Congress has designated October 26, 2013 as “Day of the Deployed”. Since 2006, this fall day has been used to honor the members of the Armed Forces who are deployed and the families awaiting their return.
According to the resolution that designates this unique day, more than 2,500,000 people currently serve in the military, and several hundred thousand servicemembers are deployed to over 150 countries around the world each year. Since the terrorist attacks on American soil on September 11, 2001, more than 2,300,000 military members have been deployed. Read the full resolution here.
Ret. Major Tim Lewis, special projects manager at iFreedom Direct, a top VA lender, says, “U.S. deployed servicemembers bring alive patriotism, service to country, duty and bravery required for our freedom. Without the individuals who are deployed, our country might look a lot different.”
Many of the deployed servicemembers around the world will take time on their special day for appropriate activities. And, here are just some of things we as Americans can do to celebrate the Day of the Deployed:
- Send letters and care packages to our Troops overseas
- Fly an American flag
- Skype loved ones servings overseas
- Tie a yellow ribbon around a tree in your front yard
- Use social media to thank deployed military members and their families
- Upload a video thanking our troops and their families
- Have an event that recognizes troops and their families
- Put a “Day of Deployed” yard sign out in respect for our troops and their families
You, too, can help observe this day that has been set aside for the loyal active military, National Guard and Reservists who keep our country strong, safe and free.
If you know someone who is deployed, or a family member of the deployed, take a moment to tell them how much they are appreciated.
If you’d like information about how to send a care package overseas or want to know more about VA home loan benefits that can be earned by the deployed, contact a direct VA loans representative.