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Military Family Appreciation Month events planned

Organizations across Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., will recognize military families throughout November as part of Military Family Appreciation Month. The annual observance honors the unique sacrifices and challenges military family members make in support of their loved ones in uniform. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Lauren Russell)

Organizations across Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., will recognize military families throughout November as part of Military Family Appreciation Month. The annual observance honors the unique sacrifices and challenges military family members make in support of their loved ones in uniform. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Lauren Russell)

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Hanscom Helping Organizations will recognize military families throughout November as part of Military Family Appreciation Month.

Also known as Month of the Military Family, the annual observance honors the unique sacrifices and challenges military family members make in support of their loved ones in uniform.

“We want to take the time to let our military families know that their tremendous contributions do not go unnoticed,” said Dr. Abby Cutter, Hanscom’s violence prevention integrator.

Cutter and other members of H2O will host events and disseminate resources to help families reinvest time into themselves.

An Art4Healing event is scheduled Nov. 9 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Chapel Annex, where participants will use art expression as guided inspiration for resolution, closure and healing.  

“Due to the depth and scope of the conversations and topics we’ll cover, this event is not kid-friendly, and is only open to military members and their adult dependents,” said Cutter.

Registration is required to attend. Those interested can email abigail.cutter@us.af.mil to register.

On Nov. 19, Cutter and Laurel Wironen, Hansom’s school liaison officer, will partner to distribute “family bucket” kits outside the Hanscom Middle School.

“We are going to fill them with information, games, and items for kids and families that encourage conversations between family members,” said Cutter. “The idea is for the family to ‘fill their bucket,’ because none of us can pour from an empty cup.”

For additional information on Military Family Appreciation Month and related events, contact Cutter at the email above.