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President Proclaims November as Military Family Month

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2010 – President Barack Obama has signed a proclamation designating this month as Military Family Month.

Here is the text of the president’s proclamation:

We owe each day of security and freedom that we enjoy to the members of our Armed Forces and their families. Behind our brave service men and women, there are family members and loved ones who share in their sacrifice and provide unending support.

During Military Family Month, we celebrate the exceptional contributions of our military families, and we reaffirm our commitments to these selfless individuals who exemplify the highest principles of our Nation.

Across America, military families inspire us all with their courage, strength, and deep devotion to our country. They endure the challenges of multiple deployments and moves; spend holidays and life milestones apart; juggle everyday tasks while a spouse, parent, son, or daughter is in harm's way; and honor the service of their loved ones and the memory of those lost.

Just as we hold a sacred trust to the extraordinary Americans willing to lay down their lives to protect us all, we also have a national commitment to support and engage our military families. They are proud to serve our country; yet, they face unique challenges because of that service.

My Administration has taken important steps to help them shoulder their sacrifice, and we are working to ensure they have the resources to care for themselves and the tools to reach their dreams. We are working to improve family resilience, enhance the educational experience of military children, and ensure military spouses have employment and advancement opportunities, despite the relocations and deployment cycles of military life. Our historic investment to build a 21st-century Department of Veterans Affairs is helping to provide our veterans with the benefits and care they have earned.

We are also standing with our service members and their families as they transition back into civilian life, providing counseling as well as job training and placement. And, through the Post-9/11 GI Bill, our veterans and their families can pursue the dream of higher education.

However, Government can only do so much. While only a fraction of Americans are in military families, all of us share in the responsibility of caring for our military families and veterans, and all sectors of our society are better off when we reach out and work together to support these patriots.

By offering job opportunities and workplace flexibility, businesses and companies can benefit from the unparalleled dedication and skills of a service member or military spouse.

Through coordination with local community groups, individuals and organizations can ensure our military families have the help they need and deserve when a loved one is deployed. Even the smallest actions by neighbors and friends send a large message of profound gratitude to the families who risk everything to see us safe and free.

As America asks ever more of military families, they have a right to expect more of us -- it is our national challenge and moral obligation to uphold that promise. If we hold ourselves to the same high standard of excellence our military families live by every day, we will realize the vision of an America that supports and engages these heroes now and for decades to come.

Now, therefore, I, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2010 as Military Family Month. I call on all Americans to honor military families through private actions and public service for the tremendous contributions they make in support of our service members and our Nation.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

Barack Obama


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11/17/2010 6:39:38 PM
I'm a milspouse and I've seen first hand the hardships military families go through. I've lived in 4 states in 8 years. I've taught in 4 different school systems. I think the support for military families has definitely come a LONG way, especially since my parents' time when my father had to work a second job in addition to being an active duty service member. That being said, it's not a perfect world and there's still a lot that needs to be done to support military families so that the service member can adequately do his/her job without worrying about things that go on back home. I do applaud and thank President and First Lady Obama for their of military families. I think they're starting to take steps in the right direction in relation to support programs that have been made available for military families.
- Danielle, San Diego

11/5/2010 5:19:22 PM
It is very hard for Mil Spouses and Prior Service. My son got out of the Army in 09, he tried around the Ft Campbell , and couldnt get a job even on the installation. He moved in with us in March and has yet to get a job, even on Post Here, he cant even get a job on the Military installation. He decided to go back in the Army since hasnt been unable to find a job, had to wait MONTHS to get back in, went to MEPS, wait until April of 2011 to get into AIT. This is crazy, he has to report every two weeks, . To wait 6 months to go to AIT is insane. My husband and I are having to support him since he can not find a job,So Much for FAMILY SUPPORT, even from our GOV. I will believe the SUPPORT and HONOR of Military Families when I see it happen. Sorry after my husband has spent nearly 16 years in service it is painfully obvious that Military Families and Prior Service Members are put deep in the back of PRIORITIES! Very disappointed Army Wife!
- Debra Fowler, Fort Leonard Wood, MO

11/2/2010 11:29:35 PM
Sadly, this is not true in ALL states. In May, my son, a U.S. Army officer, transferred from AZ to Hawaii and on his 3rd Iraq deployment. In March, before moving his entire family & household across the Pacific for 3 years, my daughtr-in-law, a P.A. with 2 Masters degrees, began applying for PA jobs. She has applied to many openings, but 9 months later, has not been hired. She has been asked illegal, discriminating questions: Why did you move to Hawaii? What does your husband do? Then, she never hears from them again. This has happened at military installations in Hawaii. She has had P.A. job in both Ky. and AZ. She recently applied for a PA job in Phoenix, and was hired almost immediately! Now she's faced with relocating so she can work. Something is terribly wrong with the employment pratices in Hawaii. Please get this information to someone with the power to correction this, Mr. President?
- Kathy Albright, Florida

11/2/2010 9:40:03 AM
he says this now, but we will see when legislation says otherwise. smh.
- mary, ruckersville, va

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