8 Organizations That Are Honoring Military Families

When it comes to family, military families have what can seem like the biggest struggles: helping your kids have great, well-adjusted childhoods, long separations, frequent re-locations, and keeping your family healthy and happy.


Since it's Military Family Appreciation Month, we'd like to take the time to honor our military families. Here are 8 organizations that do just that...

1) Actress Melissa Joan Hart Helps Shower Military Families With Joy

Founded in 2007, Operation Shower is based on the idea that expecting wives of deployed military members, who are home alone, need the love and support of others while their partners are away.

2) This Program Keeps Military Families Close Together Through Reading

United Through Reading is a non-profit that offers active duty military service members the opportunity to pre-record themselves reading books to their children at home. The program's mission is to keep the connection between parents and children strong, all while encouraging literacy and making homecomings easier.

3) Deployed Soldiers Get Peace Of Mind For Their Pets

No pet should ever be surrendered to a shelter due to a military commitment and that's where Dogs on Deployment comes in. Non-profit Dogs On Deployment is providing a network for military members to find volunteers to board their pets while they are deployed.

4) This Veteran Is Spreading Patriotism Through American Flag Art

Flags of Valor is spreading patriotism and American values with the work they do. The veteran owned and operated store is not only selling these flags, but they are donating them to the families of fallen heroes.

5) These Portraits Of Fallen Heroes Are Healing Hearts

Vietnam Veteran Michael G. Reagan draws portraits of fallen soldiers for their families as they try to cope with the loss. His portraits are "helping their hearts heal."

6) Military Mom Comforts Others To Honor Fallen Son

Ida Gonzalez is a mother who is strong in so many ways. Her son was killed serving for the US Army in Baghdad, Iraq in August 2008. Since his death, Ida's life has taken on a new purpose; empowering others. Ida founded Butterfly Circle of Friends, a nonprofit in her hometown of Spotswood, NJ, to help those in need in the local community and worldwide. Her biggest goal is to help families who have also lost children to find hope and healing in their life. Remember to honor the heroes of past and present!

7) Country Superstar Charlie Daniels Has A Special Passion Project!

Charlie Daniels uses A Journey Home Project to help veterans to transition into civilian life.

8) Operation 300's Weekend Retreats For Kids Of Fallen Soldiers

Operation 300 is a camp and support group for children who have lost their parents in the military.

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