How do You show your appreciation the members of our military, and for their families? Maybe you connect through Soldiers' Angels, AnySoldier.Com or BooksForSoldiers, or greet returning troops in your area, or volunteer at your local USO, or help the families of serving military to deal with the long absence of their loved ones.
Maybe you haven't taken any of these steps because you weren't sure how to do so, or didn't realize how much good you can do, and how easy it is. Showing support doesn't have to cost a lot of money, as literally every Soldier, Marine, Airman or Sailor will tell you that all they really want when deployed is to hear from someone back home. Letters and cards are greatly appreciated. And, in case you haven't discovered this yet, I'll tell you a secret - you get as much out of it as they do! Sometimes, you even get a Blogson ...*grin*.
Our lawmakers in Washington have decided to designate the month of May as National Military Appreciation Month:
This really should happen all year around, but a month is a good start! Check out the website for National Military Appreciation Month 2006 , complete with suggestions on ways to show your support:
Here are some other suggestions, many of which regular visitors will recognize from my sidebar. (I'll be adding the new ones as soon as I update my template)
All of these good causes can use financial help, some let you connect with serving military folks, and if you can only afford the cost of envelopes, paper and stamps - send a letter ... make a connection. Let's show our military community how much we appreciate and support them!