Show Your Appreciation to Military Families

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“Time and again, our service members and their families have sacrificed to protect the promise that defines our Nation—life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. As we work to repay this enormous debt of gratitude, I encourage every American to do their part. Together, let us support our military children as they learn, grow, and live their dreams. And let us keep our military families strong and secure.”

These are the words from President Barack Obama’s Presidential Proclamation declaring November as Military Family Month.

The National Military Family Association advocates for programs and benefits that protect and strengthen military families—the same families who President Obama says, “make daily sacrifices that most will never see.” A  Gold Star Mother grieving the loss of a child to war. Or a spouse who feels isolated and alone while caring for a recovering warrior. A child celebrating yet another birthday without his dad, who is deployed.

“Sending our loved ones to war is the easy part. The challenge is surviving each day on the home front while they’re gone. Waking up and knowing that this community—the military community—is supported by our Nation is what makes being a military family worth the sacrifice. Knowing that we aren’t alone,” said one Navy spouse.

Take some time during Military Family Month to show your appreciation and support for the military families in your life. Is your neighbor’s husband or wife deployed? Ask if he or she needs help around the house or running errands. Is your schoolmate a military brat? Tell them how much you appreciate them and like having them in class.

Despite setbacks and the “hurry up and wait” mentality, military families are resilient. They are volunteers in your community, leaders in your church, coaches of your kids’ sports teams, and friends that help you in times of need.

“They are the force behind the Force, patriots who support their family members in uniform while enriching the communities they call home.” — President Barack Obama

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Until military families are relieved of the weight of war, we hope you will continue to contribute to their wellbeing.

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