Five Things to do with your family on Veteran’s Day.

I remember the fervor I had every week when a new issue of Sgt Fury and the Howling Commandos came out on the news stands. I was there on every mission. In fact, I think I learned to read with these comic books. I am a fan of The Unit. I have read dozens of historical novels on the political espionage and intrigue of Europe in the 1930s, leading up to Germany’s conquest of Europe. I’ve watched Zero Dark Thirty four times. I’ve read every book written by every Navy Seal. No Easy Day and The American Sniper among my favorites. On a drive from Baltimore to visit my daughter in Myrtle Beach, I listened to Lone Survivor on a digital device in the car. I am a worm compared to these heroes.  My goal today and every day is to walk 10,000 steps (about 5 miles). These men are beyond ridiculous in their training ethos.  A five mile run would be a warm up to exercise.

Of course when you meet one of these men, they are humble. They are apologetic for what they do. Their patriotism and their valor goes unnoticed 99% of the time. Remember also that 1% of the country serves the 99% of the rest of us. I’ve traveled to 29 countries in my life time and I can tell you straight up that none of them offer the United States offers in the way of safety, security, prosperity and opportunity. It’s only because of our military men and women upholding our Constitution.

I found a series of books at the library called Seal Team Six by Don Mann. He has one book that is his account of Seal Team Six life and training. The rest of the books are novels he’s written to honor his brothers in arms. They kill the enemy, assassinate terrorist leaders, call in pinpoint air strikes on the bad, bad guys that butcher women and children. We do not see on the cable news the atrocities that ISIS perpetrates. Out of respect for our sensibilities the worst videos and images are not being shown.  I can’t even name what they do in this article because it would be too upsetting to most of you. We have to draw the line somewhere. Suffice it to say, we owe every military man and woman and their families a huge debt of gratitude.  That we can NEVER repay. Personal sacrifice.

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Yes, I know that there are sales today. I don’t really understand why those sales aren’t just for veterans, but whatever. If you want to take advantage of those sales, by all means, go ahead. But if you’d like to also squeeze in something meaningful today, here are some ideas of things you can do with your kids.

Thanking someone doesn’t have to be a big, glitter-filled event. It can be as simple as shaking someone’s hand — a great thing to model, by the way, so that your kids don’t grow up and try to fist-bump people at his or her first job interview.

Here are five simple things to do today, or any day, to honor our veterans. Because of them, we have hope.


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Visit the VA’s website for kids. It’s geared to kids in Kindergarten through fifth grade and has games, facts, and coloring pages that you can print out to make cards!Make cards to be delivered nationally and internationally.Make thank-you cards or write letters to active veterans, active-duty service members, and wounded warriors.

Check out Operation Gratitude’s website for specific details.(Photo Credit: iStockphoto)

Make and deliver cards locally. Find your nearest VA Medical Center using the interactive map on the US Department of Veterans Affairs website. Find where to bring cards, and what kind of donations might be needed at that center.

Call all the veterans you know.Call the veterans in your family and thank them for your service. If your kids are little, this is a great time to start teaching them how to dial and use the phone.Learn more about veterans at VA Kids.

Visit the VA’s website for kids. It’s geared to kids in Kindergarten through fifth grade and has games, facts, and coloring pages that you can print out to make cards!

(Screencap: VA Kids)Shake a veteran’s hand.If you’re going to a local parade, shake hands with a veteran and say thank you for their service. If your kids are social enough to manage this, it’s a nice thing for them to do, too. Bonus: kids learn that high-fives and fist bumps are not always the most appropriate greeting.(Photo Credit: iStockphoto)

Now, on Veterans Day, we take part of the day off and go shopping. Well, that’s why they do it. That’s exactly what they want us to do. So we can enjoy  our lives, enjoy our freedoms and have hope for the future. I found a great article with 5 things you can do with your family on Vets Day. And yes, we are offering a savings coupon for Vets and all our customers in their honor. See the coupon below.

Optimal Health Bridge VETSDAY coupon.


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