How can we honor our veterans on Veterans Day and every day?

My daughter-in-law, Jeri, has a compassionate heart for veterans.  When she sees a soldier, no matter where she is, she goes directly to that soldier, holds or shakes her or his hand, and says, “Thank You! Thank You for serving our country.” Sometimes that is all that is said, but more often she engages that individual in a conversation.

Recently, when Jeri and her husband were in the airport, she saw an older gentleman with a WWII hat on and immediately engaged him in a conversation. His name was Jim and he was on his way for a reunion with other veteran buddies who had flown together.

Much to his dismay, the flight was canceled. Jeff, Jeri’s husband, had secured the last rental car. So what would you do? What do you think Jeri did? Of course, she invited Jim to ride with them. He did and made it to his reunion because of their kindness.


This is Jim.  Decorated, retired Air Force pilot, search and rescue pilot, freight pilot, humanitarian award recipient. He has great energy, wonderful spirit. An all-around cool dude. What stories are in that mind? Wow. What a life!

So start a Jeri habit: Whenever you see a soldier, find a way to honor him or her.

For more ideas on how to honor a vet, consider these ideas on how to honor a veteran.





Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder is the founder of the Wisdom of the Wounded ministry. She lives in Holland, Michigan with her husband Larry.


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