December 21, 2009 9:49:00 AM
uring the holidays, national attention often turns to supporting our military men and women celebrating in lands far from home. In our generous spirit, let''s be sure to include support for their loved ones still at home. The recent decision to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan leaves thousands of families to face New Year deployments, as everyday Americans search for ways to help military families separated by eight years of war.
Here is a top five list of ways that ordinary citizens can help ease the burden and stress of deployment and separation, courtesy of the non-profit National Military Family Association.
Visit http://www.MilitaryFamily.org -- the web site of the National Military Family Association. You''ll find a link to download the groundbreaking new study on military children from the RAND Corporation (as well as many resources for and about military families).
Joyce Raezer, Alexandria, Va.
The writer is executive director of the National Military Family Association.