Events & Observances

Military Community and Family Policy recognizes various events and observances that support service members and their families. Learn more about the latest events and observances throughout the year.

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Observances

January
2019
To
October
2019

MilTax Season

January 22, 2019 - October 15, 2019

Military OneSource MilTax is a suite of tax services provided at no cost to service members and their families. Services include tax consultations and online software to facilitate preparation and e-filing.

January
2019

MilParent Power

January 2019

MilParent Power offers helpful information and practical tools to help busy military parents build family togetherness, readiness and resilience.

February
19

Coast Guard Reserve Birthday

February 19, 2019

Founded in 1941, the Coast Guard Reserve is an operational maritime force that support the Coast Guard roles of maritime homeland security, national defense and domestic disaster operations.

February
2019

American Heart Month

February 2019

This month encourages Americans to make healthy choices to help prevent heart disease and maintain good cardiac health.

February
2019

Registration Season for Summer Camps

February 2019

The Department of Defense offers a variety of summer camps for military children and teens. Registration for teen adventure camps, deployment support camps and installation camps and other offerings starts in February.

March
2019

Month of the Military Caregiver

March 2019

During this month, we honor the service and sacrifice of the 5.5 million people who care for injured and ill service members and veterans in the United States.

March
2019

National Nutrition Month

March 2019

During this month, Americans are encouraged to improve their health by making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

March
2019
To
August
2019

PCS Season

March 2019 - August 2019

This is the time of year when many service members receive orders for permanent change of station, or PCS, moves across the country and around the world.

April
5

Gold Star Spouses Day

April 5, 2019

Gold Star Spouses Day honors military spouses who have lost a partner in the service of our country.

April
7-13

National Library Week

April 7-13, 2019

This week recognizes the contributions libraries make to our society and encourages people to visit their local libraries.

April
14

Air Force Reserve Birthday

April 14, 2019

Founded in 1948, the Air Force Reserve supports the Air Force mission to defend the United States through the control and exploitation of air and space.

April
20-28

National Parks Week

April 20-28, 2019

During this week, people are encouraged to discover America’s natural treasures, our national parks. To kick off National Park Week, all entrance fees will be waived on Saturday, April 20.

April
23

Army Reserve Birthday

April 23, 2019

Established in 1908, the Army Reserve includes civilian-soldiers who continue to maintain their operational skills and can be called up for active duty. They account for 20 percent of the Army’s organized units.

April
2019

Financial Capability Month

April 2019

During this month, service members are encouraged to improve their financial literacy, allowing them to make smart financial choices, protect their hard-earned income and set goals to build prosperity. Military Saves Week, an annual opportunity for military installations and organizations to promote good savings behavior, is observed during Financial Capability Month.

April
2019

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 2019

The goal of Sexual Assault Awareness Month is to raise awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it.

April
2019

Month of the Military Child

April 2019

The Month of the Military Child recognizes the unique challenges children in military families face – such as long separations and frequent moves – and honors their service to the military community.

April
2019
To
June
2019

MilParent Power

April 2019 - June 2019

MilParent Power offers helpful information and practical tools to help busy military parents build family togetherness, readiness and resilience.

June
14

Army Birthday

June 14, 2019

Founded in 1775, the Army is the land warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces. It is the oldest and largest of the seven uniformed services, with 476,000 active-duty members in 2017.

July
2019

Military Consumer Protection Month

July 2019

This observance focuses on the need to educate service members to make smart financial decisions and to protect themselves against fraud.

July
2019

Parks and Recreation Month

July 2019

During this month, people are encouraged to take advantage of local parks and recreation centers by getting outside, exploring local parks and enjoying outdoor activities.

September
2019

Library Card Sign-Up Month

September 2019

This month reminds parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step toward academic achievement and lifelong learning.

September
2019

National Preparedness Month

September 2019

National Preparedness Month is a reminder that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. The focus is on disaster planning and readiness.

September
2019

Suicide Prevention Month

September 2019

This goal of this month is to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideas to treatment services.

October
2019

Domestic Violence Prevention Month

October 2019

During October, communities across the nation join together to recognize the prevalence of domestic violence, honor those who have been affected by violence, and learn ways to prevent it.

October
2019

National Bullying Prevention Month

October 2019

During this month, communities nationwide are called upon to educate the public and raise awareness of bullying prevention.

November
2019

Adoption Month

November 2019

Adoption Month raises awareness of the value of adoption for building strong and loving families. Nov. 18 is National Adoption Day.

November
2019

National Veterans and Military Families Month

November 2019

During this month, Americans honor the contributions of veterans, military families and those who gave their lives in service to our country.

November
2019

National Family Caregivers Month

November 2019

During this month, we acknowledge the millions of family caregivers who are caring for loved ones with chronic health conditions.

November
2019

Family Literacy Month

November 2019

This month encourages families to build literacy skills by reading with their children.