5 Ways You Can Thank a Veteran

They stepped up to serve us -- now it’s our turn to serve them. On Veterans Day, we encourage all Americans to recognize and honor the valor and sacrifice of our veterans and their families. Today and every day, we want our veterans and their families to know that America has their backs. Here are five ways to thank a veteran:

1. Find a service opportunity in your area.

Say thank you by giving your time. Completing community service in honor of our military communities is a great way to show your support. To pledge hours of community service, find service projects in your area, and track your progress click here

Dr. Jill Biden joins Senate Spouses, military spouses and White House volunteers to Support Recovering Troops

Dr. Jill Biden joins Senate Spouses, military spouses and White House volunteers to Support Recovering Troops with USO Warrior Care Pack Assembly on the grounds of the Naval Observatory Residence in Washington, DC, Oct. 29, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

2. Share your message of thanks through USO.

Gather your friends and family together to write letters of appreciation for our veterans. Writing a message lets them know that we appreciate their service and sacrifice. Submit your message here.   

First Lady Michelle Obama joins children in an art project at the USO Warrior and Family Center

First Lady Michelle Obama joins children in an art project at the USO Warrior and Family Center in Ft. Belvoir, Va., Sept. 11, 2013. The center supports wounded, ill and injured troops, their families and caregivers as well as local active duty troops. September 11, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

3. Start your own service project.

President Barack Obama stains shelves during a National Day of Service

President Barack Obama stains shelves during a National Day of Service school improvement project at Burrville Elementary School in Washington, D.C., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

4. Show your patriotism.

Show your patriotism by flying a flag, and show our veterans that you are proud of the country they fought to protect. 

A message written by First Lady is seen on a U.S. Marine Corps flag

A message written by First Lady is seen on a U.S. Marine Corps flag at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., April 4, 2012.

5. Say “thank you."

When you see a veteran or any military personnel, shake their hand and simply say "thank you." This simple act of kindness will brighten up a veteran’s day and make him or her feel appreciated.  

FLOTUS hugging a member of the military

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