But for too many, supporting veterans becomes a once-a-year event, like Christmas or 4th of July.

Few issues are as universally agreed upon as providing exceptional care and support for veterans once they return home from deployment. These brave men and women, many voluntarily, put themselves in harm’s way to protect the homefront, and the freedoms we enjoy on it.

As we pause to honor military personnel on Veterans Day, we honor the sacrifice not only they made, but the sacrifice of their families, who often give up just as much as the men and women in uniform.

We thank them for their service. We don red and blue. We hold special events, give them free meals and generally hold them in high esteem.

All deserved.

It takes a special caliber of person to put the welfare of the country and her citizens ahead of personal welfare.

But for too many, supporting veterans becomes a once-a-year event, like Christmas or 4th of July. Politicians seem especially guilty of using Veterans Day as a prop, using the catalyzing effect of supporting veterans to boost a political profile — particularly during an election year.

Veterans deserve support year-round. There are plenty of ways to show support to veterans throughout the year. Here are a few suggestions you can try any time of the year:

• Write a letter to a veteran living in one of the state’s veterans home thanking him/her for their service

• When you see someone wearing clothing identifying the wearer as a veteran, go out of your way to shake his/her hand, hold the door, or let them go first in line

• Support local organizations, like AMVETS or the American Legion in fundraising opportunities throughout the year

On this Veterans Day, remember that gratitude towards our nation’s heroes lasts all year round.