H.J.Res. 503 (102nd): Acknowledging the sacrifices that military families have made on behalf of the Nation and designating November 23, ...

...1992, as “National Military Families Recognition Day”.

102nd Congress, 1991–1992. Text as of Oct 27, 1992 (Passed Congress/Enrolled Bill).

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PUBLIC LAW 102-540—OCT. 27,1992                           106 STAT. 3563
Public Law 102-540                                                                             /
102d Congress
                           Joint Resolution
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  ognitionDay".                                                                  [H.J. Res. 503]

Whereas the Congress recognizes and supports the Department
 of Defense policies to recruit, train, equip, retain, and field a
 military force that is capable of preserving peace and protecting
 the vital interests of the United States and its allies;
Whereas military families shoulder the responsibility of providing
 emotional support for their service members;
Whereas, in times of war and military action, military families
 have demonstrated their patriotism through their steadfast sup-
 port and commitment to the Nation;
Whereas the emotional and mental readiness of the United States
 military personnel around the world is tied to the well-being
 and satisfaction of their families;
Whereas the quality of life that the Armed Forces provide to mili-
 tary families is a key factor in the retention of military personnel;
Whereas the people of the United States are truly indebted to
 military families for facing adversities, including extended separa-
 tions from their service members, frequent household moves due
 to reassignments, and restrictions on their employment and edu-
 cational opportunities;
Whereas 72 percent of officers and 54 percent of enlisted personnel
 in the Armed Forces are married;
Whereas families of active duty military personnel (including
 individuals other than spouses or children) account for more
 than 2,815,000 of the more than 4,880,000 individuals in the
 active duty commimity, and spouses and children of members
 of the Reserves in paid status accoimt for more than 1,320,000
 of the more than 2,470,000 individuals in the Reserves commu-
 nity;
Whereas spouses, children, and other dependents living abroad
 with members of the Armed Forces total nearly 450,000 and
 these family members at times face feelings of cultural isolation
 and financial hardship;
Whereas the significantly reduced global military tensions after
 the end of the Cold war have led to a down-sizing of the national
 defense and a refocusing of national priorities to strengthening
 the American economy and competitiveness in the global market-
 place;
Whereas the Congress is grateful for such sacrifices and is commit-
 ted to assisting the service members and their families who
 undergo the transition from active duty to civilian life; and
Whereas military families are devoted to the overall mission of
 the Department of Defense and have accepted the role of the
 United States as the military leader and protector of the free
 world: Now, therefore, be it




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106 STAT. 3564 PUBLIC LAW 102-540—OCT. 27, 1992 Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States ofAmerica in Congress assembled. That— (1) the Congress acknowledges and appreciates the commit- ment and devotion of present and former militaxy families and the sacrifices that such families have made on behalf oftihieNation; and (2) November 23, 1992, is designated as 'National Military Families Recognition Day^. The President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation calling on the i ^ p l e of the United States to observe the day with appropriate pro- grams, ceremonies, and activities. Approved October 27,1992. LEGISLATIVE HISTORY—H.J. Res. 503 (S.J. Res. 328): CONGRESSIONAL RECORD. Vol. 138 (1992): Sept. 30, considered and passed House. Oct. 8, considered and passed Senate.