Families Appreciation Month Highlights Service,
American Forces Press Service
|WASHINGTON, Nov. 2007 – November kicks off
Military Families Appreciation Month, an annual
tribute to the family members who, President
Bush and other U.S. and military leaders
frequently recognize, serve the country
alongside their loved ones in uniform.
The month-long observance, with events
planned at Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine
Corps bases around the world and in communities
nationwide, highlights the contributions and
sacrifices military family members make every
Bush thanked families for that service during an
Oct. 28 visit to Charleston Air Force Base, S.C.
“As the president of the United States, I want
to tell you plain and simple,” he told
military families, “(that) the American people
respect you, they appreciate you, and I'll do
everything in my power to make sure the families
and those who wear the uniform have all the
support necessary to win this war on terror.”
Bush emphasized the important role military
families play in U.S. national defense when he
introduced Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
to U.S. troops and their families at Fort
Belvoir, Va., earlier this summer.
“Mr. Prime Minister, when I speak to our
troops, I also talk to their loved ones, because
you can't have a strong United States military
without the support of the military families,”
Bush told Maliki during the July 26 session. “Our
troops have sacrificed, and as they have done
so, so have our military families. And so today
we pay respect for the men and women who wear
the uniform and their loved ones. We're proud of
Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, expressed a similar sentiment
earlier this month at the “Memorial Concert
and Tribute to Today’s Heroes” in Worcester,
Mass. “When we go off to combat, our families
wait at home and pray that we’re safe,” Pace
told the audience, which included 400 Gold Star
families who lost a family member in military
“For those of us who are fortunate enough to
return, our families stand in the back when we
receive awards. And when we get tired, our
families dust us off and put us back again to
the fight,” the chairman told the group at the
Oct. 16 event. “Our families serve this
country as well as any (veteran).”
Vice President Richard B. Cheney was so struck
by Pace’s sentiment, one the chairman
expresses regularly when he meets with military
groups, that Cheney echoed them during a visit
to Fort Hood, Texas, earlier this month.
While military families may pretend they have
nothing to do with their loved ones’ success
during a deployment, “it is the love and
support of our families that makes all the
difference in the world,” the vice president
said at the Oct. 4 event.
“I know that General Pace's words speak for
all of you,” Cheney said. “And I want you to
know that our whole nation is filled with
respect and gratitude for our military families.”
First lady Laura Bush recognized the
contributions of military families, but
particularly those of almost 190,000 U.S.
children with one or both parents deployed
overseas, during a conference this summer in
“Military kids are resourceful and resilient,
but the demands of military life -- frequent
moves and school transitions, long-distance
parenting, parents reentering family life after
the trauma of combat, not to mention the stress
of knowing that Mom or Dad is in harm's way --
present unique difficulties for our troops and
their children,” the first lady said Aug. 4 at
the Second Regional Helping America's Youth
“Military families give so much to our
communities and our country,” she said, “and
Americans have the obligation to help them in
every way that we can.”
Bush’s Remarks at Charleston Air Force Base
Bush’s Remarks at Fort Belvoir
President Cheney Remarks at Fort Hood
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According to the Military Times there
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excerpts from letters readers have sent us:
* Reading this brought tears to my eyes. My oldest is 3 so he
understood the deployments but one day soon he will and that I
brake our hearts. I think this book is truly wonderful. It is
right to the
point and easy for children to understand.
*As soon as I saw the first page, I had to stop for a while. I
had to look
at it the first time by myself, to avoid allowing my son seeing
My father was a career military man during my childhood, too. I
same things as you, saying goodbye, not quite understanding why.
understanding that he was doing something dangerous and
important was both
comforting and disturbing to my young heart. You have very
so much that many have felt.
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what is deployment?
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