Military Family Month History, November 2013


Military Family Month was established in 1993 by the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA), with the U.S. Government recognizing the occasion every year since. The President of the United States of America has proclaimed November 2013 as Military Family Month and called on all Americans to honor military families through private actions and public service for the tremendous contributions they make in support of our service members and our Nation.

During Military Family Month, we honor military families by celebrating the exceptional contributions they make and reaffirming our commitments to these selfless individuals who exemplify the highest principles of our Nation.

November is a time, by tradition, for family celebrations. It is also a month that we set aside time to honor the military family – a time to recognize their sacrifices and celebrate their successes. During Military Family Month, we thank military families for the tremendous contribution they make in support of our service members, the military mission and the nation. Military life imposes unique demands on them, and during these difficult times, they have exhibited exceptional sacrifice, resiliency and courage.

Families provide our Servicemembers with invaluable encouragement and love, and manage the home front while their loved ones are deployed. As we approach the winter holiday season when families across the world come together, we pay special tribute to our deployed forces and their families, who are separated this holiday season. The dedication and strength of military families during a sustained high operational tempo, increased deployment and long separations is an inspiration to us all. The nation understands that families also serve, and is honored to pay tribute to them.

On November 1st President Obama issued a proclamation recognizing November as the Month of the Military Family. In DoDEA, every month is the month of the Military Family. It is our vision to be among the world’s leaders in education, enriching the lives of military-connected students and the communities in which they live. Military children are at the heart of their families and the focus of all we do at DoDEA. Every one of those children deserves a great teacher, every school deserves a great Principal, and every school must be high-performing.

During this Month of the Military Family, we ask all DoDEA employees to demonstrate a renewed commitment to the families and communities we are proud to serve. Our schools benefit from the contributions of military family members as teachers, support staff and volunteers.