There are 6,000 military members in Nebraska right now- 70 of those on active duty.
For those, and military families around the country, the holidays can be a particularly difficult time of year.
Imagine having your loved ones in danger far away, injured and alone in a hospital across the country or missing the holidays with your kids.
For United States military families- that's not a situation to imagine. That's reality.
"As a long time military spouse and also as a mom to active duty sons, I can tell you first hand how difficult the holidays can be when you are separated from your loved ones. And particularly if those loved ones happen to be in harms way," said military family expert Ellie Kay.
Now's the time of year when many of us look to give back. Kay hopes this year people will consider the sacrifices of military members.
"The military represents one percent of our nation's population, but they protect the other 99 percent of us," she said.\
In honor of those sacrifices, and for Giving Tuesday, Walmart donated 2 million dollars to Operation Homefront and Fisher House. Both organizations aim to relieve the stress put on military families. Some soldiers will even get to come home because of that donation. For other families, their kids will have presents to open.
"They're going to be providing toys and meals to military families, they're also going to bring home 500 service members. They're going to provide a home away from home for families who would like to be near their service member while they're having medical treatment," Kay said.
And though the effort was tied to Giving Tuesday, it's a day meant to kick off the giving season.
"Just say thanks. That could be the greatest gift of all," she said.