Wendy Poling
Frequent Contributor

"Using military terminology, military spouses are the rear-detachment commanders of the family/household. During times when the service member is away for long periods, spouses act as the planners, supply officers/logisticians, financial officers, trainers/educators, operations officers, business managers, and leadership of the family back home. In units, all these functions are divided among a well-trained staff, but in the military family, the spouse does it all!" - Robert L. Gordon III, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Military Community and Family Policy)


The month of May is Military Appreciation Month and as part of that celebration, Military Spouse Appreciation Day will take place on May 11th. There will be many events around the country and the world dedicated to celebrating and acknowledging the amazing contributions, support and sacrifices of military spouses on the homefront. President Ronald Reagan established Military Spouse Appreciation Day back in 1984 and it is presently celebrated the Friday prior to Mother's Day every year.


Here are seven ways to celebrate Military Spouse Appreciation Day:


  1. Check with your local installation for special events and attend! These events are based on participation, so by showing your support and attending you are doing your part to ensure the event will continue for years to come!
  2. Take time to slow down and do something you enjoy.
  3. Take a walk. Fresh air, sunshine and enjoying nature can be the perfect way to unplug and relax.
  4. Send a personal note to a friend thanking them for supporting you through your challenges and triumphs.
  5. Make a phone call to encourage a military spouse you know is going through a difficult time.
  6. Write down three things you are thankful for today.
  7. Invite a military spouse girlfriend to dinner. Investing in relationships is important to successfully navigating this military life. Remember you are not alone on this journey.

Life as a military spouse is not for everyone. It is challenging. It is rewarding. It is like nothing else. Thank you for all you do to support your spouse and your military family. Your sacrifices to not go unnoticed.

Thank you.


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Additional links:

CNIC The Family Connection Newsletter (page 2)
Military spouse appreciation events - Kirtland AFB, NM
Today is Military Spouse Appreciation Day - DoDLive