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Military Family Appreciation Month, November 2017

During Military Family Appreciation Month, DoDEA renews its commitment to the families and communities we are proud to serve. Our schools benefit from the contributions of military family members as teachers, support staff and volunteers.

Military Family Appreciation Month was established in 1993 by the Armed Services YMCA, with the U.S. Government recognizing the occasion every year since. Each year the President signs a proclamation declaring November Military Family Month. This annual proclamation marks the beginning of a month-long celebration of the Military Family in which the Department of Defense and the nation will honor the commitment and sacrifices made by the families of the nation's service members.

November is a time, by tradition, for family celebrations. It is also a month that we set aside time to honor the military family - a time to recognize their sacrifices and celebrate their successes. During Military Family Month, we thank military families for the tremendous contribution they make in support of our service members, the military mission and the nation. Military life imposes unique demands on them, and during these difficult times, they have exhibited exceptional sacrifice, resiliency and courage.

Families provide our Servicemembers with invaluable encouragement and love, and manage the home front while their loved ones are deployed. As we approach the winter holiday season when families across the world come together, we pay special tribute to our deployed forces and their families, who are separated this holiday season. The dedication and strength of military families during a sustained high operational tempo, increased deployment and long separations is an inspiration to us all. The nation understands that families also serve, and is honored to pay tribute to them.

In DoDEA, every month is the month of the Military Family. It is our vision to be among the world's leaders in education, enriching the lives of military-connected students and the communities in which they live. Military children are at the heart of their families and the focus of all we do at DoDEA. Every one of those children deserves a great teacher, every school deserves a great Principal, and every school must be high-performing.


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People of DoDEA

The people who work for the Department of Defense Education Activity are the heart and soul of this organization. Their diverse backgrounds and experiences are the fabric that make up the rich tapestry known as DoDEA. And we think it¹s time their stories were shared. Our new series, The People of DoDEA, is an ongoing compilation of written submissions and videos highlighting DoDEA employees and their stories. In honor of Military Family Appreciation Month, we¹ve compiled a collection of video stories profiling unique individuals with interesting military connected experiences. These are DoDEA employees who are not only connected to military communities through DoDEA, but who are part of military families themselves. We¹ll release a new story each week for the month of November, so check back often to learn more about the People of DoDEA.


As we celebrate Military Family Appreciation Month, we highlight veterans and military-connected individuals throughout the DoDEA system. Air Force veteran Janine Smith shares her journey of entering the military and the lessons she has learned.

Stuttgart Elementary teacher and former Army Medic, Nhadia Guzman shares her experiences in the military and the lessons she imparts to her students.

As we celebrate Military Family Appreciation Month, we highlight veterans and military-connected individuals throughout the DoDEA system. Kubasaki High School JROTC Instructor Sgt. Maj. Brent Cook shares his love of teaching at Kubasaki High School and the JROTC Program.

As we celebrate Military Family Appreciation Month, we highlight veterans and military-connected individuals throughout the DoDEA system. DoDEA Web Specialist Chris Erskine shares his story as a rescue helicopter pilot in the Navy.

As the Special Education Teacher for Antilles Middle School in Puerto Rico, Menchi Veray believes all children can learn. She infuses technology into her curriculum, because she believes by providing her students with the right tools, they will someday make a better world.

As we celebrate Military Family Appreciation Month, we highlight veterans and military-connected individuals throughout the DoDEA system. Ramstein High School Principal Sharon O'Donnell shares her story as a daughter of one soldier and the wife of another.