Ways to show gratitude during Military Appreciation Month

May was established as Military Appreciation Month by Congress in 1999 as a way to ensure the nation takes time to show its gratitude to members of the U.S. military who serve and protect our country. Celebratory days throughout the month of May highlight different military groups. Military Spouse Appreciation Day (May 11, 2018), falls yearly on the Friday before Mother’s Day, Armed Forces Day (May 19, 2018) lands on the 3rd Saturday, and, last but not least, Memorial Day (May 28, 2018), the unofficial start of summer and the biggest military celebration of the month is held on the last Monday in May as we honor those who have died in the line of duty.

Many of us are not even aware of the basic facts and figures of our current active military. Understanding the demographic make up may help us decided how we wish to show our support and gratitude.

So, how will you show your gratitude this May? Consider these five simple ideas:

  1. Words of thanks. It doesn’t get much more simple than this. Make a point of saying thank you to every service member you see during the month of May. Hopefully it'll become second nature and you'll be thanking them all year long.

  2. Offer a discount. If you own a business or service, why not offer a special military discount during the month of May. And, be sure to publicize so military personnel and veterans can take advantage of the savings.

  3. Send a care package. Operation Support Our Troops America runs a wonderful program that ships boxes full of comfort items to service men and women abroad. You can donate by visiting their online collection event at Fill the Box Campaign. Simply shop and purchase items to be included in the comfort care boxes and help them reach their goal of raising 9,000 items.

  4. Organize a kids' letter writing campaign. Work with a local school, day care, girl scout/ boy scout troop, or boys and girls club to write letters of support and gratitude to our brave troops.

  5. Support a local military family. Search within your own community for families who currently have a service member serving away from home and contact them to see how you can help. Ideas include organizing free baby sitting, collecting gift cards for clothes or groceries, or soliciting donations for school supplies and books. You can also support military families through Operation Homefront.

You can find more ideas in the article, Ways to Show Support to Military Families and Veterans. And, find out how easy it is to start your own online event to raise items for our troops, military families and veterans using YouGiveGoods.com free giving platform. Whatever you choose to do, be sure you find a way to show your gratitude this May.

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