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Calendar Provides Troop-Support Ideas

By American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3, 2008 - 

New Year’s resolutions frequently include good intentions, such as joining a gym, calling parents or organizing closets.

“Remembering the troops at a time when people are already setting goals will help keep the nation’s servicemen and women in the forefront of our minds throughout the year,” said Allison Barber, deputy assistant secretary of defense for public liaison and internal communications.

The calendar, which can be downloaded into Outlook or iCal calendars, is available on AmericaSupportsYou.mil. The site not only offers ideas on how individuals can support the troops, but also contains information about troop-support groups in their area.

Some suggestions found on the calendar include sending Valentine’s Day cards to troops serving overseas during February or lending a helping hand to military families during April, the Month of the Military Child


The calendar also includes ways to honor servicemembers on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

“There are so many ways to show the military men and women we support them and the work they do,” Barber said. “I hope people nationwide will take the time to remember the troops when setting their New Year’s goals and that they find the reminders in the calendar helpful in achieving them.”