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“No one pays a higher price for our freedom than members of our Nation’s military and their families. As sons and daughters, husbands and wives, and mothers and fathers are deployed, military families endure with exceptional resilience and courage. They provide our troops with invaluable encouragement and love, and serve our Nation in their own right. During Military Family Month, we honor the families of our Armed Forces and thank them for their dedication to our country.”

President Barack Obama
October 30, 2009

Family Matters Blog

Elaine Wilson, editor and writer for American Forces Press Services, launched the “Family Matters” blog to encourage a dialogue on topics ranging from deployments and separations to the challenges of everyday life.

Top Stories

Volunteers Reach Out to Families

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2009 - An army of volunteers wrote letters of thanks and assembled care packages for delivery to military families during Operation Appreciation, held Nov. 11 at George Washington University. Story

Bidens Host Veterans, Troops, Families at Naval Observatory

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2009 - Today’s military is the “best-equipped, best trained, best educated, and the most competent military in the history of mankind,” Vice President Joe Biden told troops and veterans at his home at the U.S. Naval Observatory. Story

Summit Aims to Improve
Family Support Programs

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 2009 - More than 300 leaders who provide support to military families will gather next week to discuss the effectiveness of the military’s family support and readiness programs and hear firsthand from the people who use them. Story

Defense Department Aims
To Improve Families’ Lives

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2009 - Military families make tremendous sacrifices in support of the nation and deserve recognition as well as the best programs and policies the Defense Department can deliver. Story

President Proclaims
Military Family Month

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2009 - President Barack Obama pledged his support of military members and their families and said Americans have a “solemn obligation” to preserve their well-being in his proclamation declaring Military Family Month. Story

Mrs. Obama, Dr. Biden Praise Troops, Vets, Families

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2009 - The wives of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden praised servicemembers, veterans and their families during a visit to a Veterans Affairs hospital in New York City. Story

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