Show your support on Veterans Day 2022

Show your support on Veterans Day 2022

On November 11 of each year, the United States celebrates Veterans Day, a time dedicated to the brave men and women in uniform who served in the US Armed Forces.

This year’s theme, “Honor,” selected by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), celebrates the spirit of bravery and service demonstrated by the nation’s 18 million veterans from all walks of life. US Armed Forces, all of whom have made countless personal achievements. sacrifices so Americans can continue to enjoy the freedoms and values ​​they hold dear.

Listed below are some ways you can honor our veterans this year.

1. Donate to a veterans organization

Veterans organizations do much-needed and important work supporting soldiers after service in a wide variety of areas, from mental health support to career planning and more.

This Veterans Day, please consider donating to any of the following non-profit organizations for veterans:

2. Attend a Veterans Day event

Veterans Day events, including concerts, dinners, fairs, and parades, will take place across the country on November 11, 2022. These events provide American civilians with ample opportunities to show their support.

When it comes to supporting the men and women who have served in the US military, simply “showing up” is important and meaningful. It is perhaps the easiest way to show your support.

Look in your local newspaper or dig into online searches to find Veterans Day 2022 events in your community.

3. Take the time to ask a veteran about their service

The sacrifices veterans make are often underestimated. Taking the time to talk with a veteran can help you know that their sacrifices continue to be noticed and appreciated.

Some good questions to ask could be:

  • When was he drafted or when did he enlist? If he enlisted, what were some of his reasons for joining the military?
  • What was your job(s)/assignment(s) during your service?
  • What war(s) did you serve in (WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf)?

4. Visit a VA hospital

Donating to charities is a great way to show your support for America’s veterans, but you can also donate your time. In honor of Veterans Day this year, consider signing up to volunteer at a local VA hospital.

Although the severity of the coronavirus pandemic has eased to some extent, please check with your local VA hospital and follow any rules or restrictions to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

5. Bring dinner to a veteran’s home

The love and care that goes into preparing a home-cooked meal can be very moving. However, the potential for exposure to COVID-19 makes hosting a dinner party challenging, especially for older veterans with autoimmune diseases.

So, in honor of Veterans Day this year, consider preparing a home-cooked meal for a veteran and leaving it on their doorstep with instructions on how to reheat it.

6. Fly an American flag

If you can fly the American flag where you live, there’s no better time than November to proudly display the country’s red, white and blue colors. Around this time of year, many Americans choose to fly the flag and keep it flying throughout the holiday season.

7. Shop at veteran-owned businesses

As veterans return to normal civilian life and begin to contribute to the workforce, it is vital that members of the community find ways to support their work. A great way to show your appreciation is by shopping at a local veteran-owned business. Check to see if there are veteran-owned businesses in your neighborhood.

Shopping online is also a great way to support veteran-owned businesses across the country.

Some popular veteran-owned businesses include:

8. Learn about the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day

Confusing Memorial Day with Veterans Day is a common mistake many Americans make. The mistake can rightly frustrate veterans and perhaps make them feel that others don’t care or understand the sacrifices they’ve made.

So if you haven’t already, be sure to remember the difference between Memorial Day, which honors service members who have died, and Veterans Day, which recognizes and honors all of America’s veterans.

9. Express your gratitude

On the surface, it may not be easy to tell how deep a veteran’s scars may run, and the personal work, commitment, and sacrifice it takes to heal those scars cannot be underestimated.

The least any non-military member can do is express their heartfelt gratitude for the men and women who were willing to put themselves in harm’s way to help defend America at home and abroad.

This Veterans Day, take the extra time and effort to let a veteran know that their sacrifices are deeply appreciated. Saying “Thank you for your service” may seem like a small gesture, but it can be very helpful.

Veterans and service-connected illnesses

During this time of year, it is especially important to remember veterans whose military assignments have unknowingly affected their health.

Asbestos exposure and mesothelioma

US veterans currently account for 33% of all patients diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare and deadly form of cancer caused by repeated exposure to asbestos.

Veterans of the US Navy are at a higher risk of developing mesothelioma, as the presence of asbestos in US Navy ships and shipyards was prevalent before the 1970s.

Veterans whose mesothelioma diagnosis is related to the work they did while in the military may be entitled to compensation.

By filing a mesothelioma lawsuit, these veterans can seek justice by suing the manufacturers of asbestos-containing products, not the US Military or the government, and receive mesothelioma settlements.

Exposure to toxic water at Camp Lejeune

Veterans who were stationed at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina for a minimum of 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 may have developed serious illnesses from exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.

did you know Doesn’t filing a Camp Lejeune lawsuit affect your current VA benefits in any way?

Veterans diagnosed with service-connected health conditions who qualify to file a Camp Lejeune claim may continue to receive their current VA benefits in addition to the financial compensation they may receive from a Camp Lejeune settlement.

These are two separate forms of compensation, and it is possible to receive both at the same time.

Additionally, Camp Lejeune lawsuits can be filed on behalf of veterans who have died but would have been eligible if they were alive today. This means that family members can file this type of lawsuit on behalf of their loved ones seeking financial compensation.

Military wells to burn

Similarly, Iraq War veterans who served during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn between March 19, 2003 and December 15, 2011 may have been exposed to toxic gases and chemicals released into the air. in military combustion pits.

These fumes and chemicals have affected the health of many Iraq War veterans, increasing their risk of developing various types of cancer.

Military Firefighters and PFAS Exposure

Another group of veterans who are at risk for serious and life-threatening illnesses are firefighters who served in the armed forces.

As part of their job, firefighters sometimes use a type of foam called aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF), which contains chemicals called perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

Repeated exposure to PFAS is known to cause several types of cancer, including:

  • Bladder cancer
  • breast cancer
  • Colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon and/or rectum)
  • Leukemia
  • Liver
  • lymphoma
  • pancreatic cancer
  • prostate cancer
  • kidney or kidney cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Thyroid cancer

Veterans who have been exposed to firefighting foam and developed one or more of the above health conditions as a result may be entitled to AFFF settlements for the harm they have suffered.

Help from a VA accredited attorney

At Sokolove Law, we are committed to supporting America’s veterans. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a serious service-related illness, you may be eligible for financial compensation.

By working with Sokolove Law, you can partner with a VA accredited attorney who has years of experience helping veterans and their families.

Call us today at (800) 995-1212 for a free case review.

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