How many times have you ever come to the end of a particularly hard day and had to face any one of a number of things that can happen to us in our everyday life?  Maybe one of the kids is sick, or behaving badly, or perhaps is just now telling you about a school project that they’ve known about for 4 weeks, but its due tomorrow. The bills have stacked up on you and now, there is more month than money left until payday.  The roof needs work, you have a sick parent, flat tire, dead battery, oh and did I mention, its only 21 shopping days until Christmas?

Life can kick us pretty hard sometimes. Family, whatever your family looks like, usually makes it easier.  You rely on each other to help through the tough times, pick up the slack, do what needs to be done because sometimes, we just can’t do it all on our own.

Now I want you to consider all of that and try to picture part of your family deployed with the military in harm’s way. They can’t take the sick child to the walk-in clinic. They can’t stop on the way home and pick up supplies for the school project.  They can’t change that tire, replace that battery, and odds are, they won’t be home for Christmas.

Most of us work in places where there is a certain amount of flexibility in your situation.  In the military, not so much.  Can you imagine how hard it must be for some of these families who make the conscious decision to be apart, so that the rest of us can be together?  They certainly don’t do it for the money.  A sense of honor, as sense of duty?  I don’t know.  What I do know, is that we all owe them our gratitude, our respect, and our help when they need it.

Each military base has a force readiness group responsible for helping these families with the many challenges they face on a daily basis.  I am proud to say that AvKARE, the company I work for, is working with the soldier and family readiness group at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to provide assistance for these families during the upcoming holidays.  If you happen to be in the Nashville, TN area on October 10th, you can join them at the Hermitage Golf Club for the Inaugural AvKARE Charities Golf Tournament.  All funds collected from the event will be used to assist the families of our deployed soldiers.  You can go to to register for the tournament or donate to the cause if you feel compelled.  

I had the honor of helping this readiness group a couple of years ago.  I can tell you first hand, it is a very worthwhile cause. A cause that should be taken up by us all.  These men and women stand a post to watch our backs, the least we could do, is watch theirs while they are gone.