No one has more Cowbell than our men, women and animals in the military. Except, perhaps, the families they leave behind. Military families possess some serious Cowbell.
I always say this is the blog about MORE and these families give more. Much more than the average family.
Many military families struggle.
Whether it’s the fear of living paycheck to paycheck, or raising children alone while their spouses are deployed (again and again), there are very real challenges for our servicemembers and their families.
- They give up the certainty that their loved one will be safe at all times.
- They move a LOT, often with very little notice.
- The at-home spouse often handles these details alone.
- Women birth babies and hope they will meet their dads.
Our military might be the ones training, administrating, or standing on the front lines, but they are not the only ones who serve. Their spouses, parents and children dedicate their energy to keeping our servicemembers’ minds at ease so they can do their jobs knowing that all is well at home. Even when it isn’t.
So today, I hope you’ll take a moment to give thanks for the people who protect our freedom and the families that support them while they do it.
Freedom isn’t free.
Memorial Day is a day off so that we have the time to acknowledge, remember, and honor the sacrifice. I hope you take a moment today to offer a prayer, thought, letter or token of gratitude. Our Nation’s fallen, and their families, deserve it.
- One of the Many – a very moving post by Piper Bayard
- Do you understand Military Money Matters? Here’s a short quiz.
- A slide show of Memorial Day photos from an event in D.C.
Here’s an excerpt from Kristen Lamb’s exceptional Memorial Day post:
I would like to talk about one more type of hero that is easy for us to forget. War dogs. Many of these furry service pooches provide such a valuable service to our troops. To honor these unsung heroes, my friend NY Times Best-Selling Author James Rollins is calling for pictures to add to a Pinterest board dedicated to service animals.
Here are the details from Jim:
[WAR DOGS] I got all my ducks….or should I say, dogs…in a row this morning and created Pinterest Pinboard featuring military war dogs. I’m hoping to enlist members of the armed forces to share their pictures of their companions: at work and at play.
If you are one of those folks, share them! Post your photo and story here on Facebook or just jump on over to my Pinterest page an pin your photo and story.
If you feel like sharing your OWN pictures of your four-legged companions being “warriors,” send those too! They could be serious, funny, poignant, or silly. I’d love to build a board of those pictures, too.
Pinterest link: http://bit.ly/james-rollins-pinterest-page
Don’t have a Pinterest account? I’ll send you one. Email me here: http://bit.ly/james-rollins-contact
How do you honor Memorial Day? Are there family members or friends you are thinking about today? Enquiring and patriotic minds love to know these things here at More Cowbell!