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December 03, 2020

National Veterans and Military Families Month

Military families know what it is like to serve. They are the backbone of the military. The sacrifice and duty involved in service to the nation by military families is often overlooked by civilians. Over two million children have parents who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan alone.

Each November the sitting President of the United States signs a proclamation declaring November as National Veterans and Military Families Month.

In one of his Military Family Month Proclamations, President Obama noted that we must ‘remember a most sacred obligation — to serve them as well as they serve us. “Military families exemplify the courage and resolve that define our national character. For their country and their loved ones, they rise to the challenges of multiple deployments and frequent moves — spouses who care and provide for children in their partners’ absence, kids who make new friends and leave known comforts behind. They are the force behind the force, patriots who support their family members in uniform while enriching the communities they call home.”

In his 2019 Military Family Month Proclamation, President Trump stated “America’s military men and women and their families are vital to the security and prosperity of our Nation. We have a responsibility to protect and serve those who have made countless sacrifices for love of country. As President Lincoln once said: “Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as best he can, the same cause.” We also recognize the integral role our more than 2.6 million military family members play in supporting our Armed Forces and contributing to their mission. While our military men and women are serving at home or overseas, it is our duty to provide their families with the resources they need to thrive in our communities. Accordingly, under my Administration, the Department of Defense has created programs for military families that support access to quality childcare and spousal employment and promote occupational licensure reciprocity between States.”

The Veterans Administration offers benefits for family members as well as to the veteran. A few the family benefits include: dependency and indemnity compensation, civilian health and medical programs, VA survivor’s pension, or burial benefits. To find out more go to https://www.va.gov/family-member-benefits/.

November 11th is Veterans Day. This is the day to celebrate all of who have served in the armed forces. The following video was produced by PsychArmor. “PsychArmor is a nonprofit that offers FREE online training courses and resources for Americans so they can effectively engage with and support military service members, Veterans, and their families. Because fewer than 7% of Americans serve or have served in uniform, most civilians are unfamiliar with military culture. As a result, members of the military and Veteran community often feel misunderstood and reluctant to seek support.” PsychArmor asked hundreds of Veterans what they wanted civilians, employers, educators, health care providers, and therapists to know about them. Here are their answers: