By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge
Today is Military Spouse Appreciation Day. Today, we honor the contributions and sacrifices made by military spouses. As the driving strength and support system behind our service members, they understand better than anyone the high cost of our nation’s freedom.
We honor spouses the Friday before Mother’s Day for their unwavering commitment through the demanding cycle of long-term separations, multiple relocations and the anticipation and heartache that can accompany frequent change.
Spouses invest significant portions of their lives to provide the focus, support and encouragement that enables the service member to fight and win our nation’s wars. Their contributions cannot be replaced in the home or in the community, which they strengthen through skilled work and volunteering.
Military families are faced with unique struggles during this pandemic. More than ever, the strength of our service members comes from the spouses whose support makes this unprecedented time more bearable. Spouses shoulder the responsibility of maintaining employment, teaching their children, cooking and maintaining the vital resilience to ensure their service members can remain focused on mission success.
We encourage you to find creative ways to express your gratitude to our military spouses who continue to place the needs of our nation and its service members above their own. Thank you, spouses! We are so grateful for you and are proud to serve with you!
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(Editor’s note: Martin is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Breckinridge is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)