This post was sponsored by the MetLife TRICARE Dental Program as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central.
Every day is a good day to thank a military family.
Military men and women serve 24/7, 365 days a year and are often away from their families. The holidays can be really hard for military families that live far from extended family or have someone deployed. Now is the perfect time to show your gratitude, thank a military family for all they do, and make this a joyous holiday season.
During the holidays, we often take for granted that families can get together and celebrate the season in one place. Like many military families, my husband was away for extended periods of time for training cycles and deployments. When he was on active duty, there were several Christmases that we had to celebrate without him. Being apart during the holidays is difficult for everyone. It’s hard to celebrate and be joyous when your family can’t be together. You do the best you can, but it isn’t the same.
When “Thank You” Just Doesn’t Seem Enough
We all know a military member or military family in some way; through work, church, sports teams, volunteer organizations, play groups, etc. During this holiday season, be sure and thank them for everything they do. A simple “Thank You” is understated, but so powerful. It expresses our gratitude for their sacrifice and offers our well wishes for them in the future. We can thank service members and their families in person or send a heartfelt card. But, sometimes, that just doesn’t seem like it is enough. When you want to do more, we have a few ideas for you.
Three simple ways to show your gratitude:
- Send a care package –Military members may be deployed or they and their families may be stationed away from extended family. Holidays can be really hard when you can’t celebrate with loved ones. A care package filled with tastes of home, letters, calling cards, etc. is a welcome gift. If you don’t know a military family personally, there are authorized organizations that accept care packages on behalf of deployment military members. A few include Pillows for Soldiers, Adopt a Solider, Operation Gratitude, and American Archangels.
- Offer your time – When military members are away, the remaining spouse is doing double duty in their absence. A little help with chores or the children is always appreciated. You can offer to help them mow the yard, shovel snow, babysit, etc.
- Invite them to join your holiday celebration – When you are away from family, the last thing you want to do is celebrate the holiday season alone. Invite military members and/or their families to join you in your celebrations. It could be a party or just dinner. It means a lot to know that someone is thinking about you.
- Support Military Organizations – There are hundreds of nonprofit organizations that provide services to military members and their families. I have personally donated my time and money to the USO, National Military Family Association, and American Red Cross Armed Forces. Find an organization and offer your time and/or financial support to show your appreciation for military members everywhere.
MetLife Wants to Say Thank You too!
MetLife wants to thank military families for all they do and for supporting the TRICARE Dental Program (TDP)! The TDP helps promote good oral health through routine preventative care, low premiums, and so much more. With a provider network of over 250,000 dental locations worldwide, they offer military families service quality dental care wherever they are.
MetLife wants to remind the National Guard and Reserve members that if they are enrolled in the TDP, network dentists can complete the Department of Defense Active Duty/Reserve Forces Dental Examination form (DD Form 2813) for them at no cost.
Learn More About MetLife TRICARE Dental:
2015 Winter Health Matters Newsletter: http://bit.ly/1mbgftc
I hope you’ll take a minute to show your appreciation and thank a military family. Our support means so much!
How do you show your support for military families?