The U S Dept. of Defense has information and updates from last year's activities and stories. Military families that are dealing with one or both parents on deployment have a multitude of resources to help with their family obligations and day to day struggles.
The President designated November to be a month of awareness of what military families face and how we as a grateful nation can participate in helping them.
There are projects across this nation started by moms, wives, sisters, and whole communities to tackle some of the most demanding needs. Everything from playgrounds to school projects, Thanksgiving meals and pre-Christmas shopping to childcare are just some of the ways you can make a difference in the life of a military family you know.
Yard work, small home repairs and automobile maintenance is another way neighbors can help their military community. Baby showers, wedding planning and school prom preparation is always welcome. There are so many opportunities to help a military family - the list is unending. Use your imagination and come up with a unique way to serve a member of our armed services.
Military.com Is another important resource for information regarding Military Family Appreciation Month, as well as helps for military families and their support grid. There are links to financial, educational and military benefit sites, along with news stories relating to the armed forces.
One of our favorite Military charities is the Wounded Warrior Project Their organization exists to help those who have incurred service related injury or illness during service to their country. We are proud to be a monthly contributor to such an excellent provider of services and support for our troops and their families. Please visit their website and consider becoming a partner with this extraordinary group.
While our son has been on deployment in the Mideast aboard the USS Iwo Jima, we have sent him numerous boxes with various magazines, personal hygiene items, power bars, coffee, tea, dried fruits, popular sweets and snacks, photos, cards, and more. Personal requests made it more of a "scavenger hunt" on some occasions, but overall it's been great fun putting them together to mail.
|Sean & Sydney 2012|
Here are some of my favorite verses that you can pray over your loved one while they serve their country:
Lord, thank You that the Spirit of the Lord will rest upon them. The spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge, and the fear of the Lord. In the name of Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 11:2)
Lord, thank You that You require of them to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with their God. In the name of Jesus Christ. (Micah 6:8)
Lord, thank You that You will instruct them, and teach them the way in which they should go, You will counsel them with Your eye upon them. In the name of Jesus Christ. (Psalm 32:8)
Lord, thank You that if any of them lacks wisdom, they will ask of You, Who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to them. In the name of Jesus Christ. (James 1:5)
Lord, thank You that You are faithful, and You will strengthen and protect them from the evil one. In the name of Jesus Christ. (II Thessalonians 3:3)
Lord, thank You that they can cast all their anxiety upon You, because You care for them. In the name of Jesus Christ. (I Peter 5:7)
Tell me some of your favorite military charities and organizations that you support. What is one of the best things anyone has done for your family while your loved one served in the military? Do you have a story to share about something you've done to help out a family in need?
So - it is November 2nd - that means you have 28 more days to show your appreciation to a military family near you!