The Power of Appreciation
Celebrating Military Appreciation Month 2015
April 29, 2015 by Mark Dye
May is designated as “Military Appreciation Month,” a time specially set aside to honor all of those who have served, including as a spouse (Military Spouse Day, which is May 8) as well as those who have made the ultimate sacrifice (Memorial Day). We at Pioneer Services are showing our appreciation in a number of ways, and have a few ideas on how you can, too.
WHAT WE're DOing
- Last year we partnered with the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) and Harris Poll to survey the financial situations of military families. We did a follow up this year to see how things have changed, and will spend the month sharing ways to address some of the concerns raised in the survey.
- Our office serving Camp Pendleton will be taking part in Operation Appreciation in Oceanside, Calif., May 16. If you’re at the event, be sure to come by our booth and say hello!
- For Military Spouse Appreciation Day, we’re once again promoting our free e-book, Military Spouse Finance Guide: Financial Advice for the Homefront. This award-winning book covers a broad range of financial topics, from basic budgeting to PCS tips to retirement considerations. You can get yours in our Military Spouse Resource Center.
What you can do
- Give—Not just a monetary donation (although that would certainly work!), but also gently used items to a local veteran’s thrift store or food to an on-base food pantry. If you live near a military installation, many Family Readiness Groups appreciate any offer of assistance, especially for young families facing deployments.
- Volunteer—The number of organizations that help those who serve, whether active duty or veteran, is almost endless. The website MilServe.org is a great resource to find somewhere to give back in your area, there are Stand Down events to help homeless veterans in many large cities, and the American Legion offers a number of volunteer opportunities.
- Pay respects—It could be visiting a local or national memorial, or helping to lay wreaths and flowers, or set up flags, at a local cemetery. There are many ways to show your thanks for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
- Send something—You can organize your friends or coworkers and build care packages (making sure to only send approved items), or even just a hand-written card to a deployed service member (AMillionThanks.org even makes it easy).
These are just a few of the ways you can celebrate Military Appreciation Month. So join us showing your thanks to all of those who have served for their patriotism, dedication, and service.