Military families are some of the bravest individuals in the world. However, as their loved ones come home for good, they may feel some fear of the unknown because they aren’t sure what comes next. This fear is valid, and as veterans begin to transition out and acclimate themselves to life outside the military, it’s imperative to help them and their families when and however we can. Check out this guide detailing a few different ways to help veterans and their families this year.
Consider Sending Care Packages
Sending a care package to a military family is a delightful way to give back year-round. Even though it’s common to send care packages to veterans or active duty military members, you can send some to families of military members that have recently left active service. Some things to consider sending include snacks and sweets, books, hygiene products, thank-you letters, and so much more. Reach out to a local VA program for information on how to send a care package to a veteran family.
Donate to Veterans Charity
Many veteran families leave duty posts with suitcases and nothing else; some don’t know where to get new things to help set up their future home together. You can help out by donating used furniture, clothes, and more to veteran families in need. Every donation you make helps families in many different ways.
Help Families With Errands
As military families transition to civilian life, many find it difficult to live more permanently again versus when they had to move often between states and countries during their loved one’s military career. If a new family recently moved to the neighborhood, and they have a veteran in their household, consider extending a helping hand with errands or babysitting to help the family adjust to living in civilian life again. Even if you’re simply driving them to a doctor’s appointment in another town, the family will be grateful for the extra help.
Build Homes for Veterans and Their Families
If you want to help build homes for veterans and their families, reach out to local organizations that provide services to create and modify homes, especially for disabled and wounded veterans. There are many jobs a volunteer can help with, such as painting, carpentry, plumbing, and even wiring. Building homes for veteran families can help them find community and a better way to get what they need to start their new lifestyle.
For many military families, a sudden shift in lifestyle is scary, and the events that happen after are unforeseeable. With these different ways to help veterans and their families, you can help make their transition into civilian life more manageable and less stressful. If there’s a military family in your life, don’t be afraid to reach out and let them know how appreciative you are for their sacrifice. They may appreciate a gentle reminder that they won’t be alone as they transition into civilian life.