In an Op-ed for Fox News, Craigslist founder, Craig Newmark, revealed how much he values Veterans. The entrepreneur went as far as to put his money where his mouth is.
“Today’s members of the United States military are tomorrow’s veterans. For the people now serving in our nation’s armed forces, who put their lives on the line to protect us at home, the very least we can do is support them and their families,” wrote Newmark.
Newmark detailed the things that military families sacrifice: being together on holidays, birthdays, and other special occasions. That, he says, is “just the tip of the iceberg.”
“I’m not a veteran, so I can only imagine that peace of mind rarely comes to those whose loved ones live and serve overseas, particularly those who put themselves in harm’s way,” he added.
Because the military families sacrifice so much to keep America safe, he says Americans have a duty to “not only to respect them… but also to stand with them, to offer a hand when they can’t catch a break and lend our voices when theirs aren’t heard.”
He added, “Because no matter your stance on war, we should all get behind the people who serve.”
He challenged people to repay their debts to military families and veterans by donating their resources, including time, money, and expertise. We should start on Veterans Day but not forget that the need is year-round.
If you donate via DonorsChoose.org, an organization that assists students and teachers across the U.S. by helping to provide the tools and experiences they need for a great education, then Newmark will match your donation $1 to $1.
Right now, you can go to that website and donate to schools in areas with a high percentage of students from military families.
“This means you can assist members of the military by helping their kids receive the quality education that every child deserves, but doesn’t always get,” wrote Newmark.
If you don’t feel called to donate to education, make sure to show your appreciation for veterans in some other way. We can’t take their sacrifices for granted.
“Whatever you choose, find a way to show military families and veterans that the people of this country stand with them. Otherwise, we don’t deserve their service,” concluded Newmark.
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