Gratitude is Shown in Acts

Because of the Brave

Because of the Brave

Land of the Free

Land of the Free

When my daughter was a high school freshman, she was awarded a scholarship from the VFW to recognize her service in the community. She, my son and I attended the celebration of mostly elderly men who honoried my daughter that day. I reflected to my teen aged children, “these men and women have given so much, serving our country and they continue to give back to the next generation.”

Veteran’s and those currently serving in the United States military show gratitude through their continuous commitment and acts of service. Saying “thank you” is one of the first lessons our parents teach us, it is polite. But Gratitude can be so much more, in small and large acts each day.

Recently I committed to give back to the Fort Collins community in bigger and more significant ways, as a way of acting from a place of gratitude. Veteran’s Compass, a newly formed non profit serving veterans in Northern Colorado, seemed to be the perfect fit. Serendipitously, the Fort Collins Community Foundation announced “Celebrating Gratitude”, an initiative to thank our veterans through a letter writing campaign.

Acts of Gratitude are often so simple AND they add tremendously to our lives. Consider the following, based on thousands of brain based research studies through out the past 20 years

*Gratitude is good for our body, lowering blood pressure, strengthening the immune system and reducing symptoms of illness.

*Gratitude strengthens our relationships, making us feel closer and more committed to friends and romantic partners.

*Gratitude makes us happier and reduces anxiety and depression.

*Grateful people are more altruistic, compassionate and helpful.

*Gratitude makes us more resilient, helping people recover from traumatic events and PTSD.

Please consider acting on your gratitude, check out Veteran’s Compass on Facebook and write a letter to a service member. Let me know how gratitude changes you!

Call to Action

Call to Action


  1. by Donna Chapel on October 26, 2016  9:58 am Reply

    Lovely comments. So happy to have your energy and talents serving Veterans Compass!

  2. by Linda Cox on October 26, 2016  11:57 am Reply

    This is an amazing project. I was wondering if you will be delivering these letters to Veterans in Windsor, or is this just for Fort Collins Veterans? Thank you for your time.

    • by Julie Ulstrup on December 4, 2016  11:43 am Reply

      Hi Linda,
      This is an amazing project. If there is a veterans organization in Windsor that you would like to recommend, we'd be happy to deliver letters to them. We had a fabulous response and will continue with the project.
      With Joy and Gratitude,

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