Holidays can be a hard time for many Veterans. Additional expectations can exacerbate feelings of stress or loneliness, loss of camaraderie and kinship felt during service and difficulty relating to those outside the military. This is especially true during the pandemic for Veterans who may be separated from friends and family due to distance or COVID-19. Creating a new community of Veterans or reconnecting with former service members can help ward off loneliness, stress and anxiety, and provide a sense of purpose.

Here are 12 ways to connect with a Veteran and make a difference in someone’s life this holiday season: