Celebrating Military Spouse Appreciation Day

President Ronald Reagan’s proclamation in April 1984 established Military Spouse Day. “Over the years, as the number of our married men and women in uniform has grown and their military missions have become more complex and dispersed, their spouses have made countless personal sacrifices in support of the armed forces,” a- he declared.

Each year on the Friday before Mother’s Day, the nation celebrates Military Spouse Appreciation Day. On this day, we recognize the sacrifice of military spouses who support their active duty service members throughout their military careers.

Kansas City VA recognized military spouses with a simple but meaningful gesture: carnations and cards for veteran spouses.

Navy Gold-Star wife Stephanie Tuley-Fuson hosted this year’s event. “Honor has no beginning or end,” she said. “Being a Gold Star Spouse, the appreciation I was able to give to other spouses is something I will remember forever. Working with our Veterans every day is the best legacy I can offer, as well as supporting spouses and caregivers to get through difficult times.

“Keeping the family together while a loved one is away.

In addition to flowers and appreciation cards, the Caregiver Support Program provided resources and small gifts to recognize the extraordinary care military spouses give to our Veterans as caregivers.

Medical Center Director Jean Gurga said, “Kansas City VA is honored to recognize our military spouses. As we know, many veterans find it difficult to return to civilian life and this has long-term health implications. The challenges that every veteran faces are shared by their family. Members of our military families also served. They often served as single parents and heads of households to hold the family together while their loved one was away.

Spouses of Veterans are often very involved in planning the health care of our Veterans. Kansas City VA is honored to partner with and celebrate these heroes. Military spouses are appreciated on this day and every day.

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