This month, we want to focus on celebrating our nation’s heroes – veterans. Do you have a special veteran in your life? When was the last time you asked them about their experience in the service or gave them a little gift to show your appreciation? Even if you do not have a veteran you know well, there are many ways to say thank you to the heroes in the Reno/Sparks community and ways that the community is giving back.

Take a look at these easy, yet meaningful, ways to show a veteran you care.

Attend the annual Veterans Day Parade – In Downtown Reno on Monday November 11th from 11:00-12:00. The parade marches through the heart of downtown Reno and honors those who have sacrificed to protect our country. ROTC units, marching bands and flag-waving citizens turn out in force. Honoring our veterans with this parade and concert following the parade is just one of many ways we can say, "Thank you for your service."

Operation Sweaters for Veterans In conjunction with more than a thousand Veterans & Family Memorial Care providers nationwide, Walton’s Funerals & Cremations is sponsoring the VFMC Operation Sweaters for Veterans initiative throughout Northern Nevada and Susanville Friday through Nov. 15. Walton’s and co-sponsors are collecting new or gently used sweaters and gloves, which will be delivered to the Homeless Veterans Outreach Program and other veterans service organizations. For addresses of drop-off locations in your area, visit or call 775-323-7189.

Free Meal for Veterans – Many local restaurants are offering a free meal on Veterans Day. Chili’s, Applebee’s, Einstein Bagels and Red Robin are some local restaurants that are offering free meals to thank our veterans.

One of the most important things you can do and something we do at Senior Helpers every day is Listen. Sometimes just listening to a veteran talk about their past is the best gift of all. You will also find they have some of the most interesting stories to tell!

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