West Virginians have always answered when the military calls. We have the highest number of men and women serving our country per capita. With such a distinction, we have a number of families who support our military men and women while they are protecting our nation. They wait patiently at home for their return, while handling all the responsibility of managing the household and family.

I encourage all West Virginians to help ensure that our military men and women, their spouses, children and veterans are given the support they need. More importantly, I want our families to know that we think of them and we care. The mission for the month of May is Show Appreciation to Military Spouses. Getting involved can be as simple as sending a mother’s day card, mowing the lawn or running an errand.

Those wishing to collaborate on projects with another individual or organization should contact West Virginia 211 who has partnered with Volunteer West Virginia to help collect, sort, locate and coordinate opportunities to serve West Virginia Military in your area. To participate, contact West Virginia 211 at 2-1-1. To learn more about 211, visit

Other ways to participate

Joining Forces
The First Lady and Dr. Biden have announced Joining Forces, a comprehensive national initiative to mobilize all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned.

Operation Homefront
Operation Homefront provides emergency assistance and morale to our troops, to the families they leave behind and to wounded warriors when they return home.Operation Homefront has processed more than 45,000 cases, including more than 2,100 involving wounded warriors. Operation Homefront serves all branches of the armed forces, including active duty, Guard and Reserve.

United We Serve
United We Serve is a nationwide service initiative that helps meet growing social needs resulting from the economic downturn. With the knowledge that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things when given the proper tools, President Obama is asking us to come together to help lay a new foundation for growth. This initiative aims to both expand the impact of existing organizations by engaging new volunteers in their work and encouraging volunteers to develop their own "do-it-yourself" projects.

National Guard Family Program
This website is a “one-stop shop” to find information on programs, benefits, resources within the National Guard Bureau Family Program, including Family readiness, youth programs, community outreach, EFMP, Relocation Assistance Program and other helpful services.You can also access current resources, training opportunities and outreach activities.

This Department of Defense portal is the official website for accurate, up-to-date, reliable Quality of Life information designed to help Service Members and their Families, leaders, and service providers.

Military OneSource
This Department of Defense portal is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. It offers confidential assistance by Masters level consultants at no cost to you. A toll free number, 1-800-342-9647, is also available for those without internet access. Some of the materials you can request for free include: Elmo DVD Series, Academic Library of Books & Services, College Application Consultants and Special Needs and Parenting Information.

Army OneSource
Formally known as “My Army Life Too” website, this portal is the primary “gateway” to resources, information and services for all military family members. The site contains links to many resources that include managing money matters, schools, and education, employment and Family services.

The American Red Cross
The American Red Cross links members of the U.S. Armed Forces with their families during a crisis. Twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, the Red Cross quickly sends emergency communications to deployed service members on behalf of their families. Military members can have peace of mind knowing that when they are on a mission, in training or stationed far from home - leaving cell phones and emails behind - they are still connected to home. When visiting their website, click on “Getting Assistance” and then “Serve military families.”

TRICARE is the health care program serving Uniformed Service members, retirees and their families worldwide.

USA Cares
USA Cares provides financial and advocacy assistance to post 9/11 active duty US military service personnel, veterans and their families. They assist all branches of service, all ranks and components.