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Honoring our Veterans with “Random Acts of Gratitude”

 honor veteransAmerica was founded on the principles of freedom, justice, and liberty for all. Our Nation’s soldiers serve every day to protect our country and these ideals. In honor of Veterans Day, Amac is launching its first annual “Random Acts of Gratitude Month.”

For the entire month of November we are asking ALL Americans to commit to performing at least one Random Act of Gratitude to express your appreciation to those who have served, or are currently serving, our country.

We are calling on AMAC members to lead the way in honoring those who have so bravely served this country!

Perhaps you can send an anonymous gift to a vet you know, or spend a few hours visiting a veteran’s facility. Maybe you see a soldier at a restaurant and you pick up the tab. Every act of gratitude counts. Whether you are in a position to give a vet a job, or you simply say “Thank You” to a veteran or active duty personnel, every action is priceless.

Let us know what you are doing to honor the sacrifices of America’s 25 million veterans. Share your stories, videos, and ideas for Random Acts of Gratitude here, or email us at

Are you a veteran or active duty service member? We would love to know what serving your country has meant to you. Tell us about the sacrifices you have made and the impact it has had on your life. Share your stories and photos here, or email

We will be reading some of your stories on national radio programs and posting them on our website to encourage ALL Americans to thank our veterans and active duty personnel for all they give.

There is nothing we value more than those men and women who defend our liberties at home and abroad. This is Amac’s way of honoring our military heroes and saying Thank You.

“Let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free.”
– Dan Lipinski

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Janet M. Herriott

I am so grateful to my dad, Ralph Rausch (now 93 years old), and his brothers, Vince, Eddie and Mickey, for serving in WWII. They are all heroes to me and they all survived to return home. My dad, the oldest of the boys, is the only one left now and he was thrilled to be able to go to Washington DC on an “Honor Flight” a couple of years ago. They are the Greatest Generation for sure.


This is in remembrance of a young soldier I met while on a bus trip to Boone, N.C when I was only 5. My Father had recently passed away. My Mother was struggling to make ends meet. Child like I was fascinated by the young man with the reddish hair and paratrooper boots. I stared until he started talking to me. When he left, he gave me a dollar. I don’t know what ever happened to him. I hope he came home from WWII safely. I wish I could tell him what an impression he made on a lonely, homely little girl. I have been an ardent supporter of the military since that day.


In 1960 i was traveling from Fort Hamilton,NY to my home inJefferson County, Texas. Being in a PCS travel status between duty stations, my pay records were in transit and I was not given the partial pay i was promised / authorized while awaiting in-processinbg from Germany. Result, I was unable to buy a plane ticket to Houston.I had asked my parents to wire me some money from my bak accountat home, but they or Western Union misunderstood where i wanted themoney wired. So aterwaitingfor three days, i decided to hitchike. I had $40 in my pocket and figured that would be sufficient until the money caught up with me. (YEAH, RIGHT!) Lng story short::I ended up stranded in a little town in nothern Alabama. i had some money but not very muchwhen a deouty sheriff pulled up beside me. He asked where I was going and asked for my… Read more »

Jerry Dimond

Currently serving veterans with The American Legion as Post 34 Service Officer.
The American Legion is reaching out to families, youth and the veteran.
I am a Vietnam veteran and served in the USMC from 1965-1969 and do not want
our vet’s to be treated with disrespect. Many of the Vietnam vet’s are stepping out
to make sure our young vet’s are acknowledged for their Service.

George Therasse

As a world war two veteran I find the attitude of the public has improved over the years. There was a time that I would not
admitt to being a veteran. Do all veterans know that Home Depot will discount all sales to veterans? This is worth a thank you to Home Depot.

Jerry Hauser

This is from Alice and Chris Greenleaf i had to share a very special experience that we were honored to attend today. sometimes i get discouraged (i think you are all aware of that :) ) — but when things like today happen it makes me think back to the reason that God has chris and i (and all of you) doing what we do! we were invited to turbocam in barrington, nh to give a presentation on what Soldiers Helpers does. talk about a way to run a business! i would call it a Christian based business and i have never in my life experienced anything like it. if i were still able to work, i would apply there for any position that i could fill. when we walked in to the visitors area there were actually Christian pamphlets on the table! that was a first at a business!… Read more »

Michael and Carol

We try not to pass up a person in uniform without saying Thank You. On Thanksgiving weekend we will attend an event to support one of our local military family’s, where mom is being deploy to Afghanistan, her two young girls will have community support while she is away. We shall also make a arrangements to make Christmas a Joyful time for another family of a local person in the military. God Bless our troops and there family’s.

Mike Johnson

I have noticed several act of kindness during Desert Storm and since then. When in uniform, folks will speak to you as you travel or while shopping at the grocery store. I have had ice creme given to me at McDonald’s by the manager, and friends have been given entire meals free. Some folks thank you for your service,and that feels great, but out of 22 yrs. in the military, the public only seems to notice you during a war/conflict situations. G.I.’s are keeping us safe DAILY, and they need to know you are behind them, DAILY.
Mike Johnson

Burt Shur

Vietnam Vet.
I served from 1964 – January 1968 aboard the U.S.S. Hancock (CVA-19) as an electrician/musician. We had three tours each approx. 9 months long each in the Gulf Of Tonkin. Flying Ops almost 24/7. Spent most day working on the ships electrical systems and at night doing my music. We where the ambassadors for the ship and AMERICA. We played for all the USO shows and dignitaries who where flow aboard. Being over there was really tuff cause the Hancock had no air conditioning and the temperature was usually in the 90’s. When we got home we where spit on. I am so glad to see that todays Veterans are getting respect and honor. It would have been nice to be given some respect.

Chet Figurski, USMC,DAV

In 1952, while waiting at the LA terminal for a flight to San Diego, and on to camp Pendleton for staging and cold weather training to go to Korea, at 18 years old, I was sitting in the terminal with my seabag next to me for quite a while, this gentleman came up to me and asked me to join him for meal in the restaurant. I said, I couldn’t afford it, and he said “don’t worry about it”. So we went, and I had a wonderful meal and found out the man owned a jewelry store, and wanted to do something for this Marine.I’ll never forget that. He was a true patriot.

T. Wulf

I served over seas for three years from 1974-1977. The reception for soldiers coming home was not a good one for most of us. I would bring civilian clothes with and change on the plane if I could or at the first bathroom I found in the airport. I did very much appreciate the airports that had small lounges for us as it gave us something place to rest and hang out without getting harassed.

Skip Favazza

Last week as I waited for a flight, I noticed a Marine also waiting. I went over to the young man and offered to buy him lunch, as my way of saying thanks. Well,he explained that Uncle Sam gave him a meal voucher. So he invited me to sit and talk, he was on his way home from Afghanistan. We chatted about this and that, but he let me know in no uncertain terms what he thought about the rules of engagement put forth by our fearless leaders. This was a super young man, and I needed to say thanks in a grateful manor. My Uncle Lucky had 3 island landing in the Pacific during WWII. Uncle Lucky passed away 3 months ago, and he left me his globe and anchor. Personally I felt I didn’t deserve it because I never was in the military. Well I gave to this… Read more »

Jerry Hauser

I want to congratulate Alice and Chris Greenleaf of Milton NH.
Please check out to see what extraordinary work this couple does for our country men, and women, in uniform in the Middle East.
See what these unassuming people in this little Hamlet in NH. have accomplished.
Go to facebook and support their efforts.
You to will be proud to know and meet Alice and Chris for their commitment to our service people.
God Bless them always.
Go to facebook, Alice Greenleaf Milton NH. See who these unselfish people are. Let them know you appreciate what they do and then support them

Treasa Perrier

I have come from a long line of Military men and women. My father and an uncle fought in the Korean War, 2 uncles fought in Vietnam, and 2 of my siblings and a brother-in-law served during peace time.
My husband and I are associate members with the Marine Riders (Motorcycle) Group, PA and my husband belongs to the Marine Corp League. With the Marine Riders we ride with the fallen, we serve dinner to the Veterans at the VA Hospital on Memorial Day, we do poker runs and much more to raise money for wounded soldiers and their families. We donate to the USO and other Veteran groups to help where we can. It is a great honor to be there for those who sacrificed so much for us and this Country. Thank you to all who have served and are still serving.

Virginia Anderson

I want to commemorate my uncle who died in Italy at age 19 serving during the Second World War. He died before I was even born, but I was raised to respect and honor his sacrifice. What I enjoy today in America I attribute to him. R.I.P. Pvt. Chester Brzezinski


Went into the Navy June 1944,bootcamp,etc .on new APA 171. Into the pacific nearrly all the islands carrying troops supplies ammo. Onto hot spots, Iwo Jima, Okinawa–bagged one Zero with a five inch gun I was on. BB New Mex. was hit sitting next to us. Sister APA took a Zero down the funnel killing many below decks. BB Penn. took aerial torpedo in side and beached. I don’t seem to get over the carnage that our boys went through with that terrible war. My cousin died in the Bataan death march. He had it so much worse than I did. We had more action near Guadalcanal with the kamikazis(sp), back to Iwo to take 2600 gi’s(wounded) back to San Francisco. I shall never forget those young boys that were wounded so badly. Back to Okinawa, the bomb was dropped,on to Japan, Kobe, Osaka to unload troops. Lastly, back to… Read more »

Vickie Valderrama

My brother, Richard joined the army shortly after graduating high school. He spent 2 years serving his country, first in Germany and then in Killeen, TX – a fairly easy tour of duty. He did not re-enlist. Instead, he and his wife started their family. His son graduated from UCF in May of 2010, and my neice is now a sophomore. His wife Joni keeps the home front rolling while she works full time and is working toward a masters degree. Approximately 15 years ago Richard joined the Navy Reserve. He is an RN, has worked in a veteran’s hospital in Tampa, FL, reported for his monthly obligations and his yearly 2 weeks of active duty. Last March he received orders from the Army to report for duty July 1st and shipping out to Afghanistan. He was 51 years old on October 29th. Richard is proud of his country. He… Read more »

Sgt. Dan 95 Bravo Hoo'

All vets have life changing stories to share. Many experiences which happen on the battlefield make it emotionaly hard to totally come back home. This is one thing many of us have in common. Many of us have had to to turn off so many emotions in order to complete the mission have found it impossible to turn them all back on. Many of the joys our family and friends back home take for granted have become a luxury we no longer allow ourselves to have. For some of us, maybe thats what haunts us most every day. One evening something brought me full circle while coming off duty. While walking in a Wal-Mart picking up a few things before I got back to quarters I was almost tackled by a young girl about 6 years of age. She latched on to my leg like a vise so hard I… Read more »

Tom Bacon

I’m a veteran and I also served in Dept. of Army for 35 years as a civilian. It was my privilege to support our troops at home, in Germany, and in two deployments to Iraq; Baghdad in 2003 and Kirkuk in 2005. Nearly everyone I met who knew that thanked me for my service. I had to keep telling them that the great young men and women in uniform I supported were the real heros—and they are. God bless our Troops!

Ron Mitchell

While my 10 years was unspectacular, I feel great pride in serving this great country of ours. I joined the Navy 2 days before my 17th birthday. I was sworn in at the 7th Street Armory in Louisville, KY on 3 Dec 1951. I went to boot camp in Great Lakes and then rode a troop train (really) to Norfolk, VA then a bus to the Amphib Base at Little Creek, Va. Later assigned to the USS Thuban (AKA-19) and rode her for just over 4 years. Shipped over on her in of all places Havana, Cuba. Visited Puerto Rico, Bermuda, etc and then Japan and the Arctic area resupplying the DEW line. Did a tour of shore duty at the Small Craft Facility at Annapolis MD and then on to “C” Engineman school and to Basic Enlisted Submarine School. Following school was assigned to the USS Entemedor (SS-340) visiting… Read more »