Every day is a great day to show members of the military just how much you appreciate all that they do for the country. Whether you’re a military member yourself, have a spouse who is in the service or someone you care a lot about is in the armed forces, the military affects just about everyone in some way; the sacrifices they make and have made are something no one can ever truly fully repay to any veteran or military family.
That’s why at Omni Financial, military appreciation is baked into our DNA and is what inspired the creation of Military Appreciation Days.
What are Military Appreciation Days all about?
Over the past six years, Omni Financial has dedicated the first two weeks of May to Military Appreciation Days. During this period, military spouses, military retirees, active duty and career retired service members – as well as their families – are encouraged to come visit any day of the week at our satellite offices throughout the country for special events, deals, discount rewards, giveaways and prizes. Since several of the military holidays on the calendar occur in May – from Loyalty Day (May 1) to Military Spouse Appreciation Day (May 12) to Armed Forces Day (May 20) to Memorial Day (May 30) – we decided to set aside the first two weeks of the first full month of spring to Military Appreciation Days. However, our gratitude for the men and women of the United States armed forces is year-round.
Regardless of what branch of the military you or your spouse happens to be in, we urge you to come by one of our participating branch locations during Military Appreciation Days so we can not just say the words “thank you,” but show you how we are extremely grateful for all that you do.
But it doesn’t have to be Military Appreciation Month to pay tribute to those who serve or who have served. In fact, every day can be Military Appreciation Day – even if you’re in the armed forces currently.
At Omni Financial, military appreciation is baked into our DNA and is what inspired the creation of Military Appreciation Days.
Here are a few ways to honor the brave military men and women of both the past and present:
- Donate to a military-specific charitable organization
From the Wounded Warrior Project to Disabled American Veterans, Homes for Our Troops to Tunnels to Towers, there are a number of charitable organizations that are dedicated to financially supporting military-related causes. For instance, the Wounded Warrior Project uses the funds it receives to provide rehabilitation and career counseling to service members who have been injured while on active duty military service. Homes for Our Troops specializes in building customized homes that are specific to the needs of severely injured military retirees. As the charity points out on its website, 90 cents of every dollar that it receives goes directly to supporting its services.
You don’t have to donate a significant amount of money to show your appreciation; the charities are grateful for a donation in any amount.
- Visit a VA hospital or consider volunteering at one
With approximately 1,100 outpatient sites, 171 VA medical centers and nearly 1,300 health facilities throughout the U.S., the Veterans Health Administration is the single largest integrated health care system in the entire country. And with more than 9 million Americans receiving some kind of treatment, VA health care centers can use all the help they can get. In fact, it relies on over 46,000 active volunteers to fulfill a variety of needs.
If you think you have something to offer, or are eager to provide assistance wherever it may be needed, your local VA will be happy to have you. Visit the VA Center for Development and Civic Engagement website to learn more about volunteer opportunities happening at a VA near you. You’ll likely find the opportunity to be an honor.
- Write to an active service member who is stationed overseas
There are approximately 170,000 active duty military personnel, according to the Henry L. Stimson Center. And each and every one of them loves to receive letters from home. But you don’t necessarily have to know a service member to write them and express your appreciation for all that they do. If you visit the USO’s website, you’ll find a few options that enable you to touch base with someone who is located on a foreign military base. Whether it’s sending a gift, an ecard or care package, random acts of kindness are the best kind for deployed troops. They serve as a helpful reminder to service members why they do what they do and that their sacrifice doesn’t go unnoticed. And who knows – you just may wind up forming a brand new friendship as a result.
You can never go wrong by showing your appreciation – it makes everyone feel better. At Omni Financial, appreciation is central to everything we do by helping active duty service members and career-retired veterans obtain the funds they need quickly, securely and conveniently. If you’re in a situation where you need money fast, Omni Financial can lend a hand with a military loan. For more information on how to apply, contact us today.
The information provided in this blog post is for informational purposes only. Omni Financial does not endorse, recommend or imply affiliation with the listed companies or organizations.