My Top Seven Reasons To Appreciate and Be Thankful For Our Military Families

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Mortgage and Lending with Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp Louisiana NMLS#2289 Equal Housing Lender NMLS 69996

 

 


November is "Military Family Appreciation Month". In honor of this, and during this season of thankfulness, why not consider saying a personal "thank you" to a military family for their extraordinary service and sacrifice to our great American heroes. Although, there are probably dozens of reasons to appreciate the spouses, children, parents and extended family members of our men and women in uniform, here are my top seven reasons why we should appreciate and be thankful for our military families - please add your own to the comments:

7. They are tough. Incredibly tough. When their loved ones return home carrying the wounds of war, either physically, mentally or emotionally, their families are there to embrace them. In the case of severe injury, many must give up life as they have known it, along with homes or career, to care for their military loved one full-time. Now that's tough.

 

6. The military families have a culture of sharing. They lend a hand and help each other. Over and over again, I have seen this, with an office in a military town, the families reach out to one another - always willing to do whatever it takes to help another military family. They stick together.

5. Their resilience. I have personally visited with families where the soldier has been deployed three or four times in the last decade while the spouse remaining at home handles moves, home purchases, career and school changes.

 

4. Military spouses. A young couple shared this with me as I was handling the financing for their home. He was from Holland and met his military wife while she was serving in Germany. She told him from the start: "If we marry, then you will have to follow me wherever I go - the Air Force will come first...". "WOW" is all I could say. He said "But I loved her and I said 'no problem'". He left his family and his culture to move to the United States and is quite satisifed with this life. Many military spouses give up careers to follow their loved one around the world or hold down the home front during deployments.

3. Military children. Imagine this - they change schools on average of six to eight times over the course of their parent’s military career. They deal with long separations from parents– who aren’t just headed out for a business trip, but for a year in a combat zone. But in the face of all this, they are strong, brave and adaptable. And most understand the reason that their parents serve and even follow in their parents' footsteps. Just recently while visiting with a soldier who was purchasing a home, his twenty year old son walked in - in a military uniform! Like father, like son.

2. Extended family members. We can easily forget about the extended family members who serve too. There are the grandparents who care for the children during deployments, the sisters and brothers who call and send cards and care packages, a host of uncles, aunts and cousins offering their unwavering support.

And the Number 1 reason to be thankful and appreciate our military families:

1. Their service and sacrifice. These families.....may we never forget that they serve this nation also. When I meet a military couple for the first time, I shake hand of the soldier and say "Thank you for serving" and then with his wife and say "Thank YOU for serving him while he is serving us..." . Holidays, births and birthdays, family gatherings - all celebrated without their military loved one. And then the unthinkable happens and they suffer the ultimate sacrifice - the loss of their loved one.

I hope everyone takes a moment to thank a military family this month - or better yet - year-round. Why not do something tangible and give them a helping hand - whether it’s with child care, cooking a meal or helping to mow a lawn. Despite all the challenges, military families persevere and serve as an inspiration to us all. Robert L. Gordon III said it and I agree: "A strong nation is made up of strong families; among the most resilient are our military families."

What are some of YOUR reasons to appreciate and be thankful for our military families?

 

 

 

 

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Cindy Jones
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Louise this sums up how much our military and their families give everyday to help us enjoy our freedom. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Nov 23, 2011 08:42 AM #1
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Thanks, Cindy - I know your family suffered the ultimate loss.  Thanks for all you do for the military and the military families -

Nov 23, 2011 09:05 AM #2
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Awesome reminder.  It has never been so apparent as now how much the attitude has changed to our military and I for one am so greatful that more and more people are realizing just how important a job these men and women perform each and every day.

Kevin B Tolbert, PA GRI, CDPE

Keller Williams Realty of the Treasure Coast

and formerly EM3 Tolbert, US NAVY Service Connected Disabled Veteran

Nov 23, 2011 01:45 PM #3
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Kevin - you are so right.  I believe America is changing - and growing more aware of the sacrifice made by these great heroes who serve and protect us.  Thanks for your comment.

Nov 23, 2011 02:05 PM #4
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"HAPPY THANKSGIVING"

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Nov 23, 2011 04:26 PM #5
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Happy Thanksgiving Louise. . wishing for you a wonderful day next to your loved ones!

Nov 23, 2011 11:54 PM #6
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I am in awe that these families give up so much to protect our freedom. This is a wonderful tribute to those who so bravely serve.

Nov 24, 2011 11:11 AM #7
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Happy Thansgiving to all including Dallas Fans. All good streaks must come to an end.

Nov 24, 2011 11:49 AM #8
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Hi Louise...You did a wonderful job covering the many reasons we should be thankful for the service of so many fine men and women.  My husband, having served in the Army for 35 years, is an example of a kind and gentle man who was also a warrior when it came to protecting our country.

Kate

Nov 24, 2011 12:10 PM #9
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I saw this reblogged and thought I would stop by and say Thank You, for the great reminders that we often take for granted!

Nov 24, 2011 12:23 PM #10
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Louise Thaxton NMLS 69996
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Tammie - I stand in AWE every day also - they are amazing.

Bob, Kevin and Fernando - hope you all had an an incredible Thanksgiving - we  have much to be thankful for!

Kate - what a tribute to your husband - 35 years is incredible - and YOU have served our country also by being by his side.  Thank YOU.

Jane - thanks for your comments - yes, we should be reminded.

Luz - you are that extended family that KNOWS the commitment and sacrifice - thanks for your support of your family  - I thank them for serving.

 

Nov 25, 2011 01:22 AM #12
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Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and that your Black Friday won't get too stressful and mess up the rest of your weekend!

Happy Black Friday!

Nov 25, 2011 03:17 AM #13
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Louise,

Excellent blog and we all should say thanks to the military men and women plus their families for the items listed in your blog. I will suggest your blog.

Nov 26, 2011 03:02 AM #14
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Louise, I am with you one this one girlfriend and appreciate all you do for our military men and women. 

Thanks for the bottom of my heart.

Nov 27, 2011 11:04 AM #15
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Louise Thaxton NMLS 69996
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Military Mtg Specialist - 866-960-9115 VA FHA USDA

Thanks, Bob and Karen, for your comments!  Yes, our military deserve our respect and thanks. 

Nov 27, 2011 02:31 PM #16
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