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National Military Appreciation Month

May 1, 2015

National Military Appreciation Month started as a simple idea; to gather America around its military family to honor, remember, recognize and appreciate those who have served and those now serving and to know the history behind it all. Subsequent formal legislation informs our servicemembers that their country has set aside an entire month to honor, remember and appreciate them.

In 1999, legislation passed in the U.S. Senate designating May as National Military Appreciation Month, with the support and sponsorship of Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA) of San Diego and over 50 veteran service organizations.

In April 2004 more comprehensive legislation was passed by unanimous consent of both Houses of Congress, H. Con. Res. 328, that May is National Military Appreciation Month and urges the President to issue an annual proclamation calling on the American people to recognize this special month of May through appropriate ceremonies and events.


In May, the United States recognizes National Military Appreciation Month designated to recognize and appreciate past and present members of the United Stated armed services. Memorial Day is also celebrated in May, as a day of tribute for the men and women who died while in military service. Benefits.gov would like to thank members in uniform who will be serving, who have served, and who are currently serving around the world.

If you are a Veteran or a survivor, dependent, or widow(er) of a Veteran, Benefits.gov has information on a variety of benefits and programs that may be right for you. We encourage you to view the programs listed below:

The Education – Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA) provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents and survivors.

The Gratuitous Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance (ARH) provides posthumous life insurance coverage for certain Veterans.

The Health Insurance for Dependents (CHAMPVA) is a comprehensive health care program in which the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) shares the cost of covered health care services with eligible beneficiaries.

The programs listed are only a few of the benefits housed on Benefits.gov. You can also view additional programs available to Veterans and family members by visiting the Browse by Category page and selecting “Military: Active Duty and Veterans.”

You can also click “Start Benefit Finder” on the Benefits.gov homepage and use our confidential Benefit Finder to find out which programs you may be eligible to receive.

This article is from Benefits.gov Compass, a quarterly enewsletter about the Beneftis.gov Program.  This Compass publication is produced by: U.S. Department of Labor

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