all wars.

This is a day to thank our Veterans for their service, to let them know their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who have served, dead, alive and missing have sacrificed so much in the line of duty.

Since World War I began in 1917, 631,864 veterans have died, 1,224,426 have been wounded and another 40,916 are missing, meaning that 1,897,206 Veterans have given the ultimate price for our freedoms, their lives. On Veterans Day and throughout this week we pay tribute to all American Veterans, living or dead but especially give thanks to our living Veterans who have served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

On Veterans Day and beyond, be grateful for the ones we still have around us, young and old, and join in acknowledging them for the commitment they have made. In America today, there are 22,658,000 living Veterans, representatives of the United States, who voluntarily serve our nation humbly with no agenda of their own; students and professionals, gays and straights, immigrants and 10th generation Americans, liberals and conservatives.

Throughout this week take an opportunity to thank those men and women who have served in the U.S. military. We must do more than put on a show for one day, one celebration, one parade or one special event. We should carry our respect for our veterans with us each day. We should show our gratitude in the manner that we live our lives and the message we share with our children. It seems some Americans, and young people in particular, have a hard time relating to veterans, let alone celebrating them. The politicization of war has had unfortunate spillovers into our civilian views of Veterans. You don’t have to be pro-war to be pro-military, and you need not endorse a war’s mission to honor those who made sacrifices in the course of it. Therefore, it is our responsibility to teach each generation of the sacrifice made in order that we can live freely. We must teach them that freedom does not come without a price – and often that price is life.

From VA shortcomings, a suicide every 65 minutes, to lackluster job prospects, we need to do a better job taking care of our vets. Our friends, family and neighbors have been to war and coming home is sometimes very difficult for them and their families. Supporting veterans is the right thing to do, and not just on the Veteran’s Day holiday, but every day. Supporting veterans is supporting us all.

While there are many fine organizations where you can make monetary donations, there are also many types of short and long-term volunteer opportunities available and many ways you can help our Veterans.  Contact one of these organizations to see how you can help.

American Legion
Department of Veteran’s Affairs
Veterans of Foreign Wars
USO

Here are a few ideas:

  1. Visit a wounded Veteran at the hospital.
  2. Offer your home repair skills to a Veteran or military family.
  3. Volunteer your financial, legal or career expertise via MilServe.
  4. Deliver a meal or care packages to Veterans.
  5. Help a Veteran tell their story through a project such as the Veteran’s History
    Project. You can download a VHP field kit from the Library of Congress website.
  6. Volunteer with an organization, such as Canine Companions for Independence, that provides therapy dogs to Veterans.
  7. Offer a Vet a ride by volunteering with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization, which provides free transportation to men and women unable to travel to VA medical facilities on their own.
  8. Visit serve.gov and use keyword “Veterans” to find more opportunities to serve our nation’s Veterans.
  9. Say “Thank You”.
  10.  Check these sites for many other simple ways to help our Veterans and show them you care and are thankful for their service.

http://www.operationwearehere.com/IdeasforSoldiersCardsLetters.html
http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/05/us/iyw-simple-ways-to-honor-veterans/

Veterans Day, November 11th, is a special day to honor the men and women who serve our country so we can enjoy freedom every day.  Behind each of those Veterans, there is also a family who make sacrifices while their loved ones serve.  Daily we loose approximately 1,000 World War II veterans, along with Korean War and Vietnam War Veterans, so don’t wait to show your thanks.

Our Veterans are important to our future.  Be thankful, be respectful, be kind and let’s take care of those who have always taken care of us.

By JNR Incorporated

Written by LuAnn Jalet, Chief Operating Officer

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies of many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

Photo: “They survived Omaha Beach” by Garry Wilmore is licensed under CC By 2.0