2018 Military Appreciation Month!

May 16, 2018

May is Military Appreciation Month and all throughout the month, The Patriots Initiative encourages you to thank those who have served, or are currently serving, in the United States Armed Forces. The first week of May we celebrate Public Service Recognition Week and the month closes out with Memorial Day on May 28th. Check out a few of the other military appreciation days below!

Military Spouse Appreciation DayMilitary Spouse Appreciation Day falls on Friday, May 11th this year, and while spouses may not be on the front lines, they still play an important role for our military. Military spouses are in charge of holding down the fort while our service members are deployed. They raise the moral of service members, take on the role of single parent while their spouses are deployed, they pack, unpack, and repack, constantly moving away from friends and family to support their service member and our country’s freedom. Take the time today to remember that not all sacrifices are made on the battlefield and thank a military spouse.

Armed Forces Day is on the third Saturday of May; in 2018, it falls on May 19th. In 1949, this day was created to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force Days. This single day for all Armed Forces stemmed from the unification of the branches under the Department of Defense. The first official Armed Forces Day took place on May 20th, 1950. Since then this day has often been celebrated with parades and receptions aimed at highlighting and honoring the United States military and its strength.

Return soldier hugging his wife and daughterThere are many ways to show your appreciation for our military today, and every day. Take the time to thank those in uniform, donate your time by putting together care packages, or donate money to one of the many organizations dedicated to supporting our nation’s military. The Patriots Initiative website contains a list of the nation’s best military nonprofits, information for transitioning military, and other ways to donate and support our Armed Forces.

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