In appreciation of our military
Hello Military Community,
I can personally attest to the inner strength military families develop through deployments, frequent moves and new cultural experiences. There is, of course, much to love about a military life and a lot to value about the richness and diversity it brings not only children’s but to spouses’ strengths and perspectives.
But as I meet with military families across the country and through email and Facebook, it is clear to me that a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan has challenged them, stretched them, and tested their resilience and strength in unprecedented ways.
That reality isn’t always readily seen or understood by the rest of America. They only hear of the divorces, medical issues etc., but they don’t really understand.
I am concerned that many people who used to have day-to-day connections with military men and women and their families may not know much about them anymore. They are simply unaware of the stress and challenges these families face; it’s a situation compounded by the fact that most military families bear their burdens quietly. Or it may be that after a decade of war the civilian world is just tired of hearing about the war.
I am hoping that military families will remember there are people and organizations that do care with many resources and tools that want to help. Often, they just don’t know how to approach you and/or what to do to support our military families in the ways it’s needed most.
That’s why Military Appreciation Month (in May) is an important effort to help us get moving in the right direction. It keeps us talking. It offers avenues for appreciation and action. These things can only strengthen the connections between communities and our military. I also believe they can only strengthen our country.
There are many ways, big and small, to get involved. However people choose to support, the concept is straightforward. Our military men and women and their families do so much and sacrifice so much to take care of America. This is about doing everything we can to ‘ together ‘ take care of our military families ‘ not just in April or May but year round.
Do you have a military event going on in your community? Write in so I can share it with the rest of your community.
Blessings from my family to yours,
If you have any questions or concerns or would like to share a story or situation, contact me at Kim@MilitaryResourceBooks.com and visit my website at MilitaryResourceBooks.com for updated information and other resources not listed in my book.