Military Spouse Appreciation Day

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

Military spouses nationwide were honored on May 11, 2007, for Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

For many people it was a regular Friday, but for the spouses of those in the military, it was their day: Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

"We all kinda got excited that we get a day," military wife, April Westray said.

"It was put into effect in 1984 by Ronald Reagan. I think it's probably a good idea because military spouses are something unique," military wife, Robin Skaggs said.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day is a day to recognize just how much these spouses do while they're loved ones are overseas.

"We kinda deserve it," Westray said laughing. "We go through everything. We deal with the kids; we deal with the bills; deal with him being gone and all family functions - him being gone. Just everything."

Westray's husband Chris is currently deployed to Iraq. She said raising their two children alone isn't always the easiest mission.

"I had our second child in December with him gone, so I went through everything. Holidays are hard, especially this Mother's Day, because it's the first one I've had without him," Westray explained.

These spouses say not having their soldier here can be stressful at times.

"They're also the ones left to deal with everything that your soldier can't deal with while he's away," Skaggs said.

With or without their soldiers here, they say they are holding down the fort until they come home and are just happy to have a day that recognizes them as well.

Meanwhile, the Family Support Group in Bowling Green, Ky., is holding a bake sale and yard sale this weekend to raise money to send care packages to their soldiers and for future homecomings.

The sale will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2007, at the National Guard Armory, located at 920 Morgantown Road.

To read a proclamation on Military Spouse Day made by President Bush, click here and if you would like to know ways you can support our troops, their spouses and their families, visit americasupportsyou.mil.


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