Provided by Prince William County
The sacrifices military families make help the nation’s military stays strong and organized. Military families provide a foundation for servicemen and women who are deployed or in training. A strong family at home ensures that military members can effectively serve in the field with less worry and stress about what is happening at home.
November is set aside as Military Family Month to recognize the contributions of service members’ families and their courage.
Military families are often separated from their service members over great distances and long stretches of time. Communication between families and service members can be spotty during deployments. That lack of regular communication can be stressful for everyone. Resilience and adaptability mark the qualities of military families which are often uprooted from school and work since moving regularly is part of a military member’s job description.
Ways to observe Military Family Month could include adopting a military family during the holidays, running errands for a military spouse who may be stressed with work, childcare and other obligations, volunteer with organizations serving the military or write or call legislators regarding legislations that affects the military, their families, or veterans.
Military Family Month was established in 1993 by the Armed Services YMCA. Presidents since then have signed proclamations recognizing the month, according to MilitaryFamilyAppreciation.cfm