I had the great honor of attending and supporting a recent Heroes at Home Military Spouse Awards event at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, VA. To say it was an inspiring day would be a gross understatement. From gaining valuable business knowledge during the “MilSpouse Your Way” expert panel, to hearing about the contributions and accomplishments of the nominees and honorees, to meeting to kindest and most vibrant new friends, I was reminded of how incredible the military community is, and in particular in this case, the unsung heroes – the families and spouses of service members.
When Dave joined the Marines, I had a lot of expectations and opinions about what it would be like to be a military spouse and partner, and to be honest, I was half excited and half terrified. I felt so proud that Dave was going to serve our country, I knew we’d have a lifetime of adventures ahead, and let’s be honest, I couldn’t wait to go to a ball every year! On the other hand, I was nervous that I wouldn’t fit in because I don’t dress like Jackie O. and am very career-oriented, something I didn’t think I’d find common in this lifestyle. There are a ton of stereotypes, and I believed them. Once I really became part of this community, those dogmatic beliefs were shaken, and a whole world of military family amazingness opened up that I had no idea existed. Military spouses are not who you think they are. And here’s what I’ve learned about military spouses over the years…
Military spouses are my heroes! They bring their unique backgrounds into their communities to create a vibrant mix of skills and values, and they always have everyone’s backs. They are hard workers whether they run their own businesses or dedicate all of their time to graciously volunteering. They are resilient. They are essential in the success of this country.
Don’t forget to thank and celebrate military spouses, because in the front lines of life… they will always have your back!
For more information about Heroes at Home and to get your ticket to a local awards ceremony, please visit: https://www.militarynews.com/heroes-at-home/
B is a 500-hr Yoga Teacher with the American Viniyoga Institute, a Reiki Master, Seicheim Master, and sparkle enthusiast!