Thank You: A Post For Our Veterans

Of all the federal holidays, this one may be the most important.

You might find it inconvenient that the Post Office is closed, or that your kids are out of school today, but no inconvenience is greater than the sacrifices that deserve the respect this day is meant to carry.

So before you busy yourself on your day off, let’s take a moment to say thank you, for everything that our serving men and women do for us.

Feeling inspired, and want to help make a difference in a veteran’s life?

Two great organizations to support are the Wounded Warrior Project and TAPS. Both are dedicated to helping veterans and their families, and both are worth taking a look at when it comes to helping show your appreciation to our veterans.

Image: Wounded Warrior Project

Through five core values, the Wounded Warrior Project’s vision is:

To foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.

What are the five values that guide their work?

  1. Fun
  2. Integrity
  3. Loyalty
  4. Innovation
  5. Service

The other organization I’m encouraging you to look at is TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.

Image: TAPS

TAPS not only focuses on the veterans and a healing process for wounded vets, but also the families of the fallen. With an understanding that veteran sacrifices stretch far beyond just the veteran, the work that TAPS does is inspiring.

I found the organization when I ran with them in the 2013 Disney Princess Half-Marathon, raising $500 for the cause. It may not seem like a huge number, but when it comes to giving back to the men and women that put their lives on the line, every dollar counts.

In the end, I don’t care how you choose to say thank you, as long as you take a moment today to thank a veteran. Without them, you probably wouldn’t be living the life you do.

Non-Profit: Not Just My Wallet

photoPhoto: Paige Hogan

I had never considered non-profits in terms of where my future might take me. In fact, I really thought it was just a cruel reference to the ongoing state of my wallet.

But, as I find myself jobless, a month before getting married, non-profits may actually be the answer to my prayers.

While talking to a close family friend, and conveniently enough the officiant of our wedding, I explained that I was in search of a job and that writing may be one of my top skills. With that, the flood gates of information had been opened.

I had never considered how much non-profits drive the economy, how crucial the organizations are on a larger scale than just the immediate benefactors of the service or assistance.

So, with eyes wide open and a plethora of new information to dive into, non-profits are now looking like a shining beacons of hope through the fog of joblessness and student loan debt.

Because of discretion, I won’t mention his name, but I would like to thank our close friend for opening my eyes to these hidden opportunities.

You never know when the voice will speak, but I’m pretty sure they’re right when they say it will be still and small.

Do you know a non-profit or organization that could benefit from a larger voice? Get in touch with me, and we’ll see what I can do to help!