Tomorrow is Veterans Day and we’d like to thank our fellow employees and customers who've served in the military. The number of Americans serving in the military is a small slice of the U.S. population – the total number of veterans comprises less than 9% of the total US population and active military personnel make up less than 1%.
Many charitable organizations have created a variety of ways that you can thank or help a veteran. Parade Magazine published an article with 11 Ways to Help Veterans on 11-11-11, mentioning a few of our favorite organizations, including the Wounded Warrior Project and Cell Phones for Soldiers.
November is also Military Family Appreciation Month and with the recurring deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, many families can use some help. The DoD provides a web resource for families and Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden are asking Americans to get involved in any way they can through their initiative Joining Forces.
In August, President Obama issued a challenge to the private sector to hire or train 100,000 unemployed veterans and their spouses by the end of 2013. If you’re hiring, consider hiring a veteran – a great way to thank them for their service.
If you’re a fan of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, they’re airing a special edition tomorrow night: “Rise and Honor” A Veterans Day Special. Net proceeds raised from the airings and online streaming of the one-hour special benefit several veteran-serving organizations, including Fisher House Foundation, Hire Heroes USA, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, USO, Volunteers of America and Welcome Back Veterans.
Tribute has sponsored events benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project like the golf outing above.