Over the past 13 years, America has proudly rallied behind our military service members, veterans, and their families. It’s been a long and arduous decade − more than decade − of sacrifice, separation, and welcome homes. There’s nothing like a war to shine a light on the not-so-everday heroes who keep the home front safe and the heroes who keep the home fires burning.
We can never forget that our military service members are volunteer forces.
They choose to live a life of sacrifice so that we can exercise our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Their families stand behind them keeping the home fires burring brightly eagerly awaiting their return.
Their children know that their mommy or their daddy or for many now, their mommy AND their daddy are American heroes.
And I, like 1.1 million military spouses across the globe, stand proudly beside our service members as the support and stability they need so that they can carry out their mission where they are needed most.
But when the flames of war cool and our servicemembers return home…what then?
When the 24 hour news cycle no longer revolves around documenting the stories of our war fighters…what then?
When the homecoming stories no longer grace the front pages of our local newspapers and America slips quietly into its business-as-usual routine…what then?
Our service members and their families will continue to serve despite the perceived quiet.
Thousands of husbands, wives, brothers, and sisters are traveling the globe in support of a mission you never knew existed.
Thousands of military families will continue to anxiously await the next homecoming because war is not the only thing that keeps our families apart…many of us are in a constant cycle of goodbye-and-welcome-home even in times of “peace”.
Military Appreciation All Year Long: Simple Ways to Go Beyond Thanks
As nice a gesture as it is to thank our service members for their sacrifice, you can truly take your appreciation beyond thank you by making a commitment to be mindful of the sacrifices that our service members make every single day. It’s been our honor to work with Chevrolet over the past few weeks to spread the word about the importance of showing our support for our military families year round.
Here are a few easy things you can do at any time to show your appreciation for our military service members, veterans, and their families that go beyond Military Appreciation month.
Headed to the airport? Stop by the USO to see if any military members or military family members need to ride share.
Are you a parent in a military community? Encourage your kids to reach out to military kids s and make them feel welcome! Being the new kid isn’t easy!
Be aware of “hidden” military families in your community. Many of our National Guard and Reserve families live away from military installations and support networks.
Around the holidays, reach out to a local VFW to identify a local military family you can invite over for dinner or to share the holidays!
On Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day, attend a remembrance ceremony and invite a friend or two along! If you’re a parent, make sure you explain the significance of these days to your children.
Be a conscious shopper. Support companies like Chevrolet who sponsor programs to support military service members, veterans, and their families.
Find out more about Chevrolet’s work with Hiring Our Heroes, the Achilles Freedom Team for Wounded Veterans, Cell Phones for Soldiers, and their industry leading military purchase program!