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A veteran is a person who has served or is serving in the armed forces. Veterans that have had direct exposure to acts of military conflict may also be referred to as war veterans. Many countries have longstanding traditions, ceremonies, and holidays to honor their veterans.

Simple Ways to Honor Veterans

  • Give Veterans an opportunity to tell their stories
  • Respect Veterans’ service, their feelings, and any suggestions they might offer
  • Thank Veterans for their service to our country
  • Show appreciation for the families of Veterans
  • Always be sincere, caring, compassionate and ready and able to listen to what a Veteran or his or her family member has to share about the situation they are dealing with
  • Be supportive and non-judgmental and always validate their feelings and concerns
  • Be honest, sincere, caring and respectful
  • Accept, without judgment, the Veteran as he/she is It might take longer for some Veterans to trust you – Be patient and listen
  • Show respect for the flag and the country it represents
  • Do the best you can with the freedom they fought to protect

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