President proclaims November Military
Family Appreciation Month
|WASHINGTON, D.C. (American Forces Press Service) — “In
our military Families, we see the best our country has to offer. They
demonstrate the virtues that have made America great for more than two
centuries and the values that will preserve our greatness for centuries
to come,” President Barack Obama said in his proclamation issued Nov. 1
declaring the month of November as Military Family Month.
The proclamation reads:
“Since our Nation’s earliest days, courageous men and women of all
backgrounds and beliefs have banded together to fight for the freedoms
we cherish. Behind each of them stands a parent, a sibling, a child, a
spouse — proud Family members who share the weight of deployment and
make profound sacrifices on behalf of our country. During Military
Family Month, we honor our military Families and recommit to showing
them the fullest care and respect of a grateful Nation.
“In our military Families, we see the best our country has to offer.
They demonstrate the virtues that have made America great for more than
two centuries and the values that will preserve our greatness for
centuries to come. With loved ones serving far from home, military
spouses take on the work of two. Their children show courage and
resilience as they move from base to base, school to school, home to
home. And even through the strain of deployment, military Families
strengthen the fabric of each community they touch and enrich our
national life as shining examples of patriotism.
“We each have a solemn duty to serve our Armed Forces and their Families
as well as they serve us. Through First Lady Michelle Obama’s and Dr.
Jill Biden’s Joining Forces initiative, we have worked to fulfill this
obligation by mobilizing all Americans to give servicemembers and their
Families the opportunities and support they have earned.
Last year, we challenged American businesses to hire or train 100,000
veterans and military spouses by the end of 2013.
To date, they have already exceeded that challenge, hiring over 125,000
veterans and military spouses. From helping military children succeed in
the classroom to increasing support for those who care for our wounded
warriors, Joining Forces will keep fighting to ensure the well-being of
our troops and their Families.
“When a young woman signs up to defend our nation, her parents are
enlisted as well. When a father deploys to a combat zone, his children
are called to serve on the home front. And when the men and women of our
military serve far from home, their Families feel the strain of their
absence. In that absence, let us stand together as one American Family.
Let us honor the brave patriots who keep our country safe, and let us
forever hold close the memories of those who have perished in the line
of duty. This month, we reaffirm that we will always lift up our
military Families — not just when their loved ones are away, but also
long after the welcome home ceremonies are over.
“NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of
America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and
the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2012 as
Military Family Month. I call on all Americans to honor military
Families through private actions and public service for the tremendous
contributions they make in support of our servicemembers and our