The duty of thanks

5 ways to take action during National Military Appreciation Month

5 ways to take action during National Military Appreciation Month
"No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks." – James Allen (Author)

We all know that Memorial Day is held on the last Monday in May. But did you know that May is designated National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM)?

NMAM gives us a chance to publicly show appreciation for members of the U.S. armed forces. It's also an opportunity to thank military families for the sacrifices they've made.

There are many ways to show your support not only during National Military Awareness Month but throughout the year. Here are five ways to take action:

  1. Shower military moms with gratitude: Operation Showers of Appreciation throws monthly baby showers for military moms. The organization, which is 100% volunteer- and donation-based, provides many ways for you to make a difference, including knitting or sewing items like bibs, blankets and booties; collecting diapers, bottles, clothing and toys; offering your professional services pro bono as well as making monetary donations.
  2. Celebrate with service. Help build or repair a home for an injured vet. Give a veteran a ride to an appointment or deliver a thank-you basket to the family of a deployed soldier. Pick your passion and pledge to take action!
  3. Thank a service member the 'write' way. Invite your family members, classmates or coworkers to come together to write thank-you notes in appreciation of our military personnel. Organizations like A Million Thanks and Operation Gratitude collect and distribute letters from schools, churches, businesses and individuals.
  4. Call in a flyover. USAA, a financial services organization for military members and their families, teamed up with NFL teams to foster military appreciation on and off the field. You can honor a military member by sending a virtual F-15 flyover to the person's home. Say thank you at the speed of sound by going to
  5. Go the extra mile. Donate your airline miles or hotel room points to help service members and their families. For example, some may need to travel for medical care; others may need help so they can visit loved ones.

Put your Thrivent membership into action

  • Apply to lead a Thrivent Action Team to help a local military family with yard work or home repairs; plan an event to recognize service men and women and their families; hold a fundraiser for a local nonprofit that supports veterans; or come up with your own way to show appreciation!
  • Eligible Thrivent members can direct Choice Dollars® to nonprofit organizations that assist service members and their families.

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