As a military member, it warms my heart to see so many willing to show their support of what our community does, day in and day out. Some wait until special holidays, like Memorial Day, 4th of July and Veteran’s Day, while others choose to provide support throughout the year. This May is Military Appreciation Month, and many families are realizing that there are so many different ways to say thank you. But, what they may not realize is that even service members look for ways to give thanks to one another. The ways to show your support are endless, even for fellow military members.
Plan a Homecoming
Who would know the best way to celebrate a service member’s return than another service member? I’ve had great success helping families plan special homecoming parties or events for their hero, and it’s become one of my favorite ways to give back to my community. From small get-togethers to amazing Disney vacations, military families have chosen many difference ways to welcome their family member home. This would be a great way for you to give back to military families that you know personally. Offer help with the planning, whether it’s through tips or linking to online resources. Have you ever seen a surprise homecoming? Last week on The Today Show, America got to see the surprise homecoming of Lt. Nathan Lowman.
After a homecoming like that, I think a party is definitely in order.
Support a Cause
Whether it’s the Achillies Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans, Cell Phones for Soldiers, or Hiring our Heroes, being able to support a foundation or association that helps your fellow service members gives a great feeling within your heart and soul. Each year, our family picks a different association to support monetarily and through volunteerism.
Take over the chores
While military families create their own routines during deployments, they can always use an extra pair of hands. If there is a family that is in the middle of a deployment or short tour, I’ll offer my services to help with any household duties. I’ll even offer to babysit their children or treat mom to a girls day in, with fun snacks, wine and laughter. Mowing the lawn, tending to their garden and even vacuuming once a week can also be small things to do that will have a big impact. Military spouses need as much support as you can give them.
Chevy is showing their support by giving military members and their families discounts on their vehicles, not just in May but all year round. They are saying thank you in such a great way, one car at a time.