May is Military Appreciation Month
More than 250,000 active duty military, retirees, dependents and civilian military employees reside in the Hampton Roads region. The sacrifices of service members and their families ensure freedom and security for all Americans. As a salute to our military families, in observance of May as Military Appreciation Month, we've pulled together some information we hope is helpful.
Resources for Military Families
There are numerous websites chocked full of helpful information for service members and their families.
The National Military Family Association
) answers questions about the unique challenges facing service people, including how to prepare for deployment, communication with the service member during deployment and helping children deal with the deployment of a family member. Locally the Tidewater Military Family Services Council
) provides resources and contacts for military service members in the Hampton Roads area. Links to information about each specific base and unit in the area are provided and include details about child care services, family events, recreational activities and job-seeking.
For those of you in the service, thanks to you and to your families for your dedication and sacrifice. Whether for your own family or a friend's, remember that Virginia Beach Public Library can link up military members and their families with books, DVDs, downloadable e-books and websites to help them face the challenges of a life in service to their country.