The United States Military is one of the strongest not just in battle, but in home life too.
The military is constantly celebrated by the American people, but May is one of the biggest months for celebrations. May has three major military holidays, Military Spouse Appreciation Day, Armed Forces Day, and Memorial Day. These three holidays are significant.
These holidays are one way we celebrate our military, but there are other ways they are being celebrated and represented.
The first is the support we give our military when they come back and adjust to society.
The need for support has increased for soldiers serving in Iran and Iraq.
We support them through rehabilitation programs. It is often hard for ex-military men and women to readjust. Rehabilitation programs make the transition easier and play a huge part in the soldier’s everyday life.
One program that I am very fond of is Compensated Work Therapy. This program is facilitated by a partnership between the Smithsonian and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The main purpose of the Compensated Work Therapy program is “to match and support work ready veterans in competitive jobs, and to consult with business and industry regarding their specific employment needs”.
This program is not just about helping soldiers reestablish themselves in society, but making sure they have a good job for the long haul. They offer many services not just to veterans, but to employers as well.
This one program offers so much empowerment and confidence to veterans in just one simple way.
The second is the way small home towns support and celebrate veterans.
In the town where I live there is this quaint little place called Richards Coffee Shop.
Richard’s Coffee has been a Mooresville staple for many years. Their main goal is to show their appreciation, support and to remember the veterans and the current service men.
The shop was started by Richard Warren, a veteran of the U.S Army, Vietnam Huey gunship pilot. He opened the shop with the name Pat’s Gourmet Coffee Shop. He named it for his wife Pat.
Richard made sure the shop stood for something and it would always last. He died in 2009, but before he died he managed to set up a non-profit foundation known as “Welcome Home Veterans”. This foundation made sure his goal lasted and made an impact. You can still donate today on their site.
After Richard’s death, Pat’s coffee closed. Later in 2009, it reopened as Richards Coffee Shop and Military Museum. It’s located just a few doors down from where the original Pat’s Gourmet Coffee Shop was located.
Richards Coffee Shop served, and still does, as a place for veterans to gather and share stories. Soon it turned into a place for them to bring artifacts and became known as a “Living Military Museum”. It is still known by that today.
The shop is run by volunteers who work Monday thru Saturday. They have worked hard to preserve Richard’s dream and show their support for the military and veteran community. Visit it if you can! It houses a plethora of artifacts from all military campaigns.
The work Richard’s Coffee and the Compensated Work Therapy program are doing is just one way veterans are being supported and celebrated. Our veterans and current military men and women put their lives on the line for us and we will never be able to fully repay them, but we can start by showing support and celebrating them.
Supporting and celebrating veterans and current military men and women are a Financial Strategy for Life. It may not do anything to put money in your pocket, but it does put admiration and happiness in your heart.
Take the time to show your support no matter what day of the week, month, or holiday it is.
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