2015 January


80 Military Family Members Participate in GI Kids Day at Texas State Capitol

On January 27, Texas State Representative John Raney of District 14 and Texas Senator Charles Schwertner of District 5 honored military families with resolutions in the Texas House and Senate respectively. The resolutions declared January 27, 2015, as Gratitude Initiative/GI Kids Day in Texas, and 80 military men, women, spouses and children were there in Austin to be recognized. The resolutions encouraged the citizens of Texas to honor our military families and children for their personal sacrifice and service to our nation and state.

After being recognized in the House and Senate Chambers, GI Kids Day participants enjoyed lunch in the Capitol Grill, private tours of the State Capitol and family activities at the Capitol Visitors Center. Since the events of September 11, 2001, millions of active duty military, National Guard, and reserve unit troops have served in combat zones, and over three million family members, including more than one million children, have been left at home. Today, over two million children have a parent on active duty. Gratitude Initiative / GI Kids Day helped raise awareness of the needs of military families in Texas, throughout the nation and around the world.

Long-term separation from parents serving in a combat zone, frequent moves and post-deployment challenges take an enormous toll on military children and spouses who proudly serve alongside America’s service men and women. Gratitude Initiative works to honor the service and sacrifice of military and veteran families by providing academic support programming to ensure success in college and in life.

Families traveled to Austin from communities around the state, traveling as much as 5 hours one-way to take part in the day’s events. Each of the participants wore a GI Kids Day 2014 t-shirt, creating a sea of white and the House and Senate Galleries as the group was honored by the Texas Legislature.

“We’d like to thank C.C. Creations for their support of our efforts in supporting military families,” says Gratitude Initiative Executive Director Lee Sechrist. “The College Station based company played a huge role in sponsoring the apparel for the historic day and helped our group stand out to be recognized throughout the day.”