Military Family Month
Military Family Month was established in 1993 by the Armed Services YMCA, with the U.S. Government recognizing the occasion every year since. President Barack Obama proclaimed November 2009 as Military Family Month, calling on all Americans to honor military families through private actions and public service for the tremendous contributions they make in the support of our service members and our Nation. 2012 will be the 18th year that the United States of America recognizes the service and sacrifices of our Military Families. Scroll down to see the full proclamation by President Barack Obama for Military Family Month 2012.
Here are a few tips from the Armed Services YMCA on how you can help Military Families this November:
For Military Families
- Bring comfort to military children with the free photo quilt program for children of deployed with Operation Kid Comfort.
- See if your Military Family is eligible for a free YMCA or Private Fitness membership through the YMCA- DoD Initiative with the Armed Services YMCA.
- Watch for the free Sears Heroes at Home Registry Sign ups, for free gift cards for Military Families. Signups usually happen in Late Fall. Click here for their webpage.
- Connect with your children with a free taping of a service member reading a book to their child with United through Reading.
- Enjoy Family Bonding at your local SeaWorld Theme Park, which offers free admission for Military Families thru their Heroes Program valid at SeaWorld Orlando, San Diego, or San Antonio, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay or Williamsburg, Sesame Place, Water Country USA, and Adventure Island. Click here for more information.
- Is Money tight? Check out the Navy- Marine Corps Relief Society for no interest $300 Loans, no questions asked, just for Military Families, so that they can avoid the pitfalls of Payday Lenders. Click here for information on their Quick Assist Loan.
- Want to use your GI Bill for you or your Military Family? Do you know about the Yellow Ribbon Program, where many Private Schools offer grants to cover the costs not covered by the GI Bill, and can match the same rate as public institutions? The program enables more Military Families to be able to attend the school of their dreams. Click here to see a list of participating schools for 2012-2013.
- Check out the new book geared at Military Children called ” Little Champs”, free at participating USOS, to help young children cope with the challenges of military life.
For Community Members
- Visit a neighbor who has a loved one serving and bring a thank you card or baked good.
- Create a Spouse Care Package with items that would help a spouse stress less during a deployment.
- Thank an Active-Duty Member, Veteran, Military Spouse or Child for their service.
- Visit war memorials with your family to teach your children the value of service.
- Fly the U.S. Flag.
- Make a donation or volunteer with a military assistance organization like the Armed Services YMCA (www.www.asymca.org)
- Try to make military life easier with a note of gratitude, homemade dinner, or free tickets to a fun local event for military families or veterans in your community.
- Seek out Military Families in your Service Clubs, Places of Worship and Athletic Teams to see how you can support and recognize your local Military Families.
- Offer a military discount to Military and their families on a good or service.
News on Military Family Month 2012
2012 Proclamation from President Barack Obama:
“Since our Nation’s earliest days, courageous men and women of all backgrounds and beliefs have banded together to fight for the freedoms we cherish. Behind each of them stands a parent, a sibling, a child, a spouse — proud family members who share the weight of deployment and make profound sacrifices on behalf of our country. During Military Family Month, we honor our military families and recommit to showing them the fullest care and respect of a grateful Nation.
“In our military families, we see the best our country has to offer. They demonstrate the virtues that have made America great for more than two centuries and the values that will preserve our greatness for centuries to come. With loved ones serving far from home, military spouses take on the work of two. Their children show courage and resilience as they move from base to base, school to school, home to home. And even through the strain of deployment, military families strengthen the fabric of each community they touch and enrich our national life as shining examples of patriotism.
“We each have a solemn duty to serve our Armed Forces and their families as well as they serve us. Through First Lady Michelle Obama’s and Dr. Jill Biden’s Joining Forces initiative, we have worked to fulfill this obligation by mobilizing all Americans to give service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. Last year, we challenged American businesses to hire or train 100,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2013. To date, they have already exceeded that challenge, hiring over 125,000 veterans and military spouses. From helping military children succeed in the classroom to increasing support for those who care for our wounded warriors, Joining Forces will keep fighting to ensure the well-being of our troops and their families.
“When a young woman signs up to defend our Nation, her parents are enlisted as well. When a father deploys to a combat zone, his children are called to serve on the home front. And when the men and women of our military serve far from home, their families feel the strain of their absence. In that absence, let us stand together as one American family. Let us honor the brave patriots who keep our country safe, and let us forever hold close the memories of those who have perished in the line of duty. This month, we reaffirm that we will always lift up our military families — not just when their loved ones are away, but also long after the welcome home ceremonies are over.
“NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2012 as Military Family Month. I call on all Americans to honor military families through private actions and public service for the tremendous contributions they make in support of our service members and our Nation.”