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If you subscribe to Drew Hernandez, the star of “A Combat Veteran” YouTube channel, you already know he is happiest when he’s pissing people off, cracking people up, and taking a sideways look at the military.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kailey Maraglia

The first haircut is a pivotal moment for any boot. I remember waiting my turn on the assembly line in 2008, cast under a strange new spell of panic and obedience that would soon feel familiar, wondering, “What the hell have I gotten myself into?”

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U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Cody Quinn

This Veterans Day can go beyond the parades and troop-supporting bumper stickers and thank-you handshakes. It can be the day you decide to actually do something to honor those who have served in a meaningful and lasting way. There are plenty of ways you can take action to show your support for veterans, from making minor changes to your shopping habits, to committing time and effort to a worthy cause. Follow this handy guide and the next time you thank a veteran for their service, maybe they’ll thank you back.

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U.S. Marine Corps photos by Sgt. Carlos Cruz Jr.

Most Marines, even in their sleep, can recite the historical significance behind each part of the Dress Blue Alpha uniform — the attire they’ll be wearing at the Marine Corps Birthday Ball.

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Photo by Russell Midori

If you think a friend is struggling with a mental health disorder, “be there to help, and not judge.” That’s the advice from retired Maj. Gen. Mark Graham, who has spent more than a decade advancing the public discourse on mental illness. Graham spoke on Oct. 17 at the annual Words of War Gala in New York City.

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