Paying it forward during Military Appreciation Month

May is Military Appreciation Month. To help raise awareness about these issues, Blue Star Families and Operation Gratitude are joining forces to impact thousands of military families in a tangible way in May.

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs is asking the veterans community to support this nationwide campaign in three actionable ways, and all three can be done from the comfort of your home:

Give back, pay it forward, and write a handwritten letter of appreciation. Operation Gratitude will include your cards and letters in care packages we send to deployed troops, and hand-deliver to military families in partnership with Blue Star Families in the coming weeks.

Connect, find support, and build enduring relationships via Blue Star Families’ caregiver program. Active-duty and Veteran caregivers are encouraged to visit Blue Star Families’ online resource center to access caregiver toolkits and register to attend virtual Coffee Connect events and Caregiver Cohort workshops.

Be a voice for change.  Take the 12th annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey and share your experiences and stories so we can continue to assess the needs of Veterans, active-duty service members, and their families. 

During this symbolic month of May, and in response to current times, it’s our mission to do everything possible to give military families and Veterans the support, information, tools and, most importantly, a place to belong as we wade through unchartered territory, together. When we as a nation serve those who serve, we can create vibrant communities of mutual support. We’re all stronger when we take care of one another.

Get coffee, support great organizations.

Through a partnership with Starbucks, you can support your coffee habit and support Blue Star Families and Operation Gratitude. For each new  Starbucks Military eGift card activated during the month of May, Starbucks will donate $5, to be divided equally between the two organizations. Learn more here.

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