Military Family Appreciation Month Tribute

  • Sailor Meets Daughter for First Time
    Cryptologic Technician 2nd Class Marcus Harris meets his daughter for the first time during a homecoming celebration for the guided-missile destroyer USS Barry in Norfolk, Va.
  • Marine Corps Spouse Awaits Arrival of Husband
    Family, friends and Marines await the arrival of their loved ones at Del Valle Field.
  • Airman Father and Daughter Deployed to Afghanistan
    Tech. Sgt. Doug Narduzzi and his daughter Airman 1st Class Lauren Narduzzi pose for a photo at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.
  • Family Members Welcome Home Coast Guard Crew
    Flag waving family members welcome the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Bear home after a 58-day deployment to the Caribbean Sea.
  • Deployed Soldier Video Chats with Family Back Home
    A U.S. Army paratrooper in Iraq uses an online video-chat program to talk with his wife and children back home. Operation Homelink, a nonprofit organization, partnered with Dell Computer to donate 75 computers to families of the paratrooper's unit.
  • Cookie Monster Interacts with Military Families
    Cookie Monster interacts with the crowd during the Sesame Street USO Experience for Military Families performance. The show helped children understand that moving due to a PCS may be sad and difficult but keeping in touch with friends is fun and easy.
  • Sailor Embraces his Sons During Homecoming Celebration
    A Sailor embraces his sons during a homecoming celebration at Naval Base San Diego.
  • Air Force Family Welcomes Home Airman
    Air Force family members welcome a deployed Airman home.
  • U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Greets Daughters
    U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Victor Glover greets his daughters at the Naval Air Facility Atsugi during the first part of the squadron's homecoming celebration.
  • Special Operations Airman Sits on ATV with Son
    Special Operations Support Squadron Airman helps his son sit on an all terrain vehicles during Commando Family Day.
  • The Ojala family
    The Ojala family, from left to right: Kalie Ojala, Tech. Sgt. Thane Ojala, Master Sgt. Wayne Ojala, Katherine Ojala and Jari Ojala.
  • The Gamez family
    Air Force Master Sgt. Rodolfo Gamez and his wife, Tech. Sgt. Christina Gamez, hold their children, Tomas and Eva, for a portrait outside of their home.
  • New Jersey National Guard Soldiers Reunite
    Soldiers reunite with their families at the New Jersey National Guard's Joint Force Headquarters after a year-long deployment in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen, 177th Fighter Wing)
  • Army servicemember happy with family
    An Army service member is happy to share time with his family.
  • The Frokjer Family
    Marine Corps Capt. Lucas Frokjer reunites with his family on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, Sept. 17, 2011, after returning from a seven-month deployment with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463.
  • Army family reunites
    U.S. Army photo by Dennis Johnson.
  • The Kimball Family
    Shelley Kimball and her family. (Photo by Bill Keefrey)


Sailor Meets Daughter for First Time

Military Family Appreciation Month was established in 1993 by the Armed Services YMCA, with the U.S. Government recognizing the occasion every year since. Each November, ASYMCA celebrates Military Family Month to demonstrate the nation’s support and commitment the families of military personnel.


Tammy Cox receives a bouquet of flowers and a wreath from Sol Green at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. (U.S. Air Force/Airman Daniel Garcia)

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To Those Who Dared

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