What to Say and Do This Veterans Day

Veterans Day 2023

The most common gestures toward veterans and service members this time of the year is a ‘Thank you for your service’ at the coffee shop or grocery store. But has the phrase ‘Thank you for your service’ become so common that it has begun to feel empty? CVN was interested to dive deeper into honoring veterans and ask veterans themselves how they feel about the phrase ‘Thank You For Your Service’, or what can civilians do and say to honor all who have served. How do veterans appreciate being thanked and honored during this special time of year?

The CVN Veterans Day Survey 2021 reported that about 58% of U.S. military veterans and current service members feel uncomfortable being thanked for their service in the U.S. military. Instead, consider these ways to honor veterans other than saying thank you.  

What to say: Instead of saying thank you for your service, try these conversation starters with veterans

What branch did you serve in?

What was your job while serving?

Where have you been stationed?

What to Do:

Fly a flag

Buy a veteran a meal

Attend a parade or event

Visit a veteran’s memorial or ceremony

Learn something new about veterans

Volunteer or donate to a veteran service organization:

  1. Team Rubicon https://teamrubiconusa.org/
  2. American Red Cross https://www.redcross.org/get-help/military-families/services-for-veterans.html
  3. Blue Star Families https://bluestarfam.org/
  4. Team Red White and Blue https://www.teamrwb.org/
  5. Elizabeth Dole Foundation https://www.elizabethdolefoundation.org/
  6. Student Veterans of America https://studentveterans.org/
  7. America’s Warrior Partnership https://americaswarriorpartnership.org/
  8. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention https://afsp.org/
  9. The Mission Continues https://missioncontinues.org/
  10. Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)  https://www.taps.org