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11 Reasons To Thank A Veteran

Join DAV in thanking those who have served.

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1. They stepped up to this life of service.

A veteran is someone who volunteered their life to protect the American people.
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A veteran is someone who volunteered their life to protect the American people.

2. They left behind their comfort zones...

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3. ...and loved ones, for long stretches of time.

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They spend time away from their families so you can feel safe with yours.

4. Veterans make a commitment that is beyond honorable.

They promise to protect this country at all costs.
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They promise to protect this country at all costs.

5. They bravely put themselves in difficult situations...

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6. ...with no hesitation.

It's impossible to be fully prepared for the things they've seen and the places they've gone, but they show up — every day — with no room for doubt.
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It's impossible to be fully prepared for the things they've seen and the places they've gone, but they show up — every day — with no room for doubt.

7. They give everything they have alongside their fellow servicemen and women.

Fighting hard to protect our freedom.
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Fighting hard to protect our freedom.

8. Some gave everything, leaving behind survivors to remember their strength forever.

Veterans who lost friends in battle may suffer survivor's guilt, which can become an everyday struggle.
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Veterans who lost friends in battle may suffer survivor's guilt, which can become an everyday struggle.

9. Veterans give up a life of normalcy when choosing to enter the armed forces.

Many have a hard time finding jobs and returning to civilian life when they come home.
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Many have a hard time finding jobs and returning to civilian life when they come home.

10. Transitioning back into society is not an easy process.

This is especially true for women veterans. The majority of programs are geared toward males, leaving a gender gap in services available for women veterans.
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This is especially true for women veterans. The majority of programs are geared toward males, leaving a gender gap in services available for women veterans.

11. America is the home of the brave, and veterans are the foundation of that bravery.

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Share your gratitude to those who have served by creating a personalized #ThankAVet video for a loved one in your life. It takes just a few minutes; join DAV in honoring a veteran today.