But something feels different this year, especially here in New York City, where many of us have directly benefitted in recent days from the efforts of these brave men and women as they offer their assistance in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Members of the Navy, the National Guard, the Marines, the Air Force and others -- not to mention New York and New Jersey police officers and firefighters -- have been instrumental in recovery efforts in the wake of the storm.
While we want to thank them -- and all military men and women who have dedicated their lives to serving others -- we can also learn from them. We all have something to give, even if it's just a little. And doing so is actually good for you.
"More than 61 million Americans volunteer to improve conditions for people in need and to unselfishly give of themselves," David Eisner, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, said in a statement. "While the motivation is altruistic, it is gratifying to learn that their efforts are returning considerable health benefits."
In the slideshow below, we've compiled some of these health benefits of service. Let us know in the comments how you give back -- and how it makes you feel.