Military Appreciation Month
May has been designated as Military Appreciation Month. Let’s remember that every day, we owe our nation’s security and freedom to the members of our Armed Forces, their family members, and loved ones who provide support and share in their sacrifice. Here, we’d like to showcase several organizations listed in THE PATRIOTS INTIATIVE’s (TPI) Directory of outstanding military nonprofits.
Helping Military Members Bond With Their Families – United Through Reading
Many military service men and women are separated from their families for long periods of time. In more than 200 locations worldwide, United Through Reading offers military service members the opportunity to be video-recorded so they can read books to their children at home. This bonding experience of reading aloud together creates emotional connections between parents and their children, encourages literacy, and makes homecomings easier for transition. With the help of United Through Reading, U.S Navy LT Florence Choe left behind a legacy which her three-year-old daughter, Kristin, and her father will be able to cherish for the rest of their lives. You can follow this link to watch a mother’s final gift to her daughter.
Military Caregiving Services Provided by The Quality of Life Foundation
The Quality of Life Foundation’s Wounded Veteran Family Care Program supports military families who are essential in the process of providing caregiving to wounded, injured or ill veterans. THE PATIOTS INITIATIVE is proud to include the Quality of Life Foundation on its DIRECTORY. Programs like the Wounded Veteran Family Care Program play an important role, since in many cases, caregiving responsibilities, coupled with financial strain, result in family members making sacrifices in order to provide support. The Quality of Life Foundation addresses quality of life needs of military family members so they can continue to focus on their hero’s recovery.
Helping Heal Military Families – The Fisher House Foundation
After Justin Crabbe was injured in Afghanistan, his parents and sister rushed to his side to help him recover. Justin’s dad said that being there as a family was the only option for them and that somebody was always with Justin, and they all helped to support each other. The Fisher House Foundation, an organization accredited by TPI, allowed the whole Crabbe family to heal together. The Fisher House Foundation provides a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. Today, Justin doesn’t let anything slow him down, enjoying his life to the fullest with his wife and beautiful daughter Oakley Bo. Watch Justin’s recovery story here to see an example of the wonderful work of The Fisher House Foundation.
Military Appreciation month provides the opportunity for all of us Americans pay tribute to those, past and present, who have contributed to the U.S. military, as well as to the families and their loved ones who continually and unwaveringly stand by their side.