Military families face a unique set of needs, especially during the holiday season. While many of us get to see our family members on a regular basis, military families are often separated due to deployments or separated from extended family due to relocation. Additionally, veterans returning from active duty face a unique set of physical and emotional needs as they reintegrate back into civilian life.
November is Military Family Appreciation Month, which makes it the perfect time to reach out to a military family in your community to help them feel supported during the holiday season. Tasks as simple as helping walk their dog, cooking them a meal or giving them a person to talk to can make a big difference in their lives. Not having loved ones around for the holidays can be hard, and having someone help family members with small tasks or listen to how their feeling can really lift their spirits!
This month also brings Family Volunteer Day on November 19. This is a great opportunity to gather your own family and support your community. One Family Volunteer Day grantee, Kate Judge-Patton, is leading a group of volunteers to support military families in New York. As Kate says, "we are serving veterans so they know they are valued, supported and loved." You can learn more about Family Volunteer Day, find a project near you or download a DIY project to do at home, by visiting www.generationOn.org/FVD.
Whether you're helping a military family or volunteering with your own, it doesn't take a lot of time to make a big difference. Regardless of how you choose to spend your time volunteering, coming together in service makes the world a better place.
- Click here for our "Living History" Project Guide
- Click here for lesson plans on the military and veterans from our partner, Learning to Give
- Click here to sign up or share your story for Family Volunteer Day!