Support our Troops

While there are benefits to serving in the US Armed Forces, many of our troops put their lives on the line every day. Soldiers, Sailers, Airmen, Marines, and are serving all over the world, away from loved ones and the comforts of home. They give up many of their freedoms in ensure our freedom.

Not everyone is able to serve in our Armed Forces, but everyone can serve our Armed Forces.

  • Participate in the Holiday Mail for Heroes. (This looks like a great project for schools, scouts or other clubs)
  • Place a yellow ribbons on your car or tie a yellow ribbon around a tree in your front yard.
  • Invite a Single Service Member over to your house for dinner. People are usually pretty good about doing this around the holidays, but they would enjoy a home cooked meal any time of the year.
  • If you know someone who is deployed send them a letter, or a care package. Make sure you check with someone who knows them well to see what they really need.
  • Tell them that you appreciate their service to our country. You might be surprised how little they hear this.
  • If you own or manage a store, give a military discount. Even 10% is appreciated.
  • For families whose loved one is deployed… invite them for dinner, or bring them a meal.
  • Offer to babysit….military families often spend months apart. Mom and Dad would love to have some time alone together.
  • Call…. check up on the families whose loved one is deployed. A lot of times they would love someone to talk to. Don’t think it is a bad time… if it is they just won’t answer the phone.
  • Be a friend… military life can be hard on everyone. There are frequent moves, separations, and other trials. Friends can make all the difference to a military family.
  • Attend a troop homecoming
  • Offer to babysit for the spouse who is on the homefront during the deployment, they could use some quiet moments to themselves.
  • Help the family out by offering to run an errand; return library books, videos, run to the post office, pick up milk, especially if you’re already going there.
  • Pray- for the troops that are abroad, the ones here at home, and the families that support them.

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  1. what a nice tt!!
    have a great night!

  2. That’s one fantastic and THOUGHTFUL list!! xoxox

  3. This is a great TT. I often want to do something but am not sure what would really help. There’s so much cheerleading and so little real help. We’ve done a number of your suggestions – plus helped out a dad who lost his son.

    Happy TT!

    My TT is Food for thought.

  4. What a great list! If we all did at least one that would be awesome.

  5. THANK YOU, THANK YOU! I am a Navy wife, and so often people say they want to be supportive, but they don’t seem to have a clue HOW….thank you for showing people how to be supportive of military members and their families!

    Happy T-13!

  6. #14 vote a sensible president into office to bring the troops home. Happy TT.

  7. Excellent suggestions!

  8. This is a great list! Thanks for sharing and encouraging pepole to support our troops!

  9. savvyprchick says:

    That is a great one. As the girlfriend of a career Navy man, I totally agree with you!

    Happy TT!

  10. Those are some really great things to do. It is sad that when the troops first left, everyone was doing so much, but after a few years it seems like much of America has forgotten. You helped me remember too.

    Thanks for visiting my TT!

  11. I agree with Pussreboots. Best thing we can do for our troops is bring them home. This is why I have never understood how being anti-war is not supporting the troops. If I didn’t support and care about them I wouldn’t care as much about getting them home from this pointless killing.

  12. What a fantastic list. Great!!

  13. That was a very nice post!

  14. Great list, and as the mom of a military son, even when they are not deployed, but just stationed far from home, any of those gestures are appreciated. Thanks for visiting Miller Manor this week!

  15. Thanks for the tips. I just stumbled upon your blog recently and have really been enjoying it!

  16. It is the small things that sometimes mean the most. We were in a store a few days after my husband’s first homecoming. He was not even wearing his uniform and a woman came up to us and asked if he had just returned from Iraq when he said yes she wrapped his arms around him and thanked him sincerely for his service. We will never forget that.

  17. I was just wondering if there is a program for military children. Like Operation Christmas Child. I think it would be really good to try and find something for the children.


  18. My Dad was deployed to Saudi Arabia when I was a teenager. I will never forget the men from church that helped in so many ways while Dad was gone. One man even came over to change the oil in our car so my mom wouldn’t have to go and have it done 🙂
    Thanks for the reminder to serve those who risk their lives for us.

  19. This is an awesome list. Being an Air Force wife, with an upcoming deployment in about 5 weeks, I really appreciate you putting it all together in one place. Thank you for letting people know specific ways they can help!

  20. Might I also add It takes just 3 minutes to pick a card design (drawings submitted by children around the country) and pick a pre-written greeting or type up your own. These are sent out each month to soldiers serving all over the world, not just in a war-zone.

    Great suggestions. Thank you!

  21. Army wife here. Thanks for the great thoughts.

  22. Thanks… to you for your sacrifice for our country. Not only do you support your husband 100% by keeping things running well at home so he can do his job (and serve all of us) but you also help so many other military families by sharing your wisdom.
    Thank you to you, your awesome husband and your amazing kids. Thanks for your many sacrifices for all of us.
    I do appreciate it.

  23. Awesome list. I’m an Army wife and so many of these suggestions are thoughtful and amazing ways to reach out to Military families.

  24. We, too, have benefitted from help when my husband was deployed. A church friend took me to the ER and had her daughter babysit when I had a midnight medical emergency. The Knights of Columbus unclogged my drain, and the wonderful Auto Hobby Shop folks at Annapolis and at Northwest have fixed car problems for me – many times! (I killed four cars during one deployment…isn’t that a record of some kind?)

    The smallest kindness means so much to military members and their families, particularly during deployments.

  25. That is a great list!!

  26. Thank you for the Holiday Mail for Heroes link. I would love to send mail or help out those serving our country but I don’t know anybody personally, so this will help me get involved!

  27. These are wonderful suggestions, but I would also encourage folks to reach out to military families around you year round, not just during deployments. We love making new friends, and most of us live far away from extended family. Having special “aunties” or adoptive “grandparents” be a part of my childrens’ lives is a priceless treasure.

  28. I am a military wife of the best hubby, father and son. As much as he is great at all those roles a SOLDIOR comes first, often. We support that effort in all we are and do as his wife and family. My hubby has been gone for many, many, many. deployments and as our fa,ily grows so does the strain of these deployments. I have been blessed with a military family I didn’t even know I had. Being married so young and not ever being far from home hid deployments were horrible for me. Other wives would call and stop by and invite me places. I was and am still grateful for them all. As a military wife of almost 11 years now I often reach out to the new wives and remember the same feelings. I hope people understand that a simple call or conversation to a wife may be all the conversation she has all day and I am gratefull to all those that talked to me!!

  29. Such a great list, as a Veteran’s day baby I always have had a special place for our troops in my heart!

  30. What an awesome post! I just shared this on Facebook. We need to remember our troops and families more than just on Veteran’s Day. 😀 Thank you so much for sharing this.

  31. Thank you for remembering the military. I am a military wife and I am very thankful that you included the “families” in your list. So many times we support the troops (which I am all for!) but many times the spouses and children are forgotten. When our spouses leave for deployments everything is placed on our shoulders. We become both parents and the handy-man(woman) around the house. It is nice when others in the community remember that we are still here and stop by to see if we need help. It also helps the military member who is deployed feel comfortable and not worry so much when he/she knows that their family is being taken care of back home. It helps them to stay focused on their job at hand and not keeping their mind worrying about loved ones at home.

  32. As a military wife I just want to thank you for this post!

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