The staff at Military Spouse Magazine compiled a list things to know for people who don’t have a family member in the military.
Here are the top seven from that list:
1) We appreciate you too. You have offered support, thanks and encouragement… and for that we truly are grateful.
2) When our service member separates from the military or retires… we can sometimes feel completely lost.
3) Speaking of homecoming… if a family is having a hard time adjusting after a service member returns, it does not automatically mean he/she returned with PTSD.
4) Sometimes the period after the return HOME can be the hardest part of a deployment. Love us and support us when they are gone, support us when they return too!
5) Even though it can sometimes feel like it, we know that our lives are not that far removed from yours. In many ways we are exactly alike. We don’t want our differences to define us.
6) Many of us are fiercely patriotic. It does not mean that we think you are any less patriotic than we are.
7) Most military spouses want to work! Just like our children, we have to start over in our career every few years. According to a Department of Defense report, the military spouse is paid on average $3 per hour less than her/his civilian counterpart. Spouses also tend to be under employed, which means they agree to be hired into a position for which they are over qualified. Military spouses usually have a vast amount of experience they bring with them. Even if it’s only for a few years, employing a military spouse can bring experience that you can’t find anywhere else. Take a chance and hire a military spouse! Chances are you won’t regret it.
Why not read the full list at militaryspouse.com and then do something special for a military spouse.