Our Community Salutes, or OCS, is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring high school enlistees and their families, and they need your help to have one million people sign their virtual thank you card for new service members graduating this year.
You can visit Our Community Salutes’ webpage to fill out the virtual thank you card for this year’s new service members. Your message will be posted on a public page for enlistees and their families to read and share with one another.
You don’t need to personally know anyone graduating this year to participate—you can honor the service of all those who choose to enlist using OCS’ virtual thank you card, to help make sure the newest generation of America’s service members know they have the support of their nation behind them.
How to sign the virtual thank you card for new enlistees
First, head over to Our Community Salutes’ website or just click here.
Then, simply fill out your first name, state, e-mail, and the message you’d like to share with new enlistees and just click submit. Our Community Salutes will take it from there.
OCS will publish your message on a public thank you page for all to see, but they won’t include your e-mail address in the public post.
Here’s an example of one message published on their website to help get your creative juices flowing:
“Having served 24 years active duty in the US Navy, I commend your decision to enlist and wish you the best of luck in the years ahead! Thank you for choosing to serve your country and help to defend the freedoms we Americans enjoy!”–CDR Snider, USN (Ret.) from Florida
This year, OCS has partnered with Navy Federal Credit Union to try to reach one million thank you’s — and with your help, they’ll be able to do just that.
What is ‘Our Community Salutes’?
Our Community Salutes was launched in 2009 by former U.S. Army officer Dr. Kenneth Hartman with the aim of providing new service members and their families guidance and support from within the military community itself. Joining the military is a big transition for service members, but it can also be a big change for their families. That’s where the spirit of community support, through the efforts of government officials, veterans, educators, and private sector business leaders working with OCS, comes in.
With representatives specializing in each branch of military service and a growing community of supporters, Our Community Salutes aims to equip new service members for success while providing their loved ones the resources they need to better understand what service entails.
In 2015, Hartman was awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal by the U.S. Army Recruiting Command for his efforts to support new service members and their families.