Helping out for the holidays


Helping out for the holidays

by: Kim Suchek | .
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published: November 18, 2013

Hello military community,

As we approach Thanksgiving I give thanks for the continued safety of my husband and look forward to spending the day at my brother’s home eating a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings (pumpkin pie – yum!) with my family. Unfortunately not all military (or civilian) families are able to afford the traditional holiday meal – or able to gather during the holiday season.

Many economic threats for the military have emerged this year including the recent government shutdown and debates over raising the debt ceiling. There are also the cutbacks known as sequestration and plans to downsize the military along with the rising cost of merchandise and food that can make it hard for some families even to live pay check to pay check.

According to some statistics I’ve seen and the military families I’ve talked to, I’d say about two out of three middle-class military families plan not only to scale back their Thanksgiving celebrations, but overall living costs such as meals and travel this year due to economic concerns.

If you would like to help out a military family with its holiday meal or “adopt” one for the holiday season, you can check with your community USO or family programs office on base. You can also sign up at one of these resources:

If you have any questions about these resources or others, feel free to contact me.

Blessings from my family to yours,

Kim Suchek

If you have any questions or concerns or would like to share a story or situation, contact me at and visit my website at for updated information and other resources not listed in my book.

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