Members of the armed services make enormous personal sacrifices to serve their country.
That is especially true during the holiday season.
And the DeSantis administration made one touching move to help struggling service members.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and his administration are working hard to improve the lives of members of the armed services in the Sunshine State.
This work is personal for DeSantis who served in the Navy and deployed to Iraq.
The holidays can be especially hard on members of the armed services who are away from their friends and families on deployment.
Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez launched the Holiday Letters to Heroes to support them.
The program encourages students in grades K-8 to send handwritten letters to members of the Florida National Guard who were deployed on active duty during the holiday season.
“Being away from one’s family is difficult, especially during the holidays. These men and women have courageously served our state, and we want to share our gratitude and appreciation for their service,” Nuñez said. “They bravely answered the call to support our ongoing recovery efforts from Hurricane Idalia, stepped up to protect Floridians from the border crisis, deployed abroad, and have sacrificed time away from their families to ensure Florida remains ready and prepared to meet future challenges.”
The handwritten letters from the students have messages of support and gratitude for National Guard members.
Students were also encouraged to include holiday drawings in the letter.
The program made a substantial difference by showing personal appreciation to National Guardsmen last holiday season who were away from their families or on active duty.
Nuñez announced that the Holiday Letters to Heroes program saw students send more than 31,000 letters to members of the Florida National Guard.
Over 30,000 students from 56 school districts took part in the program.
“Florida’s National Guardsmen sacrifice so much to serve our state and to protect our country, especially during the holiday season. Through this initiative, we were able to show our deployed guardsmen a small token of our appreciation for their service,” Nuñez said. “I am so proud of the incredible number of letters received from students across the state, and I am thankful for the students, teachers and parents who helped to make this initiative so successful for our National Guardsmen during the holidays.”
Commissioner of Education Manny Diaz Jr. said the response from students was remarkable.
“It is clear that Florida students respect and appreciate the sacrifices our service members make for us, especially during the holidays,” Diaz Jr. said. “I am so proud that our students showed up in full force to participate and encourage the Florida National Guard.”
Florida students were able to bring a little holiday cheer to National Guardsmen who are sacrificing for their state and country.
DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.