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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

All month long, you have a chance to win $1,000! Simply post a photo of yourself (or your favorite servicemember) holding a sign displaying years of military service. It’s an easy way to share your story and the commitment you made. Twenty entries will win $1,000 each. 

We’re taking things further by making a $20,000 matching donation to Operation Gratitude. We’re proud to support Operation Gratitude in their mission to provide opportunities for hands-on volunteerism to say “thank you” to those who serve.

You can easily enter in one of two ways: by posting your photo using #MissionMilitaryThanks on social media and tagging @navyfederal or by submitting it directly to our #MissionMilitaryThanks page anytime between May 1 and May 27. 

Send a Virtual Thank You Card to High School Enlistees

We’re also partnering with Our Community Salutes to say “thank you” to the high school enlistees who are joining the U.S. Armed Services after graduation. Our goal is to get 1 million Americans to send a virtual card and show their appreciation and support for these young patriots’ decisions to serve our nation. Feel free to submit as many letters as you'd like! 

Honor Military Spouses and Family Members: May 6 

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 6, look for a post on our social media 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.

Operation Gratitude Joins MakingCents Podcast to Discuss Military Appreciation

Navy Federal has again partnered with Operation Gratitude to give back to our servicemembers. In the MakingCents podcast episode, new host Brandi Gomez welcomes her first guest James Johnson, President and CEO of Operation Gratitude, to discuss his military experience as a Major General and U.S. Air Force veteran, his time working with Operation Gratitude and their partnership with Navy Federal. Tune in later this month to hear more about Operation Gratitude's positive impact on our military and to see how you can get involved.

Shout Out on Armed Forces Day: May 21

May 21 is the day to celebrate those who served or are serving in the armed forces. We’re posting an Armed Forces Day appreciation post to our social media. 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 Marine Corps Marathon Historic Half Runners: May 22

Navy Federal Credit Union is committed to helping members reach their goals faster—race day and every day. We’re proud to sponsor the Marine Corps Marathon Historic Half on May 22. Members are our mission, and we’ll be on-site cheering you on while you accomplish your race day goals.

You can virtually cheer on runners or share your Marine Corps Historic Half milestones by using #RunWiththeMarines and #RunWithNavyFed for a chance to be featured on our social pages. 

Meet Navy Veteran Spouse Joanna Guldin-Noll and Read Her Tips for Celebrating the Military

Joanna Guldin-Noll of knows what it means to be in a military family. She’s sharing meaningful ways to celebrate the military this month.  

Send Love to Military Academy Graduates: May 18-27

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 media dedicated to the academies and comment on the posts. Let’s celebrate the class of 2022—feel free to share advice for the graduates or tag your graduate!

  • Coast Guard Academy: May 18 
  • West Point: May 21
  • Air Force Academy: May 23 
  • Naval Academy: May 27

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. 

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