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National Military Appreciation Month & Month of the Military Caregiver

May is designated as National Military Appreciation Month and Month of the Military Caregiver. We at Kaiser Permanente would like to thank all who serve, and have served this country, and all those who are devoted to taking care of them. During these challenging times, we realize, more than ever, the sacrifices that you make for us all – to help keep us safe, and healthy – and we want to voice our highest appreciation. Thank you for helping us Thrive.

National Military Appreciation Month

National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM) encourages U.S. citizens to observe the month in a symbol of unity. NMAM honors the current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those who have died in the pursuit of freedom.

The month includes six national observances to recognize the contributions of those who have served. We’d like to highlight 4 of these:

  • Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) is Sunday, May 3 – Saturday, May 9, 2020. Celebrated the first full week May, it is a time to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees.
  • Military Spouse Appreciation Day, May 8, 2020, is traditionally set for the Friday before Mother’s Day. This is a day to honor military spouses and recognizes the important role military families play in keeping our Armed Forces strong and our country safe.
  • Armed Forces Day is Saturday, May 16, 2020. Celebrated the third Saturday in May every year, it is a time for us to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service. This day honors everyone serving in the U.S. Military branches: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy, and Space Force.
  • Memorial Day is Monday, May 25, 2020. A Federal holiday observed on the last Monday in May, it is a remembrance of our veterans and commemorates the men and women who died while in military service.

How it All Started

Legislation was introduced in 1999 by Senator John McCain to designate the month of May as National Military Appreciation Month. Both the Senate and House of Representatives adopted resolutions calling for Americans to recognize and honor U.S. Service Members. There are more military related observances during the month of May than any other month, so it is an appropriate time to celebrate the men and women in uniform.

Learn more at militarybenefits.info. external link.

Month of the Military Caregiver

The Month of the Military Caregiver is also observed in May each year to honor more than five million caregivers in the United States.

Those who care for more than two million veterans are an important part of supporting troops and military families. They are not only the spouses, parents, children, and relatives of wounded veterans, but also many coworkers, neighbors, and friends that take on responsibilities. They provide care and assistance to help promote faster recovery for loved ones.

Much like observances such as Month of the Military Child, the activities and events during the month remind us of the sacrifices others have made with and for our fellow Americans. It is an observance that primarily acts as a way to raise awareness of both wounded warriors and the people who care for them.

Honoring the Month of the Military Caregiver

Even if you have no training in medical needs, you can make a difference for a caregiver since many tasks don’t require medical skills or training. Does a military caregiver you know need help grocery shopping or preparing a meal? There are many ways to help out and reduce the daily to-do list for someone who provides these critical services.

You can learn more at militarybenefits.info. external link.