Military Spouse Appreciation Day thanks those standing behind the uniform

| May 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

Stephanie Rush
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — Now in its 27th iteration, Military Spouse Day is still focused on what it was when first created: taking the time to give thanks to the husbands and wives who support their spouses serving in the military.

Military Spouse Day was first celebrated in 1984, when then-President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the observance to honor the contributions of military spouses. 

The military now sets aside the Friday before Mother’s Day each year to pay tribute to the spouses who play a vital role in the nation’s defense.

“It is important to recognize the unwavering strength of hardworking military spouses,” said Stacy Harding, chief, recreation activities, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. “Military spouses have to be encouraging, strong, patient and loyal. They continuously support their Soldier, and have to be ready and willing to endure the challenges that come with life in the military.”

In a letter signed by Secretary of the Army John McHugh, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey Jr., and Sergeant Major of the Army Sgt. Maj. Kenneth Preston, the Army’s commitment to supporting military spouses is re-enforced.

“For more than 235 years, spouses have supported their Soldiers on the field and on the home front,” the letter states. “An Army spouse’s mission often requires making everyday decisions to support the household while their Soldier serves the nation. 

“We (want) to especially recognize surviving spouses. Their loved ones made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of a grateful nation,” the letter continues. “They know, firsthand, the cost of freedom.

“In 2007, the Army, through the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, instituted the Army Family Covenant and the Army Community Covenant, in part to recognize the commitment and increasing sacrifices that Army families make every day and to acknowledge that the strength of our Soldiers comes from the strength of their families. 

“We are striving to enhance family support and readiness through funding of programs, better health care, housing, schools, youth services, child care, education and employment opportunities,” the letter states.

Military One Source, a free service provided by the Department of Defense, offers a variety of support services and resources for active duty, Guard and Reserve service members and their families. 

A number of resources geared specifically at military spouses are also available online:

•Healthy Habits Personal Health Coaching has a free, personal coach by phone who can help callers get fit, beat stress and stay healthy. 

•“These Boots: A Spouse’s Guide to Stepping Up and Standing Tall During Deployment” has an hour-long audio narrated by journalist and experienced military spouse Jacey Eckhart. Order the free CD version or listen and download online.

•“Feeling Good: 100 Ways to Feel Better Every Day” is a gem of a book filled with tips that bring out the best on fitness, getting a good night’s sleep, walking, relaxation, handling overload and finding support.

Visit www.army.mil/spouse for more information on Military Spouse Day. Visit www.militaryonesource.com for resources and support.

 

Spouse Appreciation Day 

Each military spouse will receive a goody bag and a raffle ticket for spa giveaway packages and other great prizes, May 15, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., at Sills Field, Schofield Barracks. Call 655-0112 for more information. 

 

 

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