It’s Veterans Day and we bet you’re wondering how to give back to the more than 22 million brave men and women who do so much to keep our country safe. Well, we’ve got you covered. We asked Stand up for Heroes founders Lee and Bob Woodruff to share 7 legit and meaningful ways to help veterans, service members and their families. We promise, if you follow even one of their suggestions (and we hope you’ll follow more) you’ll feel oh, so much better about yourself in the morning!

1. Attend a parade with your family: Our town has a Veteran’s Day ceremony, and we don’t see many children there. Bring your kids so they can learn and understand that since the founding of this country, people have served in the military to defend our nation and help those in need – and some have sacrificed everything.

2. Talk to your children about the different military services and what it means to be a veteran, or a veteran’s child.

3. Learn who the military families are in your community and introduce yourself to one. Many military families feel disconnected from their civilian neighbors, especially due to the high frequency of relocating due to service. Make the simplest gesture of all – offer to be a friend.

4. Identify local veterans and their families who might be in need, and perform a random act of kindness. Drop off a gift certificate for a manicure or a gift for the kids. This is a way to say thank you to a military family in a concrete way.

5. See if a veteran would come speak at your child’s school or classroom about their service.

6. Donate frequent flier miles through the Heroes Mileage Program of Fisher House Organization. They help bring family members to the bedside of injured service members.

7. Donate to the Bob Woodruff Foundation! Or become a regular — like Bruce   Springsteen and Jon Stewart — at their annual fundraiser Stand Up for Heroes! Learn more about their mission here.


Bob and Lee Woodruff know that life can change in an instant. In 2006 ABC World News Tonight anchor Bob Woodruff was seriously wounded by a roadside bomb while covering the Iraq War. He was rushed to an American military hospital for brain surgery and spent 36 days in a medically-induced coma. Once the family knew that Bob would not just survive but thrive, they began to think of how they could use their experience to help other wounded military members and their families. They created the Bob Woodruff Foundation to ensure that our nation’s veterans, service members and their families have the best support and services for as long as they need. They find, fund, and shape innovative programs to help our impacted veterans, service members and their families thrive.