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Homelessness among American veterans Studies show that veterans are overre presented in the country’s homeless popu lation and are more likely than nonvete rans to become homeless at some point during their lifetime. According to a study by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), there are about 40,000 homeless veterans in America. Although homeless ness among veterans has dropped substan tially since 2009 (by as much as 45 percent), between 2016 and 2017 it inc reased for the first time since 2010. How to talk to your kids about Veterans Day The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other government organizations have worked to end veteran homelessness for decades but still have a long way to go. If you’re looking for a way to help, consider volunteering or donating to a homeless shelter in your community or a charity that supports veterans and their families. • Make sure they understand what a veteran is. Explain to your children that a veteran is anyone who’s served in the armed forces and put themself in danger to defend their country. If you have friends or family members who are veterans, indicate this to your children and consider having these individuals talk with them about their experiences serving. The vast majority (91 percent) of ho meless veterans are men. Black veterans have a higher risk of becoming homeless than white veterans. Veterans often report finding it difficult and disorienting to reintegrate into civi lian life after returning from active duty. Many of the former servicemen and ser vicewomen who end up living on the streets suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as other mental illnesses like depression and anxiety. Substance abuse problems and injuries sustained during service are also common. These conditions often prevent veterans from finding or keeping profitable jobs and affordable housing. The centennial commemoration of Armistice Day This Veterans Day marks the 100th anniver sary of the armistice that ended World War I. On November 11, 1918, the European Allies signed an agreement with Germany that ended all hostilities on the Western Front. The agreement was signed by German and Allied military leaders in the private train carriage of the Supreme Allied Comman der Ferdinand Foch in Compiegne, France and went into effect at 11 o’clock in the morning — “the eleventh hour of the ele venth day of the eleventh month.” Although the war didn’t offi cially end until the si gning of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919, the armistice on November 11 effecti vely brought “the Great War” to its longawaited close. War until April 1917, approximately two million Americans served in the war and over 116,000 Americans died in combat. Since then, our country has been involved in many major military conflicts around the world and today, there are over 20.4 million American veterans. 1. Give a veteran a ride to a doctor’s appointment. Many veterans who are di sabled or infirm struggle with mobility issues and may not be able to drive themselves around. Consi der volunteering for the De partment of Veteran Affairs Transportation Network to drive veterans to their medi cal appointments. This Veterans Day, we honor the men and women who served our country while re membering the armistice that marked the end of one of the deadliest conflicts that the world has ever seen. Many countries comme morate Armistice Day on November 11 each year, often marking the occasion with a mo ment of silence at 11 a.m. In the U.S., we re cognize the date as Ve terans Day, a time to honor all Americans who once served in the military. While the U.S. didn’t enter the First World You can also encourage your lawmakers to push for more resources for veterans, especially when it comes to mental health services. Five things you can do to support veterans If you’re looking for a mea ningful way to mark Veterans Day this year, consider these five ways to support vete rans in your community and around the country. 2. Raise a service dog. Volunteer to help train a service dog to become a companion for a veteran. Organizations like Patriot Paws raise service dogs to help veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and physical disabilities. 3. Send a thank-you letter or care package. Write letters expressing your thanks to the vets in your life. If you don’t have any veterans in your family, the organization Operation Gratitude can help you send letters and care packages to veterans. 4. Participate in a Stand Down event. Stand Downs are events in which services are offe red to homeless veterans, including food, clothing, shelter, health screenings, substance abuse treatment and veteran benefits counseling. These events typically last for one to three days. Volunteer to help facilitate a Stand Down event in your community. 5. Donate to charities that help veterans. Your donations don’t have to be financial contri butions. Organizations like AMVETS and Vietnam Veterans of America will pick up your used clothes and household items to donate or sell at discounted prices to veterans and their families. You can even donate frequent flyer miles to the families of injured veterans so that their loved ones can travel to be with them in military hospitals across the country. Veterans Day can be a difficult holiday for children to grasp. It’s embedded with ma ture themes like war, sacrifice and patrio tism and is much more somber than occa sions that occur around the same time like Halloween and Thanksgiving. Nevertheless, it’s good for children to understand the si gnificance of Veterans Day from a young age so they don’t come to see it as just ano ther day off from school. Here are some tips for talking to children about Veterans Day. ‘The Poppy Lady’: the woman behind the Veterans Day symbol brate veterans with parades and other tri butes on this day. • Ask them to choose a way to celebrate Veterans Day. Suggest some ways that you can honor vets as a family this Ve terans Day; for instance, by attending a parade, making thankyou cards and care packages or volunteering in a local vete rans home or hospital. Ask your kids to choose what activity you do and explain why they think it’s the best way to sup port veterans. After you get home, discuss the experience and what you learned as a family. • Explain the meaning of Veterans Day. Tell your kids that Veterans Day is a time reserved for thanking all the veterans in our families and commu nities for risking their lives to protect us. That’s why we cele Four questions about Veterans Day answered This year, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs official Vete rans Day poster commemorates the centennial of the armistice that ended World War I and prominently features one of the war’s most famous symbols: the bloodred poppy. The association of the poppy with World War I comes from Cana dian John McCrae’s famous poem, “In Flanders Fields,” which describes poppies growing over makeshift graves on the battle fields of war-torn Belgium. However, many people don’t realize that without the efforts of American professor, Moina Michael, the poppy wouldn’t have become the wellknown symbol honoring war veterans that it is today. Michael first read McCrae’s poem only days before the armistice on November 11, 1918. She was especially moved by the poem’s final lines: “If ye break faith with us who die / We shall not sleep, though poppies grow / In Flanders fields.” Determined not to “break faith” with the soldiers who lost their lives, Michael made a vow to wear a red poppy yearround to commemorate the war and honor those who served. After the war, Michael started teaching classes for disabled veterans and soon realized that many former servicemen were in need of financial support and employment op portunities. She began a letter-writing campaign advocating that artificial poppies be sold and distributed to raise funds for veterans. Making poppies also provided work to veterans with disabilities hindering them from finding jobs. Because of her work on behalf of veterans, Michael became a national hero affectio nately known as “The Poppy Lady.” Her efforts led the American Legion to adopt the poppy as its memorial symbol. Today, the poppy is internationally recognized as a symbol of World War I remembrance and serves as a tribute to war veterans. In honor of Veterans Day 2018 (the cen tennial of Armistice Day), we answer four common questions about the holiday. 1. When is Veterans Day obserVeD? Veterans Day is always observed November 11, a date that commemorates the peace agreement signed on November 11, 1918 that brought an end to the fighting during World War I. Since Veterans Day falls on a Sunday this year, some federal government offices, schools and businesses may be closed on Monday, November 12 in obser vance of the holiday. 2. hoW is Veterans Day Different from memorial Day? Memorial Day, celebra ted each year on the last Monday in May, is a day to remember those who lost their lives while ser ving in the U.S. military. Veterans Day is intended to honor all Americans, living and dead, who’ve been in the armed forces. It’s a time to thank the veterans in our commu nities as well as the men and women who are cur rently serving our country. 3. is Veterans Day celebrateD in other countries? In countries like Canada, the UK, France and Aus tralia, November 11 is a day to remember the armistice that ended World War I and those who fought in their countries’ armed forces. In these countries, however, the focus is on remembering those who sacri ficed their lives rather than honoring living veterans. 4. Which spelling is correct: Veterans Day, Veteran’s Day or Veterans’Day? Although Veteran’s Day and Veterans’ Day are commonly used, the correct spelling is Veterans Day. According to the U.S. Depart ment of Veterans Affairs website, the pos sessive form is incorrect “because it is not a day that ‘belongs’ to veterans, it is a day for honoring all veterans.” How to show appreciation for military personnel Military personnel are unsung heroes whose sacrifices for their country make it possible for hundreds of millions of people to enjoy freedoms that many people across the globe do not have. In recognition of those sacrifices, many people want to show their appreciation to both active and retired servicemen and women. Fortunately, there are many ways to do just that. ¥ Pitch in at home. According to the United States Department of Defense, the United States military currently deploys active duty personnel in nearly 150 countries. Many of those troops are separated from their families for months at a time, and that separation can make things difficult for their loved ones back home. If a neighborÕs spouse is deployed overseas, offer to help around the house. Whe ther itÕs mowing their lawn, dropping their kids off at school or inviting the whole family over for dinner one night each week, such gestures can go a long way to ward easing the burden faced by spouses of deployed military personnel. ¥ Send gifts to active personnel. Servicemen and women on active duty do not enjoy many of the luxuries that tend to be taken for granted back home. But men and women who want to show their appreciation can send care packages to active personnel serving overseas. An organization such as Operation Gratitude (opera tiongratitude.com), which to date has sent nearly 1.3 million care packages to ac tive personnel, sends care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, personal hygiene products and handmade items. This provides active personnel a taste of home while also letting them know their extraordinary efforts are appreciated and not forgotten. 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Unfortunately, many servicemen and women return home from their deployments with injuries or health conditions that re quire long-term care. By volunteering at veteran hospitals, men and women can help veterans overcome their injuries and provide muchneeded help to staff at hospitals that could use a helping hand. Visit volunteer.va.gov for more infor mation. ¥ Make a financial donation. For those who want to support servicemen and women but donÕt have much free time to do so, financial donations can go a long way toward improving the quality of life of active and retired military personnel. Many programs work with veterans to improve their quality of life, and such organizations rely heavily on financial donations to make their mis sions a reality. The Wounded Warrior Project (woundedwarriorproject.org), for example, works to honor and empower servicemen and women who incurred physical or mental injuries or illnesses on or after September 11, 2001. 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