Marine families are the epitome of strength, resiliency, and sacrifice. The duties of their Marine means that there are many missed dinners due to long training days, holidays that have to be celebrated via video chat due to deployments, and new schools and friends that must be made due to a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move. Through the many challenges of military life, the Marine family has never wavered in their support. They are true patriots that support those wearing the uniform and build the readiness of other Marine Corps Families. The Marine Corps Family is worthy of celebration during Military Family Appreciation Month (November) to honor their extraordinary resolve and contributions.

Military Family Appreciation Month began in 1993 when the Armed Services YMCA wanted to recognize the significant contribution, dedication, and sacrifice that families make in support of the military. The observance was endorsed by the President of the United States and has been recognized by the U.S. Government every year since. A proclamation recognizing the commitment and contributions of families in support of our nation is issued, and many local events are hosted in celebration of military families. It is a great time to give yourself a pat on the back for the part you play in the success of our nation’s military.

Wondering what you can do to help spread the word about Military Family Appreciation Month? Here are a few ways that you can honor those military families around you;

  • Thank them for their sacrifice in your favorite social media spaces
  • Volunteer to help when needed (cutting grass, running errands, shoveling snow, babysitting) or volunteer with an organization for military families
  • Perform random acts of kindness (buy a coffee, hold a door open, offer a compliment)
  • Invite military families over for a celebration

Our appreciation of Marine Corps Families is year-round, but the month of November allows us to share with the nation what a valued asset we have in our families. Contact your local installation website for programs and services that help you during your time as a Marine Corps family.