As we reflect on Veterans Day and recognize the courage and sacrifice of the men and women who have served in the United States armed forces, let’s remember there are meaningful ways to show your appreciation for veterans throughout the year.

Despite your political affiliations, thanking veterans is one thing we must all agree on. Our veterans did not serve red or blue, they fought for the freedom of the entire nation, which we still enjoy today.

Some who served are now part of our most vulnerable population due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are also likely to suffer from depression or other mental health issues.

If you know a veteran who may be struggling, you can refer them to the Texas Veterans Mental Health Department which provides military trauma-informed training and technical assistance to create greater awareness of and access to mental health and employment resources.

Military trauma-affected service members often have difficulty accessing timely mental health resources due to factors, which include; an individual’s difficulty in recognition of their mental health needs, lack of resources available upon recognition of mental health needs, difficulty accessing mental health resources, and a lack of community-level awareness of military-related traumas resulting in mental health conditions.

The Texas Veterans Commission also offers Veterans Employment Services which assists veterans with finding long-term and meaningful employment by conducting job matching services for employers and providing individualized career services to Veterans with significant barriers to employment at American Job Centers, VA facilities, and military installations throughout Texas.

There are many ways to express gratitude. You could attend a local event, buy a veteran a meal or cup of coffee or just offer a simple salute or “thank you for your service.”

The most important thing is to let our veterans know their sacrifice is appreciated has not been forgotten.

On the Net: Texas Veterans Commission,

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