Military Spouse Appreciation day: 5/6

Recipe for: A Military Spouse

– 1 1/2 cups Patience
– 1 cup Courage
– 3/4 cup Tolerance
– Dash of Adventure
– 1 pound of Ability

To the ingredients Add 2 tablespoons elbow grease and let stand alone for one year. Marinate frequently with salty tears.  Pour off excess fat and sprinkle ever so lightly with money then Knead dough until payday.  Season with international spices. Bake 20 years or until done.  Makes unlimited servings.

What is Military Spouse Appreciation Day? On April 17, 1984, then President Ronald Reagan declared May 23, 1984, the first Military Spouse Appreciation day with Proclamation 5184.

The Department of Defense has recognized spouses of Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force or Coast Guard on the Friday preceding Mother’s Day. Following the president’s declaration in 1984, Congress officially recognized Military Spouse Appreciation day in 1999.

Since 1984, Military Spouse Appreciation Day has served as a time to honor the efforts of the men and women married to military personnel, recognizing the toll deployments and training can take on the spouse of a service member.

Today, the Department of Defense dedicates a variety of programs to improving the quality of life and resiliency of military families. Programs such as Army Family Action Plan and Total Army Strong seek to strengthen military families year-round.

This year Military Spouse Day is May 6. Family and MWR will be hosting Military Spouse Appreciation Day at the Army Community Service Cafeteria from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., recognizing spouses from the U.S.Army Garrison Wiesbaden Community.