Veteran’s Day is in just a few days and for a day, or a weekend, the country will celebrate our veterans. But veterans are here with us, among us, and around us. They are our friends, our family members, our neighbors, our coworkers, maybe even us. They are not just veterans on Veteran’s Day – they are veterans every day. So, here are some ways, big and small, to say “Thank You” every day:
- Do you own a business? Consider hiring a vet. You might even get a tax credit for doing so. Check out the IRS Work Opportunity Tax Credit and see the requirements. Many returning veterans have difficulties finding and keeping a job. Knowing what these obstacles are will help ensure success. Issues to consider.
- Donate to an organization that helps Veterans. Make sure the group you donate to is a legitimate charitable organization. If you don’t have time to research it, consider donating through your employer, if it is offered. Either way, keep records (receipts, cancelled checks, credit card statements, and/or paperwork from your employer) since your donation may be tax deductible. The US Department of Veterans Affairs gives a list of charities that take donations. Have a charity in mind, and don’t see it at the above list, check out Charity Navigator. Donations can be made once, or regularly, but either way, they help fund programs that help veterans (and sometimes their families) year round. Some charities even accept older vehicles as donations, like Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation.
- Volunteer. There are programs large and small, across the country, that could use your help. One example is the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program, which helps service persons and their spouses fill out and file their tax forms for free. You don’t need to be a CPA to help. The program trains volunteers for a variety of services that range from greeter to tax preparer. If this program interests you, please sign up. Doesn’t sound like you? There are plenty of other programs that need your help. The US Department of Veterans Affairs can you help find volunteer opportunities in your community.
And don’t forget about the little gestures that can be made year around to show your gratitude and support. Offer a smile, a kind word, or a cup of coffee for a service member.