Published Date: 11/03/2014
By Pat Rountree
President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation on June 1, 1954 designating November 11 as a day to celebrate American veterans of all wars. While we are grateful every day for those who have served to fight for our freedom and preserve our nation, this day that has been set aside for special recognition is a great opportunity to recognize employees who have served (and are currently serving) and to say “Thank You.”
Employers can also help by considering and hiring veterans. (See http://www.hireveterans.com to see resume of veterans or to post your openings.)
Following are some ideas for Veterans Day:
- Honor your own employees for their service (you can advise employees you want to honor them on Veterans Day and ask anyone who would like to participate to let you know). Certificates of recognition are available at http://www.wehonorveterans.org/.
- Give employees an opportunity to participate in an event or service opportunity for veterans. Attend a Veterans Day celebration and personally thank vets for their service.
- Visit veterans at a VA hospital if one is in your area, or in hospices.
- Send cards to veterans to thank them for their service.
- Offer to match employee donations to Wounded Warriors Project or other organizations that support veterans (http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/).
- Advise employees how they can volunteer personally to help veterans if they are interested. (See http://j.mp/vm-v)
- Give a company gift to a veterans’ organization and make employees aware of organizations they can contact to give personally [examples: Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) or American Legion]. There are a number of homeless veterans that need our help.
November 11 is Veterans Day. Let’s give back and inspire employees to do the same.