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With Armed Forces Day coming up on May 16 and Memorial Day close behind, there’s never been a better time to reach out to the men and women serving in our military, both past and present. It doesn’t take much—just a little kindness and a few minutes out of your day. Check out our list below for fun and creative ways to say “Thank You” to the military members in your family or community.

Write a letter or postcard

Send a card or write a quick note of gratitude to a military family, someone currently in the service, or a veteran, and never underestimate the power of a little encouragement. Through Operation Appreciation, Blue Star Families helps civilians and military families make meaningful connections by mail! You can send a letter as a family, or get your neighborhood, school, or workplace involved too.

(You can send cards through the Red Cross’s Holiday Mail for Heroes too.)

Invite a service member over for a meal or celebration

If you live within driving distance of a military base, this is a great way to take care of our current servicemen and women. Contact your base’s Community Relations Officer to get more information. If you can, invite two or three service members; they’ll probably feel a little more comfortable!

Visit a veteran

A visit lets them know they’re not forgotten. Ask questions, get to know them, and remind them how much their sacrifice is appreciated. Contact a veteran’s hospital or nursing home in your area for visitation times.

Send a care package

Next time you’re at the grocery store, stroll down the packaged snacks aisle and grab a few boxes of non-perishable and nutritious snacks. Hard candies, dried fruit, and beef jerky are all great options. Then learn how to put together and send your care package to a deployed soldier on AnySoldier.com.

Volunteer to place flags on graves

Contact your local American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars Post to take part in this time-honored tradition on Memorial Day.

Armed Forces Day is May 16, 2015 and Memorial Day is May 25, 2015. While we’ve focused these tips on the men and women of our military, you could just as easily adapt them to say “Thank you” to the everyday heroes in your life: the firefighters, policemen, and teachers in your community.


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