I am a thirty-something year old millennial with plenty of relatives and friends that happen to be veterans. The war machine is in the wrong. But our troops are not in the wrong. Our troops sign up to fight for the safety, security, and freedom of all their fellow American countrymen. It’s not their fault that our government (and our business institutions) are so corrupt that we spent more money rebuilding Afghanistan than we did on the entirety of the Marshall Plan after World War II.
Every year, approximately 200,00 men and women transition from active-duty service and return to civilian life. And studies show that more than half of veterans with a mental illness received no treatment for it within the past year. So if you are a good old fashioned red blooded American who loves the troops and wants to show them some appreciation this veteran’s day then I salute you. Somebody needs to do something to show our vets that we appreciate them.
So today I have a list of 10 great ways you can show appreciation for Veteran’s Day this year or any year.
I have options that will bring a smile to a veteran's face and hopefully some joy into their life.
And if you waited until the last minute to get them a gift, not to worry, lots of the options on the list accept our digital GiftYa gift cards. And these gift cards are great because you can instantly text them to the recipient’s phone which makes them a really easy and convenient way to show your appreciation this Veteran’s Day.
But I’ll wrap up the introduction here and get right to that list of great ways to show your appreciation this Veteran’s Day. And as always thanks for clicking, thanks for reading, and in this case, thank you for supporting our troops and our veterans!
Grab yourself a Calm gift card by following the link!
Millions of our veterans face serious mental health hurdles when they return to civilian life. And apparently the Department of Military and Veteran Affairs (VA) is unable to provide them with the mental health support they need. And that is where you can step in with a gift card to Calm. Calm is a subscription based app that provides you with all sorts of guided meditations, calming white noise, and relaxing ambiance to help you get a better night’s sleep.
And I’m not sure there is much more you can do to genuinely show your support for our veterans than by helping them manage their mental health. You can help bring peace to the mind of a veteran the same way they brought peace to our shores!
Anybody can get a digital Calm gift card in seconds when they follow the link!
Get an Omaha Steaks gift card instantly when you follow the link!
Another great way to show your appreciation this Veteran’s Day is by hooking them up with a gift card to Omaha Steaks. The nice thing about Omaha Steaks is that they offer the highest-quality cuts of meat that you can find and they deliver them right to your doorstep. And while they obviously have steak, they also have tons of other great options including burgers, hotdogs, pork, chicken, seafood, sides, and even wine! So you can even get the perfect wine to pair with the meat you select. By getting them an Omaha Steaks gift card you are really treating them to one of the best home cooked meals they’ve ever had
It only takes a second to grab a digital Omaha Steaks gift card when you click the link!
Grab a Bass Pro Shop gift card by following this link!
A lot of veterans happen to be big outdoors people to begin with. I don’t know if that is because so much of our fighting force is made up of rural recruits or what but it is definitely a trend I have noticed. So if the veteran in your life needs a little appreciation this Veteran’s Day maybe take them to Bass Pro Shops and let them pick out a couple gifts for themselves. Or if you can’t be there to take them in person you can always get them a digital Bass Pro Shop gift card.
And then they can use the gift card to shop at any of Bass Pro Shop’s 154 locations across the country, or they can use it online right at Bass Pro Shop’s website to pick out exactly what they want. Whether they are into hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking, camping, or backpacking, they will be able to find everything they could possibly want right at Bass Pro Shops!
Get yourself a digital Bass Pro Shop gift card in seconds by following the link!
Grab yourself a StubHub gift card by following this link!
Everybody enjoys seeing something they love done live. So try to find out any bands they might like, stand-ups they enjoy, or what professional sports team they root for and you could get them some tickets from StubHub to go see it live. And if you don’t know exactly what they would want tickets to, or what nights they would even have free to attend an event, you can always send them a StubHub gift card. Then that way they can pick out exactly the tickets they want on exactly the night that works for them and you don’t have to worry about accidentally getting them a gift they can’t even use.
If you need a last minute gift you can always grab a digital StubHub gift card by following the link!
Everybody enjoys going out to the theater and seeing a new movie in a genre that they enjoy and our veterans are no different. I would get them a gift card to a local theater chain and help set them up for a great night out at the theater. Be sure you put enough value on the card that they can bring a date (or the family if they have kids). You want them to be able to cover the price of tickets, but also be able to get all their favorite snacks and drinks at the concession stand to make sure they have the full blown theater going experience. And then this way you have really gotten them a great memory of a night out they can always remember, as opposed to a standard gift that is a little more disposable.
Treating somebody to dinner is a pretty traditional way to show somebody you appreciate them. And you can get gift cards to all kinds of great restaurants by checking GiftYa’s website and searching for your local city or zip code. But you can also check out all the national brands that GiftYa offers as well. I am sure you will be able to find a great restaurant where you can treat the veteran in your life to an amazing dinner and drinks!
You can always make a donation to a local veterans organization. These local organizations can act directly in the lives of the veterans in your actual community. So if you want to make a difference, start off by making a difference locally.
The VA has all sorts of shortcomings. But that isn’t really the VAs fault. The fact of the matter is that all of their funding comes from Congress and Congress just doesn’t want to spend the money to take care of our veterans. So what you can do is find your local VA hospital and volunteer some of your time to help them take care of veterans. The VA is overworked, under funded, and understaffed and this is one way that you can make a tangible difference in the lives of veterans immediately and will really help show your support this Veteran’s Day!
Grab yourself an Amazon gift card by following this link!
Amazon is the largest online retailer in the world with over 12 million different items for sale. And they even offer overnight or 2-day shipping on the vast majority of those items. So if you are trying to show appreciation this Veteran’s Day you can choose a great product from Amazon and even have it delivered right to the veteran’s house gift wrapped and everything.
If you need a last minute gift you can always grab a digital Amazon gift card by following the link!
Get a Visa gift card in just seconds by following the link!
The nice thing about these custom Visa cards is that they are accepted everywhere that takes VIsa. So you can use them to shop in person in a store, or you can choose to use them to do some online shopping as well. And you can even pick out a custom photo to make the front of the card and send it along with a personalized message to let the veteran in your life know how much you appreciate them.
Anybody can grab a digital Visa gift card in an instant when they use the link!
I really hope something on the list worked out nicely as a way to show your appreciation this Veteran’s Day. I really think it’s cool that you as an individual are going out of your way to support our veterans. You are truly a great American and a great patriot.