What can you do for veterans?

To the editor:

Homeward Bound Adirondacks is an organization that is committed to creating community-based solutions to the issues facing service members, veterans and their families throughout the North Country. With another Veterans Day fast approaching, I would like to appeal to our community across the North Country to honor, recognize, and thank veterans for their service during the month of November.

It is so easy to simply appreciate the long weekend and never stop to think about what or how this day came to be. So let this year be different. Do you belong to a service organization or religious group? Consider honoring veterans at a meeting or service in the month of November. Have the day off? Take the time to attend a ceremony on Nov 11. Bring your children, and explain what it is all about. Do you see someone wearing a hat that tells you they served? Take a moment and say thank you. Do you own a business? Find out whether any of your employees are vets, and help them verify they are receiving all the benefits they are entitled. Are you a mental health clinician? Consider providing service through Military OneSource or Give an Hour.

Military personnel will often say, “I was just doing my job. I did nothing spectacular.” It may have been “just a job,” but keep in mind that it is a job that the majority of our nation seems unwilling to do themselves. By doing the job they do, our service men and women allow the people of our nation to go about their daily lives without a second thought. So I urge you to give it a second thought.

What can you do this year in honor of Veterans Day to make a difference?

Jordanna Mallach

Operation Enduring Freedom veteran

Program coordinator

Homeward Bound Adirondacks

Saranac Lake