American Soldier Saluting the American flag.

Veterans Day is this week, and many local Las Vegas places are stepping up to honor our vets.

Veterans Day is celebrated every year on November 11. It is the day we get to honor the brave men and women who have served in the U.S. military. Which, according to the USO, counts more than 19 million individuals. The day was first observed in 1919. As a first year anniversary celebration of the end of World War 1 in 1918.

While our soldiers should be honored every day, this federal holiday is set aside for a special remembrance of their service. And the USO suggests that on Veterans Day, we do more than just thanking a veteran for their service. And there are many ways to show a veteran our gratitude beyond saying thank you.

Great ways to honor a veteran on Veterans Day.

From uso.org, we get some great ideas on how to make a veteran feel extra special on Veterans Day. They suggest attending an event locally that is celebrating our military members. You can also display a United States flag in your home, much like you do for the fourth of July. Another suggestion is to ask a veteran to tell you some stories about their time in the military. Being sensitive, of course, to any that might be too difficult for them to discuss.

And my favorite suggestion, which is to volunteer at a nonprofit that offers military support. There are many that let you even do volunteer work remotely. Including writing letters and making care packages to send to our troops. Or you can donate to those nonprofits as well.

Local specials in Las Vegas on Veterans Day.

Many national chains are offering veterans discounts this week. And if you are or know a veteran here in Las Vegas, we have some local places who are also offering specials. Here are a few to check out.

-Wendy Rush, 96.3KKLZ

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