The nature of the military requires countless moves across the country and separation from loved ones. From the adults who miss their moms, dads, siblings, nieces & nephews to the children who over the holidays.
It isn't always feasible for cash-strapped newlyweds stationed in California to get home to Virginia in December. An 18 year-old soldier might not get leave approved to travel from Texas to Idaho and won't be home for the first time this Christmas. A spouse stationed in Maryland, with a husband in Iraq wouldn't think of travelling with her three-children back to her old stomping grounds in New Mexico, even though it means she won't be with her own family as everyone gathers for a New Years celebration.
You get the picture? There are all kinds of situations; all kinds of loved ones missing their family in December. Reach out to the community this December. Adopt a service-member, and their family if they have one. Host a celebration. Let the military-community know that you care for them.
Active Duty Military Family Status*
Some Ideas to Support your Military Community this holiday season
- 40% of our service-members are single. It is possible they will be spending Christmas in their dorm. Can you invite a group over for dinner with a small token-present to give?
- 42% of our service-members have a family and may be financially burdened to provide for them. Do you know of a local Santa Clause that can help them out?
- 16% are married but with no children. This Christmas they might really be missing the hustle and bustle of their childhood home. Consider hosting a relaxed couples-night out for your military community; or present gift cards for a night out for two to dinner.
* Source: 2005 Demographics Report
- Leanne and the MilitaryAvenue.com Team