Each day, thousands of U.S. troops are deployed around the globe. They leave behind families, friends, loved ones, and all of the comforts of home in the service of their country. In an effort to recognize the contributions and sacrifices, October 26th, was designated as National Day of the Deployed. This day honors all of the brave men and woman who have been deployed, are sacrificing, or have sacrificed their lives to defend our country. The day also acknowledges their families who are separated from them during deployment and the sacrifices they make in order for their family members to serve our country.
Established in 2006 by the governor of North Dakota, National Day of the Deployed is now a national holiday that serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made by service members and their families.
Below are some ways that you can help support service members and their families, courtesy of the military resources website MilitaryOneClick:
Ways to honor Service Members:
- Send cards and letters to thank our troops stationed overseas. A simple letter of gratitude is one of the easiest ways to honor our deployed soldiers, and the impact a sincere letter makes is truly immeasurable. Include your children by having them draw pictures and write letters too.
- Mail a care package to a deployed service member. You can personalize the package with specific favorites such as sweets, snacks, drinks, magazines, movies, books, etc., and do not be afraid to decorate the box too.
- Give prepaid calling cards. Send prepaid calling cards to deployed troops so they are able to call home without worrying about the financial aspect.
Ways to honor Military Families:
- Buy a deployed troop’s family groceries or a special treat. Show your support to the family of a deployed troop by delivering groceries or a special treat. Even a small gesture like a pack of cookies will show your admiration for the family during this time.
- Babysit for a military spouse. As the spouse of a deployed troop, it can be hard to function in the role of both parents. Help fill that gap by stepping in to babysit, and this will allow the military spouse time to run errands, perform certain chores, or simply have time alone.
Ways to bring Awareness to Deployed Troops:
- Make a donation to a military support organization. Hundreds of military support organizations have been created to assist military families and veterans, and you can honor our deployed troops by making a financial donation or volunteering at a worthy organization.
- Display a yellow ribbon. Yellow ribbons are a symbol of our military troops, and displaying your pubic support of our deployed troops is certainly a way to honor them.
For more information on how to support our troops and their families, check out the USO (United Services Organization) website.