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By Sara Croymans

Every November, the Defense Department, and the military community celebrates military families and transitioning veterans during National Veterans and Military Families Month (NVMFM). President Biden states in his proclamation statement that: “during National Veterans and Military Families Month, we pay homage to the unrelenting bravery and dedication of all who wear the uniform and to the unwavering love and support of all who serve alongside them.”

 There are many military families to celebrate this month!

Of the 2,129,777 total military force members (active duty and reserve/guard component), 47.6% are married, and 37.6% have children. That represents 2,582,001 family members, including spouses, children, and adult dependents. The largest percentage of children are between birth and 5 years of age (37.2%), followed by 6 to 11 years of age (32.3%), and 12 to 18 years of age (24.1%), with fewer children between 19 and 22 years of age (6.4%; DoD, 2020).

Military OneSource offers a number of resources to help service providers as they celebrate and honor the military families they serve.   All of the resources are available in the Service Provider Toolkit on the Military OneSource website. The toolkit includes the following:

As a military family service provider, you can invite military families and veterans to check out the military family and veteran appreciation page. This page offers access to individual giveaways for military families (such as doodle journals, pop-it toys, and wooden blossom kits), informative podcasts, helpful resources, and resources to celebrate and support veterans and military families.

Similar to Military OneSource, we here at OneOp, provide professional development geared specifically to you, the military family service provider!  As you dive into the Military OneSource resources provided above, consider checking out these additional resources to support you in your work with military families and veterans: 

Call to Action: 

  • Expand your National Veterans and Military Families Month resources by accessing Military OneSource’s   Service Provider Toolkit


Writers Biography

Sara Croymans, MEd, AFC, University of Minnesota Extension Educator, member of the OneOp Family Transitions team, military spouse, and mother.