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Tribute and Memorial Gifts

Tribute and Memorial GiftsCharitable giving can be a meaningful way to honor someone special. Tribute gifts given in honor of family and friends for retirements, birthdays, Father’s Day, or other holidays—or memorial gifts given in memory of someone special— are significant and lasting ways to show someone you care, and help military families, too.

We recently received an outpouring of love and support in memory of a very special Army spouse. Karen Chandler Clark passed away unexpectedly on May 10, 2013, her 64th birthday. The San Antonio native graduated from Texas Tech University, and while there she met her future husband, Robert T. Clark, also of San Antonio. They were married more than 40 years. Karen was a gifted educator, and taught at every level from preschool to college. She enjoyed teaching English to foreign-born wives of Soldiers, so that they could write letters to their husbands who were deployed during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. As her husband rose through the Army ranks from Second Lieutenant to Lieutenant General, Karen served at his side with grace. She greatly enjoyed “the sisterhood”—the camaraderie of her fellow Army wives.

Retirement from the military didn’t end her service. She participated in the Military Civilian Club, a ladies’ community organization. Her life affected so many others, including all the students she taught and the countless Army wives she loved and supported. Her family asked that in lieu of flowers, family and friends make a donation in support of military families. Through the generosity of her many family and friends, Karen will continue to make an impact on military families.

Giving gifts that truly benefit the needs of others can be a wonderful way to honor the special people in your life. These gifts also allow you to emphasize important values and support the causes that are personally meaningful to you.

If you make a tribute or memorial donation to the National Military Family Association, the recipient or family will receive a letter sharing that you made a gift in his or her honor, including a special message from you, and will state how the contribution will improve the lives of military families. It’s the perfect gift for someone special!

annieBy Annie Morgan, Development and Membership Deputy Director

Happy Father’s Day: honoring the men in your life

Happy Father’s Day: honoring the men in your lifeAs Father’s Day draws near, I find myself thinking about how important the men in my life are to me. The majority of them have served in the military. My dad was in the Army, my husband in the Air Force, my oldest brother served in the Navy. My maternal grandfather was in the Navy. I couldn’t remember if my Grandpa Howard served in the military so I called my dad to find out.

Dad reminded me that his father lost an eye as a child and couldn’t enlist. He did, however, work at the naval station at Port Hueneme, California during World War II. Dad told me his brothers had all served, too. Wayne was in the Air Force in missile electronics at Cape Canaveral. Jess was an MP (military police officer) and played baseball for the Army while assigned to Fort MacArthur. Uncle Harold was in the Army infantry.

My father was assigned to the 7th Division and served in Korea from 1955-1956. He handled payroll. Back in the day, the troops were paid with military script. Dad said it looked like monopoly money and that even the coins were made of paper.

He told me one story that could have seriously impacted my life! One night while out on patrol, they encountered enemy fire. It was dark and they couldn’t see the enemy, but they had been taught to “look for the muzzle flash, point your gun to the right and shoot.” When he returned to camp later that night, he found a bullet hole through the left armpit of his field jacket. My dad is right handed, but because my Grandpa Howard only had one eye, he had taught him to shoot left handed. Dad said “If I would have shot right handed, I’d be dead and you wouldn’t be here today.” That was a story I had never heard before!

This year, I am honoring not just my Dad, but all the men in my life by making a donation to the National Military Family Association. I want to show my support of all the military families in my life, and honor their service to our country.

This Father’s Day, pay tribute to the special men in your life by making a donation in their honor. And spend a little extra time and find out more about them – you might be surprised what you learn!

Happy Father’s Day, Dad – I love you so much!!

anniePosted by Annie Morgan, Deputy Director for Development and Membership

The Veterans Charity Challenge – Help Us Win Up To $35,000

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Craigconnects, founded by Craig Newmark of craigslist, and The Rahr Foundation are teaming up to honor military families and veterans.  They’re launching The Veterans Charity Challenge and will be giving away $100,000. The National Military Family Association is competing in the challenge and we’re super excited to raise as much money as possible for our cause.

The charity that raises the most throughout the Challenge will receive $35,000. Second place gets $25,000 and third place gets $15,000. We’re out to raise as much money as possible for our cause so we can win that $35,000 donation!!

Any donation, large or small, can make all the difference. Please GO HERE and give what you can.

And, if you want to go one step further, visit our fundraising page  and click ‘Fundraise for this charity.’ In seconds, you’ll have your own fundraiser that you can share with all of your family and friends so that you can raise money for our cause too. And, please help us spread the word. If you email a list of your co-workers, family and friends and ask them to help, we can get that much closer to winning the grand prize and raising money for our cause.

Thanks so much for your support!

annie Posted by Annie Morgan, Deputy Director for Development and Membership

Ordinary people change the world

OPCTWOur friends at Wholly Guacamole® teamed up with New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer to honor our “Wholly Heroes” – military families. The Wholly Guacamole team sold “Ordinary People Change the World” t-shirts and donated 100% of the money raised to our Operation Purple® program; camps specifically designed for military kids with deployed parents. Their donation of $50,000 will send 100 military kids to Operation Purple® camps in 2013.

“In the past, to mark National Guacamole Day, we’ve given customers coupons for Wholly Guacamole products, and we’ve been active in the world of social media. Recently, I came across Brad Meltzer’s “Hero” video, and the message really hit home,” said Tracey Altman, Vice President of Marketing for the Wholly Guacamole brand. She explained a desire to do something a little different to mark the occasion. “The concept that ordinary people can change the world is so simple and so true. We had the idea to take this concept and use this occasion as a day for our company to give back.

“Military spouses and kids are true heroes, and we want to thank them,” stated Altman.

The t-shirt art was designed by Brad Meltzer and his team at Ordinary People Change the World. Meltzer developed the website hoping to inspire people to make a difference. The idea of creating a movement of ordinary people who can change the world one day at a time came to him after his son was born.

“‘Ordinary People Change the World’ was created because I wanted more than sports figures and movies stars to be influencers in my kids’ lives,” Meltzer said. “I wanted to show them real heroes so they could be inspired. Teaming up with the folks at the Wholly Guacamole brand is a great way to show military kids that they do matter and you don’t have to wear a cape to be a super hero.”

Many thanks to our friends at Wholly Guacamole and Mr. Meltzer for recognizing that our military families are our heroes too – Wholly Heroes!

anniePosted by Annie Morgan, Development and Membership Deputy Director at the National Military Family Association

One last holiday gift

Last chance to donate for 2012 - your gift makes a difference!The wrapping paper is torn to shreds, your relatives have departed, and you couldn’t possibly eat another ham sandwich. The holiday season may be drawing to a close, but there are still gifts left to give this year!

As you kick your feet up and breathe a sigh of relief for another successful holiday season, you can put your weight behind a great cause without risking flashbacks of long lines and crowded shopping malls. Consider supporting the military families who stand watch as their loved ones miss holiday celebrations to deploy or participate in humanitarian missions for victims of natural disasters all over the world.

In addition, today is the last day to make your gift one that gives back— December 31st is the last day to make a charitable donation to be deductible on your next tax return.

Show your appreciation for the extraordinary efforts of service members and their families by standing with them and making a donation. Give in your own name or as a tribute to the important people in your life.

maranathaPosted by Maranatha Bivens, Communications Editor at the National Military Family Association

Operation Appreciation 2012

Show military families you care at www.operationappreciation2012.com!It’s nice to be a part of something.

This year, we are proud partners with Operation Appreciation, a new, fun, and easy way to support our military families. At the time I write this, more than 38,000 people have signed Operation Appreciation’s pledge to thank military families during the holiday season. Actor Geoff Stults, along with dozens of athletes and celebrities have taken the pledge and signed on to support our cause to show military families just how much we appreciate them. Watch their messages of support here.

As the person at our Association responsible for rallying support for military families, this initiative is music to my ears. As a military spouse, the thanks are truly appreciated.

While it’s so important to recognize those in uniform, we must not forget the families that serve with them. When you consider all of the wives, husbands, kids, siblings, parents, grandparents, and aunts and uncles affected, there are millions of people with an empty seat this holiday season—at the dinner table, at a school play, on the bleachers at a game, or sitting at home with their family.

Sometimes we struggle with how to acknowledge the sacrifices of military families in a meaningful way. What will make a difference? Operation Appreciation is a great place to start. Sign the pledge, share your own story, and learn about ways you can join the Operation Appreciation movement at www.OpApp2012.com.

So, do you have a favorite of the celeb support videos? I definitely have mine!

michellePosted  by Michelle Joyner, Communications Director at the
National Military Family Association

Stand with those who stand for you: give a gift to military families

Remember in high school how nervous you felt the night before a huge exam? You studied until you were bleary eyed, sharpened four or five more pencils than you would actually use, and laid your outfit out so you could run out the door on time. The exam usually came and went quietly, leaving you wondering what all the fuss was about. But imagine if that period of uncertainty lasted indefinitely, with all of your nerves permanently jumbled in anticipation of the big day.

As the country has seen eleven years of war come and go, military families have remained in an extended state of suspense. It would be difficult to find an American that is completely unaware of the sacrifices service members and their families continually make on our behalf, but many might not understand that for military families, service is a round-the-clock job.

In order to spring into action on a moment’s notice, service members and their families must maintain a level of hyper-vigilance and preparedness that most people will never be asked to adopt. Whether deploying overseas, or participating in missions to deliver water, food, medicine, and care for victims of natural disasters, service members answer the call to action whenever and wherever they’re needed, continually leaving the comforts of home and families that support them.

The National Military Family Association is proud of the service, dedication, and determination of the military community, but we understand that the threat of constant separation or loss can be overwhelming. The Association strives to be part of the backbone that supports and provides relief for those constantly standing guard for us, and we want you to join us.

This holiday season, make a donation to support military families. Give in your own name, or as a tribute to family or friends instead or in addition to a gift!

Posted by Maranatha Bivens, Communications Editor at the
National Military Family Association