November is Military Family Month
Provides Opportunity to Support Local FamiliesSince 1993, YMCAs have celebrated Military Family Month, providing Americans the opportunity to recognize the dedication, sacrifice, and service of veterans, military personnel and their families. Throughout the year, and especially this November, the YMCA of the Suncoast supports military families with programs and initiatives that improve their well-being and provide opportunities to connect with other families waiting at home.
“The Y has numerous ways we can help, whether it’s a place where kids can make friends and have a sense of belonging or providing a place for adults to meet healthy living goals, the Y has a number of options to help,” said President/CEO G. Scott Goyer.
The YMCA of the Suncoast offers memberships through the Military Outreach Initiative and waives the join fee for all current military and honorably discharged veterans. Since 2008, the Military Outreach Initiative has provided more than 75,000 Y memberships to military members and their families.
First established by the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) and recognized by first lady Nancy Reagan in 1993, Military Family Month recognizes the dedication and service of military personnel and their families.
On Oct. 30, 2009, President Barack Obama continued this important initiative by proclaiming November as Military Family Month, calling on “all Americans to honor military families through private actions and public service for the tremendous contributions they make in the support of our service members and our Nation.”