Military Family Appreciation Month

Wednesday November 2, 2011

What is it?

Military Family Appreciation Month (MFAM) is a campaign designed to communicate the Army's recognition and appreciation for Army families and to fulfill the Army Family Covenant - provide them a quality of life commensurate with their service. The result is families feeling important, supported and connected to the Army and the nation.

What has the Army done?

MFAM provides an opportunity for Army leaders to raise awareness about the importance and sacrifices of our military families. The strength of our Soldiers comes from the strength of their families. The Army encourages senior mission commanders, garrison commanders, National Guard and Army Reserve commanders, and family programs staff to work together to conduct MFAM events and awareness campaigns in their community throughout November.

Why is it important to the Army?

The Army recognizes the commitment and sacrifice families make every day. The Army knows the strength of Soldiers comes from the strength of their families, which means providing a strong, supportive environment where Soldiers and their families can thrive. To do this, the Army is committed to building a partnership with families that enhances their strength and resilience to face an environment of full tempo operations.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army will continue to provide families a strong, supportive environment and has an extensive network of programs and services to strengthen the resiliency and readiness of Army families. This is in keeping with the Army's commitment to support Army families, improve their well-being and provide them communities of excellence in which to thrive.

The Army is dedicated to improving family readiness through funding of programs, better health care, housing, schools, youth services, child care, education and employment opportunities, and we will continue to build upon and improve the tenets of the Army Family Covenant.

The Army Family Covenant is the Army's commitment to provide Soldiers and their families a quality of life that acknowledges their service, sacrifices and dedication to our nation.

The Army Family Action Plan helps leaders address the needs and concerns of the entire Army family. AFAP enlists representatives from around the world to identify, prioritize, and elevate quality of life issues to senior leaders for resolution.

The Army will encourage media to provide accurate and informative reports highlighting Army family sacrifices, contributions and the commitment the Army is making to families.


Presidential Proclamation -- Military Family Month, 2011

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Army Family Action Plan
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Senior Leaders are Saying

"With every step we take on American soil, we tread on ground made safer for us through the invaluable sacrifices of our service members and their families. During Military Family Month, we celebrate the exceptional service, strength, and sacrifice of our military families, whose commitment to our nation goes above and beyond the call of duty..."

View the complete Presidential Proclamation -- Military Family Month, 2011

What They're Saying

"They segregated us and sent us to a place called Schofield Barracks ... They just said to turn in your weapons ... And they said we're going to make a unit out of it ... I felt that since I was in the military -- whatever the military tells you to do, you have to do it. So, we took it as it came."

- Mitsuo "Ted" Hamasu, a second-generation Japanese American who receives the Congressional Gold Medal today, for his service in the Army during World War II, recounts the formation of the all-Japanese-American 100th Infantry Battalion.

100th Infantry: Cane fields to Congressional Gold Medal


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