Our Commitment to Diverse Storytelling
July 8, 2022
This year, the Soldiers’ Angels Communications Team made a commitment to lifting up the voices of more diverse perspectives within the military community. When Afghanistan was invaded and Afghan allies were left fearing for their lives, we helped tell their stories. During Black History month, we lifted up Black military leaders. We did the same for Women’s History Month and Asian American and Pacific Islander month. Most recently, we highlighted LGTBQIA+ military heroes for Pride Month.
Soldiers’ Angels retains an a-political stance on all issues and does not support or oppose any agenda on any issue. We are also not affiliated with any one religion, nor do we support our volunteers sharing religious ideology with the service members or veterans they support. Our mission is to provide aid, comfort, and resources to the military and veteran community— no matter what that individual’s political or religious affiliations might be. The United States Military is incredibly diverse. It is composed of individuals of all colors, races, religions, creeds, and sexual orientations. It is not our job, responsibility, or intention to discriminate, censor, or otherwise hinder the beliefs of one individual or group of individuals within the military. It is our job to support them, encourage them, and ensure they know that their service and sacrifice will not go unnoticed.
As such, to honor the diversity of the military, we celebrate the different “months” throughout the year. We focus on stories of military service members and how they relate to those months. This year, we have on our calendar to tell stories about military heroes and supporters in honor of the following months:
- Black History Month (February)
- Women’s History Month (March)
- Asian American and Pacific Islander month (May)
- Military Appreciation Month (May)
- Pride Month (June)
- Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15)
- National Disability Awareness Month (October)
- Native American Heritage Month (November)
A note about Pride month in particular, since we have had some messages about it: No matter what anyone’s beliefs are, either religious or political, there are thousands if not tens of thousands of individuals in the United States Military who identify as LGBTQIA+. Many of them may not yet have the courage to disclose their sexuality to their respective units or leaders because of fears of discrimination or worse. However, no matter what, they are human beings who chose to stand up for our country and our freedom. Which is truly the irony, if you think about it… they are standing up and prepared to give their life for the freedom of a country that does not yet fully accept their freedom to openly discuss their sexuality. This year, as in recent years, Pride Month is being celebrated far and wide across social platforms and blogs for nonprofits, corporations, the DOD, and even the military.
Heritage and history months were instituted to ensure that the experiences and contributions of ALL Americans are celebrated. They are meant to help shine a light on the sometimes unsung heroes in our country’s history. As we share stories of strength, service, and triumph from military members of all backgrounds, we can’t help but be in awe of them. We hope they inspire you as well.