Although May is National Military Appreciation month, we need to ensure that we are taking care and acknowledging our military all year long, not just in May. During this time, we should take the time to show appreciation to our servicemen and women for the sacrifices they make for us, our families and our country. We should also all take this time to teach our children about the sacrifices our veterans have made and military families endure while their loved while their loved ones are away from home. They need to understand the meaning of appreciation, and it is our job as a community and as parents to make sure this happens.
So what are some ways you can show your appreciation year round?
There are numerous military-focused groups that you can assist, from Stand Downs that help homeless veterans to the VA to the American Legion. There is an entire website, MilServe.org that can help you find the right opportunity in your area.
Sure, it can be money, but it could also be gently used items to a local group. Most installations also have food pantries that are always looking for non-perishable food and other items, and local Family Readiness Groups might help you find a military family to assist.
Honor the fallen
Help set up flags at local cemetery or attend an event that honors those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Visit a military museum or monument
There are literally thousands of books about military history, from famous battles to unusual characters. If you’re not into long reads, you can pull up some videos that cover the history of a certain time or place rich in military lore. The idea is that more knowledge will lead to a better appreciation of what the military does.
Help a local veteran
National groups like Rebuilding Together often assist older veterans, and there are many local groups that do the same. Or maybe you know one personally who needs some work around their house or just someone to talk to. Giving your time is free and they will most assuredly appreciate it.
If you own a business, offering military discounts is a fantastic way to show your thanks. Whether just in May or all year round, giving up a small percentage of the sale is something service members and their families will remember.
Send care packages
This is a great group project for you and your neighbors, coworkers, or the kids. The troops certainly appreciate it and it doesn’t take much time or money. Just make sure to only send approved items.
Help a spouse or family
Know someone with a deployed loved one? Have a coworker or neighbor who just got moved to the area? Offer them a day of help around the house, raise money to give them a spa day, or give them a “Welcome to the area” gift basket full of homemade treats.
Send a thank you card
Even in this digital age, service members love to get handwritten letters and notes. As a bonus, all it costs you is a bit of time and a stamp. Contact a local military group or go through a site such as AMillionThanks.org to send yours.
Those who serve, and their families, make incredible sacrifices to protect our freedoms. It’s only right that we show our thanks to those who have given so much to our nation. This month, in honor of Military Appreciation Month, Chevy is giving back to the military community by offering a discount to Veterans along with Active Duty, Reserves and Retirees (including spouses). The #ChevySalutes discount is currently available to more military personnel than any other brand. It’s just one of the many ways that Chevy is proud to serve all that have served.
Yes, Chevy gives automobile discounts to the military, but that isn’t the only way they help. These are other campaigns Chevy is currently working on to honor the military:
- Achilles International Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans to assist wounded veterans with completing marathon trainings
- Cell Phones for Soldiers campaign to assist deployed and returning soldiers with talking to their family
- Fallen and Wounded Solider’s Fund to assist those living in Michigan who were wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan
#ChevySalutes Instagram Contest
#ChevySalutes is also running an Instagram contest. To enter, just follow @msbnewmedia on Instagram, take a photo of your military hero or take a video of yourself or someone else thanking the troops, and then tag the upload with #ChevySalutes. On May 27th, MSB New Media will announce three winners! The grand prize is a $300 Visa gift card, and the 2 runners up will each receive a $100 Visa gift card.
Thank you Chevy for honoring our military families!