This November, we are celebrating Military Family Appreciation Month, a time when we will recognize and honor those brave men and women who support our servicemembers. Pennsylvania has a long and storied association across every branch of the U.S. military, and is home to the nation’s third-largest Army National Guard and fourth-largest Air National Guard.
The spouses, children, parents, families, and friends who form the support network for our fighting men and women are unsung heroes. They have made, and continue to make, tremendous sacrifices so that the rest of us are able to live in a free and safe society, and I am deeply grateful.
I believe that promoting strong military families is crucial to the wellbeing of our servicemembers and the quality of our all-volunteer force. I am a proud member of the Senate Military Family Caucus, which works to examine and address the unique challenges faced by military families in the areas of employment, education, childcare and healthcare. Military families play an essential role in supporting our men and women in uniform, and they deserve our full support.
With Veteran’s Day approaching, I am reminded of something my father said, “We pray for military families and for their loved ones serving around the globe; we also pray for ourselves, that we may be worthy of their valor.”
As we celebrate November as Military Family Appreciation Month, I encourage all Pennsylvanians to honor the special commitment and sacrifice that our servicemembers and their families make to keeping this great country safe.