November is Military Family Month
While the sacrifices made and hardships endured by our service members are well-documented, a related aspect that many people may not think about as often are the sacrifices made and hardships endured by military families as well. Maintaining a family in the civilian world is challenging enough, and military families may also face additional, unique challenges, such as frequent moves from base to base, having a loved one deployed for months on end, or dealing with long-term physical and/or emotional wounds, that can make the task of maintaining a family seem almost overwhelming.
As a result of the difficulties faced by military families, the Armed Services YMCA established Military Family Month in 1996 as a way to honor and recognize the sacrifices military families make, as well as to show our nation's support of, and appreciation for, these sacrifices. Each year since, the President of the United States has signed a proclamation declaring November as Military Family Month.
To mark the occasion, American military families around the world are honored through various ceremonies and events that thank them for their commitment to our military and to our nation throughout the month of November. These ceremonies and events include, but aren't limited to, family fun nights, community dinners, and special recognitions during community activities.
We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to military families for the support they provide for our service members on a daily basis. Your sacrifices on behalf of our country are truly inspiring.
Below are previews of some of the blogs written by members on Marine Family Network that discuss what life in a military family is like. We hope you enjoy.
Author: Double Dad
Welcome to the family. And make no mistake, when your son or daughter becomes a Marine, you become a Marine family. And if you didn't realize that Marine families are different than other - civilian - families, then you need to come to terms with your new reality. If you don't, then the ride you are on - the one for which your Marine volunteered, but to which you were drafted - can get bumpy.
Today is 6 months to the day that I bid my son a tearful goodbye and handed him over to his recruiter in preparation for his trip to MEPS and finally to MCRD-SD. He had been in the DEP for a year. And even though I had read things, talked to people, learned things all in preparation for my final destination.....as a Marine Mom, and him as a Marine, I had no idea that the importance is not in the destination, but in the journey.
No, this isn't a story about the shock of boot camp, the rigors of SOI, the frustration that comes with being a "boot" at your first PDS, the devastation of deployment, or even the challenge of post-deployment adjustment.
It's about what comes after all of that, when your Marine decides it's time to re-join the civilians and tries to "get a life."
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