Dog Tag Inc. has set an ambitious goal to raise $10,000 by the end of the day on #GivingTuesday, December 3, to support veterans and military families in the fellowship program. Learn more and please consider making a contribution.
Today, this month, and all year long, please join me in thanking veterans for their service to our country. There aren’t enough words to express my appreciation and gratitude for the sacrifices that they and their families make to serve, defend and protect the United States of America.
As Dog Tag Inc. celebrates its five-year anniversary, we are taking a moment to reflect on our mission and the individuals who we have had the privilege of serving. Thank you to everyone who has supported this life-changing program over the years, allowing us to help veterans, military spouses, and caregivers find their purpose.
In addition to supporting Dog Tag, www.buyveteran.com is a great resource for finding businesses to support. Do some research to identify veteran-owned businesses in your community and thank them for their service with both your heart and your wallet.
Thousands of young men made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom on June 6, 1944. More than 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded on that day, allowing over 100,000 soldiers to continue inland to bring an end to Nazi rule in Europe. For this year’s 75th anniversary of D-Day, the world will come together to mark this important day in history. There aren’t enough words or opportunities to express gratitude for what those military service members did to save even more lives from being lost.
Less than half a million of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II are still alive, and sadly we’re rapidly losing them. So it’s incredibly important that we find ways to honor this Greatest Generation whenever we can.
In the past, I have had the honor of attending D-Day memorial events in France. It is so moving to be there in person and to have the opportunity to personally thank the veterans who make the long trip to Normandy for these events. Unfortunately I can’t be there this year, but there are many ways that we all can honor the men and women who served during World War II – on this day and every day.
One way we can show gratitude is by continuing to support military families and veterans. I support a variety of organizations including Dog Tag Inc. and Blue Star Families, among others, and I encourage you to find an organization to support that raises awareness and provides ongoing support to those who continue to make a personal sacrifice for our country. We need to ensure that they have the support and care they need while they are serving and that they are equipped for life after they are done with active military service. We can never do too much to raise awareness about veterans’ issues.
It is heartwarming to hear about all of the ceremonies that are planned for this week in France and around the world. No matter where you are, I hope you’ll take a few minutes to join me in a moment of silence and remembrance on Thursday.
May is National Military Appreciation Month. Please join me in honoring current and former members of the United States Armed Forces, especially those who died while defending our freedom.
Tonight, the Blue Star Neighbors Celebration recognized military supporters from across the country and celebrated the 10th anniversary of Blue Star Families at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce building in Washington, D.C.
The Blue Star Neighbors Celebration is an annual celebration of the spirit of America – the kindness of military supporters across the country and their impact on the military family community.
Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies, was awarded the Constance J. Milstein Philanthropic Award. Craig recently provided a gift of $1,000,000 to help fund the Craig Newmark Greater New York Chapter of Blue Star Families. He also contributes as a member of the Blue Star Families Board of Directors.
Recognition was also given to The Walt Disney Company with the Corporate Neighbor Award. Susan Masser was awarded the 2019 Blue Star Neighbor Award.
Several military leaders were in attendance including Secretary of the Army Mark Esper who participated in the award presentations.