An extra day off from work and school, spending fun time with family, having neighborhood barbecues, and of course the opening weekend of camping season – that’s Memorial Day.

With the nicer, sunny weather finally coming and fun to be had, it’s easy to get sidetracked from the true meaning and reason for the Memorial Day holiday.

Memorial Day is a time to honor those brave heroes throughout our country’s history who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our protection, our freedoms, and our way of life. While many people are out in the sun, eating hot dogs and potato salad, just having a good time with friends and family, there are those whose loved ones never returned home from war. There are more still who returned home to never be the same, physically and/or emotionally, again.

This holiday, please remember those who fought to protect our liberty. Many of these men and women still fight a daily battle due to their service to this country. Take time to say thank you to a veteran, shake their hand, and show your gratitude for the sacrifices they made. Volunteer at a veterans’ organization, send a care package to a soldier overseas, or donate to a worthy veteran’s cause. There are many great ways to thank these heroes and remember those who never returned home.

Making A Difference Foundation believes in giving back to those who have served their country, regardless of branch or type of service. Our Homes 4 Veterans program helps homeless disabled veterans and their families with subsidized housing and case management services. It is geared to help the family stabilize, gain financial education and resources, and learn the skills to become self-sufficient while adapting to their new disability as a result of their military service.

MADF also offers Blair’s Sanctuary Garden program to women veterans that gives them the opportunity to learn valuable entrepreneurial and crop management skills while gaining peace, acceptance, healing, and serenity as they participate in the program. The women veterans bond through shared experiences, giving them the ability to form lifelong friendships with each other. They also continue to serve the community through the organic, sustainable food they grow within the garden.

These are just a couple of the ways that our agency gives back to these brave men and women. If you would like to help us give back to our community’s veterans, you can make a financial donation to these programs or volunteer your time with us. Either way, whether through our agency or some other veteran organization, we challenge you to invest in our nation’s veterans and remind them they are not forgotten and that their selflessness is truly appreciated.