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JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING, D.C. November is Military Family Appreciation Month - the start of a month-long celebration of honoring the commitment and sacrifices of our nation’s service members and their families.

There’s a lot to appreciate about military families. There’s a passion and attitude among them to give it their all. Whether volunteering in their communities or with family readiness groups, military family members balance this commitment along with their careers, kids, education and daily lives.

They’re always willing to lend others a hand, too. Countless times you hear stories about a service member reaching out to help a colleague or friend in their community. That selflessness epitomizes the caring culture of the military community.

Military spouses have a life just as valuable as their male or female counterparts. A lot of times they give up their own careers to follow their loved one around the world, while keeping things in order on the home front. That’s a lot to ask of someone. Though, they still shoulder this burden.

And, of course, let’s not forget about military children. They change schools and deal with long separations from their parents. Despite this, they remain strong and adapt to whatever comes their way.

Throughout the month, military families serving around the world are honored through a variety of observances and recognized for their many contributions to the nation. Efforts to recognize the sacrifices of the military family are supported by a number of organizations in the National Capital Region (NCR) include the Department of Defense (DoD), the Army Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), Defense Commissary Agency (DECA) and many others.

Military bases and posts are teaming up to recognize military families with special events such as open houses, family fun nights and community dinners. Discounts are also available through Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) facilities.

To learn more about events or activities scheduled on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, call its Military and Family Support Centers at 202-767-0450 or 202-433-6151. Additional information can be found online at