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Day of the Deployed

Monday, October 26th is a federally recognized day to observe the Day of the Deployed. We at Kaiser Permanente want to thank our deployed troops and their families for the risks they take and the sacrifices they make in service to our country. As we pay tribute, we also urge others to get personally involved in morale-boosting activities to show gratitude.

Ways You Can Honor Our Troops and Their Families

No gesture is too small or inexpensive—what matters is that it’s heartfelt. Every act of kindness makes a big difference in the lives of these deployed troops and their families and demonstrates your support for them.


  • Send care packages. external link.
  • Make a donation to a military support organization. external link.
  • Look to local chapters of veteran-supporting groups such as the Veterans Of Foreign Wars, USO, Disabled American Veterans, etc. for ways to aid and assist.
  • Connect with Soldiers’ Angels. external link which has many programs for supporting deployed troops.
  • Donate money to send a care package.
  • Display a yellow ribbon. Yellow ribbons are a remembrance of the men and women who serve far from home.
  • On social media, use the hashtag #DayOfTheDeployed on October 26th to raise awareness and encourage others to support deployed service members and their families.
  • Connect personally by reaching out to a deployed troop you know.

Family Members of Troops

  • Prepare and deliver a dinner for the family on or near October 26, or anytime really, and leave it on their doorstep.
  • Assist with minor inconveniences or household repairs (while maintaining a physical distance).
  • Lend your time and kindness. Have a car? You can run errands or pick up groceries and leave them on their doorstep.
  • Have groceries, baked goodies or a care package delivered for the spouse or kids.
  • Walk their kids to a nearby park. A military spouse has the role of two parents. Give them the gift of time so they can relax or run some personal errands.
  • Recognize their sacrifice either personally, through social media, or email or any way you can think of.

You can also check local offices of the Department of Veterans Affairs. external link for information on community or state recognition of Day of the Deployed.

How it All Started

In 2006, then-governor of North Dakota, John Hoeven was approached by a constituent, Shelle Michaels Aberle, to have a day that honored the deployed. The inspiration was her cousin, LTC David Hosna, who at the time was deployed to Iraq. A move for a state proclamation that October 26th, David Hosna’s birthday, be recognized as Day of the Deployed was then initiated. The first-ever Day of the Deployed event was held in Grand Forks, North Dakota, (the home of Grand Forks Air Force Base) honoring local units deployed to Afghanistan. Today, all 50 states recognize October 26th in some fashion.

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