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May 6, 2011


To the editor:

Military Spouse Appreciation Day is today. This day was set aside by President Ronald Reagan in 1984 to recognize the sacrifices military spouses make every day to make this country a better, safer place for all of us.

Military spouses don’t wear a uniform. They don’t receive medals to acknowledge their sacrifices for this nation. Many of you have probably interacted with a military spouse and not even realized it. These men and women serve silently, doing all the things normal Americans do.

They also pick up and move across the country and start their lives over approximately every year to 18 months. They spend countless hours as the volunteer backbone of our nation, spending year after year calmly and quietly carrying on, while in the back of their minds they are worrying that the last phone call they got from their service member, which was garbled and cut off right in midsentence, is the last time they’ll hear his/her voice.

They worry that knock on the door will mean their loved one is not coming home. They worry over their children who carry that same burden of worry.

Military families don’t ask for very much. But on this day our nation has set aside to honor these sacrifices, I implore you to look around and find some of the military and National Guard spouses in your neighborhood and say thank you. More importantly, ask if you can help them ease their load, even for a day. Show the world that “United We Stand.”


Ralph Reed 6 years, 11 months ago

Yes, thank you. Good letter and reminder.

Ralph Reed 6 years, 11 months ago

Yes, thank you. Good letter and reminder.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 6 years, 11 months ago

God Bless the families of our soldiers. I know one wife of a soldier well. She worries, and rightfully so, about her husband. He is a fine young man, giving everything he has to protect us and our way of life. The only charity we give to is Disabled American Veterans. I want all our soldiers to know how much we appreciate their service. Each time I see one in uniform, I tell them. I think we all should support them all we can, God Bless our public service people, and their families, as well. I am retired from a dangerous public service job, and I know how difficult it was for my wife. I emphasize with the families of our soldiers, EMT's, firemen, and law enforcement people. God Bless you all!

mr_right_wing 6 years, 11 months ago

Wow...way back in the Reagan administration? I don't even recall ever hearing of this holiday. I wonder if this has been mentioned anywhere else in the media besides this LTE?

Thank you service members, and yes...thank you families.

Yet another suprise from the late Mr. Reagan...thank you, sir!

BigPrune 6 years, 11 months ago

...and let's not forget the children of people in our military, those that have had to move numerous times, who when grown up are unable to sustain long term relationships.

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