How Do You Thank A Veteran? These Gift Ideas And Tips Show Right Way From Wrong

personalized walking sticks

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.


Practical Applications Of Customizable Canes, Walking Sticks Offers Life-Time Investment

Some purchases are motivated by mere impulse, while others are a downright necessity. You’ll know the difference between the two when one gathers dust on the shelf and the other sees daily usage. People of any age who are looking for a little added mobility to make day-to-day tasks just a little bit easier should see canes and walking sticks as an undoubtedly wise investment. Many may erroneously think that they can get by just fine without the assistance of these walking aids. To those people, we’d encourage you to ask anyone who has purchased a walking stick or cane to ask the owners about how it has improved their lives. That’s because these aids make movement so much easier.

Think about it this way: You want to retain your independence and freedom of movement, but your body isn’t always willing to cooperate. Why not invest in a cane or walking stick to give you a little something to lean on while walking around the house, hiking through the woods or traversing the aisles of your favorite store? When you think about the practical applications, there’s no question that purchasing one of these tools is going to make your life all the more easier and pleasant.

What’s more, canes and walking sticks from companies such as Brazos Walking Sticks can be customized to fit the owner’s preference. The hiking aids, which are all individually hand-crafted and made in the U.S., come in varieties for both men and women. Finding the style you want is easy, as these products fall into the categories of “craftsman,” “rustic” walking sticks and canes – all offering unique designs with plenty of personality. Better yet, you can choose from a wide variety of woods, such as oak, hickory, walnut or more – from which your personal cane can be crafted. However, many cane and walking stick owners feel that the true selling point is the personalization of their tool. Proud members of the U.S. armed forces can have their name, military branch and dates served laser-engraved into their cane. Those who simply want to personalize their cane or walking stick can do so by having their name carved into the walking aid. Other medallions or practical tools, such as a thermometer, can also be inserted into your walking stick to further make your hiking aid truly yours. For indoor and outdoor needs, owners can also order a “spike” for their walking stick or a rubber cap to ensure safer usage outside or indoors, respectively.

Whether you think it’s time to invest in a hiking stick for yourself or you’re researching canes as a purchase for a loved one, the customization makes either choice a one-of-a-kind piece of functional artwork. Add to this the fact that the proud owner of a new cane or walking stick will have an easier time getting around — and feel safer in the process — and it simply makes sense to opt for this investment.


Canes Help Keep Seniors On Their Feet As U.S. Life Expectancy Continues To Climbs

Even as the average retirement age steadily increases, American seniors are predicted to have plenty of time to themselves after clocking out of work once and for all. That’s because the typical U.S. lifespan is expected to hit slightly more than 83 years for women and 79 years for men come 2030. We ask that you take a moment and compare this lifespan expectancy to the fact that the average age of retirement is 63 and you’ll see that there is at least a decade or more of personal time remaining. As we all know, with age comes medical conditions that may make movement a bit harder than we remember from our younger years. If your loved one still wants to get out and about, but needs the assistance of a cane, we encourage you to continue reading and understand the issues surrounding our elderly population and what you can do to make that transition a little bit easier.

According to a CNBC report from early 2017, the current life expectancy in the U.S. is 76.5 for men and 81.2 for women. The data comes from the English medical journal “Lancet,” and the report adds that the gap between men and women is expected to close as “lifestyles become more similar to one another.” Further, the report notes that the steady increase in global life expectancy is tied to improvements in elder care. What’s more, studies show that the growth of exercise and aerobic outlets for seniors is keeping this population healthier for longer periods of time. If your loved one wants to stay on their feet, then canes  may be one of the most thoughtful purchases you can make. That’s because by shopping with companies like Brazos Walking Sticks, you can choose from a customizable inventory that is handcrafted in the U.S.

Walking sticks and canes available today can be created from a variety of woods – such as maple, walnut and hickory – and come in many styles for both men and women, including rustic, smooth or traditional. Whether your loved one requires a cane to assist them with outdoor adventures, for simply getting around or as a tool to lean upon during prolonged periods of standing, a cane can mean the difference between a sense of defeat or newfound independence.

What’s more, the best companies currently crafting canes can customize them with all sorts of  information to truly make the cane an accessory and statement piece, rather than a simple utilitarian tool. The owner’s name, nickname, hobby, branch of military service and more can be engraved into the side of their cane , showing the legacy they’ve created and ensuring their cane is a treasured and personalized part of their everyday activities.


Consider Custom Walking Sticks for Veterans to Commemorate their Service During Military Appreciation Month

The bond between brothers and sisters in arms last a lifetime. For those who’ve served together — no matter at home, abroad or shoulder to shoulder in armed conflict — the time spent in the service becomes a part of who you are. In our later years, the desire to reconnect with our fellow servicemen and servicewomen becomes stronger. We wonder where they live now and how the family they always talked about are doing. We stop and pause when thinking about if they would recognize us if passing by on the sidewalk. This may be an emotional moment, but it’s important to always be proud of who you were and those you met while serving the United States of America.

 

May is Military Appreciation Month, and what better gift for the veteran in your family than a custom walking stick or cane? These unique and useful souvenirs can be custom-designed to display the owner’s name and dates of service, as well as include a medallion for a specific brand of service. Custom canes and walking sticks are daily reminders of how their owners served this country during times of both conflict and peace.

 

Walking sticks of all types have been shown to increase mobility and confidence, while also improving posture due to the upright nature of the device. After a lifetime of hard work, why not reward your special veteran with an extra form of assistance? Personalized walking sticks are a great gift for military members and veterans alike as a way of preserving their legacy. You can select the style of the custom walking stick, the type of wood it will be crafted from, the medallion that’s embedded in the walking stick and the text that the custom piece will bare.

 

U.S. Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard members and veterans will forever appreciate a walking stick that lets everyone know that they are proud of their decision to serve protect this country. These handcrafted, made in the U.S., strong and reliable items are useful with day-to-day mobility,  or as aids for avid hikers.

 

According to Veterans Administration statistics, there are projected to be 21 million veterans of all ages across the U.S. as of September 2017. That’s an impressive legion and to those who belong, a bond that lasts forever. Why not let the loved one in your life tell everyone who passes them by that they helped make this way of life possible?


Improve Your Hiking Performance with Brazos Hiking Sticks

As spoken by Aristotle, “In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” Hiking allows us to experience the beauty of nature and become more connected to ourselves and the world around us. In addition, hiking improves our mood and keeps us healthy and fit. Hiking offers many spiritual, mental, and physical benefits and is an enjoyable activity for people of all ages and fitness levels.

Whether you’re going on a long trek or have mobility issues, hiking sticks can maximize your hiking experience and performance. They can reduce strain on your leg muscles and joints, while increasing mobility, speed, and endurance. Here are some of the advantages of hiking sticks:

  • Reduce strain and pain. When you walk with a hiking stick, you exert less pressure on your leg muscles and knee joints. Research shows hiking sticks can reduce compressive forces on your knees by up to 25% when hiking downhill and by about 5% when walking on level ground. Another study found hiking sticks can reduce pressure stain on the opposite leg by up to 20%.
  • Improve balance and mobility. While some hiking trails are paved, many involve walking on uneven or slippery terrain, such as loose rock, mud, or snow. A hiking stick increases your balance, mobility, and traction, so you can move more easily, efficiently, and safely. A walking stick is especially helpful if you have balance issues and when crossing rivers and streams.
  • Increase speed and endurance. A hiking stick spreads the work out between your lower and upper body, allowing you to hike longer distances before getting tired. At the same time, a hiking stick helps you keep a consistent rhythm and walk at a quicker pace, especially on flat and non-technical trails.

To improve your hiking experience and performance, utilize a high-quality hiking stick. Hiking sticks from Brazos exhibit the highest quality craftsmanship and construction. Made in the USA, our hiking sticks are made from the finest native and exotic woods and handmade by local artisans in Texas. Visit Brazos online today to browse our beautiful and sturdy hiking sticks.


Thank Those Who Served with a Handmade Brazos Walking Stick

walking-stickThe military, police officers, and firefighters all risk their lives to keep us and our country safe. Give back to those who have served you and your country with a handmade Brazos walking stick. Difficulty walking and climbing stairs is the most common disability among disabled veterans. A walking stick improves balance and mobility for disabled and older veterans, while serving as a personal memento of their sacrifice and service. Read on to discover the benefits of Brazos walking sticks and canes for retired police officers, firefighters, and veterans.

Improve balance and mobility

As people age daily physical activities like walking become more difficult. This is especially true for veterans and retired police officers and firefighters, as they have endured a career of tough physical work. A cane or walking stick provides a walking aid that improves your balance and mobility. With a walking stick, walking becomes much easier, allowing retired veterans to remain active. Additionally, a walking stick forces you to move in an upright position and maintain good posture.

Handmade in the USA

Brazos walking sticks aren’t like your average walking stick. They exhibit the highest quality craftsmanship. Each Brazos walking cane and walking stick is individually crafted from the finest native and exotic woods, such as hickory, sassafras, iron bamboo, and sweet gum. All Brazos products are handcrafted by local artisan craftsmen in Central Texas, near the Brazos River. Most of the walking sticks are harvested in the nearby woods of Eastern Texas, Arkansas, Western Louisiana, and the high mountain deserts of New Mexico.

Customization

Customization with laser engraving is available for all Brazos walking sticks and canes. Personalizing a walking stick makes it uniquely yours. For instance, a walking stick can be laser engraved with a veteran’s name and military branch or a retired firefighter’s name and fire department. Accessories like a whistle or compass can also be added to further customize the walking stick.

Thank your loved ones for their service with a Brazos walking stick. The general benefits of walking sticks, combined with Brazos’s high-quality craftsmanship and customization, makes a walking stick or cane the perfect gift.


Can You Answer These Quiz Questions?

Get to know more about what we do at Brazos. See if you can answer these questions!
Answers are below.

  1. What was our top-selling stick last year?
  2. What was our top-selling cane last year?
  3. Which wood is the most popular?
  4. How many canes and sticks did we sell last year?
  5. What was the first walking stick Brazos ever produced?
  6. What is the tallest stick we ever made?
  7. What is our #1 selling accessory?

 

Brazos Walking Sticks handcrafted made in USA wood walking sticks and canes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Answers

  1. American Hardwood
  2. Natural Hardwood Root Cane
  3. Hickory
  4. 93,946
  5. Backpacker Oak Walking Stick
  6. 88 inches
  7. Engraving

 

 

 

 

 


Gain Stability for Yourself and Your Camera

Why does professional photographer, Kent Weakley, use a Brazos walking stick as part of his photography equipment?

A Brazos Photo Stick gives you the versatility of a walking stick and a monopod in one! The secret is that its top screws off to reveal a standard 1/4-20 tripod mount thread.

Here are four reasons it makes sense to carry one on your hikes:

  • Helps you keep your balance on uneven terrain. Some of your hikes to find that perfect shot may take you off the trail where you’ll encounter loose soil, rocks and sloping ground. Your Brazos Photo Stick will help you gain better traction – especially if you add a spike to the tip.
  • Creates a stable platform for your camera. If you’re off in the woods and want to photograph a bird or animal, you may be afraid of the dim conditions and your long zoom could produce a camera shake. Just pop the top of the photo stick, attach your DSLR, and you’re ready and steady for a great photo.
  • Lightens your load. Tripods are bulky. If you need to carry one in addition to your camera equipment and other supplies, your pack can get quickly overloaded. The Brazos Photo Stick, with its two-in-one versatility, can provide stability for both you and your camera without weighing you down.
  • Keeps you prepared to capture prize-winning shots at a moment’s notice. Some one-of-a kind photo opportunities can disappear in under a minute. Like that rare bird landing right in front of you or that buck staring at you through the trees. In the time it takes to pull a tripod out of your bag and set up your camera, they could be gone. With your photo stick already in hand, you can capture the photo much faster.

Need more reasons? Watch Kent’s video to learn more.

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