This Thanksgiving, we would like to thank the millions of service members and their families for carrying the burden of our freedom on their shoulders. We know many military families are not able to spend Thanksgiving together, as nearly 300,000 of our troops are deployed around the world. Any many more military families are experiencing situations this Thanksgiving that are more stressful than normal–like the Dale family.
Army Master Sergeant Morris Dale and his wife Charlotte welcomed twin boys Caleb and Cayden into the world on September 6, 2017, at only 24 weeks old. Both twins were considered micro preemies, weighing less than two pounds each. Since their birth, MSgt Dale and Charlotte have been at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as their boys continue to grow and receive medical care.
When asked what this Thanksgiving would be like for their family, Charlotte explained, “Our days and nights are spent by our twins’ bedside as they grow and progress.”
To show our gratitude and appreciation for military families, like the Dales, NMFA has partnered with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Pentagon City in Washington, D.C. to give the family a unique and one-of-a-kind Thanksgiving experience. The family will enjoy a complimentary stay at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City, coupled with a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner prepared by the hotel.
When the Dales received this good news, Charlotte, relieved, said this experience would “alleviate the worry of preparing Thanksgiving dinner and give us an opportunity to relax, even just for a few hours.”
The Dale twins will remain in the NICU until December 22, when they’ll finally be discharged to go home with mom and dad.
To all of our great military families: please know that we are grateful to you, not only today, but each and every day of the year.
From all of us at the National Military Family Association, and our thousands of supporters: Thank you for your service and Happy Thanksgiving!