• Emily Nodine, 9, adjusts the legs of a spider she crafted during a Magic Tree House book club meeting, Oct. 27 at Thomas Lee Hall Library. The book club is part of the EDGE! program, an Army Family Covenant initiative.

    Family salute:Post celebrates Military Family Month

    Emily Nodine, 9, adjusts the legs of a spider she crafted during a Magic Tree House book club meeting, Oct. 27 at Thomas Lee Hall Library. The book club is part of the EDGE! program, an Army Family Covenant initiative.

  • A girl enjoys the swing ride at last year's Military Family Month fun fair. Throughout November, numerous events are planned to honor military families, culminating with a ceremony Nov. 22. For a list of this year's events, see Page 22.

    Family salute: Post celebrates Military Family Month

    A girl enjoys the swing ride at last year's Military Family Month fun fair. Throughout November, numerous events are planned to honor military families, culminating with a ceremony Nov. 22. For a list of this year's events, see Page 22.

FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- President Barack Obama issued an official proclamation Monday designating November as Military Family Month.

In his proclamation, Obama recognized the many contributions, commitments and sacrifices made by military families throughout the nation.

"Across America, military families inspire us all with their courage, strength, and deep devotion to our country. They endure the challenges of multiple deployments and moves; spend holidays and life milestones apart; juggle everyday tasks while a spouse, parent, son, or daughter is in harm's way; and honor the service of their loved ones and the memory of those lost."

Obama described the steps his administration has taken to ensure military families have the resources to care for themselves and to reach their dreams, and he called upon all Americans to honor military families through private actions and public service.

"We are working to improve family resilience, enhance the educational experience of military children, and ensure military spouses have employment and advancement opportunities, despite the relocations and deployment cycles of military life. Our historic investment to build a 21st century Department of Veterans Affairs is helping to provide our veterans with the benefits and care they have earned.

"We are also standing with our service members and their families as they transition back into civilian life, providing counseling as well as job training and placement. And, through the Post-9/11 GI Bill, our veterans and their families can pursue the dream of higher education.

"As America asks ever more of military families, they have a right to expect more of us - it is our national challenge and moral obligation to uphold that promise."

Fort Jackson will show its appreciation for military families with a series of free activities and events throughout the month.

"These efforts are an extension of our constant dedication to our families here at Fort Jackson," said Col. James Love, garrison commander. "We continuously strive to bring families together, to improve their quality of life and to offer support to those who support us the most."

"A Soldier's ability to complete a mission is directly related to the support he or she receives from his or her family members. And as our nation demands so much from our Army, our family members continue to exude patience, understanding and strength. It's so important for us to show them our appreciation for doing their part in ensuring our success."

Love, along with Maj. Gen. James Milano, Fort Jackson's commanding general, Post Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Stall and Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Culbertson, will re-sign the Army Family Covenant and celebrate the contributions of Fort Jackson military families during the annual Families of the Year Recognition Ceremony Nov. 22 at the Officers' Club.

Winners of this year's Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation essay contest, "How the Army Family Covenant has improved my Army Life" will also be announced.

For more information, visit www.fortjacksonmwr.com.

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