While many civilians enjoy family time together during the holiday season, the atmosphere can seem a world away to the many men and women who serve in the U.S. armed forces.
Thousands of U.S. military members are currently deployed, and many serve in foreign countries during the holiday season.
Thousands of national guardsmen are serving alongside their active duty brothers and sisters, and members of the Tennessee National Guard are no exception.
The members of the General James Winchester chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution have a long history of supporting America’s military veterans, and this is especially true during the holiday season.
Members of the local DAR recently raised money to assemble and ship holiday care packages to about 20 Franklin County national guardsmen who are serving overseas.
According to Carolyn Vaughan, regent of the General James Winchester chapter of the DAR, the care packages included an assortment of items that were requested by Franklin County guardsmen.
Some of these items include beef jerky, hard candies, decks of playing cards and other travel games, and other similar items that would make each soldier’s holiday service a little brighter.
“One of the main priorities in our DAR society is patriotism, and this is a way to show our appreciation and support for our soldiers serving overseas who are away from their friends and families during the holiday season,” Vaughan said.
The holiday care packages were well-received and greatly appreciated by the local guardsmen, who took the time to express their gratitude in an emailed video, Vaughan said.