05-07-2014 08:00 AM
By Tara Crooks
Standing alongside more than half of our service members are amazing pillars of strength who have extraordinary stories of courage and commitment. They come from all walks of life, and they bring a diversity of talent and experience. Their pride in our service members is unwavering. They are military spouses.
Do you have a military spouse, domestic partner or loved one you’re thankful for? Tell us about her or him and what makes that person special.
We’ll celebrate Military Spouse Appreciation Day on May 9 by honoring these steadfast women and men.
In collaboration with the National Military Family Association, we asked military spouses and NMFA members to talk about how they respond to life’s challenges while supporting a military member.
Seek Balance and Have Faith
Melissa Wilkerson, retired Navy officer and military spouse, on how she balances the demands of being part of a military family: “It’s really about prioritizing and sacrificing.”
Whitney Daws, Coast Guard spouse, on finding support in the military spouse community: “Whether you think you need support or not, it’s always good to meet people.”
Amanda Oakley, Army spouse, on pursuing her career and earning her master’s degree while stationed in Germany with her husband: “It’s important for me to have something to call my own.”
Tara Crooks is a co-founder of the Army Wife Network and a USAA Member Community Manager.
About the National Military Family Association
Military families serve our country with pride, honor and quiet dedication. The NMFA is the leading nonprofit organization committed to strengthening and protecting the families of men and women currently serving, retired, wounded or fallen. Click here to learn more about this organization and its military spouse scholarships.
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