During Military Appreciation Month, we rightly join in expressing gratitude for our service members, their families and the daily sacrifices they make on our behalf. It is because of their selfless service that Americans wake up every day with the privilege of peace and freedom at home.
In answering the call to serve, members of our military choose to make tremendous sacrifices for their neighbors as well as those they have never even met. Our service members display an unwavering fervor for the bedrock principles that underlie the United States of America: freedom, justice and equality. Some will miss weddings, funerals or the births of their own children. Others will even pay the ultimate sacrifice.
The enormous sacrifices military families make for our country should never be overlooked. Even when service members are home, families often receive reassignment orders that require a quick move, leaving behind friends and family in the process. Husbands, wives and children go without their deployed spouses and parents for months at a time. Without question, families genuinely need support from their communities while their loved ones are abroad, when they return from war and especially if they do not come home at all.
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