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May is National Military Appreciation Month

To all who serve or have served, we say thank you for your service to this country. Your bravery, sacrifice, and strength do not go unnoticed, and we will always be indebted to you and your family for all that you have given to the country. Thank you for your time, bravery, and sacrifice for this country.

Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month in 1999 to ensure the nation was given the chance to publicly show their appreciation for troops past and present.  It serves as a reminder of the profound contributions made by service members. May is characterized by six national observances highlighting the extraordinary contributions of those who serve and have served:

  • Loyalty Day and Silver Star Service Banner Day (May 1)

  • Victory in Europe Day (May 8)

  • Military Spouse Appreciation Day (May 10)

  • Children of Fallen Patriots Day (May 13)

  • Armed Forces Day (May 18)

  • Memorial Day (May 27)

What can you do?

  • Express gratitude. Be sure to tell military members and their spouses how much you appreciate their service and sacrifice.

  • Say hello and, start a conversation with someone in the military when you see them public, buy them a meal or a cup of coffee. Do something for them.

  • Help a military spouse. Often times military spouse are left to handle so much when their partner is deployed. Supporting them during these challenging times are invaluable to military spouses and helps keep up morale during tough times.

What is TCRWF doing?

We are kicking off a new Armed Services Project this month. We have identified a young Air Force couple to support during the husband's 6-month deployment which started last month.

At our May meeting, we will be signing an introductory letter to our senior airman and gathering items to send him a care package from home. We will also sign a card to send to our senior airman's wife. If you miss the May meeting, please just bring items to the next meeting. This will be an ongoing project of gratitude.

Here are some military care package ideas that are appreciated by service members:

  • Necessities, such as sunblock, socks, flip-flops, lip balm and powder

  • Snacks, including chips, mints, gum, nuts, cookies, beef jerky, non-melting candy and trail mix in packaging that isn’t easily crushed. Drink mixes in single-serving packets are also a good addition. Games, such as playing cards/poker chips, crosswords or puzzle books.

  • Stationery. Send paper, envelopes, address labels and pens, but skip the stamps. They won’t need them.

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