Honoring those who serve

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The Atlantic hurricane season is June 1-November 30. Now is the time to start planning for possible storms. If you wait until a hurricane is coming, you might only have a day or two to get ready. Many disasters allow no time for people to gather even the most necessities, which is why planning is essential, especially if this is your first time living in an area prone to hurricanes.

Know what your spouse’s command expects to do.

If your active-duty Navy spouse is on sea-duty, don’t expect him or her to remain at home with you during the storm. Your spouse may have to go underway before the storm even arrives. Navy Fleet Forces Command relies on the weather forecast to know where ships can safely avoid a storm and whether it is better for ships to

Tuesday, June 27 is National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day. The National Center for PTSD promotes awareness of PTSD and effective treatments yearlong. Mental health experts are not sure why some people develop PTSD and others don’t.

After a traumatic event, most people have painful memories. For many, the effects of the event fade over time. For others, the memories, thoughts and feelings don't go away, even within months or years afterwards. 

“Overall incidence of PTSD does not appear to have changed across the wars we have fought in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, nor has the severity of symptoms…We believe the disorder we now call PTSD has existed since wars have been fought, although identified by other names,”

Wednesday, June 14, is Flag Day, commemorating the 1777 adoption of the United States’ flag. As a revered symbol of freedom and justice, the flag of the United States of America is to be shown the utmost respect. However, Flag Day isn’t a federal holiday.

The respect of the flag also extends to its eventual retirement. The United States Flag Code states, "The Flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."

If you have flags to be retired, the following organizations collect them for disposal:

  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Girl Scouts of the USA
  • The American Legion
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
  • Marine Corps League
  • Disabled American

Monday, May 29 is Memorial Day, a federal holiday for remembering the people who died while serving in our country's Armed Forces. It originated as Decoration Day, after the Civil War, in 1868. 

While it does have austere beginnings, Memorial Day also marks the unofficial start of the summer season. And with that, come backyard barbecues and family gatherings!

In Hampton Roads, VA, home of PCSMoves.com, there are a variety of events taking place to celebrate our troops, as well as to enjoy the three-day weekend. The following are some events scheduled for this weekend.

Williamsburg

Thursday, May 25-Monday, May 29

Williamsburg KOA Campground

Start your summer with a bang and experience the magic of camping with your family. Watch a movie

May is the month of the Military Caregiver. The Elizabeth Dole Foundation describes this role as, “Every day, a Military Caregiver serves our nation. A wife, a husband, a parent, a friend, or even a child is helping their Wounded Warrior accomplish everyday tasks, something many of us take for granted.” Sometimes, these caregivers are called Hidden Heroes.

And because of all the work these Heroes do, they deserve to be celebrated and reminded of their worth to both their Wounded Warrior and to society as a whole. Kathy Stalnaker, of West Virginia, summed up her experiences caring for her husband, “I’ve lost a lot of family members who do not understand PTSD. That has been the hardest, as they forced me to choose between them or my husband. I have no

In the United States, Military Spouse Appreciation Day is today, May 12, 2017, the Friday before Mother's Day. President Ronald Reagan declared it in 1984 to recognize the importance of spouse commitment to the well-being of military members.

Military spouses arrange their lives around the needs and requirements of the military, give up months or years of time with their loved ones, and even face the loss of their deployed husband or wife in service to their country.

The day was first observed on May 23, 1984. However, it was Caspar Weinberger, the former U.S. Secretary of Defense, who standardized the date by declaring the Friday before Mother's Day as Military Spouse Day. The President of the United States marks this occasion each year with a

Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month in 1999, to ensure the nation publically demonstrates their appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by our service members, both past and present. Each year, the president makes a proclamation, reminding Americans of the critical role the U.S. Armed Forces have played in the history and development of our country.

May was selected because it has most days set aside for celebrating and commemorating our military's achievements, including Loyalty Day, established in 1921; Victory in Europe (VE) Day, commemorating the end of WWII in Europe on May 8, 1945; Armed Forces Day, created in 1949; Military Spouse Appreciation Day, formed in 1984; and of course the best known of the May

Children around the world are born into their parents’ military communities. The month of April provides an opportunity to recognize and honor the service of our youngest heroes: military children. Established by former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger in 1986, the designation of April as the Month of the Military Child acknowledges the significant role military youth play in our communities.

This awareness month was established to highlight the important role children play in the Armed Forces community. There are approximately 2 million military children, ranging in ages from newborn to 18 years old; 1.3 million of those military children are school-aged.

Julie Provost, author of the “Solider’s Wife Crazy Life” blog, reflects that her

Military service doesn’t have to stop anyone from furthering an education. Military life can be nomadic if you choose it to be, but thanks to the Internet, military members around the world don’t have to pause their education when they move to a new base.

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, 1.3 million men and women served in the military in 2016. A recent report by the U.S. Census Bureau also reveals there are 21.8 million veterans of the armed forces.

Many factors go into finding the right military-friendly college for Veterans, active-duty service members, Reservists, Guardsmen, spouses and dependents of disabled or deceased veterans in any of the five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. 

Many colleges and universities promote

March 13 is National K9 Veterans Day, a day when all military dogs are commemorated. Proclaiming March 13 as National K9 Veterans' Day is meant to honor all military and working dogs for their service and sacrifice for our nation.

The United States K9 Corps was created on March 13, 1942. Since then, dogs officially became the part of military service.

Border patrol K9s, customs K9s, police K9s, Secret Service K9s, airport service K9s and FBI K9s work daily to save and protect Americans and our country. They continue to serve on land and sea every day. The dogs are trained to provide numerous functions, including search, rescue, explosives detection, scout, patrol, and enemy subdue.

Joe White of Jacksonville, FL, a Vietnam War veteran, K9