Family and morale, welfare, and recreation is set to treat spouses like celebrities. Little is known of the sacrifices made by America's home front heroes, military spouses.

During the week of May 6 to 10 Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall's Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation organization intends to shine a light on those sacrifices and honor the Family members who serve right along with the service members. Military Spouse Appreciation Day is May 10, but FMWR will celebrate these husbands, wives and partners during the whole week.

Activities will kick off May 6 in front of the JBM-HH bowling center. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., military spouses are invited to stop by the FMWR military spouse appreciation tent across from the bowling center to pick up their free swag bag. Bags will include discounts, books, giveaways and other tokens of appreciation.

Military spouses are also invited to complete a ticket and return it to the tent for prizes provided by USO-Metro, a local eatery and Army and Air Force Exchange Services.

Prize winners will be announced in the May 10 issue of the Pentagram. Military spouses must be present to sign up for prizes, but do not need to be present to win a prize.

The tent will be set up May 6 and 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. across from the bowing center and on May 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Fort Lesley J. McNair portion of JBM-HH in front of the fitness center. FMWR and ACS are looking forward to showing military spouses just how awesome the organizations think they are.

"As a military spouse of 18 years, I have seen fellow spouses take on challenges, both great and small, that they never expected," said Crystal Cochran, Mobilization and Deployment program manager. "They do it with both strength and grace and they inspire me to be better every day. Our event is a small token of appreciation, but I hope it reminds our spouses how important their contribution is to their families, communities and the military. With resilient, caring spouses supporting them, our service members can focus on and accomplish their mission. It's as simple as that."

While at the tent, military spouses can enjoy music and light refreshments as a show of respect for all that they do to keep service members and family members well cared for in the good times and bad.

For more information about Military Spouse Appreciation Day activities on JBM-HH, call Crystal Cochran at 703-696-2177/3510.