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President Obama has declared November to be "Military Family Month", a time to raise awareness of the struggles and sacrifices of military families and to help bridge the gap between military families and the general civilian world.

President Proclaims November Military Family Month

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2009 – President Barack Obama pledged his support of military members and their families and said Americans have a "solemn obligation" to preserve their well-being in his proclamation declaring November as Military Family Month.

The proclamation reads:

"No one pays a higher price for our freedom than members of our Nation's military and their families. As sons and daughters, husbands and wives, and mothers and fathers are deployed, military families endure with exceptional resilience and courage. They provide our troops with invaluable encouragement and love, and serve our Nation in their own right. During Military Family Month, we honor the families of our Armed Forces and thank them for their dedication to our country.

"Though only a small percentage of our Nation's population, our troops bear the great responsibility of protecting our people. They, along with their families, serve us every day with courage and dignity. Ensuring that military families receive the respect they deserve and the support they have earned is a top priority for my Administration.

"The strength of our Nation is measured not just by our success on the battlefield, but also by our ability to support those families who have made so many sacrifices for us. Time and again, military families have shown their heart in the face of adversity. We have a solemn obligation to ensure that while our men and women in uniform discharge their duties, we do all we can to promote and preserve the well-being of their families. We must also support the families of our wounded warriors and our fallen heroes who have paid the ultimate price for the freedoms we enjoy.

"This month, we celebrate the tremendous contributions of military families, convey to them our deepest respect and appreciation, and recommit ourselves to their support.

"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 2009 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 the support of our service members and our Nation.""

Originally posted to WifeDuringWartime on Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 09:41 AM PST.

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    •  has this ever been done before? (2+ / 0-)
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      elmo, soms

      Dear President Obama,

      I think this is a great symbolic move on your part. I and our military families do appreciate the attention you and the First Lady continue to try to bring to the challenges military families face.

      However, Dear President Obama, it's time to bring our men and women; our boys and girls; our husbands and wives; our sons and daugthers home from Afghanistan. I know you're working on Iraq and that's great. I understand it takes a great deal of time and resources to dismantle a huge military operation like the one we've had in Iraq. After all, we've been there 8 years. It's gonna take more than 8 months to get out, so I and the rest of the country understand that and we're waiting patiently until we pull out completely in 2010. But Afghanistan...Afghanistan is a no-win situation, Mr. President. Please, don't send any more troops there and please, please, start drawing down on this war. Let's not sacrifice any more American blood in that country.

      We'll never forget 9/11. Bin Laden and his ilk will get theirs pretty soon. Let's not waste another precious life on those bastards. Please bring our children home.

      A great admirer and supporter.

      •  I respect your viewpoint (2+ / 0-)
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        soms, ShowMeMoBlue

        and I particularly respect the tone of your comment, too.

        But I think Afghanistan and Iraq are quite different. One was a complete mistake, the other needed to be dealt with. And still does, although after 8 years of f@%#!-ing it up, it now is even harder to do what needs to be done.

        If only...if only the Bush administration had invaded Afghanistan, occupied it properly (instead of doing it on the cheap, then ignoring it for the completely irrelevant invasion of Iraq), and spent only a few hundred million dollars building basic infrastructure. It would be a stable country today, we wouldn't be bogged down in messes in two countries in the Middle East.

        I do think a failed state in Afghanistan is a problem not only for the people who live there, but for the people of Pakistan, India, the rest of the Middle East and the world.

        So I'm willing to give this president some patience. Unlike the previous president, I believe this one is actually trying to solve policy problems, rather than simply do things to get himself and his party past the next election.

  •  A Great Leader (3+ / 0-)
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    soms, fl1972, pateTX

    Now congress needs to get some DADT bills passed so we can have domestic partners in that proclamation next year, but in the meantime I am very much thankful for those who sacrifice more than I am even legally able and their families.

    "Rahm Emmanuel bit my cat." - LaFeminista

    by TooFolkGR on Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 09:45:52 AM PST

  •  A fine proclamation, and worthy cause. (3+ / 0-)
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    TooFolkGR, marabout40, fl1972

    Do you have any suggestions as to how we can best help with this?  Any particular organizations we could support or volunteer with?  

    I'd like to participate, but I really don't know where to start.  There aren't any military families in my neighborhood that I know of.

    The best is the enemy of the good. --Voltaire

    by pateTX on Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 09:46:53 AM PST

    •  Blue Star Families Military Family Appreciation (2+ / 0-)
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      elmo, pateTX

      In some of my other diaries I have lists of links to groups that are actively working to help military families, but Blue Star Families has a wonderful Military Family Appreciation project here:

      You can send cards, letters of support and so on to military spouses, military children or entire families.  As Blue Star Families points out it would be a GREAT holiday project for kids to make cards and letters to send to the children of deployed soldiers who will be without a parent this holiday season.

      Thank you for wanting to help!

  •  Forgot "Brothers and sisters..." (0+ / 0-)

    Yes, I'm picking nits.

    Ivory Soap is a Sell-out - It's only 99 and 44/100% pure!!

    by Jonze on Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 09:47:06 AM PST

  •  I'm not a big fan of designated "months" (1+ / 0-)
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    If something is important enough to have a special month, then it's important all year.  

    Ivory Soap is a Sell-out - It's only 99 and 44/100% pure!!

    by Jonze on Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 09:48:27 AM PST

    •  That's Fair (2+ / 0-)
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      elmo, Jonze

      Though I don't think this proclamation (or anyone else) has suggested military families are "unimportant" the rest of the year.  This is just an opportunity for "the rest of us" to think about them more than we probably do.

      "Rahm Emmanuel bit my cat." - LaFeminista

      by TooFolkGR on Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 09:49:27 AM PST

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    •  Agreed (2+ / 0-)
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      elmo, imabluemerkin

      but at least it's a gesture. And raising awareness is important, and "months" help do that.

      What we REALLY need is more dedicated support, more available health care, and more than just lip service to help military families stay intact. But this is a positive start. The more people become aware of what military families need the more help will become available.

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