Nobody better understands the sacrifices of having a family member deployed than those who are serving or have served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserves. To honor our deployed men and women, our country observes National Day of the Deployed each October 26th. This year it falls on the fourth Thursday in October.
National Day of the Deployed honors the bravery of the men and women who deploy to protect our country’s freedoms. It also salutes the military families who are separated from their loved ones during deployment and the sacrifices these families make. As we all know, this is one of the most difficult times for a military family.
What can you do to show your support? Every act of kindness makes a difference. From baking a plate of cookies for a deployed military family to taking time to write a letter to someone deployed, anything you do shows your support. All ages are encouraged to get involved. For example, third-grader Josh Lawson, Jeffersonville, IN, learned first-hand just how much "letters from home" really do matter.
If you’re on social media, use #DayOfTheDeployed to show your support. You can also post your thoughts on our USBA Facebook page.