At Forward March Inc. we appreciate the military spouse that has supported our team members from deployments to long days in the office and through so much more. As Veterans we can never say thank you enough for their sacrifice, support and sustainment of our military families.
In 1984, President Ronald Regan declared May 23 as the first Military Spouse Day. Soon after, U.S. Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger standardized the date by declaring the Friday before Mother’s Day as Military Spouse Appreciation Day. Later, in 1999, Congress officially made the observance a part of National Military Appreciation Month.
Military spouses don’t sign on any dotted lines or deploy in defense of our country, but they serve just the same. Their experiences help develop them into the strong, competent, thoughtful, resourceful, engaging people who make up our military community.
The Military spouse population is large. There are more than 680,000 active duty spouses who play and important part in the military community. Due to their spouses’ military duty they face many unique challenges. Spouses are and have always been an essential part of the military Family and they contribute to readiness by allowing military members to remain focused on their missions. They are the “force behind the force” and support military members with courage through difficult circumstances, which include numerous household moves as well as stressful deployments.
The Strength of our military members comes from the strength of their Families and the military spouse is the backbone, the support and strength.
We Thank you!
In honor of Military Spouse Appreciation Day, DoDLive blogger Josiah Wilson pulled together some quick facts about military spouses and featured them in this fantastic infographic.