Each November, the Nation unites to honor its veterans as a way of acknowledging their collective service and sacrifice. But behind many service members are families who also make regular sacrifices, many of which go unseen.
Not everyone in a military family wears a uniform, but they all know what it means to serve. They support their service members through overseas deployments, long training exercises, and frequent moves. They also bear the hardship that comes with the risks of military service. In doing so, military families embody the ideals of honor, patriotism, and selfless service.
Each November is designated as the Month of the Military Family, which is intended to honor the spouses, children, and other family members who work so hard to support their service members. Service members could not effectively do their jobs without the tireless commitment and contribution of their families, which is something well worth honoring.
Our firm is a proud supporter of our service members and their family members who stand with them each day. If you know a service member, please take some time this month to thank their family members for their hard work supporting our men and women in uniform. Your gratitude and support will undoubtedly mean a great deal to those who do so much behind the scenes to help our military.
You can also get involved in supporting military families in other ways, including through charitable organizations that work to support military families. Here are just a few:
Operation Homefront provides direct services to alleviate a military family's or individual's actual/complete emergency financial burden, as well as counseling and/or recovery support. Emergency financial assistance is in the form of checks paid directly to mortgage lenders, auto mechanics, contractors, hospitals, doctors, dentists, and other providers. Other emergency funding assistance, which an applicant receives within 24 to 72 hours, includes the following:
-Emergency home repairs
-Critical baby items, such as formula, food, and diapers
-Wounded Warrior Transitional Family Housing
National Military Family Association
Organized in 1969 by a group of military wives who wanted to make sure their widowed friends were properly taken care of, the National Military Family Association is an organization made up of grassroots support and military families. They work to provide a voice to military families on critical issues with government agencies like the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs. They also help empower them to access and understand their benefits. They also provide military spouse scholarships to help prepare spouses for meaningful employment, as well as the Operation Purple Program, which brings military families together in a special retreat program.
Military Families United
Military Families United is a not-for-profit charitable organization whose mission is to honor the fallen, support those who fight, and serve their families. They provide a mixture of services, events, and advocacy programs, including direct support to military families.