Both sides of our family have a long history of military service. Looking back only as far as the 20th century, my children have two great-grandfathers (Navy & Army) and several great-uncles who served in World War II, one grandfather (Air Force) who served in Vietnam, and a young cousin who is currently serving in the Navy. My Tall, Dark, and Slightly Neanderthal husband spent countless hours with his adopted grandfathers, Scottish military veterans from World War II. We’re proud of their service, and grateful for their sacrifices.
One of the biggest benefits of home education is the freedom to follow our passions. Doing what we can to support and remember our nation’s military men and women is a passion around here. It’s not an abstract exercise, or some textbook summary. We can bring it down to very concrete terms: we can make things with our own hands, and share them. We can save up our spare change and donate it for phone cards for soldiers. We can visit with our friends who have family overseas, and are struggling to keep up good spirits on the home front. And, we can get involved with other private citizens who want to do the same things–and use “school time” to do it.
Chatting with a dear friend of mine, the topic came up. He’s a chaplain in the Army, and an all-around decent man. He suggested an umbrella organization… I was pleased to see that we’ve done things through this same organization in the past! On a personal level, we’ll keep up our efforts to support our friends, and push ourselves to do more in support of our serving family members; on a Civic Responsibilities level for school, we’ll be looking for a project or two (or four, or six) to participate in this year, through Soldier’s Angels.
Rebel against the textbook answers. Find a passion, and pursue it.