National Military Spouse Appreciation Day 2017 is May 12th



Celebrated the Friday before Mother’s Day, this year’s National Military Spouse Appreciation Day is Friday, May 12th. USBA salutes these special women and men who support our troops throughout mission, deployment, reintegration and transition. You are the backbone of our military families.

In celebration of Military Spouse Appreciation Day, the armed forces hosts special events and programs to inform, honor and recognize military spouses. Events include appreciation luncheons, as well as educational workshops and spouse employment fairs. Use #MilitarySpouseAppreciationDay to post and follow what’s happening on social media.

While May 12th is an opportunity to show support for our country’s military spouses for one special day, here are some year around resources for these special women and men. Some are fun. Some are free. All are good to have on your radar.

Attending military balls and gala events can be pricey, but they’re an important part of the military tradition. To help military spouses on tight budgets, Operation Deploy Your Dress provides free formal wear (ball gowns for gals AND tuxedoes for guys) to US military ID holders. ODYD is a 100% donation-based, volunteer run, military spouse founded, nonprofit organization. It currently has three stand-alone stores. Find out if a pop-up store may be coming to your area.

If you’re a male military spouse, you’re not alone. Women make up approximately 15% of our military force. This means there are more male military spouses than you may realize. The military is becoming more aware of—and responsive to—the unique needs of these men. Here’s a resource to help guys adjust to being military spouses.

Do you know someone considering going back to school? Check out these schools known for being military-spouse-friendly.

Military spouses need life insurance, too. USBA’s Double Value TWO for ONE term life insurance protects two lives with one policy and one affordable premium. Maximum coverage available for spouses is 5 times that available with SGLI. Get a free military life insurance quote.

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