Let’s make Military Spouse Appreciation Day popular by showing our military spouses that America has their back. We can have their back through small acts of kindness, giving them simple gifts, or even by supporting businesses that provide military discounts to spouses.
Our brave and strong service members are sacrificing their lives every day for our country, land of the free and the home of the brave. But behind many of our service members are a spouse who tirelessly supports their military husband or wife. As a military spouse, you are your service member’s support system, doing everything you can to manage the family in their absence.
Being a military spouse is not a walk in the park. Early in the relationship, they have to accept that their husband or wife is a soldier, airman, marine, or sailor first and a spouse second. They have to adapt and learn how to compromise, especially when duty calls. And with all of this so many people still have never heard of Military Spouse Appreciation Day and may have questions like:
- What is military spouse appreciation day?
- How did military spouse appreciation day start?
- When is military spouse appreciation day?
- How can I show support to a military spouse?
- How can I show support to a military spouse from home?
- Who offers discounts for military spouses?
What is military spouse appreciation day?
To celebrate the profound spousal commitment of every military spouse, the U.S. government, spearheaded by the Department of National Defense, declared the Friday before Mother’s Day as “Military Spouse Appreciation Day”.
How did military spouse appreciation day start?
The celebration had its humble beginnings when former President Ronald Raegan recognized the sacrifices every military spouse makes just to enable their service member spouse to serve our country and fellow countrymen. Subsequently, former senator John McCain led the idea of declaring the month of May as National Military Appreciation Month. In 1999, Congress made the National Military Spouse Appreciation Day part of the Military Appreciation Month. Finally, with the proposal of the Department of National Defense, Military Spouse Appreciation Day was standardized to be on a Friday before Mother’s Day.
For over 20 years, the people of this great country have shown their love and support for the military spouses who tirelessly dedicate their lives to support the men and women who have defended our freedom. This year let us become more appreciative and learn more about the fulfillment and sacrifices of being a military spouse.
When is military spouse appreciation day?
Military Spouse Appreciation Day is in May and falls on the Friday before Mother’s Day of each year. This year’s Military Spouse Appreciation Day will be on Friday May 8, 2020.
How can I show support to a military spouse?
There are many simple ways to show love and support for every military spouse you know. Some ideas for showing your support are:
- Offer to lend a hand around the house
- Offer to babysit so the couple can have a night out
- Treat them to a night out or family playdate
- Bring them a bottle of wine
How can I show support to a military spouse from home?
In 2020, with the promotion of social distancing and staying at home, we now have to get creative about how we show our support. Here are a few ideas for support a military spouse from afar:
- Call to check on them
- Send them a care package (Have Walmart Deliver)
- Send them a gift card
- Have a meal delivered
Fortunately, finding a great meal and having it delivered is quick and hassle-free thanks to online food delivery services like Grubhub, Favor, Door Dash, and Uber Eats.