Deborah Mullen, one of the best advocates for military families, has a blog post on the Family Matters Blog at DoD. Here’s one of her points.
But as I meet with military families across the country, it is clear to me that a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan has challenged them, stretched them, and tested their resilience and strength in unprecedented ways.
She goes on to talk about how she and the Chairman both feel that the connection between the military families and the rest of the country. As she says:
It is evident to me that people care and want to help. Often, they just don’t know what to do to support our military families in the ways they need it most, particularly as they transition back to their communities and to civilian life.
This month is Military Appreciation Month. I hope that civilians use this opportunity to connect with a military family, to connect with groups that are supporting the families. There are a lot of groups, but what I’d like to see; would be a family in the neighborhood who is going through deployment being cared for by others in the neighborhood. I’d like to see employers giving a military spouse a break when he or she needs to get time off to say farewell or hello to their servicemember. I’d like to see a church or other place of worship do more than pray for the family in their midst, and pitch in to help them.