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Secretary Marks 10th Annual Military Appreciation Month

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2008 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today marked the 10th annual Military Appreciation Month and thanked those who support America's troops through the Defense Department's America Supports You program.

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America Supports You is a Defense Department program that provides opportunities for citizens to show support for the U.S. Armed Forces. Launched in 2004, the program highlights citizen support for the troops and communicates that support to the members of our Armed Forces at home and abroad.

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During a Pentagon press briefing, Gates said, "This month marks the tenth anniversary of the U.S. Senate establishing May as a month to honor our military members and their spouses for everything they do for our country.

"We’re deeply grateful to the American people who continue to show their support for our men and women in uniform, and we see amazing acts of citizen support, especially through America Supports You.

"Over 370 citizen groups have now joined that program and are augmenting the work of the Department to offer assistance and support to our military community.

"And, even as we mark Military Appreciation Month, with two wars ongoing, it is important to remember the sacrifices and service of our troops and their families everyday throughout the year."

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