Hello and happy 2022!
As we start the new year, I wish you and your loved ones health and happiness. The past couple of years have been anything but ordinary. While this sentiment holds true for all Americans, it especially rings true for military families. As COVID-19 continues to upend daily life, our service members must continue “business as usual” on the work front while managing the constant changes and challenges in their personal lives.
But as we all know, military families are resilient. And thanks to support from people like you, the Armed Services YMCA has been ready to serve military families throughout the past year. In fact, many of our locations expanded services to better meet the needs of service members. In Hampton Roads, VA a new preschool program opened to allow military spouses the opportunity to return to the workforce. In Alaska and Fort Bragg, NC mobile food pantries were introduced to ensure nutritional meals were available to all military members. And in Fort Leonard Wood, MO we honored the lives lost 20 years ago on September 11th and in the conflicts following with a community-wide remembrance.
The Armed Services YMCA has been around for 160 years to meet the ongoing needs of service members and their families. Thanks to you, we stand ready to continue serving these heroes no matter what 2022 brings.
William D. French, Vice Admiral, USN, Ret.
President and CEO, Armed Services YMCA