Today is Military Spouse Appreciation Day!
The first Military Spouse Appreciation Day was 30 years ago.President Ronald Reagan declared May 23, 1984 the first Military Spouse Appreciation Day.
As a military spouse, I understand many of the challenges this lifestyle can present and there’s also a lot that I have yet to learn or experience. I understand the frustration and uncertainty, putting of your own goals, wants and even needs so your spouse can continue to achieve theirs. And I understand the annoyance and frustration when people just assume you are choosing not to work or go to school, when in reality there just may not be many options…or any option at all depending on your location, your home life, how long until your next PCS. But, I also understand the sense of community the military provides, how everyone reaches out, the network you can build, the support from others who understand what you are going through. Needless to say, there are many ups and downs of this lifestyle, but when you thank us, many of us will say, “for what?” We are aware of the sacrifices we make, but we do it because of love. We love our spouses, our families. We are grateful for your thanks and appreciation, but often times we don’t think what we do is anything special. And on that note, Thank you.
Here’s a link to President Barack Obama’s Presidential Statement regarding Military Spouse Appreciation Day 2014: President Obama Proclaims Military Spouse Appreciation Day