From the Chairman
by Mary Scott, Chairman of the Board
Spring is bursting with activity. Like you, we have been busy throughout the winter season – adding Life Paths and content to our app, MyMilitaryLife, opening registration for Operation Purple® Camps and accepting applications for Scholarships, preparing testimony for Congress, and engaging and rewarding our volunteers! We’re just as busy behind-the–scenes with fund raising, financial caretaking, planning and strategy, and hunting for new office space! Our efforts are constant and carefully deliberated to be sure they are relevant to our mission and will benefit military families in the most effective way.
As we move through these months, I’d like to send special thanks to military parents! Who are military parents? They are many and varied; parents who are currently serving and simultaneously raising families, parents of active duty service member who are often far from home, grandparents of military children who do their best to help out during deployments and training. Military parents have rejoiced at the return of their children from combat; they have wept and grieved deeply when their loved one has not returned. They have had dark nights, frantic with worry. They have been resolute and determined caregivers when their children have been wounded. Military parents have sent millions of care packages to their deployed sons and daughters, husbands and wives, filled with food and fun and often with necessities, not only for their loved ones, but for everyone else’s, too.
I applaud all military parents who are currently serving and who face the continuing challenges unique to military life – transitions and moves, deployments, education and health issues. Raising the next generation of responsible adults is a challenge for all parents, but requires greater resiliency, flexibility, and determination on the part of military parents. Changing schools, making new friends, separations from grandparents, and dealing with health issues that likely change from location to location are not simple issues. Parenting children through deployments is a challenge that requires no explanation. Reintegrating families and maintaining healthy marriages require courage and commitment that are constantly tested. We at the National Military Family Association recognize these demands and we work every day to help strengthen deserving military families. We work tirelessly to provide accurate, needed information, to effectively advocate for them on the Hill, and to provide relevant programs that make a positive difference in their lives. We raise awareness throughout the country that military families, and military parents and grandparents live in every community.
Mothers’ Day is celebrated on May 12 this year. Fathers Day, on June 16. I encourage you to reach out to military parents on these special days. We celebrate their call to service and their tremendous responsibility as the caregivers and educators of our next generation. Thank you parents and grandparents. I send special thanks to my mother and my mother-in-law, both are military spouses, parents and grandparents. We offer heartfelt thanks to surviving parents and parents of the wounded. Thank you!
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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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