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The two biggest times of the year for honoring veterans have passed: Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

On those days, in May and November, volunteer and aid efforts pour in for current and former military service members, but generally cease soon after.

ďDuring those two times of the year, nonprofits are bombarded with phone calls from individuals and corporations who want to volunteer; it would be great to see this same enthusiasm all year long,Ē Ginger Miller, chairwoman of the Prince Georgeís County Veterans Commission, told The Gazette.

Every day veterans struggle with unemployment, depression, homelessness and reintegration back into civilian life, to name a few of the challenges many face.

And in Prince Georgeís, the numbers are relatively high. Of the estimated 450,000 veterans in the state, about 65,000 live in the county. About 1,000 of the veterans in Prince Georgeís are homeless, according to the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs.

This Thanksgiving, as residents express gratitude to loved ones, itís important to make a commitment to demonstrate that appreciation year-round, not only to family members, but also to the many service members who sacrifice their lives to ensure the nationís freedom.