Happy Mil-Spouse Day

Just a quick note to wish every mil-spouse a wonderful day tomorrow, “Military Spouse Appreciation Day”! Lots of bases around the US and Im sure overseas will celebrate with different events and possibly offer discounts. Check with your MWR/ ITT office or FFSC or ACS…etc. for open houses.

Not that we look for recognition or the limelight; however, it is wonderful to be acknowledged for sacrifices we make in our personal lives to support our spouses and to give back to the military families we know directly.

Your sacrifices do not go unnoticed.

Enjoy your day!

For Immediate Release
May 6, 2008

President Bush Commemorates Military Spouse Day
South Lawn

9:55 A.M. EDT

……It’s not an easy life being in the military, particularly when we’re at war, and I understand that. For many of you it means packing up your belongings and moving on short notice. I suspect a lot of you have been on the move much more than you thought you’d be on the move. (Laughter.) For others it means living in a foreign land, which can be exciting, but it also means you’re far away from your extended family, and that’s hard. And for many of you, it means missing a spouse as he or she serves on the front lines in this battle to secure our country and to spread freedom for the sake of peace.

The cameras are turned to President George W. Bush as he sits with Ellen Patton, left, and Colleen Saffron, two of the six recipients of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, during Military Spouse Day ceremonies Tuesday, May 6, 2008, on the South Lawn of the White House. White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian Being left behind when a loved one goes to war has got to be one of the hardest jobs in the United States military. Talked to a lot of folks who have been in the theater, as well as spouses, and it is clear to me the harder job in many ways is to be the person at home taking care of the kids and having sleepless nights as you pray for safe return.

You’re carrying out the burdens — you’re serving our country. And it’s noble service. And it’s necessary service. And the United States [of] America owes you a huge debt of gratitude. And so, on behalf of our people, thank you for what you’re doing. (Applause.) the full story

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