National Day of the Deployed
The Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) recognizes today as the National Day of the Deployed. We salute those who are currently deployed, have been previously deployed, or have friends or family deployed in service to the United States. Deployments are the official movement of troops to prepare for military action. Years ago, deployments were rare in the Armed Forces, but today the American Military is involved in many places unsafe to send their family with the Military Member. Therefore, today many more Active Duty Military Members are deployed to locations around the world.
Shelle Michaels Aberle created the National Day of the Deployed in 2005 in North Dakota, in honor of her cousin, Major David Hosna, who was deployed to Iraq from his station at Kaiserslautern, Germany. Hosna’s birthday is October 26th, which is why Aberle chose that date to observe the National Day of the Deployed. In 2011, Congress unanimously passed the resolution creating this observance, and in 2012, all 50 states observed this date in honor of deployed Military Members selflessly serving their country.
This day also recognizes the family of those deployed, who hold down the home front while the Military Member is officially sent abroad. The VLB is fully aware of the sacrifice of these families, and we are grateful.
There are multiple ways you can honor the deployed:
● If you know a military family, ask what support they need. Needs vary by family. Some just crave contact from home.
● Attend local ceremonies honoring the military.
● Offer to support military personnel who have no family. They deploy with no one back home to send care packages or other support.
● Donate to a military organization like the USO. They support troops in the U.S. and overseas. The USO also provides support to the families before, during and after service.
● Send care packages. Visit Support Our Troops to find out what and where to send care packages worldwide.
● Volunteer your time and services to local military organizations.
The VLB salutes all those who serve, especially those who are currently or have previously been deployed. While deployments are difficult for the Military Member and their family, we are so proud of the service you have given to this country. Thank you, and your families, for your sincere and significant service.
The VLB is happy to provide any needed help for these American heroes. The mission for the VLB is “to ensure that we offer the very best package of Veterans benefits in the country and those of us who work for the VLB strive to meet those goals every day. For more than 70 years, we have had the honor to serve Veterans, Military Members and their families in Texas, and we look forward to keeping that promise in the years to come.” Call 1–800–252–8387, email VLBinfo@glo.texas.gov, or visit vlb.texas.gov to see the different benefits available.
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