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Veterans Day has come and gone, and it has been heartening to see tributes to the nation’s servicemen and women, including multiple local residents both living and deceased, for the past few days on social media platforms.

Their service, to defend the freedoms entailed in the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the amendments that followed, is most worthy of our attention and honor.

But, now that the holiday is over, let’s make an effort to honor our veterans with more than lip service and Facebook likes.

There are many opportunities to help, especially when it comes to the community’s aging veterans, from the World War II and Korean War eras. If you have time or help to give, contact the local VFW post or Senior Citizens Center to volunteer your services and take the opportunity to give something back to those who gave so much, sacrificing their youth, their innocence, and in some cases their lives in service to the nation.

If you know a veteran yourself, make it a point to contact him or her and make sure their needs are being met.

And, simplest of all, if you see veterans on the street or around the community, take the time to thank them for their service.

On the national level, stay abreast of the current actions and administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and contact your elected officials to support improved treatment and services for veterans under VA care. A few minutes may be all it takes to make a difference.

TIMES LEADER editorial. Times Leader is part of the Kentucky New Era Media Group.

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