This coming Monday, our country will recognize the many sacrifices made by our military veterans since the Revolutionary War. Originally known as “Armistice Day” and celebrated on the first anniversary of the end of World War I, November 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938.
In addition to the stresses our military personnel face on the front lines, their families face stresses – fears of the dangers of serving; moving from one location to another; being without their loved one for an extended period of time. Children of military families can have needs which are very different from those not in military families, and scores of resources are available. Child Care Aware of America, the national coordinating organization for child care resource and referral agencies, has information about these resources such as Fee Assistance/Respite support. Veterans Families United also has information about services and resources available to families.
Child Care Resources of Rockland is honored to have several staff and board members who have served in the military or who have family who served. They have first-hand knowledge of the issues military families face. My grandfathers served in WWII, my father-in-law in the Korean War, and my uncle in the Gulf War. I am proud of all of them.
If you know a veteran, say thank you. Ask them about their service. Let them know they are respected and supported throughout our community.
If you are a veteran, thank you for all you have done and for the sacrifices you and your family have made for our freedoms. Our hats off to you.