Veteran Clothing: Are They Only for Veterans?

Our veterans fought for our freedom and sacrificed their time, health and sometimes the wellbeing of their families so that we can live the lives we live today.  As such, we should take pride in honoring them by honoring our country and showing patriotism toward our nation and our nation’s military.  One of the easiest ways we can do this is by wearing veteran clothing.  Just what is veteran clothing?  It’s patriotic themed gear that shows you support and love the men and women who have sacrificed so much.  It’s clothing with a message.  It’s wearing your beliefs on your body and letting everyone know you’re in support of a group of people who have given so much.  However, you may be wondering if veteran clothing is only for veterans.  Any veteran will tell you, that is not the case.  Veteran clothing is a general term for patriotic gear that anyone who takes pride in their country can wear.  Here are some great ways to support veterans by purchasing and wearing veteran clothing.   


  • Wear veteran clothing to support our military.  No matter what you think of political figures, you can definitely agree that our military sacrifices so much for us we can never fully repay them.  One way to honor them and their families, who also sacrifice for us, is to wear veteran clothing.  Wearing a simple t-shirt that displays a particular branch of military is a sign of unity and support.  You never know when you might encounter a struggling veteran who is instantly brought a sense of gratitude and appreciation by seeing you wearing a t-shirt with the military emblem for their branch of service.  Additionally, buying veteran clothing from a business that supports veterans delivers an even more impactful way to support them.  Many veteran clothing companies have programs that give back to the veteran community.  Whether they give jobs to veterans returning home so they can support their families or donate money to existing veteran programs, buying from a company that supports the veterans in your own community is a great way to give back a portion of what you’ve been given.  


  • Veteran clothing for everyone.  Some people may feel that veterans would take offense if they were to wear a t-shirt with a military insignia on it having never actually been in service.  This is not true.  It’s widely accepted that the wearing of such patriotic clothing is seen as a sign of solidarity and support, and not false advertising.  While we love seeing our veterans wearing patriotic clothing, we love seeing non-military personnel wearing veteran clothing as well.  Wearing the colors and markings of our country has a way of uniting people much like people feel united by wearing the same college football colors on game day.  It brings about a sense of solidarity while still retaining each person’s individuality.


  • Varieties of veteran clothing.  Veteran clothing comes in a variety of items and prints.  The most popular article of patriotic clothing is the t-shirt, which comes in so many different veteran themed prints you won’t have any trouble finding one that shows your patriotism and is comfortable and stylish.  You can also find a plethora of veteran styled hats and shorts.  These are great for adding a little bit of patriotic flare to any outfit and for any occasion.


Veteran clothing isn’t a style for veterans only.  Patriotic wear can be worn by anyone of any age and at any time.  It’s a great way to show support not only to veterans but also to active military and first responders alike.  Wearing veteran clothing shows you support your military and their families and respect their sacrifices. 


Alex is the co-author of 100 Greatest Plays, 100 Greatest Cricketers, 100 Greatest Films and 100 Greatest Moments. He has written for a wide variety of publications including The Observer, The Sunday Times, The Daily Mail, The Guardian and The Telegraph.

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