Annville, PA - Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), reminds everyone to take a moment to honor our service members and veterans during the month of May as part of National Military Appreciation Month.
“Anyone who has ever worn the uniform understands the personal sacrifice that accompanies the duty of preserving the freedom and safety that we all enjoy every day,” said Carrelli. “It is fitting for us to pause and honor these heroes every day, but it is particularly important during National Military Appreciation Month. We can show our gratitude with simple gestures like a hand shake and a word of thanks, or by displaying the American flag at our home and business.”
In 1999 the U.S. Congress chose the month of May to be National Military Appreciation Month, serving as a symbol of unity, and ensuring that the nation was given the opportunity to publicly show its appreciation for service members past and present. May has a number of special recognition days to honor the military, including Loyalty Day, Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day.
Carrelli said it is common for people to show their appreciation for the military by volunteering at organizations that support veterans, those currently serving and military families.
“The DMVA, for example, has benefited greatly by an outpouring of support from the public at our six veterans homes located throughout the commonwealth,” he said. “Just last month we recognized 2,535 volunteers for donating more than 83,000 hours in 2017 to help resident veterans.”
For more information about volunteer opportunities at DMVA’s veterans homes visit www.veterans.pa.gov or follow DMVA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/padmva or Twitter at www.twitter.com/padmva.
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