2013-11-07 / Community

MVAA: Eleven ways to honor a vet on Nov. 11

LANSING – The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency calls on the citizens of Michigan to honor wartime veterans across the nation through a day of remembrance and dedication this Veterans Day. There are countless ways to honor veterans this Veterans Day and every day. Here are eleven ideas to get you started:

• Attend a Veterans Day event in your area. View our list at http://1. usa.gov/1coJMt6;

• Encourage a veteran in your life to apply for VA benefits by contacting an MVAA service officer at 517-284-5298;

• Send notes or thank you cards to a local veterans home or hospital;

• Visit or volunteer at a local veterans home or hospital;

• Take part in a flag-raising ceremony in honor of local veterans;

• Be a good friend or neighbor to the family of a deployed military service member;

• Visit a nearby battleground;

• Take part in a service project benefiting veterans in your community;

• Watch or take part in a Veterans Day parade;

• Assemble and send care packages to deployed service members; and

• Donate to a veterans’ charity.

The observance of Veterans Day helps focus attention on the intended purpose of this day: to celebrate the honor of America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

“On Veterans Day, we honor and thank all the brave men and women who have served our nation,” said MVAA Director Jeff Barnes. “We set aside this day each year to make sure our veterans know how grateful we are for the sacrifices they have made to protect our freedom.”

Since 1919, Americans have dedicated the 11th hour of the eleventh day on the eleventh month to veterans – a tribute to the day and time that the armistice was signed, effectively ending World War I. Following this day, veterans have continued to show their loyalty and dedication in protecting our nation. In return, and with great honor, the MVAA extends Michigan’s gratitude through the continued preservation of November 11.

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency serves as the central coordinating point, connecting those who have served in the United States Armed Forces and their families, to services and benefits throughout the state of Michigan. MVAA is responsible for administration and operation of the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund, Michigan Veterans Homeowners Assistance Program, Michigan Homes for Veterans, constituent service or referral and the state’s grant to chartered veterans’ service organizations and the Michigan Association of County Veterans Counselors.

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