14,000,000 Hours and Counting: Operation Honor Card Inspires Americans to Serve Military Families and Veterans

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This post originally appeared on the White House Blog on December 9, 2011.

At a Joining Forces event with the NASCAR foundation in Miami, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden participate in Operation Honor Cards, pledging to perform community service in honor of military families.

Operation Honor Card has successfully collected 14,000,000 pledged hours of service from Americans who want to honor military families and veterans through acts of kindness, big and small, showing appreciation for their sacrifice.

With more than 5,740,000 hours already served,Operation Honor Card has inspired communities across the nation to come together in a grassroots effort to proudly honor military families and veterans.

A joint project of Blue Star Families, American Red Cross, Points of Light Institute, ServiceNation, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, Operation Honor Cards is part of First Lady's Joining Forces initiative for military families, which aims to create an atmosphere of shared service and a WWII sense of 'all give some' by encouraging Americans to perform service in honor of military families and veterans.

The town of Independence, Kansas has stepped up, rallying around the cause of serving military families and veterans. In partnership with Blue Star Families, RSVP volunteers in Independence collected more than 25,000 pledged hours of service. With a population of 9,400, every resident donated nearly three hours of their time to help a military family or veteran.

In Montana, what started as a small service project expanded into a statewide effort, where Senior Corps volunteers have collected pledges totaling more than 300,000 hours, pushing the grand total of pledged hours for Operation Honor Card over 14,000,000. The drive culminated on Veterans Day, with the pledges displayed on a Wall of Service at Montana State University.

The impact of these Senior Corps volunteers in Kansas and Montana is truly inspiring, showing how a little kindness can blossom into a movement to help military families and veterans.

With the momentum now on our side, reaching 15,000,000 hours is in sight. Let's show our military families, veterans and service members how much we appreciate them by honoring their service with ours by visiting http://www.honorcards.org/.

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