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[R29] Take time to do your part this Veterans Day
Start Date: 11/9/2012Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 11/9/2012End Time: 12:00 PM
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As I voted in this election, I took a moment to reflect on how I am able to cast my ballot and express my choice for a candidate. Our freedom to choose is what makes America the amazing country it is, and it is diligently defended by the brave and courageous men and women in uniform. The sacrifices our veterans have made and continue to make are a steadfast reminder: freedom comes at a cost. 

This Sunday, November 11, is Veterans Day, a day to recognize and observe the valor, bravery and selflessness that our Veterans have demonstrated in the name of liberty. It is a day to recognize our heroes. 

Every day our military men and women leave behind their loved ones in order to fight for our country, an immeasurable sacrifice for both the soldier and the family. While this is a tremendous hardship, we can help ease that burden through our own efforts; volunteering our time and resources to those who have valiantly served our country.  

I have spoken to countless people who want to help and make a difference in the lives of a Veteran or assist in the lives of their family. Even a small token of appreciation can go a long way to make an impact. 

  1. I searched for many different ideas to honor veterans and found a great deal. Below are my top 10 (plus 1).
  2. Send a “thank you” note, www.amillionthanks.org.
  3. Donate a stuffed animal so that Operation Gratitude can create a “Battalion Buddy” to children of deployed soldiers, www.operationgratitude.com.
  4. Volunteer for a service project through The Mission Continues, www.missioncontinues.org.
  5. Send your old Beanie Babies to soldiers.  They use them to connect with local children and build relationships/trust within villages, www.toys-for-troops.com.
  6. When you see a soldier or veteran eating at a restaurant, discretely tell the server that you would like to pick up the tab.
  7. Grant a wounded warrior’s wish, www.woundedsoldierswish.org.
  8. Donate your old wireless phone so a care package will be sent to soldiers, www.grcrecycling.com/recycle-cell-phones-to-benefit-our-military 
  9. Volunteer at a VA Hospital.
  10. To all of you teachers, try to get children involved in the day.  Have them create “thank you” posters to put up around our community for veterans to see.
  11. Send your Halloween candy to soldiers.
  12. Offer to babysit for a military spouse. They need a night off too!
For more ideas please take the time to check out www.nowurthinking.com.

Our military men and women do not protect our country with the hopes of receiving praise or prizes. They do it because they feel it is their duty to defend our country’s most sacred principles and beliefs. 

Saying “thank you” to someone who has served or is currently serving should be common place. It is my sincere hope that you take some time out of your day Monday to honor a veteran. They are the real heroes every day and deserve our consideration and support.  


Contact Information:
Name: Michael Niland
Phone: 317-232-9805
Email: mniland@iga.in.gov
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