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The holiday season is in full swing, which means it’s a wonderful time to give back to those who need it most. When it comes to lending a helping hand, there are none more deserving than the brave men and women who served this country. Sometimes it can be a struggle to figure out how to help those who served. The following list provides just a few simple ways to help bring some holiday joy to our fellow servicemen and women.

One in every five veteran families are living paycheck to paycheck. Adopting a military family during the holidays is the perfect way to lend a helping hand. There are organizations such as Soldier’s Angels that allow people to reach out and give back by purchasing Christmas gifts for a military family during this time of year. A lot of veterans live on a strict budget, and the holidays add to that burden. If helping out with holiday gifts is not an option this year, groceries are always an excellent alternative. Providing a special Christmas dinner for a family that is unable to do so keeps the holiday spirit alive. 

Care packages and letters are sure to brighten up any veterans’ holiday season. Nothing can possibly make these men and women feel more appreciated than a handwritten letter expressing appreciation for all they have done. Operation Gratitude provides a wonderful service that helps send individually addressed care packages and letters to both veterans and those who are currently serving.

Unfortunately, some veterans do not have the easiest life ahead of them once returning home. Many go on to face challenges such as unemployment, homelessness, and a wide array of mental health issues. Get the family involved and volunteer with a local veterans program. There is always the need for volunteers at local shelters for those veterans who do not have a home. Programs constantly look for families to come in and help serve a holiday meal. If time constraints are an issue with volunteering, donating food to the shelter can also be a great way to help. Resources can be limited during this time of year. Even donating just a few canned goods can make a difference.