The nation joins the White House today in honoring the families of service members by declaring May 6 Military Spouse Appreciation Day.
“Our service members and their families seldom ask for support or recognition,” President Obama said in a presidential proclamation. “They carry out their duties to family and country with the quiet courage and strength that has always exemplified the American spirit. On Military Spouse Appreciation Day, we have an opportunity to not only honor the husbands and wives of our service members, but also thank them by actively expressing our gratitude in both word and deed.”
In an effort to mobilize the nation in support of military families, first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden last month launched Joining Forces. The campaign seeks to shine a spotlight on the needs and challenges of America’s military families.
Joining Forces works to assist military families find employment, further their education and attend to the physical and emotional needs war, long deployments and frequent moves can make uniquely difficult.
“The government is working hard doing its part to support our military families,” Biden said on the Joining Force’s website. “But each American also has the ability to make a difference in the life of a military family. That’s what our Joining Forces initiative is all about.”
In recognition of Military Spouse Appreciation Day, the White House is asking Americans show their support by volunteering for service projects and sending thanks to military families.
“It is through our actions that we show our commitment to our service members and their spouses,” Obama said. “By embracing military families, we demonstrate our partnership in the defense of our freedom and the security of the United States.”