MARQUETTE — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has recognized this month as Military Appreciation Month “to honor and commemorate the service and sacrifices of our U.S. Armed Forces,” The governor’s office announced on Thursday.
With Military Spouse Appreciation Day on May 6, Victory in Europe Day on May 8, Children of Fallen Patriots Day on May 13, Armed Forces Day on May 21 and Memorial Day on May 30 Is that the case “a significant month for veterans and the military” officials said.
“This month, Michiganders are reminded of the heroic contributions of our active and retired service members who have answered the call to defend our state and nation.” Whitmer said in a statement. “I proudly call May Military Appreciation Month and want to express Michigan’s gratitude to our military families who serve at home with unwavering support and solidarity.”
Military Appreciation Month proclaimed by Congress in 1999 “provides an opportunity for Michigan to pay tribute to those who sacrificed so much for our freedom,” officials said.
Citizens of the state have served in every major conflict since the Civil War.
“Military Appreciation Month recognizes the service members who have selflessly sacrificed their lives to protect our borders, protect our liberties and stand up for democracy.” U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul D. Rogers, adjutant general and director of Michigan’s Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, said in a statement. “Our service employees are on call 365 days a year and are always ready to defend our interests. We owe them our respect and gratitude for everything they and their families do.”
There are many ways to celebrate Military Appreciation Month this month, organizers said. One way to show support for the military is by donating to a charity that supports veterans. The Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is accepting donations to support military families with financial assistance grants at https://www.michigan.gov/dmva/military-family-relief-fund-donate. Michigan Veteran Homes is soliciting monetary donations to support the Life-Enrichment Fund used to improve the quality of life for Veteran Members at https://www.thepayplace.com/mi/mva/donations/billpreview.aspx.
Veterans can contact the Michigan Veteran Resource Service Center at 1-800-MICH-VET or visit www.michigan.gov/MVAA to learn more about employment, health care, education and quality of life benefits.