Memorial Day is a day of remembrance, a time to honor the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military
Throughout the month of November, military families will be honored and recognized for their support of our military and nation. This is an excellent time to recognize these families for the commitment and contributions they make every single day.
The month of May is characterized by six national observances which highlights the contributions of those who have served.
November marks the beginning of a month-long celebration of the Military Family in which the Department of Defense and the nation will honor the commitment and sacrifices made by the families of the nation's service members.
In 1999, the Senate passed a resolution designating May as National Military Appreciation Month. That declaration encouraged the nation to observe and honor current and former members of the armed forces, including those who have died in the pursuit of freedom and peace. Each year the president makes a proclamation, reminding Americans of the important role the U.S. Armed Forces have played in the history and development of our country.
The 6 National Observances during National Military Appreciation Month
Many of us have heard of these holidays; but do we really know what they are intended to celebrate?
Loyalty Day kicks off our Nation’s month-long military appreciation celebration. It is a day set aside for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and for the nation to reflect on the proud heritage of our American freedom.
Last week, we shared a blog on the correlation between social consumption and elevated rates of anxiety and depression. A silver lining does exist in terms of social media over-usage for a specific segment of the population however; military veterans.
As reported by IAVA, 22 veterans commit suicide daily on average. Veteran suicides are exceeding 8,000 a year. Called an "epidemic" for post-9/11 service-members, a correlation seems to exist between these figures and the rate of veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Per the Department of Veterans Affairs, 30 percent of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have been diagnosed by the VA as suffering from PTSD. Surveys carried out by The Washington Post as well as by the Walter Reed Army Institute put the number at closer to 60 percent.
Over the past 10 years, since the inception of Facebook, the standard measure of time has not changed. A day still encompasses 24 hours, 1,440 minutes and 86,400 seconds. What has changed, at least for the 58 million Americans who self-identify as having the "social habit," a phenomenon categorized by social media usage five or more times a day, is individual interaction with time. Because of our internet driven lives, our society is inundated with information. Social sharing has become an integral part of our day-to-day lives; news that would have previously taken days to access is available in seconds. Countrywide uprisings have sprung because of this; numerous benefits accompany social sharing, in many different facets of our lives, but, like anything, moderation is key.
If you are an active duty or National Guard/Reserve servicemember, veteran or military spouse – have you thought about the portability an online education could offer you?
Online education is a great way for servicemembers to go back to school while serving their country. Online courses and degree programs are developed specifically to provide the flexibility needed to fit the op-tempo and duty schedules of servicemembers as well as the hectic lifestyles of military spouses.
Military Spouse Appreciation Day originated in the United States during the 1980s. Since then, every US President has celebrated the day each year and has encouraged the world’s population to do just the same. This is a day we recognize not just the risk military service members expose themselves to every day of the year, but to honor and acknowledge the supportive families who make their many struggles bearable.
While military spouses do not take an oath of service, they serve and sacrifice in many ways. Having a day to acknowledge and honor the role of the military spouse in our homes, communities, military and our country is well deserved and much appreciated.
March is Brain Injury Awareness month. In the U.S. military, from 2000-2012 alone, 266,810 service members have sustained traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Approximately 82% of those injuries, according to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC), were mild TBIs, otherwise known as concussions.
Base Camp Hope has a vision, a BIG vision. If this vision becomes a reality, it will revolutionize how veterans with so-called mental “disorders” (PTSD, TBI, anxiety, depression) heal their invisible wounds and reintegrate back into society.