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May is Military Appreciation Month, and while it’s our mission every day to serve our members, we want this month to mean more. As servicemembers and military family members, you make an important commitment to our country. While our impact can’t compare, it’s your commitment to service that motivates ours.

In honor of the commitment that connects us, we’re sharing stories, offering ways to unite and giving back using #MissionMilitaryThanks. Here’s how you can join us in these celebrations.

Share Your Years of Military Service Using #MissionMilitaryThanks

This Military Appreciation Month, you have a chance to win $1,000! All you have to do is post a photo of yourself (or your favorite servicemember) holding a sign displaying years of military service. It’s a simple way to share your story and the commitment you made. Ten entries will win $1,000 each.

We’re taking things further by donating $5 to Operation Homefront for every year of service shared. We’re proud to support Operation Homefront in their mission to help build strong, stable and secure military families, able to thrive in the communities they’ve worked hard to protect.

You can easily enter in one of two ways: by posting your photo using #MissionMilitaryThanks on social media or by submitting it directly to our #MissionMilitaryThanks page anytime between May 1 and May 28. 

Write a Letter of Thanks to the Troops With Operation Homefront

We love Operation Homefront’s mission so much that we’re also teaming up with them to bring you an easy way to send letters to the troops. Join us in sharing your appreciation for servicemembers and submit a letter of appreciation online. Letters will be distributed to servicemembers in your community throughout the year. Feel free to submit as many letters as you'd like!

Show Your Thanks to Military Spouses and Family Members: May 7

Military Spouse Day is the perfect opportunity to honor the husbands, wives, partners and other family members who stand with and support their servicemembers through deployments, service, PCS moves and so much more. On May 7, look for a post on our social channels thanking military spouses. Comment on the post (and tag your loved one) with stories and pictures to tell the world about the special military spouse in your life.

Shout Out on Armed Forces Day: May 15

May 15 is the day to celebrate those who served or are serving in the armed forces. We’ll post an Armed Forces Day appreciation post and want you to comment and tell us about a loved one who deserves a shout out on Armed Forces Day. We’d love to see pictures and hear stories, and of course, tag your servicemember, if you’d like.

Cheer On Runners in the Historic Half Marine Corps Marathon: April 24 - May 16

We’re proud to sponsor the Historic Half Marine Corps Marathon. To celebrate, we’re creating virtual cheering stations and posting runner spotlights from employees who are participating in this year’s virtual run.

Choose to cheer on virtual runners or share your own running experience by using #RunWithTheMarines and #RunWithNavyFed on your social channels. Post between April 24 and May 16 for a chance to be featured on our social pages. We’ll be sharing on our Facebook and Instagram Stories all month!

Send Love to Military Academy Graduates: May 19-28

Help highlight the awesome accomplishments of this year’s Military Academy graduates. Are you graduating from a military academy, or do you have a loved one you’d like to salute? Look for posts on our social channels dedicated to the academies and comment on the posts. Let’s celebrate the class of 2021—feel free to share advice for the graduates or tag your graduate!

  • Coast Guard Academy: May 19
  • West Point: May 22
  • Air Force Academy: May 26
  • Naval Academy: May 28

Tune In to Our Financial Wellness for Active Duty Story Series: May 24

All day on May 24, we’ll be sharing financial wellness tips for Active Duty servicemembers. Our financial experts will discuss some of the biggest financial questions related to finances—like military pay and prepping finances for deployment. We’ll share all their advice on our Facebook and Instagram Stories, so be sure to tune in to follow along.

Meet the Busy Budgeter and Read Her Tips for Celebrating the Military

Follow along with Rosemarie Groner, a.k.a. the Busy Budgeter, an army veteran spouse who knows what it means to be in a military family. She’s sharing easy and meaningful ways to celebrate and support the military this month; see if there’s something on the list that feels like a good fit for you!

Celebrate the Commitment That Connects Us 

Every servicemember makes an important commitment to their country, and at Navy Federal, we’re proud to be committed to serving you for over 88 years. Through exclusive member offers, events and stories, we want to share and celebrate the commitment that connects us during Military Appreciation Month.

Learn more on our Military Appreciation Month page and don’t forget to submit your Years of Service photo before May 28.

This article is intended to provide general information and shouldn't be considered legal, tax or financial advice. It's always a good idea to consult a tax or financial advisor for specific information on how certain laws apply to your situation and about your individual financial situation.