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March1–7

National Invest in Veterans Week – March 1-7, 2023

The National Invest In Veterans Week is celebrated from March 1 to March 7 every year. The idea behind it is to encourage more people to patronize established and upcoming businesses set up by veterans. Veterans hold a very special place in the hearts of many Americans and they are a very important aspect of U.S. culture as they are seen as heroes who have dedicated some or all of their lives to serving the country in whatever capacity they were able to. Several veterans retire from active service and then go on to establish businesses that service hundreds and thousands of Americans.

History of National Invest in Veterans Week

A veteran, by definition, refers to a person who possesses significant experience and expertise in a particular occupation or field. In essence, a person who has spent a considerable amount of time at a particular trade, and has acquired a level of expertise and invaluable conversance of that thing, is a veteran thereof.

The term “veteran” (sometimes shortened to “vet”) is mostly used in the U.S. to describe a person who is retired or otherwise no longer active in the military. A military veteran who has served in direct combat during a war is referred to as a war veteran. Military veterans often receive special treatment in their respective countries, and for obvious reasons too. They have laid down their lives in defense of the countries they represent and their countries are customarily (though not literally) indebted to them. War veterans are generally treated with great respect and honor, even though there are some situations in which a veteran may be viewed in a negative light: such veterans may suffer discrimination.

Many countries have traditions, holidays, and other social events and activities in celebration of their veterans, and some of these traditions are as old as time. Commonwealth countries, for example, hold Remembrance Day honors in memory of veterans who died in service. Ultimately, regardless of whatever country a person is from, there is a universal tradition of respect for the veterans of one’s country.

National Invest in Veterans Week timeline

1610s
The First Recorded Use of “Veteran”

The word “veteran” is said to date back as far as the 1590s, however, the first recorded grammatical use of the word is in the 1610s.

1914
The First World War Starts

The First World War, so-called for its involvement of practically all the armies in different parts of the world at the time, begins.

1941
The Second World War Starts

The Second World War begins and once again, brave men and women go out to fight.

2019
The Special Week is Established

The National Invest In Veterans Week is established.

National Invest in Veterans Week FAQs

Do veterans get paid?

U.S. military veterans who serve over 20 years are eligible for a retirement pension.

How can my business be veteran-owned?

Veteran-owned business certification is required for one’s business to be veteran-owned, and to qualify for this certification, at least 51% of the business must be run by a veteran.

What is the average age of a veteran?

Most veterans are about 58 years old with the greater population being between 45 to 64.

How to Observe National Invest in Veterans Week

  1. Visit a veteran-owned business

    This is the whole idea of National Invest In Veterans Week. So, if you need to make any purchases the first week of March, be sure to get it done at a veteran-owned store.

  2. Partner with a veteran business owner

    Another great way to observe this week of honoring our veterans is to enter into a business partnership with a veteran. Use your expertise to help them succeed in their life.

  3. Talk about it on social media

    You should seize the opportunity of the availability of social media and post all about National Invest in Veterans Week. Be sure to share photos of you supporting a veteran’s business

5 Interesting Facts About Veterans

  1. Not all veterans are depressed

    We have seen it this way in movies, but no, not all veterans are depressed.

  2. There are still living veterans from WWII

    There are still several living veterans who served in World War II.

  3. Veterans are not limited to the military

    Veterans are not only people who once served in the military; there are veterans in the Fire Service, law enforcement, etc.

  4. Most U.S. military veterans are men

    They make up about 89%, meaning that only around 11% of U.S. military veterans are women.

  5. Not so many go into business

    At least one in every 10 veterans is a business owner.

Why National Invest in Veterans Week is Important

  1. It’s an opportunity to honor our veterans

    The National Invest In Veterans Week is an opportunity for us to honor our veterans. Visiting their businesses and buying their goods or paying for services is great.

  2. It’s our way of giving back

    These men and women sacrificed so much on behalf of our nation. Paying patronage to their businesses is just a small way we can say thank you.

  3. It encourages patriotism

    Visit a veteran’s business and engage them in a discussion about why they enlisted. It will give you a new appreciation for the value of freedom and our nation’s worth.

National Invest in Veterans Week dates

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