You’re probably reading this because the title spoke to you. Maybe you have a desire to give back to a community that has given so much already? Or perhaps you want to see if you’ve ever done any of these things?
Whatever the case, you’re here. And that’s awesome. It’s extremely important that we continue to remember our nation is at war. We’re in our 15th year of war, actually. Fifteen years.
In that time, a child could complete a high school diploma and an Associate’s degree. Since the start of this war in 2001, we could have potentially seen four different Presidents elected in 15 years. We’ve watched the United States compete in seven Olympic Games, cast our votes to crown 14 American Idols, and some of us have remained loyal fans through 30 seasons of Survivor.
And through those 15 years, military families have continued to sacrifice while their loved ones serve and protect our freedom to see all of those amazing things happen.
As members of this country, we owe a great deal to the men and women who fearlessly defend, but we must not forget that military families serve, too.
If you’ve sent care packages to deployed service members, or run 5K races to honor the fallen, you’ve answered the important question, “What are you doing to serve others?”
But let me ask you this: what small token of ‘thanks’ could you do for military families? How can you show the children of deployed parents that they’re brave, too? Is there a simple way to encourage a military spouse in your life?
Serving others, in any capacity, is invaluable. But sometimes it’s hard to figure out where to start.
We’ve got you covered. Here are 6 ways any person can support and serve military families:
- Support NMFA through concession stand purchases at a game
- Sponsor a toy or supply collection to support our military kids at camp
- Ask your employer to host a Casual Friday/Dress Down day event at work
- If you own a business, commit to hire a military spouse
- Spread the word on social media with pictures and videos of fundraisers that benefit military families
- Help organize a community welcome home ceremony for returning military members
If any of these simple ideas sound like something you want to do within your own community, let NMFA help you get started! We’ve got a few other ideas and ways you, your employer, or anyone else can make a difference in the lives of military families.
Donations are wonderful, too. It’s how NMFA continues to do the work we do. But sometimes, what’s more valuable than the donation is the person who gave it. You can add value to the military community. They need your support. Give time. Change lives. Together we’re stronger.
Posted by Shannon Prentice, Content Development Manager