Sunday, May 1, 2011

Day 131: National Military Appreciation Month

National Military Appreciation Month provides a period encompassing both the history and recognition of our armed services with an in-depth look at the diversity of its individuals and achievements.  It allows Americans to educate each generation on the historical impact of our military through the participation of the community with those who serve encouraging patriotism and love for America.

This month gives the nation a time and place on which to focus and draw attention to our many expressions of appreciation and recognition of our armed services via numerous venues and also to recall and learn about our vast American history.
This very important month honors, remembers, recognizes and appreciates all military personnel; those men and women who have served throughout our history and all who now serve in uniform and their families as well as those Americans who have given their lives in defense of our freedoms we all enjoy today.

Both chambers of the U.S. Congress adopted a resolution calling for Americans to recognize and honor U.S. service members during May's National Military Appreciation Month.  Virginia Rep. Tom Davis, along with 16 cosponsors, introduced Concurrent Resolution No. 328 in the House in November. The Senate agreed to it without amendment and by unanimous consent April 26.

The resolution states that the House, with the Senate concurring, "supports the goals and objectives of a National Military Appreciation Month." It also "urges the president to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States, localities, organizations and media to annually observe" the month "with appropriate ceremonies and activities. Finally, the resolution urges the White House Commission on Remembrance to "work to support the goals and objectives" of the month.

The Senate first passed a resolution in 1999 designating National Military Appreciation Month. That declaration summoned U.S. citizens to observe the month "in a symbol of unity, … to honor the current and former members of the armed forces, including those who have died in the pursuit of freedom and peace."

The National Military Family Association
“When one member joins, the whole family serves.” You have heard it a thousand times, but what does it mean to your family? The National Military Family Association believes that when the spouse and children are taken care of, the service member can better focus on his or her mission. Learn the many ways to support military children – the Nation’s children.

With The National Military Family Association, military families will find resources for childcare, whether it is day care on the installation, respite care when a service member is deployed, or extended care for parents working long hours. They can learn all they need to know to provide their military child with the best education possible. What is best for the family? Private school? Homeschooling? Public school? Families can find all the options with The National Military Family Association, including what states are doing to make the transition between schools easier on military families.

Children are profoundly affected by a parent’s deployment. Find information with The National Military Family Association to help their family keep the communication lines open and make sure children are dealing with deployment in a healthy way. These transitions are tough on families, but they can find ways to help children and teens steer clear of risky behaviors during transition times with The National Military Family Association

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