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May is

Military Appreciation Month

Declared by Congress in 1999, May was selected National Military Appreciation Month as a month-long observance honoring the sacrifices of the United States Armed Forces. Pennsylvania has a long and proud military history. Today, we are home to nearly one million veterans and we have a 19,000-member Pennsylvania National Guard. Our military men and women have made a tremendous commitment to this commonwealth and this nation, and we are honored to provide active duty members and veterans with the information and resources they need.

Legislation

Senate Resolution 307 – Gold Star Wives Day

A Resolution recognizing April 5, 2018, as “Gold Star Wives Day” in Pennsylvania.

The Gold Star Wives were established April 5, 1945, as a way to unite the spouses and families of the members and veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States who have died on active duty or as a result of a service-connected disability. Their primary mission is to provide services, support and friendship to the spouses of fallen members and veterans of the armed forces. Pennsylvania is part of the Middle Atlantic Region and has two Chapters, one in Philadelphia and one in Greater Pittsburgh.

Senate Resolution 334 – Silver Star Families Day

A Resolution recognizing May 1, 2018, as “Silver Star Families Day” in Pennsylvania.

To make sure we remember the sacrifice of our wounded warriors, the Silver Star Families of America gives out thousands of their distinctive Silver Star banners and flags each year to wounded service members and their families. The Silver Star represents the “Silver Star Shining for Sacrifice.” All military personnel who were wounded by enemy action, friendly fire, or contracted a serious illness while serving in a war zone are eligible to receive the Silver Star banner and flag. On May 1st, we should all recommit to caring for those who return to us wounded or ill.

Senate Resolution 341 – Military Spouse Day

A Resolution recognizing May 11, 2018, as “Military Spouse Day” in Pennsylvania.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day was created by President Ronald Reagan in 1984 as a day to recognize the contributions made by military spouses to the well-being of soldiers and military communities. Today’s military spouses, both men and women, often endure long separations from their loved ones. Many times these husbands and wives are left to single-handedly take care of their children and homes, as well as their own careers. Please join us in honoring the commitment military spouses have made to their loved ones by signing on as a co-sponsor of this resolution.