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MILITARY APPRECIATION!

CELEBRATED IN MAY,…

BUT WE SHOULD BE CELEBRATING IT ALL YEAR LONG!

 

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Military Appreciation Month Holidays

You may know of some of them, but May is filled with holidays that honor the U.S. military.

If you’re looking for ideas on how to pay respects during this year’s Military Appreciation Month,

observing a few more holidays is a simple yet effective means of doing so.

Pitch in to Celebrate Military Appreciation Month
Volunteering
Military.com
If you happen to be stumped about how you can honor servicemembers for National Military Appreciation Month,

one of the most direct things you can do is volunteer or donate, and there are dozens of programs to choose from.

Ourmilitary.mil lists a wealth of sites dedicated to specific causes, but each one lets individuals put in time to

assist servicemembers and veterans alike. We highlight a few organizations below, but you can check out the full list on the Our Military website.

THE MILITARY WARRIORS FOUNDATION

The Military Warriors Support Foundation has multiple programs, but their CEOs4Heroes program connects veterans

with companies who need to fill positions. They help veterans enter a variety of industries,

and provide resources for companies to seek out veterans themselves.

EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING

Employment Assistance and Vocational Training

http://missioncontinues.org/ –

The Mission Continues takes veterans and trains them to perform community service projects.

Becomin a Fellow gives a veteran access to resources that help them gain full-time employment and pursue higher education!

 
 

May 1st: Loyalty Day
Loyalty Day is as simple as it sounds: a day set aside for U.S. citizens to reaffirm their loyalty to

their country and to remember their heritage. It was started in 1921 and a few

communities still celebrate with parades and other ceremonies. It is a legal holiday, but not federal in nature.

May 5th – May 11th: Public Service Recognition Week
Traditionally celebrated during the first full week of May, Public Service Recognition Week honors

the individuals who serve as federal, state, country, and local government employees. It is not commonly celebrated,

but it is sometimes used to educate the public about the contribution of government workers.

May 8th: Victory in Europe Day
The unconditional surrender of Germany in World War II came on May 8th, 1945.

Sweeping celebrations seized Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York City.

May 11th: Military Spouse Appreciation Day
Celebrated the Friday before Mother’s Day, Military Spouse Appreciation Day celebrates the sacrifice and support of military spouses.

The holiday began in 1984 under Ronald Reagan, and subsequent presidents have begun the day with speeches or proclamations.

May 18th: Armed Forces Day
Celebrated on the third Saturday of every May, Armed Forces Day honors Americans serving in the military.

It was originally designed to replace the days celebrating each individual service, but those days are still observed.

The longest running celebration sponsored by a city is held in Bremerton, Washington. 2012 marked its 64th celebration with a parade.

May 27th: Memorial Day
Landing on the final Monday of May, Memorial Day is the most widely recognized holiday out of the

May military-themed observances. It began after the Civil War to remember the soldiers

who fell on both sides during the war, but grew to commemorate all Americans who died serving in the military.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

The American Legion is a widespread group with a long history. Among its many programs,

they help veterans obtain employment through its Economic Commission. They assist with education,

business employment, licensing ,and assistance with those without resources.
Military Family Support

Little Patriots Embraced is an organization that focuses on the family of deployed servicemembers.

They assist by providing family care packages, financial assistance, and emergency help, and more.

Our Military Kids focuses on helping the children of servicemembers. A nonprofit helped by volunteers,

they help by paying for extracurricular programs to keep kids engaged in activities to reduce stress and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

 – The Armed Forces Foundation has numerous projects, but they say that their largest is their Beverly Young Financial Assistance Fund.

They identify military families experiencing financial hardship and help with direct financial assistance.

Help for the Wounded
– Paralyzed Veterans of America supports former servicemembers with impaired mobility. They focus on veterans

who need help securing benefits as well as paralyzed veterans who are trying to return to work. They also provide recreational programs and community benefits.

The Wounded Warrior Project is a multi-faceted organization that focuses on wounded veterans.

Their main goals are to raise awareness, entice civilians to help, develop networks between injured veterans and servicemembers, and offer direct programs and services .

 America’s VetDogs is a non-profit that focuses on putting guide dogs and service dogs in the hands of veterans.

These dogs assist with those who are visually impaired, and serve as loyal companions.
Entertainment and Recreation.

Armed Services YMCA has numerous programs and outlets for support, but in particular they

try to give free YMCA passes to servicemembers and their families. Access to free fitness facilities improves health and quality of life.

Operation Care and Comfort is an outreach program that seeks to assist servicemembers through mail sent to the frontlines.

They usually send letters and care packages, but will at times send other items such as tickets to sports games.

– The USO is one of the oldest veterans support organizations around. It excels at providing servicemembers with entertainment by way of concerts, celebrity appearances, and more.

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