With Veterans Day just around the corner on Friday, November 11, we at G.I. Tax would like to encourage you to join us in honoring all the brave men and women who have served our country – both past and present – and also offer some suggestions as to how you can help show veterans in your community the support they deserve.

Before searching for ways to give back to those who have put their life on the line to protect our freedoms, it’s important to first understand when and how this holiday arose and why we continue to observe it to this day.

A Brief History of Veterans Day

On November 11, 1918, an armistice was declared, bringing an end to all fighting between Germany and the allied nations, marking the official end of World War I. One year later, President Wilson gave this day of ceasefire the official name of Armistice Day. Nearly 20 years later in 1938, Armistice Day was deemed a federal holiday in the U.S., and on June 1, 1954 President Eisenhower officially changed the name to Veterans Day. We continue to observe and celebrate this holiday each year on November 11, no matter what day of the week it happens to fall.1 Memorial Day vs. Veterans Day Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day and mistakenly assume they are interchangeable words for the same holiday. While both holidays honor the men and women who have served in the military, Memorial Day is a time to remember and pay due respect to those who died while selflessly serving our country in a war, whereas Veterans Day is a time to celebrate soldiers who are still alive and have served in the armed forces at any time, regardless if it was during a time of peace or war.

Ways You Can Help Honor and Show Your Support for the Brave Veterans in Your Community2

  • Pay a visit to sick or wounded veterans in a local hospital
  • Offer clothing, a meal or other type of care package to veterans near you
  • Search for a local organization that serves veterans and volunteer your time and service
  • If you have any specialized skills, consider offering them to a neighboring veteran or military family
  • Go to www.serve.gov and search for volunteer opportunities near you using the keyword “veterans”
  • If you’re in a position to do so, consider making a donation to a homeless veteran service provider or other similar charitable organization
  • Get involved with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization and give a disabled vet near you a free ride to the VA medical facilities
  • And the simplest tip of all – next time you see a vet, take a moment to show them genuine kindness and extend a heartfelt “thank you” for all they’ve done

Supporting our military-based community is important to us at GI Tax because we have many family members, employees and customers currently in active duty or with Veteran status. With this in mind, our team donates $10 from each tax return filed with us and regularly volunteers in local fundraising opportunities to support our local heroes. Whether you are looking for income tax preparations, discount homeowner and auto insurance rates, or to participate in our next volunteer opportunity call us today to learn more about how to participate year-round.

 

GI Tax would like to thank all the community members who voted for us to win Florida Today’s “Best Tax Preparation” Best of Brevard Award for 2016.We are honored and look forward to the opportunity to continue servicing and supporting the specific career and tax preparation needs for individuals in our local area. Additionally, we would like to thank all those who are currently serving or have served in our military this Veterans Day, especially those from the units of our neighboring Patrick Air Force base. The work you do inspires us every day!

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1http://www.latintimes.com/why-do-we-celebrate-veterans-day-10-things-kno... 2http://www.serve.gov/servegov-blog-article/10-ways-support-and-honor-vet...