Some of us might not get a chance to see our fathers on Father’s Day, but we do get the luxury of calling them or chatting with them online. Others are not so lucky. Their fathers are overseas serving our country and are not able to connect with their family at all even on the day where we celebrate fathers. We appreciate their dedication and sacrifice that they provide us while protecting our country.
The good news is that some of these men who serve our country are getting the opportunity to come home for Father’s Day. Operation Homefront and Dove Men+Care are working together with their “Mission: Care” campaign. This service will allow 300 military personnel to come home to spend quality time with their families.
This is a phenomenal program to help those who are always putting others first. The “Mission: Care” campaign has created videos to remind all families that you should make every minute count as you spend time with your family.
These short films document the joyous reunion of families. Dove Men+Care and Operation Homefront highlight two military fathers in these videos. One of these gentlemen is a serviceman named John. He has been away from his wife and kids for about a year. His video showcases how being away from his family takes a toll on him. You can watch his video by clicking here.
The other serviceman named Chris is a father of two and hasn’t seen his daughters in three years. They do have conversations over the phone from time to time. Yet now that he is coming home he can’t wait to be reunited with his family.
Operation Homefront CEO, Jim Knotts is able to relate to these stories. He said, “As a veteran and military spouse, I know that these active duty dads are focused on providing for our country but also their families. Almost 50% of active duty service members are parents, and while technology allows communication, nothing can replace the feeling of physically being with your family.” (Source: Operation Homefront)
As a father of two lovely girls I cannot imagine being away from them for so long. My brother-in-law serves in the Army and one of my best friends serves in the Navy. I see how much they miss their kids when they are away. So hopefully this story is twofold. One you make sure you appreciate your family and enjoy spending time with them every chance you get. The second part is that you appreciate our brave men and women in the United States military. I want to thank them for all that they do and I hope all of them have a safe journey home for the chance to be with their family.