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Day of the Deployed is a day to honor our deployed troops and their families for the bravery and sacrifice they are making for our country. Supporters of the military are urged to get personally involved in activities that send care packages, offer messages of encouragement, and other morale-boosting activities to those currently deployed overseas and the military families of the deployed.
Ways to Bring Awareness to Deployed Troops:
- Send care packages.
- Make a donation to a military support organization.
- Make a donation or become a member of the Museum of Military History
- Look to local chapters of veteran-supporting groups such as the Veterans Of Foreign Wars, USO, Disabled American Veterans, etc.for ways to aid and assist.
- Connect with Soldiers’ Angels which has many programs for supporting deployed troops.
- Donate money to send a care package. The DoD has a great list of organizations that deliver care packages.
- Display a yellow ribbon. Yellow ribbons are a remembrance of the men and women who serve far from home.
- Social media, use the hashtag #DayOfTheDeployed on October 26th in order to raise awareness and encourage others so support deployed service members and their families.
- Connect personally by reaching out to a deployed troop you know.
Ways to Honor Military Families of the Deployed:
- Prepare a dinner for the family on or near October 26, or anytime really
- Assist with minor inconveniences and household tasks.
- Lend your time and skill. Handy? Fix a leaky faucet or broken fence.
- Invite the family to a party, BBQ or dinner.
- Deliver groceries, baked goodies or a care package for the spouse or kids. If you wish to remain anonymous leave it at their doorstep.
- Babysit! A military spouse has the role of two parents. Give them some me time or the opportunity to run errands.
- Better yet take the kids out for some fun while the military spouse relaxes.
- Recognize their sacrifice either personally, through social media, email or anyway you can think of.
On the Day of the Deployed, the important aspect is to honor our deployed troops and their families. No matter what type of gesture you choose, all that matters is that your gesture is heartfelt. Large or small, inexpensive or expensive, every act of kindness makes a difference in the lives of these deployed troops and their families and shows your support for them.
Check local offices of the Department of Veterans Affairs for information on community or state recognition of Day of the Deployed.