“The Toughest Job in the World”-Military Spouse Appreciation Day

On this Military Spouse Appreciation Day, I want to thank military spouses everywhere–overseas and here at home, active, guard, and reserve–for all you do every day for our soldiers and their families. You are the glue that holds us all together.  I’m proud to be counted among you.  You are an inspiration.

With respect, admiration, and affection…

-Deanie Dempsey, wife, Chief of Staff of the Army

On May 6, 2011, Army leaders express their gratitude to Army spouses for their support of Soldiers. The theme of Military Spouse Appreciation Day 2011 is “Celebrating Military Spouses: Team Members in the Army’s Success.”

The Army pays tribute to spouses through individual and group recognition. To profess that gratitude to spouses, the Army community will pause to show its appreciation for all that wives and husbands of active-duty, Reserve, and National Guard Soldiers accomplish daily. The Army acknowledges that spouses are the backbone of family support. By marking Military Spouse Appreciation Day, the Army reaffirms its commitment to supporting and honoring spouses of Soldiers who are stationed stateside and overseas, and those deployed to combat zones.

Check out a tribute video to Army Spouses around the world, done by United States Forces-Iraq Soldiers from the XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C., currently deployed to Camp Victory, Baghdad.

To learn more about Military Spouse Appreciation Month and see how it is being celebrated around the Army, visit www.army.mil/spouse.