1. National Military Family Appreciation Month

    November is National Military Family Appreciation Month. Thank you, military families, for all the sacrifices you make. Thank you for being the force behind the force. As our families continue to support their Marines, Marine and Family Programs is here to support them. In all stages of Marine Corps life, there are resources available for families.  Here are a few that we encourage families to take advantage of.
  2. Need Help This Holiday Season? Contact the DSTRESS Line.

    With all the stress and rushing around, the holidays can be hard on anyone. If you or a loved one needs to talk and is in need of support, Marines and families can contact the DSTRESS line. The DSTRESS Line provides non-medical counseling services to Active Duty and Reserve Marines, attached Sailors, and their families. DSTRESS is 24/7, anonymous, and is available via phone, chat, Skype, and referral services. You can also check out this article for tips on how to stay stress free this holiday season.
     
  3. Looking to Give Back and Feel Good? Volunteer! 

    Volunteering is a great way to get involved in your community and unit, work together as a family, and spread some holiday cheer. Consider volunteering for activities such as soup kitchens, angel trees, or delivering food to needy families. For more information on volunteer opportunities in your area, contact your installation’s Volunteer Coordinator.
     
  4. Ensure Your Marine Gets Their Gift on Time

    As the holiday season approaches, it’s time to start thinking about sending gifts to your loved ones stationed away from home or overseas. To ensure timely delivery of holiday gifts by Dec. 25, the Postal Service recommends that cards and packages be sent to APO/FPO/DPO addresses overseas no later than the mailing dates listed here.
     
  5. Sales Galore at Your MCX This Holiday Season

    There are tons of savings to be had at your local MCX this season. From November 24–26, check out deals on all your favorites: All Electrolux, LG, Samsung, and Frigidaire appliances $499 and up will be 15 percent off, cosmetics will be 30 percent off, and branding clothing is 50 percent off! There are also tons of gift opportunities with Disney, Marvel and Star Wars toys at 20 percent off, and watches and sunglasses 25 percent off. These are only some of the discounts going on, so be sure to check out your local MCX for more information!