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We asked YOU, our community, to join us in our #Mission2Honor and send messages of thanks to our military this Military Appreciation Month..and, boy, did you ever!

Messages poured in from all over the USA and even overseas. Today, we would like to share some of those messages so that our men and women in uniform, their families, and all who love our military can see how much our country appreciates their courage and commitment to protecting our country and our freedoms.

-As we all know FREEDOM ISNT FREE and we SO appreciate all the duty to our great nation that you give and your sacrifice of time away from your families and all the mental and physical sacrifices you are experiencing. Thank you with all of our heart!! You are always in our prayers!!Rita, Utah

-Mahalo to all our military members and their families for their dedication and sacrifice. As a military brat, spouse and mom, I know how difficult military life can be; yet, it can also be rewarding and gives you a special kind of pride that only military families share. I honor you all with aloha.-Lahela, Hawaii

-Thank you so much for your service! My name is Hannah, I am 8 years old, I am a member of American Heritage Girls in which I am currently learning about the military and I want to thank you for all you have done. Thank you for going away from your family and risking your life just to keep me safe. Thank you for helping make it possible to live in a country I can do anything in.Hannah, Delaware

-I would like to thank all members of our armed forces for caring for the greater good of our country with your dedication, sacrifice, and time away from loved ones. I truly appreciate each and every one of you and your families. Thank you for all you did, are doing and will do. You are the awesomeness of America.-Cathy, Wyoming

-I would like to give thanks to all of our service men and women, whose work effort has given a lot of support and gratitude to many nations! God bless our families and give honor and respect to those who serve!-Eric, Florida

-Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do. The time away from loved ones and the effort put towards your job does not go unnoticed and we appreciate all you do. Stay strong and know you are thought about. God Bless you!!-Amber, Virginia

-Thank you so much for the sacrifice you have made for your country. I am sure there have been missed birthdays, holidays, and special events. I cannot thank you enough for your service! Please know you are appreciated.-Wilson Family, USN, Arizona

-Words will never be enough to truly convey the gratitude my family and I have for servicemen and women. Thank you and God bless!-Natasha, Ohio

There is still plenty of time to join in #Mission2Honor and send your words of thanks and encouragement to our military families. You can submit your message here.

Operation Homefront has many events planned this summer to give back to our military families. Click here to learn more about how you can get involved.

Thank you for your support!

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As about 3.6 million high school students graduate this year, we checked in with one of our Military Child of the Year® mothers about her emptying “nest,” and her youngest daughter’s college plans.

Moira Jablon-Bernstein, mother of 2017 MCOY Innovation Award recipient Sophie Bernstein, says she and her husband, Navy Reserve Capt. Brad Bernstein, played a role in raising three high-achieving children, but in the end, they are responsible for their own success.

Sophie, a graduating senior in St. Louis, applied to several top schools and decided to attend University of Missouri-Kansas City this fall. Under its B.A./M.D. program, she will graduate in six years with both a bachelor’s and a doctor of medicine degree. Sophie received the 2017 Military Child of the Year® Innovation Award, which is presented by Booz Allen Hamilton, for starting Grow Healthy, an organization that has planted more than two dozen gardens at preschools and daycare centers in St. Louis. These gardens help address issues like hunger, childhood obesity and the shortage of nutritious, fresh produce available in low-income neighborhoods.

After receiving the honor, which includes a $10,000 scholarship, Sophie continued working with Booz Allen Hamilton interns to re-engineer the Grow Healthy website, www.growhealthy.co where volunteers can sign up to help maintain gardens or apply to host one. “It was really neat what they did” together, Moira said. “I think it was really mutually beneficial.”

Sophie received the 2017 Military Child of the Year® Innovation Award, which is presented by Booz Allen Hamilton, for starting Grow Healthy, an organization that has planted more than two dozen gardens at preschools and daycare centers in St. Louis

Sophie is looking forward to seeing the project grow this summer, and then passing it on as she goes on to college.

Sophie’s older sister, Simone, is in the Navy and in her third year of medical school at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., through the Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program. She will continue serving in the Navy after graduating. Sophie’s older brother, Jake, works for Google in Japan.

Moira used to work as a career counselor, and is now a part-time fitness instructor, teaching about 20 classes a week at community centers, corporations and universities. She recommends that parents who want to help their children do well in school and go to college must identify their kids’ strengths, and then help them achieve within their gifts, whether it’s in theater, compassion for helping others, science and math or other subjects. In their case, that meant not having computer games in the house, going to the library regularly, and limiting television. “We were just really focused on what we value, and what’s important to our family,” she said.

While the Bernsteins made academic education a priority, they also emphasized learning about the military and other types of service. “My husband’s philosophy has always been we give back to our community and to our nation,” Moira said. “For Sophie, that was the inspiration for the gardens.”

When Sophie received the MCOY award, “it was incredible,” Moira said. “It was wonderful on so many levels.” Moira appreciated that Sophie was honored for her work on the gardens project, and gained the opportunity to expand the initiative.

When traveling, the Bernstein family would make a point to visit military bases because they felt it was important for the kids to be around service members. “We made an effort to make the kids realize this is something their dad has taken on,” Moira said. “We tried to visit and expose our kids to as much military history as we can,” such as military museums so they understood and appreciated the U.S. armed services’ contributions.

“All three of my kids are really proud of their dad and to know that he’s giving back,” Moira said. “I just think there’s no greater gift in life.”

Moira Jablon-Bernstein(left), mother of 2017 MCOY Innovation Award recipient Sophie Bernstein (middle) visiting Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Missouri, on Capitol Hill.


Learn more about Operation Homefront’s Military Child of the Year Award program.

Operation Homefront has joined with Procter and Gamble to promote the “Start Strong, Stay Strong” campaign, offering military moms a network of support – online and in commissaries and exchanges around the world – so they may connect with their communities, explore local events and discover motivational stories.  Whether they are welcoming a new child into the home, managing day-to-day household needs through relocations, adjusting to family life with a wounded veteran, or settling into new schools and communities, P&G and Operation Homefront are here to help military moms start strong and stay strong throughout their service to our country.  Moms can view a special video message from Melissa Stockwell about the campaign. Learn more at StartStrongPG.com.

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Every day, the families of our nation’s active duty, wounded warriors and veterans show their unwavering commitment to support and protect our communities. During Military Appreciation Month, you can join Operation Homefront in recognizing our military families and thanking them for their service. Let’s honor those who have served and are continuing to serve our communities across the country.

Support: Help Operation Homefront support military families

The simple act of giving can change the lives of our military families. Your donation could provide power for a month to a military family in need or ensure that power is kept on for wounded warriors who need medical equipment for survival.  Donate today to help us reach our goal of supporting 10 families.

Honor: Send a message of support!

Operation Homefront invites Americans who care about military families to publicly recognize, honor and thank them for their service and support in our communities. Sending in your message of thanks and sharing #Mission2Honor with your friends and family.

Serve: Get Involved!

Without the dedicated support of volunteers, we would not be able to accomplish our mission. From our special event to staff-level volunteers, each person makes a significant difference in the lives of our troops, the families they leave behind, and to our wounded warriors when they return home.  Visit our website to find out more about how you can become a volunteer with Operation Homefront!

 

SEND A MESSAGE: Send a message of thanks and support!

GO SOCIAL: Use our Facebook frame to show your support!

 

It’s More Than Recognition!

Mission2Honor matters today more than ever because the challenges for military families do not end. From deployments and reintegration into civilian life, to the long and short roads of recovery and a career transition, military families face many unique situations. And they need to remain strong, stable and secure for their family, their community and our country. For this reason, Operation Homefront is committed to helping our troops and their families and honoring their service. Their strength benefits all of us.

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M2H05.26.16We’ve almost reached our goal of filling out this map with your messages of gratitude to our military and veterans, and we could not be more honored to read the love, pride and respect our fellow Americans have for the military and veteran community. We’ve heard from Moms and Dads, spouses, sons and daughters, friends, family, and everyday Americans, all united behind the idea of supporting those who serve our country selflessly.

With just a few more days to go, we need YOUR help to complete the map by the end of Military Appreciation Month. Share with friends and families in the states we want to hear from. Anyone can submit messages here or on any social media channels using #Mission2Honor.

Here are some of our favorite #Mission2Honor messages from the last week.

Christine from New Hampshire

I am honored to be the girlfriend of a Vietnam Veteran. All of our veterans and their families made huge sacrifices so that we can live as we do today. I thank each and every one of you. God Bless!

Carol from Oklahoma

Our family appreciates the strength and sacrifice it takes to serve our country. We respect and honor those who serve, as well as those who support them at home.

Janet from South Dakota

There are not enough words to express the thanks that our military members deserve. At home or on deployment, they give their time, and sometimes their lives in service to our country.

Charlotte from Nebraska

Thank you to all the men and women who have and are serving our country. You are appreciated. God Bless you for your sacrifices, putting your life and family on hold, to protect us. Thank you again. God Bless.

Thomas from Illinois

I have stood where you now stand (US Army, ’65-’77) and have some idea of what you are going through. Words cannot express my appreciation for your actions.

Terri from Arkansas 

Words cannot express my gratitude for the many ways the men and woman of the military impact my everyday life. I work with the families at LRAFB and am extremely impressed by their commitment to the mission each and every day. I am honored to get to know these families and spend my days with their children while they complete their mission without worry. Thank you for all you do! There will never be enough ways to express my gratitude!

Roy from Minnesota

Very proud to know you.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

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Learn more about out #Mission2Honor campaign at www.operationhomefront.net/mission2honor

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M2H map updated 051816We’re getting closer to filling out the map with your messages of gratitude to our military and veterans, but we still need your help. We’d like to see this map filled entirely by the end of Military Appreciation Month, and we need only 18 more states to reach all 50!  You can submit messages here or on your social media using #Mission2Honor.

Here are some of our favorite #Mission2Honor messages from the last week.

Deborah from Georgia

Our military, our heroes! Tell a military person you see “thanks for what you do for us unselfishly every day of the year

Robin from West Virginia

Saying thank you seems so insignificant in the face of all that you do! My family & I truly appreciate the sacrifice that both you & your families make every day to keep us safe and our Country free!

Colleen from Maryland

As a Veteran and a mom of military member there are not enough words or thanks that can be shared to everyone who has dedicated their lives, time, dedication to our loved ones who have served our country. The families have endured all that comes with the perils of war. The sacrifices, physical and emotional we all face give us the strength to be there for our families.  God Bless all and THANK YOU

Mary from Florida

Thank you so much for your service and the sacrifice you make each and every day to serve our great country!!!! You all give up time with your children and spouses, not to mention extended family, and for this, I thank you!!

I recently visited NYC for the first time and visited the 9/11 Memorial. They did a fantastic job with the Memorial and Museum, and visiting that place made me even more thankful for our military and the work you do!!

May God bless you and keep you safe!!!

Angela from South Carolina

Thank you for standing in the gap and fighting for our country! All that you do is appreciated and respected!

Wendi from Delaware

Our service members deserve accolades for their sacrifices. It’s not just deployments… That is a huge factor but there are a million other reasons we are thankful to our military. It takes a special group of people to show unwavering dedication as they support our nation’s objectives… Even when they personally may not agree.

When one person serves, their whole family sacrifices. Our military is the strongest in the world! The reason is the amazing people who enlist and the support they get from their families. We appreciate and salute everyone who has served, and everyone who sacrifices at home with them.

Gloria from Georgia

I’d like to thank all the Veterans (including my Grandfather, Uncle, Father) and Military families for their service and sacrifice everyone endures. To those whom were once neighbors / friends that with selfless support have become family. To all the Battle Buddies who still hold up to that oath. Thank you to everyone who hold our freedom to the highest, the support civilians (family & friends) give to keep the pride alive. Thank you. Not to mention all the programs that help get through trying times of deployment or separation, Operation Home front, USO, Local chapters of VFW. Our family truly appreciates it all. God Bless America. Home of the Free because of the Brave.

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Join us next week as we post more of our favorite #Mission2Honor messages showing support from a grateful nations. Learn more about out #Mission2Honor campaign at www.operationhomefront.net/mission2honor

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Mission2Honor-FB640x640-MONDAY-41116Operation Homefront asked and you responded! #Mission2Honor is our campaign to share your messages of encouragement and thanks for our military and veteran families. Starting today, and every Thursday through May 26, we will share those messages to and from our military and veterans families as part of our #Mission2Honor campaign. Share your own message here…and get inspired by some of the messages going out to those we serve.

 

FROM A MILITARY KID TO THE COUNTRY THEY LOVE:

As a Marine brat, I am still holding myself to high standards of accountability and faith but most of LOVE. LOVE OF GOD, COUNTRY AND FAMILY which continues to give my life purpose. Thank you all three God, Country and Family for loving me back.

FROM A PROUD WIFE TO HER HUSBAND:

I want to say THANKS TO YOU for all your effort, for your work and family dedication. Because every day is different, like every place has different experience, with best, good, and less good moments. But always you have us: your 3 kids and me your wife who always love you. Thank you for being an excellent husband, a best father an amazing soldier you are our HERO WE LOVE YOU!

FROM OUR TEAM AT OPERATION HOMEFRONT:

  • Thank you to those who serve and our military families. I’m the proud daughter of a career Air Force dad — you have given your very best, and you deserve our nation’s best in return.
  • Your journey is long, your patience deep, your constant vigilance is true. From one military family to another… thank you!

FROM A PROUD MOM TO HER SON:

I’m so proud having a son who got lots of courage & brave enough to tell his mom he wants to serve the country. I’ve been missing you so much my soldier but I know you’re happy to what you doing. Always take care & mommy loves you so much ❤️. #ArmyStrongFamilyHooah#ProudMomArmySon

FROM ONE MILITARY FAMILY TO ANOTHER:

A simple thank you is never enough appreciation or understanding for the choices and lifestyle we military families live every day. I say we because I am a spouse of a military member and have three kids who live this life, too! While we may not be in the field or on a deployment, we feel the pain of separation. It makes us stronger people in the end because we share a unique experience. We are more independent and driven to be ourselves. We face criticism from family, friends and strangers along the way do not change our resolve to be the best we choose to be. So hold onto the place in your heart that is stronger than anywhere else and stay humbly by the side of your loved one.

FROM A GRATEFUL CITIZEN TO ALL:

Thank you for your service to our country! Your sacrifice is always greatly appreciated. Godspeed!

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Mission2Honor is a national initiative to publicly acknowledge and thank our military families. Every day, the families of our nation’s active duty, wounded warriors and veterans show their unwavering commitment to support and protect our communities. During the Month of the Military Child (April) and Military Appreciation Month (May), we invite you to show your appreciation for our nation’s military and veteran families by sending in a message of thanks. SUBMIT YOUR MESSAGE OF THANKS TODAY.

VISIT WWW.OPERATIONHOMEFRONT.NET/MISSION2HONOR TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN AND HOW WE WORK TO BUILD STRONG, STABLE AND SECURE MILITARY FAMILIES.

 

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It was our second year as members of our local community pool and summer swim team, when one afternoon, my husband popped in on the way home from the base.  In his Navy whites.  Just a quick drop by, kiss on the cheek, wave to the kids, see you at home type deal. As he walked out, three heads simultaneously swiveled to stare in confusion at me:

militaryspouseappreciation

Take a bow, spouses. You have more than earned it.

“YOU’RE a military wife?” 

“Yes…”

“He’s in…the NAVY?!”

“Yes….”

“Since when?!”

“Uh….the last 10 years.”

“How did we miss that?”

That’s actually a good question.  The answer probably involves a little bit of me not really wearing military life on my sleeve and (I suspect) a bit more of the stereotypes and myths surrounding “the military spouse”.  But mainly, I think it was because our chats were those common to a group of acquaintances. We talked about things like swimming, schools, topics in the news, or events around town.

You know, normal everyday stuff.

I am going to say something that might surprise you: the “military spouse” is, really, just like you.  They have their talents and gifts, and their quirks and not-so-awesome moments.  They don’t have super powers and wear capes (though it would be totally cool if they did).  They carry the day and drop the ball.  They can light fires under folks, or put them out.  Or put out the fires they started (“I thought the burner was off,  honest.”).  They have kids that get straight As and ones that just can’t seem to turn in their homework. Their lawns need mowing.  Their cars need oil changes.  Their cat needs to go to the vet. Their friends know not to call them between 9 and 10PM, Sunday night.  Because, Game of Thrones, people!

So, after all that, you may ask, why Military Spouse Appreciation Day?

Because they live a life of the seemingly ordinary, under conditions that are anything but.  Because people they love deeply, their partners in this crazy world, are gone for months, sometimes years.  Because they know their loved one may never come home, or be irrevocably altered by the horrors of war when they do.  Because others can’t, or won’t, make that sacrifice.  Because even though they often go unnoticed, what they do serves all of us in a way that we may never be able to repay.

And that makes them extraordinary.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day is May 10th 2013.

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