Military Spouse Appreciation Day

In 1984, President Ronald Regan declared May 23 as the first Military Spouse Day. Soon after, U.S. Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger standardized the date by declaring the Friday before Mother’s Day as Military Spouse Appreciation Day. Later, in 1999, Congress officially made the observance a part of National Military Appreciation Month.


The Military spouse population is large. There are more than 680,000 active duty spouses who play and important part in the military community. Due to their spouses’ military duty they face many unique challenges. Spouses are and have always been an essential part of the Army Family and they contribute to readiness by allowing Soldiers to remain focused on their missions. They are the “force behind the force” and support Soldiers with courage through difficult circumstances, which include numerous household moves as well as stressful deployments.

The department of Defense is dedicated to helping military spouses overcome barriers. Some of the barriers are:

Employment: If you are a military spouse you can contact a certified career counselor through Military OneSource at 800-342-9647.

Employment Readiness: The Army Employment Readiness Program (ERP) provides military spouses assistance to acquire skills, networks and resources to join the workforce.

Family Readiness: Total Army Strong is the Army’s commitment to improving Family readiness through Soldiers and Family programs, youth services, childcare and spouse education and employment opportunities.

The Strength of our Soldiers comes from the strength of their Families and the Army spouse in the backbone of the support and strength.

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