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3a3087d5-7199-4826-982d-7bd9b50a02cbAs Thanksgiving approaches, those of us in military and veteran communities will gather around tables and give thanks, and yet, among all the hustle and bustle, something may be missing.  This could be a loved one deployed or unable to come home, a loved one who never made it home, or a feeling of loss and disconnection for some families who are transitioning from service or coping with injuries from war or years of service.

As many are wont to do when times are hard, these families will stay busy and do their best to plaster a smile on our faces during the holidays. But the feeling of something missing, the uncertainty of the future, and the heaviness of heart will  often remain despite these valiant efforts.

But valiant efforts will be made. Commands overseas and deployed will do their best to be a substitute family, and so will our communities back home.  Families with a deployed loved one will add more chairs to their tables, inviting other families with deployed loved ones to join them.  Others in our community, some with no military connection whatsoever, just love of country and service, will open their hearts and their homes to service members stationed near them that can’t be with their own families. Some will continue to honor service by volunteering at community events to serve their neighbors in need on Thanksgiving, with hearts filled with gratitude and drive to serve others above self.

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Our Holiday Meals for Military events will distribute over 11000 meal to military families across the country, including 1600 just distributed in Texas this weekend.

At Operation Homefront, most of us have personally experienced how our community can come together to fill a void. 85% of our team at Operation Homefront are veterans or families of active duty.  Almost 50% of our staff had a parent who served – giving us a unique connection with the military children we support.

We are honored to see the tradition of service continue year after year through support and response to our Holiday Meals for Military program and the messages and comments we receive about ways to reach out and help military and veteran families during the holidays. But, mostly we know this to be true because this is just what the military and veteran community does.

They look out for each other. They give each other strength.

This Thanksgiving, we are thankful for the opportunity to serve, for the chance to fill a need, whether it be a boost of encouragement or the relief of a burden. We invite you to express your thanks and gratitude. We all have friends, family, loved ones or neighbors who are serving or have served. Join us in giving strength by honoring and recognizing our military and their families through our #GivingStrength initiative. Here are some ideas:

  • Submit your personal stories for a chance to be featured on “Operation Homefront Strong Families” or our “Thank Military” Thursdays.
  • Email your Message of Thanks to info@operationhomefront.net or post a photo of a service member, veteran or military family member you know with their name, branch of service and when they served on the Operation Homefront Facebook page with #GivingStrength.
  • Support a current need of families who have reached out to us for help. This time of year, we see a dramatic increase in requests for assistance. Any amount you can contribute goes directly to helping a struggling military, transitioning or wounded warrior family.
  • Serve. Sign-up today to be an Operation Homefront volunteer to support military families in your area throughout the year.

Go to www.operationhomefront.net/givingstrength  to see ways YOU can be #GivingStrength and doing your part for military families in your community and around the country.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Operation Homefront family!

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As we all gather to celebrate Thanksgiving this week, we want to take a moment to share words of thanks from our families:

“Thank you for your generosity, it means so much for military families to receive gifts from those who care about those of us who serve our country!!” Marc, California.

“We really just wanted to say a tremendous heartfelt thank you for all you have done to help us … We can never thank you or Operation Homefront enough, you helped to set our mind at ease through this whole process and for the first time in over a month we can rest easy knowing our family will be safe and comfortable … thanks to all of your efforts.” –Crystal and David, Virginia.

“Being in the military for over 22 years I missed a lot of family time. I don’t think I’ve ever been home to celebrate one of my 18-year-old daughter’s birthdays with her. So when an organization such as yours gives these opportunities to be with our families it is always a special time for us. (Our) family thanks you for the gifts and special day. We look forward to several more of those cherished family days that we missed out on over the years. God bless and thank you.” Tim, West Virginia.

“I’m just heartened to see veterans getting the chances to try to live out their lives in peace and without the stress of worry. Keep up the good work!” Raven, Tennessee.

“Operation Homefront is a blessing for all of us wounded veterans. My wife and I (were) unbelievably blessed to be expecting identical twin boys. Just when I then shock wore off and financial burden rose, Operation Homefront blessed us with an amazing baby shower to prepare us for the road ahead. Every bit counts, and we cannot ever thank you all enough!” Joseph.

“I just wanted to thank you for the incredible help you and your organization provided my family. I am positive we would have suffered so much distress without the compassion and aid extended to us. I really can’t put to words just how grateful we all are … know that you have made a real difference in our lives and we will never forget.” Rachel.

“You never gave up on us and we will be forever grateful to you and Operation Homefront for helping us with our home. Thank you so much for everything you have done … you’re an angel.” -Lisa, Virginia.

“Thank you again. A huge stress has been lifted off of my shoulders. I cried when we got off the phone. It is so amazing to talk to caring people who want to help. What you did for me and my son means more than you know. Have an awesome Christmas and New Year.” –Michelle, Florida.

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The Operation Homefront family wishes to express our heartfelt thanks to our community, donors and partners who help us share our nation’s gratitude with our men and women in uniform when they need it the most. If you would like to help these families during the holiday season, when their needs are often the greatest, please consider a donation or helping with one of our Current Needs.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Today, the day before Thanksgiving, we’re thankful to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Through all of the sacrifice and time apart, our military men and women themselves are full of gratitude for the life they lead, and we’d like to share some of their thoughts with you:

 

Thanksgivingblogpic1For some people, it may sound like a cliché, but for me it’s something that I take pride and cherish. (Being in the military)… changed the way I live my life now. Deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, I learned to appreciate our brothers and sisters in arms as well every American citizen that supports us. Every time we are home they give thanks for our service and those words are the strength, courage and energy we need to continue to fight and defend this great nation we call United States of America. HOOAAH!!!!!!

-W, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army

 

 I am extremely fortunate to have a wife who supports my every move and decision and will stay with me through thick and thin. Being in the military has not only brought my professional dreams to fruition, but has also given me a wonderful life which I wouldn’t change for the world.

-T, Petty Officer First Class, U.S. Navy

 

Thanksgivingblogpic2I always wanted to be a Marine from a very young age. I cannot remember ever wanting to do anything else. Even for Halloween I always dressed up as a Marine. Serving my Country was (a) top priority of mine. I met my wife at my 1st duty station and we moved all over the Country with the Marine Corps. I was seriously wounded in Iraq and that had a major effect on my family as well as my health. I have many health problems and was medically retired in 2009. I miss the Marines every single day and I wish I could still serve. I do not regret anything that I did, only that I could have done more to serve my Country. I am the proud father of 5 amazing kids and have been married almost 13 years now to my wife. Without the military I never would have met her and I definitely would not have the life I have now.

–D, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps

 

Growing up I was always surrounded by family. Everyone was close and everyone cared. As I grew, I grew closer and learned what it meant to have family that cared and loved each other. I learned why we have the freedoms we do, and because of those freedoms, we are able to grow together, and live our lives to the fullest. It was my Uncle Mike who taught me these values. I’ve always seen my Uncle as a smart, wise person who always seemed to have everything under control. Mike is now retired from the Air Force, and growing to look up to him, I knew that I wanted to serve just like him. I wanted to be in the same Air Force that taught him to be the person that he is today. One year and two months ago, that dream came true. Living in Guam for the past ten months is and will continue to be an amazing experience. It’s part of a journey that will take me to new places, and teach me new things. Joining the military has left me with no regrets….-J, Airman First Class, U.S. Air Force

 

To our brave men and women in uniform we say…though duty may keep you away from your friends and family, you are always close to our hearts.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Operation Homefront family.

 

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These are only a few examples of the reasons why our brave men and women in uniform are compelled to answer the call to service, and why they represent the best of America. If you would like to learn more about how you can answer the call when they need it most, please visit

www.operationhomefront.net/answerthecall

 

 

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74581_10152020985359884_170441004_nIs Thanksgiving a special holiday for you or your family?

Operation Homefront through support from Josh Cellars is pleased to offer up to 10 active duty Service Members round trip airfare home to see their loved ones!

Eligibility: Active duty, traveling from and to destinations in the continental 48 states; travel dates between Nov. 23-Dec. 6, 2013; traveler must be the service member, no exceptions.

To apply, send an e-mail to Travel@operationhomefront.net and include: Your name, Service branch, Rank, Duty station, Departure City (where you are) & Destination City (where you want to go), and, in 300 words or less, please share what a trip home for Thanksgiving would mean to you and your family. Feel free to include how long you’ve been away from your loved ones, what your family’s Thanksgiving traditions are, and how you’d celebrate if you were able to be together this year.

Each Recipient will receive ONE round trip ticket home and a special gift!

Entries will be accepted through November 8, 5pm CST.

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