Please Represent Me, American Military Spouse Choir


I think there ought to be some rules. I think that before you represent military families on reality TV you ought to:

  • Like your servicemember — at least a little.
  • Avoid lying about your level of involvement in the military
  • Hint that you are proactive about your life.
  • Have an actual talent.

This seems like a lot, I know. But when the American Military Spouse Choir appeared on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, they had all four going for them. Big time.

In what I suspect was an effort to recover from the scandal of contestant Timothy Poe lying about injuries allegedly sustained in Afghanistan, America’s Got Talent had the Military Spouse Choir to appear on the show.

Dressed in purple TV shirts and black jeans (with the bling pins announcing the branch in which their husband serves), dozens of ladies assembled on the stage.

None of them were mean to each other. None of them publicly spent money they didn’t have or whined or smacked their kids or tried on bras for the camera.

First, they spoke frankly about deployment. They talked about the power of healing that comes from music. Then they talked about the power that comes from reaching out. “What we have together is more than a singing group,” one spouse said. “It’s a sisterhood.”

“We have to come together or we wouldn’t survive,” said another.

Finally, they stepped out in front of that audience and sang, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” Go ahead and watch it:


It gave me chills. It brought the audience to their feet. It made Howard Stern wax poetic. “You remind me how lucky we are to live in this country and have people who serve,” he said. “Some people know how to lift the human spirit — you did that today.”

Darn right. The group represents CAMMO, the Center for American Military Music Opportunities. It is a nonprofit that provides Music Therapy programs that focus on service-related conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

The American Military Spouse Choir will continue on in the competition when it goes live in Las Vegas. I’m glad.  These ladies can represent me any time.

About the Author

Jacey Eckhart
Jacey Eckhart is the former Director of Spouse and Family Programs for Since 1996, Eckhart’s take on military families has been featured in her syndicated column, her book The Homefront Club, and her award winning CDs These Boots and I Married a Spartan?? Most recently she has been featured as a military family subject matter expert on NBC Dateline, CBS morning news, CNN, NPR and the New York Times. Eckhart is an Air Force brat, a Navy wife and an Army mom. Find her at

25 Comments on "Please Represent Me, American Military Spouse Choir"

  1. Thank you for your lovely article! I'm also a member of the choir, although I wasn't there with them for that event. These ladies are TRULY among the best I've ever known. I'm privileged to know them, and to sing with them.

  2. This group includes some of the nicest women Ii know.

    Here to help!

  4. David Nussbaum | June 25, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
  5. "America's Got Talent" The Families of Our Military Men and Women are profoundly thankful to know that Ms. Eckhart brought realisiic broadcasting of our Wives to the forefront of America! I am so overwhelmed with this "act" and it was a uplift, and my tears just could not stop! I am overjoyed Ladies!!!! Even suicide can find light in the midst of harmonizing souls such as You have given to me.

    Thank You, Widow of Air Force!

  6. As a disabled Vet with some of the issues other Vets have, this was most awesome to see and hear. It is people like this that keep many of us going.. Thanks ladies.

  7. Their performance was moving and beautiful. It was a great reminder to this country that our men & women are still out there risking their lives for all of us. I also loved the aspect of how they conveyed the sacrifice and dedication of all the families that stand behind their loved ones sent into harms way without being too sappy. We can never appreciate our military & their families enough. I'm glad the judges loved them too! :)

  8. I'm a Viet-Nam Veteran ( Army ) 68-69. I watched the video and it was Awesome! This is a Wonderful group of women. Yes, it brought me to tears. Way to go Ladies, stay Strong.

  9. SIMOES, LUIS M | June 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm |

    Thank you ladies for all your support heart and love. As a disabled vet I thank you all our current and fallen brothers

  10. SIMOES, LUIS M | June 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
  11. I'm a sap. I teared up too.

  12. David Nussbaum | June 25, 2013 at 6:31 pm |

    Thank you ladies from an old time Vietnam Vet whose son is now deployed once again.
    My sons wife and son were here Sunday and
    had not seen you all, luckily we had it recorded and we all pulled a bit closer as we cried. Semper Fi

  13. I am an Air Force mom. I got to see these ladies on AGT. And as far as I am concerned, the show can vote them winners and we can all go home. They are awesome, they are awe inspiring. I will confess I teared up. I am proud of these ladies. I am proud of our troops. I am PROUD to be a military mom, mom-in-law and grandmother.

  14. From a CWO Retired

    You ladies are to be commended. You not only support your husbands but you also sing beautiful.


  15. I watched this, and as Army wife, tears just flowed! You guys were awesome!

  16. stephanie | June 25, 2013 at 7:44 pm |

    I loved it. as a army wife and is going through a deployment it speaks high. it speaks to me. would love to be part of something like this….

  17. Would have loved to receive information on this organization and what all they do. As an Active Duty Army Spouse, you would think that this would be something that would have been "put out there" for us to know about. Great job ladies! Very moving performance! I salute you!

  18. Anchor Clanker | June 26, 2013 at 3:30 pm |

    Rachel, tearing up makes you a caring compassionate human. Not a sap. I'm an 82 y/o 21 year veteran. Those ladies should each get a presidential medal for their contribution to healing our troops in need. It was a lake of tears for me.

  19. Beverly Gingrich | June 26, 2013 at 5:44 pm |

    When that group of ladies came on stage and started to sing it was the most beautiful sound I heard all night. I hope the ladies go far in this competition to take it to the end and when it all. I already think they're the winners. Best of luck to you ladies.

  20. Jan mahoney | June 26, 2013 at 10:09 pm |
  21. Jan mahoney | June 26, 2013 at 10:11 pm |

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