November is recognized as National Veterans and Military Families Month, and we want to express our appreciation for the veterans and military family members among our Penn State World Campus community. We are grateful for the many sacrifices your families have made to help protect the freedoms we all enjoy.
The challenges military families face can take a mental toll, so it’s important to make self-care a priority and take steps to support your family’s mental wellness.
General Wellness and Life Balance Actions
Here are a few ways we all can nurture our general wellness:
- take time to enjoy a meaningful activity
- go for a walk or spend some time sightseeing
- focus on financial goals by setting budgets and building up emergency funds
- make health a priority
- explore the Eight Dimensions of Wellness
We can all do our part to show appreciation to military families for their sacrifices. As a bonus, taking care of others is also good for your own mental wellness. In honor of National Veterans and Military Families Month, here are some things you can do to support military family members in your community or around the world:
- volunteer at a veterans’ organization (contact your local VFW, American Legion, or VA medical center to ask about opportunities in your area)
- connect with a veteran or military family in your life
- send treats to veterans and military families overseas
- join in the Veterans Day Moment of Silence on November 11
- Services for Military and Veteran Students — explore services and resources for military students at World Campus
- Penn State Office of Veterans Affairs and Services — learn about the ways Penn State supports veterans and students currently serving in the military