As Americans, we should show our respect and appreciation to our nation’s military every day, and especially during National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM)
. The month of May was designated by Congress in 1999 as National Military Appreciation Month to recognize, appreciate, honor, and remember those who currently serve and have served in the U.S. Armed Forces
Below are just a few ways we can all show our patriotism and support our military in simple, impactful ways:
- Display the American flag on your home or business.
- Utilize social media to highlight military and veterans events.
- Encourage schools to highlight the historical impact of our military.
- Send care packages to soldiers through USO care package programs.
The Florida Department of Financial Services
- When you see a person in military uniform, thank them for their service.
supports Florida’s military community with programs and services such as, the Financial Frontlines
programs, which specifically addresses the financial concerns of military families and allows for access to resources related to home loans, credit scores, and facts about predatory lending practices. Their Serve, Save, Succeed
website is a resource and community forum, connecting military families across the globe through open discussions, while providing opportunities to find guidance and friendships with other military families.
Children of military families are often adversely impacted by the changes and transitions their families face. Sesame Street created a free bilingual (English/Spanish) iPhone and Android app
to address the concerns of pre-school and elementary aged children, and help them cope with the challenges of deployment in fun, interactive ways. Visit Sesame Street for Military Families
for parenting tips, downloadable children activities, and to access multimedia resources on topics such as homecomings, relocation, deployments, injuries, and grief. Military families can also order free materials online from Military OneSource
Join our country this May in celebrating our military by showing our gratitude and appreciation to the brave military men and women. Let us not forget the selfless dedication of military families, who despite being separated from their loved ones by lengthy absences, support and encourage them to remain strong while risking their lives to serve and defend our country. Thank a current and former service member today for their service and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice to make this country of ours the land of the free and home of the Brave!
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