Honoring Military Families in November

November 05, 2014

Honoring Military Families in November

The Department of Defense honors military families in November. Military Family Month places an emphasis on recognizing the sacrifices and support military spouses and family members provide to the men and women in the armed forces.

According to a DoD news release, "November in America traditionally is a month of thankfulness, and the Defense Department chose this month to recognize those who support the nation’s armed forces but who don’t wear the uniform: military families."

When discussing the integral part military families play, Barbara Thompson - who directs the DoD Office of Family Policy, Children and Youth, and Special Needs - said, “We like to say that military families serve, too,” she said. “Because without the support … that they provide the active-duty force and the reserve component force, it would be very difficult for service members to do their mission.”

The Department of Defense also hopes to use the month's events to promote the important roles military families play in the local community. As the DoD release mentions, "According to recent statistics from the Defense Manpower Data Center, 61 percent of all service members live in off-base housing, and 70 percent of married troops live off base."

With the month of November being a time where most of us begin to think about Thanksgiving and reflecting on what we are thankful for, Military Family Month is a perfect time to reach out to those military families in our communities and to thank them for their sacrifices.

So, what do you say? Let's help spread the word and let everyone know that November is Military Family Month. Learn more about Military Family Month.

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