Anytime of the year you can serve American military veterans. I remember driving past a huge veterans' cemetery and seeing a young mother lying face down on a grave. She was sobbing uncontrolably. A baby was sitting in a stroller next to her. Imagine the grief and sadness accompanying that picture. I felt guilty that I had not done enough to help. I pulled up my car near the grave and waited for a more appropriate time to talk with her. Finally she got up, I walked toward her and asked if I could help n any way. She again began sobbing. I thought I had made a mistake and only made things worse. But we did talk, and we went to a nearby fast food restaurant and had lunch. I kept in contact with her for a couple of years until I moved to another state. I think of her often. How many stories there are of veterans and their families.
How may you help to serve veterans? There are untold ways. If you want some suggestions, contact a local VFW or American Legion post. If you live in the Milwaukee area, contact Woods, Wisconsin's veterans facility. It was one of the first in the nation and is huge. They have many suggestions for you. Or call and visit the Zablocki Veterans Hospital adjacent to the campus of Woods in West Milwaukee. Talk to a voluteer coordinator or social worker. Perhaps just visiting with a lonely vet. Or a walk around the grounds. Or other little gestures of kindness and appreciation for their service and sacrifice.
Every American has an opportunity and obligation to do something to show our friendship, our gratitude, our kindness, our warmth, our service to those who served all and each of us. Today is a good day to start. Do it!