Military Spouse Appreciation Day

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2024 DateMay 10, 2024
2025 DateMay 9, 2025

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

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Military Spouse Appreciation Day is a day dedicated to honor and recognize the significant contributions, support, and sacrifices of the spouses of the Armed Forces of the United States. The hallmark of the day is not only about building awareness, but it is also aimed at expressing gratitude and appreciating the tremendous role that spouses play, often carrying the weight of familial responsibilities single-handedly while their partners serve the nation.

The occasion dates back to 1984. It was first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan who recognized the profound importance of spousal commitment to the readiness and wellbeing of military members. Ever since its inception, Military Spouse Appreciation Day has grown into a nationally recognized day, with various activities, recognitions, and community events undertaken to acknowledge and honor the strength of military spouses.

The day is customarily observed on the Friday before Mother's Day in May. It underscores an essential aspect of military life, showing not just the resilience of soldiers but also the unheralded strength and perserverance of their spouses. On Military Spouse Appreciation Day, public officials, service organizations, and communities across America take time to honor these daily heroes who champion for their families and offer endless sacrifices on the home front.

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Military Spouse Appreciation Day facts

  • According to the Department of Labor, in 2022, about 92% of military spouses were women.
  • According to the Department of Labor, about 22% of military spouses in the labor force were unemployed in 2022.
  • According to the Department of Labor, about 30% of military spouses have a four-year degree. About 15% have an advanced degree.

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