Recognizing the American military family

This month we’re honoring Military Family Month by recognizing the sacrifices and dedication of U.S. military families across the country and around the world. 
  1. Eddy Mentzer, acting director of military community support programs, stated, "Our nation's service members do not serve alone. Alongside them are the dedicated members of their families, whose commitment and resolve strengthen our nation. [Their] support and resilience help strengthen our force.”
Join us this month in honoring the nearly 3 million incredible family members that support our service members.  
What is Military Family Month 
In 1996, the Armed Services YMCA along with the U.S. Government established November as Military Family Month to recognize military families and to appreciate the sacrifices they make as their loved ones serve our nation. Each year the president signs a proclamation declaring the month in honor of military families.  
It's the perfect time for Americans to recognize the sacrifices and challenges that military families face each year as they support their service members and their careers. Military families are strong, courageous, dedicated, and hard working, and must be honored for these truly impressive qualities.  
Military families rise to the challenge of constant moves, raising children alone, multiple deployments, holding together the household, and more. We’re here to honor those sacrifices.  
Former U.S. President Barack Obama said it best, “Military families exemplify the courage and resolve that define our national character…They are the force behind the force, patriots who support their family members in uniform while enriching the communities they call home.” 
How you can support military families 
We encourage you to support our military families during this year’s Month of the Military Family. 
Here are a few ways to honor their dedication: 
  1. Offer help to a military family
If you know a military family, reach out to the family to see how you can assist them, especially while their service member is deployed. Offering childcare, home cooked meals, coupon cutting, cleaning, yard work, or other help may be greatly appreciated. 
  1. Hire a military spouse
If you own a business or manage a team, consider hiring a military spouse. Military spouses face unemployment rates much higher than the national average due in part to the workforce stigma that surrounds them. Make a difference in a military family’s life today by hiring a military spouse.  
  1. Donate to organizations that support military families
There are countless organizations that support military families and children. Organizations like the USO support military members and their families before, during, and after deployment. The Military Children Education Coalition and Operation Homefront help military children.  
  1. Thank a military family
If you know a military family, reach out to them and thank them for all that they do for our country. Or write a letter or a card expressing your sentiments.  
A cause near and dear to our hearts  
We founded R. Riveter to support military families by providing stable, long-term employment to military spouses across the nation. Our own military spouse experiences opened our eyes to the struggles and sacrifices that came with supporting our spouses’ careers, raising children, frequent moves, and unpredictable lifestyles. 
  1. Riveter employs “Riveters” to help build each accessory that you purchase from our shop. Each R. Riveter bag, pouch, or purse journeys across the fifty states before arriving on your doorstep. Military spouses across the nation craft individual components and ship them to our Fabshop where our in-house team then assembles each piece into a one-of-a-kind product crafted with love, honor, and pride in our country. 
Our network of Riveters is resilient, committed, adaptable, and hard-working, and we couldn’t do what we do without them. Each R. Riveter purchase supports military families by allowing spouses to establish and grow a stable and fulfilling career.  
Thank you for helping support military spouses and families during the Month of the Military Family!