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Each November, all branches of the United States Armed Services honor the sacrifices of military families during Military Family Appreciation Month. The Army, the Department of Defense and the nation will honor the commitment and sacrifices made by the families of the nation's service members. More Soldiers have families today than in any time history. According to the latest report by the Office of Army Demographics (2009), 58 percent of Soldiers are married, and another 6.7 percent are single with children. The Army counted more than 850,000 family members. These families, already used to a life of deployment and separation, are seeing the effects of more than nine years of persistent conflict.

During Military Family Month, we celebrate the exceptional contributions of our military families, and we reaffirm our commitments to these selfless individuals who exemplify the highest principles of our Nation.
- President Barack Obama,
2010
Presidential Proclamation

Military Family Appreciation Month is a time to honor the sacrifices of our Military Families. Army families of Active, Guard, Reserve, survivors, veterans, and retirees are giving back in a time of need and sustain and support the Soldiers who defend our Nation. Army Families are Army Strong.

Throughout November, Army Families serving around the world are being honored through a variety of observances and are being recognized for the

commitment and contributions they make every day. Efforts to recognize the sacrifices of the Army Family by Active, Guard, and Reserve leaders are being joined and supported by DoD organizations to include the Army Air Force Exchange Service, Defense Commissary Agency, and others.

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Through Army Family Covenant commitments, the Army will continue to build trust and confidence that the Army cares for Soldiers and Families. At all levels, the Army will continue to recognize the continued support and sacrifices Army Families make every day, knowing that the strength of our Soldiers comes from the strength of their Families, and sustaining Soldiers is critical to sustaining an all-volunteer force. Through the commitments represented by the Army Family Covenant, the Army will continue to standardize and fund existing family programs and services, increase accessibility and quality of health care, improve Soldier and family housing, increase excellence in schools, youth services and child care, expand education and employment opportunities for Family members, and continue to provide Families a strong, supportive environment where they can thrive.

“During Military Families Appreciation Month, we pay special tribute to the many contributions that military families make to their own communities and mission readiness,” said Dr. Gwen Taylor, head of the Child Development Section for Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR).

Throughout November, Army families will be recognized and honored in a variety of ways. Installations are planning special family events, from observance ceremonies to "Family Fun Nights." Community leaders, businesses, and garrisons are teaming up to recognize Army families through special events including open houses at Morale, Welfare and Recreation and Army Community Services Centers, fun runs, Family Fun Nights, community dinners and sporting-event nights. MWR facilities, local businesses, the Defense Commissary Agency and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service are planning discounts and other specials.

This year's theme is "Army Families - We Honor Your Faithful Commitment, Strength and Resilience."

"In order to be effective, we have to make sure we are taking care of those things that the Soldier truly cares about," said Secretary of the Army John McHugh at the recent meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army.

Army Families are important as the strength of our Soldiers comes from the strength of their Families. They are a vital connection between Soldiers and the Army's ability to remain strong. All Army families, Active, Guard, Reserve, survivors, veterans and retirees are giving back in this time of need. With thousands of Soldiers deployed, recognizing the daily sacrifices made by Army families has never been more important.

The Army recognizes the commitment and ever-increasing sacrifices Army Families make every day during this era of persistent conflict. The Families are an integral source of strength for our Soldiers. The Nation and the Army are committed to the well-being of Soldiers and their Families and ensuring they remain strong, resilient and ready.

Contact your local Army Community Service Center or Family Programs office for information on celebrations in your area.

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