May is National Military Awareness Month – declared an official commemorative month by Congress in 1989 to honor the sacrifices of those who have served, and those who are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. The men and women who sacrifice their safety to protect the rest of us should be honored every day, but especially every day in May! We work with hundreds of veterans across the country and we salute our colleagues, partners, staff, and patients who have serve our country. Our mission is to help the many who suffer from the long-term neurological effects of war or combat – such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression, Anxiety, Addiction, Insomnia – bringing them hope in the form of alternative treatments that really work.
However, not everyone can develop a patented approach to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, so here are 5 ways that you can show appreciation for our veterans during National Military Awareness Month.
- Hang the American flag at your home or workplace. Or place a little version outside your door to show that you appreciate the sacrifices made to keep us safe at home!
- Donate to a Veteran or Military Charity. According to Clark.com, here is a list of reputable veteran charities to consider: https://clark.com/military/best-worst-veterans-military-charities/
- Send a card or care package to a soldier. Check out the USPS website for their free shipping supplies and Military Care Kit shipping supplies kit – nothing brings a smile to a soldier far from home than a friendly care package from loved ones: https://store.usps.com/store/product/shipping-supplies/military-care-kit-P_MILITARYKIT
- Reach out to families that have loved ones in the military. Nothing shows more kindness than a simple card in the mail.
- Write a Letter to a Veteran in a Nursing or Disability Home. Many of our World War II Veterans have passed away, and the few that remain are in their 90’s. Take time to send a kind word to someone’s grandpa, everyone’s hero.
And don’t forget to show your support on Social media by sharing a post with the hashtag: #MilitaryAppreciationMonth
5 Days that commemorate the Military During National Military Awareness month
- May 1st Loyalty Day: This is Celebrated on May 1st to recognize and reflect on American Freedom.
- May 8th Victory in Europe Day: On May 8th, 1945 both the U.S. and Great Britain celebrate Victory in Europe Day also known as V-E Day. This day is to rejoice the end and defeat of WWII-Nazi War.
- May 8th Military Spouse Appreciation Day: This day is celebrated on the Friday before Mother’s Day to honor and acknowledge the support and strength Military spouses contribute.
- May 16th, 2020 Armed Forces Day: Celebrated on the third Saturday in May during Armed Forces Week. President Truman made the efforts to establish this holiday honor and unite our heroes in the Military.
- May 25th, 2020 Memorial Day: This is a special day that has been designated to honor and mourn for those who have died while serving our country. Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of the month.
Learn more about how MIND ALGN helps with Veterans and Active Duty patients:
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