Happy MilSpouse Appreciation Day!


I’ve done a few posts over the last few weeks talking about how we can celebrate the MilSpouses around us.

While I still think that’s important, let’s be honest – it doesn’t hurt to celebrate ourselves a little bit, too. Since the President went to the trouble of issuing a proclamation about it and all, we should take five minutes to buy ourselves a latte (or whatever makes you happy) and gives ourselves a pat on the back for being supportive, resilient and just overall awesome.

Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day! We all deserve it.

Senior Military Leadership Recognize Military Spouse Appreciation Day:

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mullen

Army Chief of Staff General Martin Dempsey

Chief of the Army Reserve, Lt. Gen. Jack Stultz and his wife, Laura Stultz

IMCOM Commander Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch

About the Author

Amy Bushatz
Amy is the editor in chief of Military.com’s spouse and family blog SpouseBuzz.com. A journalist by trade, Amy also covers spouse and family news for Military.com where she is the managing editor of spouse and family content. An Army wife and mother of two, Amy has been featured as a subject matter expert on CNN.com, NPR, Fox News, NBC, CBS, ABC and BBC as well as in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. Follow her on twitter @amybushatz.

4 Comments on "Happy MilSpouse Appreciation Day!"

  1. We do rock!

  2. Independant in LA | May 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm |

    I would like to comment on your "Military Spouse Appreciation Day". What it should be Is "Military Spouse, Fiance or Partners Appreciation Day". My fiance is a Navy Seabee and currently in Afghanistan. I often notice that we fiances or girlfriends are never mentioned or acknowledged as a support system to our men abroad, we have no support system or a day to honor us. I experience the same emotions most wives feel, yet we are forgotten.

  3. Independant in LA | May 20, 2011 at 2:48 pm |

    I know they have more money then the average family. Fortunately, I don't need any handouts.. I have a career, and make enough money to send him several packages a week! I can't wait to marry the man I love, yet I find myself embarrassed to carry the title of a Military wife. They are stereotyped as being a cheater, lazy and uneducated… I rarely hear or see military spouses with careers, why is that? You get free education yet make excuses for not capitalizing on this gift. All they have are excuses about not being able to go to schoo because of having kids! Then don't have them.. Why do these woman think just because they marry a military man it's a free meal ticket to not contribute to the family financially.. Be more self supporting and stop being co-dependant on your man, he's the one who is fighting for our freedom and your freedom to work!

    Waiting faithfully for my Fiance…

  4. Retmilspouse | November 17, 2011 at 9:29 am |

    I hope the person who finds herself embarrassed to think of calling herself a milspouse changes her tune when she actually becomes a milspouse. First of all, her statement about military families having more money than average is patently false. It depends on your rank and years in service, among other things. I was also told, on several occasions, when I went to apply for jobs that they did not hire military spouses because they aren't around long enough to train and retain. I did go to school and train myself for a "portable" career, but not everyone can do that. I also worked, but now that my husband is retired and my children are grown, I question the wisdom of that, because I think my children suffered as a result of their father being gone so much at sea and their mother not as available as she should have been due to work hours, commute, etc. I think that it is extremely insulting for that writer to say that anyone should not have children because they may be using them as an excuse not to become educated or employed. I was both educated and employed, but my FIRST responsibility was to my husband and my children. ALSO, I DID NOT get a free education–not sure where that erroneous information comes from–maybe that is a new twist. I think Ms. Independent should be embarrassed all right, but not because of being a milspouse–but for judging anyone before she walks a mile in our shoes. Being a military fiance' is definitely NOT the same thing. It is amazing to me that we were told that "women have the right to work outside the home or not" but boy, if a woman does stay home, she is vilified! Whether or not she "chooses" to work should depend on her family priorities. While it is not wrong to educate yourself and/or work outside the home, it does not necessarily follow that working women are superior.

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