These days we often see a fundraising event or a celebrity speaking up for veterans and their causes. The thing to remember about these events is the fact that they make a difference in the lives of veterans right here on our soil. Organizations like Operation PAVE (Paving Access for Veterans Employment) directly impact veterans by bridging the enormous gap in earned services left by the government, the VA and the military. Participating in these events is a much more meaningful gesture than the hollow and reflexive "thank you for your service" comment veterans hear everyday. Step up and do more than merely thanking someone. It's easy, and at events like the Paralyzed Veteran's Golf Open, you can even have fun doing it.