Walsh College Veteran Services Coordinator Lauren Mileto guest blogs about ways to thank a veteran.
Veterans day is fast approaching and I am so honored to have a job in which I can help men and women in uniform use their benefits. I’m so proud that as a country we have grown and realized that our veterans deserve to be honored and thanked. Sadly, many heroes return home with combat-related injuries, whether visible or invisible, and some have trouble finding the resources they need to heal.
How can you thank a vet?
Making Service a Lifestyle
Don’t have money to give? Find a local non-profit that supports vets and volunteer your time, talents, and good ol’ fashioned elbow grease. Donate your humor, your semi-embarrassing obsession with checkers, your uncanny ability to remember every word to every Aerosmith song, your knack for carpentry or couponing, whatever - go hang out and meet some cool people. If there’s anything I’ve learned in the past few years it is that most people want to give back – they just don’t know where to start. You’ll find that you get back a heck of a lot more than you give.
Participate in our drive for Vets Returning Home:
I was very lucky to recently meet a woman named Sandy Bower (pictured below), who is providing homeless vets not only a place to live, but with resources to get back on their feet by educating them about their health, educational opportunities, and employment. Bower has been heartbroken to see that vets in the community have been sleeping behind bushes and on benches and she wants to be a beacon of hope in the community.
One-third of the homeless in Michigan are war veterans and Walsh wants to help put an end to this sad reality. Sandy has already received many of the daily necessities, but is in need of multiple two-door Sterilite cabinets to furnish each bedroom for vets to store their personal belongings.
November 4-15, the College will be collecting Wal-Mart gift cards that will be used towards the purchase of these cabinets. Also, we will be collecting new men’s underwear/socks and gently used men’s clothing.
Our goal is to purchase 10 Sterilite cabinets for VRH. Watch our progress on the tracking board that will be in the Frankel lobby!
Thank you to all who have served, and to all the family members and friends who have sacrificed alongside them,
Walsh College Veteran Services Coordinator