Thanksgiving is in just a few days. For a lot of us, it’s tough to think about not being with loved ones on this day, but the reality is that there are so many Veterans and men and women actively serving in our Armed Forces, who are not able to celebrate this day like you and I might be accustomed to. It’s nice to know that there are options out there in our communities for our military members to be able to enjoy this day.
Military Base Thanksgiving – On Thanksgiving Day all branches of the military prepare a Thanksgiving Day feast on their bases! It’s not free, however it is usually very inexpensive compared to dining off-base in a restaurant and if you are unable to be home with family and friends, this is the next best place to feel at home. According to recent military regulations, Thanksgiving is considered a ‘special meal’ and open to retired military personnel/veterans when a dining facility does not exceed 100% utilization rate and Veterans can also sign guests in to enjoy the meal with them. If you are a Veteran and interested in attending a Thanksgiving dinner on a local military base, check with them before hand to see what they have planned!
Local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and American Legion (AL) Posts – Every year most of these posts prepare Thanksgiving meals for FREE! You do need a valid membership or can be signed in as a guest of another Veteran. This provides an excellent opportunity to socialize with fellow Veterans in the community. Also, Bingo is often played after the meal for entertainment! Contact your local VFW or AL for more information on their specific event.
Other Veterans Service Organizations – There are many Veterans service organizations both nationally and locally that offer activities and events on the holidays. Click here for the Accredited VSO list provided by the Veterans Administration.
We would like to wish everyone a very Happy and SAFE Thanksgiving and say Thank You to our Veterans and those currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.