How do you appropriately thank a veteran? It’s a question often pondered personally, but rarely posed to the veteran themselves. While most of those on the receiving end of such gratitude will often voice appreciation, there are many ways to recognize the sacrifices that servicemen and women have made to secure our way of life. From giving them useful gifts to volunteering at Veterans Day events to a simple “thank you” note sent in passing, we’ll explore the ways to show your appreciation that will undoubtedly resonate with the former military member in your life.
If you want to give a gift that will quite literally go a long way, then you should consider the benefits of personalized walking sticks. That’s because these items are one of the best ways to ensure that a military veteran of any age can retain the mobility they need to carry out common tasks or take to more challenging geography. The reason why personalized walking sticks make such a great gift for U.S. military veterans is due to the personalization options that the best manufacturers offer. That means you start with a wood blank and can pick a style that best suits your needs, be it a rustic design best suited for hiking or more common canes for day-to-day usage. The type of wood is also up to you, so personalized walking sticks can be made from hickory, bamboo, cedar and more. What we’re most proud of being able to offer our customers is the engraving process and medallion inserts. That means you can give the veteran in your life a walking stick with their name, rank and nickname and an accent that shows their branch of service, be it the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines or Coast Guard. You can pick from a number of fonts that best represent the veteran recipient and can add additional medallion inserts that also show off the hobbies that they are interested in, for example. The fact that non-military medallions can be inserted into personalized walking sticks means that these items make a great gift for anyone who would benefit from a form of assistance that’s bound to see regular use.
While gifts are one of the best ways to express gratitude, there are other options that will help you get the point across. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are best practices when it comes to saying “thanks.” That’s because those who’ve served may feel uncomfortable accepting such gratitude, knowing that others they served with never made it home to hear a simple “thank you.” According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, those who wish to express thanks can volunteer at veteran-centric events, donate to veterans groups, visit a veterans home or hospital during the holidays or send an e-card, email or letter that simply shows how thankful you are. Of course, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs notes that there are other things you should never do when speaking with a veteran about their service, including asking them if they’ve ever hurt anyone.
Veterans Day in 2017 falls on Saturday, November 11. How you choose to thank the veteran in your life is up to you, but a heartfelt gesture or meaningful gift are likely to brighten anyone’s day – especially those who may need a little moral and physical support from time to time.