By Debbie Gregory.
As many families of Veterans are doing their holiday shopping, there is always someone who is extra hard to shop for. There’s always that one person who has few wants and meets their own needs. If this person is a Veteran, here are a few gift ideas that are sure to lighten their Holiday spirits:
Special Veterans License Plates
Your Veteran served their country and countrymen. They deserve to have their service recognized everywhere that they go. Almost every state has a special license plate available for Veterans. Each state’s plate differs in price, design, message and restrictions. Some states allow you to personalize the plate to include their service branch’s emblem. Be sure to contact your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles and inquire about giving your Veteran the gift of recognition this year.
Social Club Memberships
Many Veterans suffer from a variety of social disorders. At the very least, most Veterans find it difficult to talk about their service with non-Veterans. Thousands of Veterans find comfort, fraternity and safety in community groups including the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the American Legion. There are a multitude of clubs, lodges, fraternities and groups that can bring your Veteran a sense of belonging. Seek out a social club in your area and research membership requirements. This year, give your Veteran the gift of camaraderie.
It used to be, if you wanted to buy an Army T-shirt, or a Navy hoodie, you would have to go on to the nearest military installation to get them. Active-duty service members were the only ones who could get them. There isn’t a Veteran out there who doesn’t wish that they didn’t have more pride apparel. Now, with internet websites, such as Ebay, Amazon and various direct-sales sites, anyone can buy military pride gear. Pride gear is considered non-uniform T-shirts, sweatshirts, accessories and novelty items that proudly display military pride. Buy your Veteran patriotic and military apparel and give the gift of pride.
Many towns, counties and states honor their local Veterans. Examples of special recognition include banners, plaques, listing their names/likeness on a website, adding them to a list of names on a monument, scrolling their names on the local news on national holidays, and so many more. Participation in most of these activities requires enrollment and sometimes a fee or donation. Inquire to see what your area does to honor its Veterans, and make sure that your Veteran is included. Honor your Veteran this holiday season.