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How To Help Veterans: 5 Ways to Support Those Who Served

At Patriot Surplus, we have a passion for helping those brave men and women who serve and have served our country each and every day. Veterans are incredibly special people and in our eyes, they're heroes that can't be helped or thanked enough. We're veteran-owned and we know what it's like to have served. Unfortunately, many veterans lack the necessities, lodging, medical care, and recognition they deserve. But there are ways that you can help veterans in your community and abroad.

Not sure how to help veterans? Here are five easy ways you can get started:

1.)Oscar Mike Foundation Apparel

If you've been wondering how to help veterans, this is one of the best places to start. At Patriot Surplus, we're proud to be an authorized distributor for Oscar Mike Foundation apparel. Designed with military style in mind, these veterans t-shirts and sweatshirts feature awesome graphics and are made in the USA, which is hard to come by these days. Plus, with every purchase you make from the Oscar Mike Foundation line, 10% of all proceeds goes to helping disabled veterans directly. You can learn more about how to help veterans through the Oscar Mike Foundation by checking out the Oscar Mike apparel page on our site.

2.)Write Letters

Writing letters to veterans can also be a great way to help out and show your support. Depending on where you live, there may be several veterans support organizations that organize letter writing campaigns throughout the year. Talk to the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, or similar veteran's organization in your community. You may also want to reach out to Operation Gratitude, an organization that sponsors letter writing campaigns for veterans.

3.)Donate the Simple Things

Donating money is always a great way to help veterans, but sometimes veterans are just in need of the small things. VA hospitals, senior centers, and veteran-focused community groups are always looking to add some comfort to the lives of veterans through donations of magazines, movies, books, coffee and cookies, new or gently used clothing, or telephone cards. Contact your local VA hospital to how to help veterans feel more at home.

4.)Volunteer at a VA Hospital

VA hospitals are also in great need of volunteers. Many of those hospitalized may not have family or friends to visit. Spend a few hours every week or every month to volunteer at a hospital. Your volunteerism can range from sitting and talking to a veteran for a few hours to helping run a group activity with patients. It's a wonderful way to show you care if you're not sure how to help veterans in your area.

5.)Say "Thank You"

To a veteran, this is the simplest yet most effective way to help someone who has served. A simple "thank you", whether it comes in person or in a letter, helps to remind veterans of their service, but more importantly, why they served.

These are just some of the things you can do. Just take a few moments and we bet you could come up with 100 more. The key is to actually do something.

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