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Military Spouse Appreciation Day

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"…Army life is challenging. The heart and stamina of spouses are the core of the Army family and price an essential source of strength to our Soldiers. Spouses routinely put the welfare of their Soldier, family and nation above their own. We are proud of all Army spouses and salute your efforts…"

View the complete 2010 Senior Leader Military Spouse Appreciating Day Message

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"I love being a military spouse. But to get here, I had to first love my country and love the Army, which I do. I can't help it; I tear up during the national anthem, love Army ceremonies and tradition …"

- Sheryl Nix, a military spouse, working with Fort Wainwright, Alaska, Public Affairs office

Commentary: I love being an Army spouse

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May 2010

Mental Health Month

Asian Pacific Heritage Month : See Asian Pacific Americans in the United States Army Web sitec

May 7: Military Spouse Day

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TODAY'S FOCUS

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

What is it?

On May 7, 2010, Army leaders will express gratitude to all Army spouses and reinforce their importance in supporting America's Soldiers. The continued support of the spouse is critical to the Army. The strength of our Soldiers comes from the strength of their families. Army spouses routinely put the welfare of their Soldier, family, and nation above their own. After almost a decade at war and multiple deployments, our Active, Reserve, and National Guard spouses continue to support America's Army unconditionally. Army families equal Army Strong!

Why is it important to the Army?

Spouses of active-duty Soldiers, National Guardsmen, and Reserve Soldiers are essential to the Army and a strong nation, as they support the Soldier. The Army recognizes the important role Army spouses' play in today's Army. Additionally, Army spouses are community leaders, mothers, fathers, and Soldiers. While juggling these hats, they also actively pursue careers. The Army pays tribute to all military spouses.

For more than 235 years, spouses have supported their Soldiers on the field and on the home front. The support and dedication of military spouses is vital not only to the Soldier's family, but to the Army. Military spouses are the backbone of the families who support our nation's Soldiers.

At this time, we would like to especially recognize our surviving spouses. Their loved ones made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of a grateful nation. It is they who carry on with a devotion to their families and our nation, beyond their period of grief and sorrow. They know, first hand, the cost of freedom.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

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

The Army wishes to reassure Soldiers and families it will continue to provide families a strong, supportive environment where they can thrive. The Army is committed to improving family readiness through funding of programs, better health care, housing, schools, youth services, child care, education and employment opportunities, and we will continue to build upon and improve the tenets of the Army Family Covenant.

Resources:

Military Spouse Day Website

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