May is filled with lots of different appreciation days for the military community. There is Armed Forces Day on May 16 and Memorial Day, the more widely known military holiday on May 25. Separately, there is also a special day for military spouses. In 1984, the first Military Spouse Appreciation Day was observed as a way to celebrate the sacrifices made to those married to service members on the Friday before Mother’s Day.
Did you know that there are more than 1 million military spouses?
As military spouses, we personally experience the everyday challenges and deal with the roller coaster lifestyle on a regular basis. Not only that, we essentially chose this life because we happen to be in love with a man or woman in uniform.
I recently attended a change of command ceremony as a guest of the outgoing service member’s spouse because we volunteer together to raise money for a military dependent scholarship fund. She is a big influence in the military community here and as a result, the unit didn’t only recognize her husband, but her service as well. When her husband spoke about his time at the unit and his career, something stuck with me. He explained working with soldiers and whatnot, but then when he talked about family, he said something along the lines of spouses being the backbone of all military members. Without a strong support system at home, how could our military remain strong and mission ready?
I believe we keep the military force strong and effective by loving them unconditionally. So, with that said, that’s why I believe military spouses deserve a moment in the spotlight.
Here are 5 more great reasons why military spouses should be appreciated:
- Military spouses hold down the fort while military members are away. Right after “see you later,” we continue to live our lives and maintain the homefront for our families.
- Military spouses keep the fort running smoothly while they are home! I don’t know about you, but as soon as my husband walks in to door, he seems pretty clueless on what to do. Luckily, we work together as a team and accomplish lots of goals that way, but between you and me, I believe my husband might be a little lost without our partnership.
- Military spouses wear multiple hats and are used to playing multiple roles. Mom? Colleague? Student? Volunteer? The list goes on!
- Military spouses contribute big time to the community. To me, military spouses are such wonderful motivators and help each other out in the best possible ways.
- Military spouses do have to make certain sacrifices. Military families in general move 10 times more more often that civilian families. The transient lifestyle can be difficult to establish job security among other things. Did you know that 90% of military spouses are underemployed?
I asked my husband why he thought military spouses deserve an appreciation day and he answered “why not?” So, why not should people support those that support military members on the homefront? We certainly don’t have it the same as our military members, but we encounter our own obstacles. It’s important to acknowledge us that way we can continue a strong and loving relationship with our partners that happen to be military members.
Do you feel appreciated in your role as a military spouse?