I’m sure there are official proclamations out there that say very well why we should appreciate military spouses, but having grown up in the household of a career military man and having watched my mom do what she did for all those years, I have an appreciation that is hard to describe.
My mom was something special. She was a WWII vet, having served in Tunisia, Italy and France during the war as a Signal Corps officer. So she knew what it was all about. What I remember though was how many times it was her handling everything because dad was away on duty. Short tours came and went. Moves we had to make ourselves. Etc.
And, of course, we weren’t alone in that situation. Military spouses of all eras have stepped up and done what is necessary to take care of the family while dad (or mom) was off soldiering.
My mom made us a home in the “good” part of a bombed out hotel in Germany, not long after WWII. Later, she took 3 young sons across the US in the mid ‘50s, put us on a troop ship in San Francisco and we spent 18 days enroute to Taiwan where we lived for 2 years. No sweat. It’s what you do when you’re a military spouse.
This past weekend I was lucky enough to attend the 6th Annual Milblog Conference. There I had the opportunity to meet some absolutely awesome milspouses of this generation. I don’t mean this as an insult, but ladies you reminded me of my mom. By that I mean her positive attitude, can do spirit and awesome support for the spouse that’s away serving our country.
For those of you who worry about our “next generation” and how they’ll handle the country, all you have to do is look at the young men and women who are serving today and their spouses and it will allay all your fears. They are the next “great generation”.
So to all military spouses out there – God bless you and keep you and your family. Thank you for the sacrifices you make. And understand that we love, honor and respect you for what you do.