Senator Boxer: Honoring Military Families
Friday, November 18, 2011
I hope you will join me in paying tribute to the men and women of our Armed Forces and their families during Military Family Month 2011. This is an important time for Americans to thank our extraordinary military families for their extraordinary commitment and sacrifices.
We know that when a service member puts on a uniform, the entire family sacrifices for our country. Military families endure frequent moves, long separations, interruptions in careers and education, and the anxiety that comes with having a loved one in harm's way. They face these unique challenges with grace and courage.
We also know that the security of our nation and the readiness of our military are inextricably linked to the strength of our military families. Not only do these families support our brave men and women in uniform, they also give strength to each other and generously dedicate their time to make a difference in their communities.
As co-chair of the Senate Military Family Caucus, I am deeply grateful to these incredible men, women and children for their strength and their sacrifice. Their selfless service to their communities and our nation is an example for us all.
In proclaiming Military Family Month 2011, President Obama eloquently stated, "With every step we take on American soil, we tread on ground made safer for us through the invaluable sacrifices of our service members and their families."
Though we can never fully repay the debt of gratitude we owe our military families, we can do everything possible to lessen their burden and provide for their needs.
I encourage all Americans to take time this month and all year round to honor our military families for the countless contributions they make each and every day for our great nation.
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer