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Honoring Our Veterans in 2020

Few groups deserve our recognition, respect and gratitude more than the brave men and women who have served in the U.S. military. These upstanding individuals sacrifice so much so that we can preserve our way of life. 

Can’t Be Thankful Enough
The Mitchell Agency would like to begin 2020 by expressing our appreciation to all our veterans for their service to our country.   We are eternally grateful for the dedication and sacrifice that the members of the armed services display every day.  To these men and women who have served, we say “Thank You”.  To those who are currently serving our country we are deeply indebted and pray for your safe return to your families.

Calling All Citizens
We would like to encourage our local citizens to take some time in the coming year to honor one of our veterans.  Below are a few suggestions as to how ….

  • Say “thank you!”
    If you personally know a veteran, whether they live close by or states away, make an effort to simply say “thanks!”
  • Write a letter or send a care package.
    Send a veteran a handwritten letter or care package with a small gift and some of their favorite snacks.
  • Treat a vet to lunch, dinner or a cup of coffee.
    Inviting a veteran to a local restaurant or coffeehouse is guaranteed to make their day. Prepare a few questions to ask about their time in the military.
  • Offer to help with household chores.
    Many of our vets who took part in WWII, Korea and Vietnam are likely to be senior citizens and possibly living on their own.  Help a vet with household tasks such as vacuuming, dusting, laundry or mowing the yard.
  • Make a commitment to volunteer.
    Find time to volunteer at the Veterans Home and at local events on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
  • Donate to a cause that supports veterans. Consider making a donation to groups that support our veterans. Encourage your friends and family members to do the same.
  • Invite a veteran to speak at your child’s school. Invite a veteran to talk about their experiences or host a Q&A session at your child’s school. Many young people do not understand the sacrifices veterans have made to protect us and our freedoms.
  • Support veteran-owned companies.
    The Census Bureau estimates that there are nearly 2.5 million veteran-owned businesses in the United States. Find a veteran-owned company near you and pay them a visit today!

Honor Flight of Greater Lafayette
Honor Flight of Greater Lafayette flies WWII, Korea and terminally ill veterans from all wars, to visit and tour many of the monuments and sites in Washington, D.C.

Vets on these one day trips are accompanied by a guardian to ensure each veteran has a safe, memorable and rewarding experience. To learn more about this service and when their next scheduled flight is call 765-357-1000 or email [email protected].

Don’t Forget Those Who Are Currently Serving
The United States has several thousand troops currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.  There are groups in the Greater Lafayette area that send our troops overseas cards, care packages and other items.  To find out more about these groups go to

There is also an opportunity to help the family of a service member stationed overseas.  Without the father or mother home, families with young children can always use some help.  Offer to watch their children or run an errand for them, share in a car pool, or have the family over for a meal.  This is a great way to show appreciation for the sacrifices the families make when their loved one is not at home.