"The first Military Spouse Day was first celebrated in 1984 when President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the observance to honor the contributions of military spouses. The military now sets aside the Friday before Mother's Day each year to pay tribute to the spouses who play a vital role in the nation's defense." -- Quote from a military family blog I found, http://militaryblog.militaryavenue.com
I had no clue that there was a day devoted to military spouses, and I'm really glad there is. There are so many misconceptions about military wives. A lot of people have not one clue what we go through, and so many are ignorant to the fact. Every military wife is different in her own way. Yes some military wives are house wives, but they are not sitting at home eating bon bons all day. They are keeping everything sane while their husband is working extremely long work shifts. They are taking care of everything. Some military wives are stay at home moms. They take care of the children while daddy is at work or while he is deployed for a long time. They keep themselves and the children going while the biggest factor in their life is gone for months at a time. Some military wives are actually able to have stable careers despite the wrath of being sent to another base constantly. I commend those wives and I am working on being one of them. Some military wives only have a high school diploma, but that in no way belittles them. That says nothing about who they are, but being a military wife says everything. Some military wives have Masters degrees and Doctorate degrees, while dealing with young kids at home and a husband that has been gone for nine or more months. Some are having to sacrifice everything while their husband is literally fighting for his country. We all chose this life, and while it may be hard and completely exhausting sometimes, I think I can speak for all military spouses when I say that we wouldn't have it any other way.