BASKING RIDGE AND SUMMIT, NJ – Military Family Month provides all Americans with the opportunity to recognize the dedication, sacrifice and service of military personnel and their families. This November, both the Summit Area YMCA and the Somerset Hills YMCA will recognize military families by bringing them together to strengthen relationships, build connections, and have fun.

As a non-profit organization, the Y is focused on social responsibility, which includes a civic responsibility to support military families in gratitude of all that they do for our country. In the month of November and throughout the year, the Y offers programs and services that help military families to thrive.

To celebrate Veterans’ Day on November 11, all veterans and military families are invited to attend a free breakfast from 8:00 – 10:00am at the Berkeley Heights YMCA, 550 Springfield Avenue in Berkeley Heights, or the Summit YMCA, 67 Maple Street in Summit. At the Somerset Hills YMCA, veterans and military families are invited to gather for coffee and fellowship starting at 11:30am at 140 Mount Airy Road, Basking Ridge.

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To further support military families, the Summit Area YMCA and the Somerset Hills YMCA offer special membership rates. Information about the Military Membership can be obtained by contacting the Membership Teams at the Berkeley Heights YMCA, the Summit YMCA, or the Somerset Hills YMCA. Additionally, the Summit YMCA offers free Yoga to able bodied active military personnel, post 9/11 veterans, as well as parents, spouses and caregivers of military personnel. The Yoga classes, offered on Tuesdays at 7:00pm, are designed by the Warriors at Ease Foundation to specifically treat combat stress (PTSD), unresolved trauma and anxiety disorder.

“The Y encourages everyone to recognize the sacrifices that military members and their families make in service to our country,” said Anjali McCormick, VP of Marketing, Summit Area YMCA and Somerset Hills YMCA. “It is a way to express appreciation and give back to them for all they have done for us.”

First established by the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) and recognized by first lady Nancy Reagan in 1993, Military Family Month recognizes the dedication and service of military personnel and their families.  On Oct. 30, 2009, President Barack Obama continued this important initiative by proclaiming November  as Military Family Month, calling on “all Americans to honor military families through private actions and public service for the tremendous contributions they make in the support of our service members and our Nation.”

For more information about Y programs and services for veterans and military families, please contact Tiffany Escott at the Berkeley Heights YMCA 908.738.2141; Terri Clinton at the Summit YMCA 908.738.2150; or Kate Russo at the Somerset Hills YMCA 908.766.7898 x590.