October 26 marks the National Day of the Deployed.
This day honors all service members who have been deployed in service of our country. The day also acknowledges the sacrifices that military families make during deployment.
The first National Day of the Deployed was observed in 2006, when North Dakota announced a proclamation for the day, thanks to Shelle Michaeles Aberle, who petitioned Governor John Hoevento with the idea. October 26 was chosen for the date in honor of Shelle's cousin, LTC David Hosna, who had been deployed to Iraq (the day was Hosna's birthday).
By 2012, every state in the US was observing this day. If you're honoring those who have been been deployed, it is recommended to post to social media including the hashtag #DayOfTheDeployed.
If you're looking to support service members on this day of recognition, check with local veterans service organizations, or, if you live near a military base, contact the base’s Family Resource Center. For more tips, see Military.com's Easy Ways to Support Our Troops and Their Families.
If you a deploying service member or military family member, visit Military.com's Deployment Center for additional resources and guides to aid you before, during and after deployment. You can also visit MilitaryOneSource's Deployment Resources for Families page.