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How to Help Our Local Veterans Today – And Every Day of the Year

Posted Nov 11 2012 1:00am

Have you thanked a Vet today… for your freedom?

My local paper, the Longmont Times-Call had a very good article today regarding ways to acknowledge, thank and help our/your local veterans.

We too easily forget that freedom isn’t free and these men and women gave their time, years, and many gave their lives for all that we can too easily take for granted today. This is the USA! It’s “normal” to be free and have all this stuff!! Really? Not really. People have paid for it dearly.

We can pay back with our time, financial support, acknowledgements and prayers.

Here are the highlights and link to the article for more.  Wherever you live there are ways to help as well. Check them out.

~ Just say thank you

“When I walk into a room and someone thanks me for my service, that makes me feel good,” he said.  Mauck served in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1959, and a token of gratitude still carries meaning.

~ Help a homeless veteran

Donate to the local American Legion Post 32′s Stand Down event on Nov. 15. The event gives homeless and low-income veterans in the Longmont area access to a number of free services, including flu shots, bicycle tune ups, haircuts, legal advice, massage and acupuncture.

Right now, especially needed are financial contributions and donations of winter clothing, including coats and boots, Greg McMahon, commander of Longmont’s American Legion Post 32. Drop off items at American Legion Post 32, 315 S. Bowen St., Longmont. Call 303-776-2034 for details.

~ Support local veterans scholarships

Front Range Community College’s Veteran’s Club and the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society have launched a new scholarship in honor of a late Longmont veteran.

The school will host a scholarship dedication at 4 p.m. Monday at 2190 Miller Drive, Longmont. The event is open to the public. To donate to the scholarship fund, contact Ryan McCoy at 303-404-5238 or Ryan.McCoy@frontrange.edu.

~ If you’re a vet, join a veterans service organization

Joining a veterans group allows your voice to be amplified. So when a group like the American Legion, which represents 3 million veterans, lobbies Congress for more veterans benefits, they have more clout.

“Congress understands anything, they understand votes,” said Ralph Bozella, chairman of the American Legion National Veterans Affairs Commission  .

Go here to read the full article and find out how you can give back today.

 

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