Military Service Month
May is a very special month for both those in and out of the military. For service members, veterans, their spouses and families. it’s a chance to pay tribute. While the entire month of May is dedicated to military service, May 12 was specifically set aside as military spouses day.
At GPB, we are strong supporters of all men and women who serve in our nation’s armed forces and specifically those who identify as LGBT.
WHAT IS MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH?
In 1999, Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation to ensure the nation was given the opportunity to publicly demonstrate their appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by our service members — past and present.
Every year, the president makes a proclamation to remind all Americans of the important role the U.S. Armed Forces have played in the history and development of our country. May was selected because it has the most days set aside for celebrating and commemorating our military’s achievements.
On May 29, the nation pauses for Memorial Day, a holiday set aside to remember service members who lost their lives while serving in the military.
WE HONOR YOU
Join GPB this month in honoring, remembering, recognizing and appreciating those who have served and those now serving – with a particular emphasis on those who identify as LGBTQ.
If you’re a service member, military family member and veteran, we would love you to contact us and share what you feel comfortable with regarding your time of service (or if you are still serving) our nation.
And we would like to remind all that before “don’t ask, don’t tell” was officially repealed for LGBTQ military personnel back in 2011, a photo of any service member that depicted same sex relationships could have gotten the person kicked out.
Today, we can proudly celebrate the diversity of those brave enough to serve in our nation’s armed forces and sacrifice so much for all of us.
All we can do is say with humility – thank you.