Yesterday, October 26th, was the  National Day of the Deployed. A day to honor all of the brave men and women who have been deployed and are sacrificing, or have sacrificed, their lives to fight for our country. It’s also a day that acknowledges the families they are separated from. The day originated in 2006 after Shelle Michales Abrerle approached the governor of North Dakota to have a day that honored the deployed.

The US military has over 1.3 million men and women on active duty, with more than 450,000 of them stationed overseas, and nearly 200,000 troops are currently deployed around the world. Although October 26th is just one day that it is nationally recognized, these men and women should be remembered every day. Below are some ways to honor our troops that are currently on foreign soil defending our freedom:

  • Send or donate money to send a care package.
  • Display a yellow ribbon. Yellow ribbons are a remembrance of the men and women who are deployed.
  • Wear red on Friday:
    • RED is an acronym that stands for Remember Everyone Deployed. R.E.D. Friday was created to remind people of our heroes overseas and show that we are thinking of them.
  • Connect personally by reaching out to deployed troops’ you know.

In addition to helping the men and women that are deployed, their families are also affected greatly and oftentimes forgotten. Here are some ways to show your support to the families of the deployed. A little bit goes a long way:

  • Prepare a dinner.
  • Assist with minor inconveniences and household tasks.
  • Deliver groceries, baked goodies or a care package for the spouse or kids.
  • Offer to babysit.
  • Recognize their sacrifice either personally, through social media, email or any way you can think of.
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As you continue your day, make a conscious effort to remember the brave men and women that are serving our country, and as a result have become a part of the 200,000 service members currently deployed. The Purple Heart Foundation is committed to honoring all of our heroes who have been willing to sacrifice everything for our country, and have experienced the hardships of a deployment. Nearly 90 percent of cash donations the Purple Heart Foundation receives provide funds for programs that help ALL veterans and their dependents. It is our goal to help make the transition from the battlefield to the home front a smooth one for all of our men and women in uniform who defend our freedom. Show your support for them by making a one-time or monthly pledge to make sure they continue to receive the support and benefits they deserve by clicking here.