Veterans Day 2017 Is Upon Us
Well, it’s that special time of year again. The trees are changing to beautiful shades of orange, red, and brown. The air is starting to get nippier. Those holiday season feels are upon us again.
That’s right, Veterans Day is finally around the corner. The day we as service members are recognized with gratitude. This kind of recognition comes unnaturally to most of us. Oftentimes when I was in uniform (great big grin just shot across my face) and someone would thank me for my service, I wouldn’t know how to respond. Saying, “you’re welcome” just sounded too arrogant in my opinion. As cliche as it may sound, I put on my uniform, went to work, and did my job like the vast majority of Americans in this country. I usually ended up just saying, “thank you [for your support]” but still felt uneasy.
Don’t Feel As If You Haven’t Earned Those “Thank You’s”
It wasn’t until after I separated in 2012 and went to school on the G.I. Bill that I learned not to be too modest about my service. A classmate and buddy of mine at Pasadena City College had thanked me for my service. I was really awkward about it and he asked why. As I was explaining to him how it sounded arrogant to just say, “you’re welcome,” I realized it was an irrational thought. At that same time, my buddy was telling me exactly as it sounded in my head: How? After a great visit from a doctor, does a doctor say, “thank you” after I thank him for his help and advice?
This perspective allowed me to kick back a little and appreciate this day belonging to only a select few of us in this great nation. It’s been easier to accept veterans day gifts and discounts, primarily because those gifts and discounts are usually things I hold dear to my heart: booze and food. With that being said, I’ve done some research as well as gathered some responses from good friends and family from the military about some of the things that widen their eyes with excitement when they receive them as Veterans Day gifts. Here are some of the top 3 gifts regularly brought up.
1) Beer Keg Refrigerators
I should’ve known this one would be high on the list. As a younger Airman first legally exposed to alcohol at the ripe young age of 18 courtesy of luck (RAF Lakenheath, U.K. was my first duty station), I know firsthand that drinking is in our DNA. And if it wasn’t before, it is now. So it’s no surprise that receiving a beer keg cooler as a Veterans Day gift would brighten any veterans day. The EdgeStar KC2000 Size Kegerator & Keg Beer Cooler is a top choice for many of those who do have one. They note that its portability and convenient nature are what make it stand out. Not to mention it can pour almost any craft beer you could imagine.
Another budget-friendlier beer keg fridge is the SPT-BD-0538 Mini Kegerator and Dispenser, Stainless Steel. This one is small and has an adjustable temperature complete with an LED temperature display.
2) .50 Cal Bottle Opener
Sticking to one of our favorite topics and adding icing with another loved topic of veterans, this came up on the list of favored Veterans Day gifts that vets found both creative and thoughtful. An Amazon Customer’s Choice is the IKAXA 50 Calibur BMG Real Bullet Bottle Opener- Real Bullet Bear Opener. This, as its title suggests, is a bullet bottle opener. What’s special about this one is that it was actually fired from a military Browning Machine Gun (BMG)!
3) Beverage Koozies
Of course, the theme here is all too familiar, but if you’re reading this, you’re not judging! Everyone likes to personalize their belongings, and that goes for Veterans Day as well. A beverage koozie wins not only because it keeps our beer cold, but also because it can come in multicam. This American Made Military Tactical Multicam Beer Can/Beverage Cooler By Empire Tactical USA is a winner because:
- Empire Tactical USA is American-made.
- The multicam is authentic.
- It encourages more drinking.
You see how this is a simple, yet effective winner for a Veterans Day gift? Beverage koozies ftw.
Embrace Veterans Day, and Show a Loved One this List!
Of course, these were just the top gifts that showed up frequently in my own personal research. Also, my question of the best Veterans Day gifts ever received wasn’t supposed to intentionally turn into a top 3 booze-lover must-have gadgets for Veterans Day list either, but again, don’t judge us!
If you have any memories of good Veterans Day gifts that you received one time that you would like to share, please share in the comments!
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