From the first day Lucky Grooming opened, we have had a passion for giving back to the men and women who have served/are currently serving our country.
Although we know we can never repay those who have sacrificed so much for us, we are on a mission to help support our veterans and active military as much as we can.
Veterans Day, which is celebrated on November 11, is just around the corner.
So, we thought what better way to honor this holiday than by sharing a few things we can all do to give back to those who have served our country.
The best part...most of the ideas on our list don’t involve money. So, anyone, no matter your age or financial situation, can take part in giving back this Veterans Day.
Check out our ideas now...
Volunteer at Your Local VA/Homeless Shelters
The VA (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) is the nation's largest integrated health care system for veterans. And it’s made up of more than 1,700 hospitals, clinics, community living centers, domiciliaries, readjustment counseling centers, and other facilities.
With so many operations, the VA is always looking for willing volunteers to lend a hand.
This November, check out the VA Volunteer Service page and get in touch with a representative in your community to see how you can give back.
We also encourage you to reach out to your local homeless shelter. There are shelters throughout the country such as the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans located in Wheaton, Illinois, that need our support.
Offer Your Handy Skills to a Veteran or Military Family
If you’re someone who has handyman/woman skills, volunteering your time to help a veteran or military family who is in need of some home repairs is a great way to celebrate Veterans Day.
Ask around your community--in your churches, volunteer centers, or community clubs--to see if anyone is in need.
A free-of-charge roof repair, new paint job, or another similar task can easily make a veteran or active military member’s life a lot easier.
Deliver a Meal or Care Packages to Veterans
There’s a warm, fuzzy feeling that comes along with receiving a home-cooked meal or a surprise care package delivered to your door. Yet sadly, many veterans don’t receive such luxuries.
This year, show a veteran that you are grateful for his/her service by making a home-cooked meal or putting together a special care package.
To find out who is in need, along with what you should include in a care package, it’s a good idea to once again reach out to churches or other community centers in your local area.
Visit a Veteran at a Local Hospital
If you have a passion for people, visiting a veteran at a local hospital is a great way for you to give back this Veterans Day.
Sadly, many hospitals have at least a handful of veterans in their care at any given time. All you have to do is call up your local hospital and ask if they have any veterans who would appreciate a visit.
If there are no veterans in your local hospital, we recommend you try contacting the retirement communities in your area.
There’s a good chance that you’ll find some older veterans who would love to visit with someone who could chat, play a game of cards, or enjoy a meal together.
Volunteer with Canine Companions for Independence
Last but not least, we know there are a lot of animal lovers out there, so we wanted to bring up an opportunity to volunteer with Canine Companions for Independence.
This organization provides service dogs to people with disabilities. And many recipients are veterans who were injured in the line of duty and now need additional assistance to live independently.
This organization is always looking for experienced dog handlers to help raise and train service dogs, as well as passionate dog lovers to help with events and fundraisers.
On behalf of the entire Lucky Grooming family, we once again want to say thank you to all of the men and women who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedoms.
Happy Veterans Day and thank you for your service!