Supporting troops isn’t always easy, but military families and friends can take some simple steps to honor those who serve.

This post will list many things everyone can do to support troops. We might not be able to make a difference in Iraq or Afghanistan, but who knows? Maybe one of these things will catch someone serving overseas’ eye or ear (or even the heart).

Why Supporting The Troops Is Important

Sometimes the simple stuff makes all the difference for soldiers. It shows that someone cares about what their family is going through and has a sense of humor about it all.

Here are a few things you can do to show your support.

Donate To Military Charities

Dozens of military charities would love to receive your money. You might consider donating to veterans charities or donate to charities that help those who are actively serving. Even if you can’t afford much, donating $50-$100 each month is a great way to say “thank you” and give back!

Write Letters To Deployed Soldiers

If you have an address for soldiers in a combat area such as Iraq or anywhere else, consider writing them a letter. It can make their day to receive mail from home. A lot of wives and girlfriends enjoy writing letters as well, and letters are something that will always feel special for soldiers. 

Visit Wounded Soldiers In The Hospital

Some soldiers have lost their limbs, been injured in combat, or been injured in a training exercise. If you can visit them at the hospital and show them they are still loved and appreciated, please do so! It can be hard to see people in a bad way, but it is important to show them they are loved and appreciated.

Attend Troops’ Rallies Or Events

Some soldiers have town or county meetings to share their experiences or invite local groups to hear their stories. Sometimes troops have small local events you can attend to let them know you support them. If a soldier comes to your church, visit them there and offer your support.

Attend Military Family Events

You would be surprised how many military events there are in your area.

Most of these events are free, and you must show up and enjoy them. They will be hosting events at large department stores or shopping malls. You just need to look online and find out what they are doing.

Also, look on Facebook for militia groups or other organizations that might have monthly patriotic days throughout the year, such as Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, and the 4th of July. These are often organized by military families who organize events for all military members and their families.

Hire Veterans

Many veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan are looking for job opportunities, some of which can be great opportunities to support the troops. Some employers might have “Military Friendly” policies; this is a great way to support veterans and have them working for you!

This is a great way to show your support and also offer military veterans a helping hand as they recover from their postings. Many of these veterans have trouble finding jobs; making it easier is one way you can help