Starting or joining a community garden can provide service members and their families with better access to fresh foods at a reduced cost, among many other benefits. They also help address the Department of Defense’s priority to make a wider variety of food available to military families.
Hobbies can be a stress buster, contributing to mission and family readiness. They can be any activity you enjoy, such as sports, crafts, art, music or travel. They are a great way to spend time with your family and friends, meet new friends or just spend time alone. Consider taking up a new hobby, enjoying an old one or mentoring someone in a hobby you love. Whatever way you choose to enjoy a favorite activity, it’s a great way to relax and bond with others.
The Morale, Welfare and Recreation Program and Military OneSource offer cost-effective ways for military families to enjoy their time off. This includes the Best Kept Secrets: Joint Services Campgrounds and Facilities guide, which will connect you with recreational sites across the country.
Museums across America are rolling out the red carpet for active-duty, National Guard and reserve service members and their families between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Simply flash your ID and enjoy free access through the Blue Star Museums initiative.