Veterans & Military Families Month was established in 1996 by the Armed Services YMCA, with the U.S. Government recognizing the occasion every year since. Each November, the President signs a proclamation declaring November National Veterans & Military Families Month, and with hundreds of thousands of service members deployed overseas, recognizing the daily sacrifices made by active duty, Guard, and Reserve military families has never been more important.
In recognition of National Veterans and Military Families Month, check out the compiled a list of resources for military children and families, educators, and civilian and non-civilian mental health providers from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
Looking for volunteer opportunities and events for National Veterans and Military Families Month? Check out our curated list below.
- Participate in a community service clean up at the Vietnam War Memorial. Materials will be provided by the New Haven Public Works Department. Please bring your work gloves, shovels, brooms, and gas or battery powered blowers or trimers.
- Donate to provide a kit to a veteran experiencing homelessness. Kits will be distributed through United Way-supported programs.
- Write letters to active military and veterans. Handwritten letters can be notes of encouragement, a story about yourself, a poem, or even a picture. Letters will be distributed to active military and/or veterans at United Way community partner agencies throughout Greater Hartford.
- Cafe IT: “It’s our Country Too” - A Story about Women’s Valor – Wednesday, November 10 |3-4:30 PM | Zoom (must be logged into the Virtual Private Network to access link)
- City of New Haven Annual Veterans Day Ceremony – Thursday, November 11 | 11 AM | New Haven City Hall, 165 Church Street, 2nd Floor
- Veterans Day Ceremony – Thursday, November 11 | 12-1 PM | Hewitt University Quadrangle/Beinecke Plaza, 111 Wall Street
- National Veterans Council for Legal Redress Veterans Day Celebration – Thursday, November 11 | 1 PM | Vietnam Memorial Monument, Long Wharf Drive
- Denim & Pearls Veterans Awards and Scholarship Fundraiser - Thursday, November 18 | 7-9 PM | Zoom