Governor Walz proclaims November as Month of the Military Family

November 1, 2019 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – Nearly 1,000 Minnesota National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are deployed this month. Service men and women rely on their families for strength and support during deployment. Today, Governor Tim Walz proclaimed November Month of the Military Family to salute and celebrate the extraordinary military families whose selfless service and sacrifice make our military the finest in the world.

How can you get involved in Month of the Military Family?  Reach out to a neighbor, a church member, a co-worker, or an acquaintance whose family member is deployed.  Connect with the Yellow Ribbon Network within your community or company, there are more than 300 networks in place state-wide.  If you’re not connected to a military family, visit the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon website and click on the make a difference button to get started.

Military family month was first celebrated in 1993. The following year, President Clinton issued a presidential proclamation establishing Nation Military Families Recognition Day. Subsequent presidents and governors have issued proclamations designating November as Military Family Month.


Media note: military families whose service member is currently or recently deployed are available to be interview.  To coordinate an interview contact Capt. Melanie Nelson, 651-282-4410, (cell 651-435-0857) or

– About the Minnesota National Guard –

Established in 1856 and headquartered in St. Paul, the Minnesota National Guard has more than 13,000 soldiers and airmen who serve in 58 communities across the state. The citizen-soldiers and airmen of the Minnesota National Guard are ‘Always Ready’ to fight the nation’s wars, protect the country, respond to state emergencies and contribute to local communities. For more information about the Minnesota National Guard, visit