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Military Family Month recognizes families’ sacrifices

Posted 11/26/2013   Updated 11/26/2013 Email story   Print story


by Airman 1st Class Benjamin Raughton
2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs

11/26/2013 - BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La.  -- As servicemen and women serve their country in the armed forces, their families must also make contributions to national security.

Military Family Month recognizes and honors families for their sacrifices nationwide.

"Throughout our Nation's history, an unbroken chain of patriots has strengthened us in times of peace and defended us in times of war," said President Barack Obama in a presidential proclamation of Military Family Month in 2013. "Yet the courageous men and women of the United States military do not serve alone. Standing alongside them are husbands and wives, parents and children, sisters and brothers. During Military Family Month, we celebrate the families who make daily sacrifices to keep our Nation whole, and we remember a most sacred obligation - to serve them as well as they serve us."

Their sacrifices impact their lives and their communities.

"When spouses of a service member move from one community to another, they leave jobs and friends," said Stephanie Reyes, Chief of the Airman and Family Readiness Center. "It can be very difficult for spouses to have a career or find a job in new locations."

Similar things are also true for children of military families.

"Due to relocation, children do not get to grow up in the same community during their childhood," Reyes said. "Therefore, they have to change schools and make new friends for every permanent change of station."

Furthermore, when Airmen deploy, the family who stays behind must find a new normal for their family life, which includes taking on the responsibility of single parenting.

To alleviate the stress placed on military families, the A&FRC has programs available to provide much-needed support.

Some programs include Spouse Employment, Bundles for Babies, Finance 101, Time Management and more. Relocation Assistance, PLAYpass and the Exceptional Family Member Program also provide family support.

"The active-duty Airman is able to better accomplish the mission when the family is taken care of at home," Reyes said. "The family is the support system for the active-duty member to work those long shifts and deploy to protect the freedoms of all Americans."

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