Military spouses are truly one-of-a-kind.
We’re perfectly happy standing beside our service members and don’t want a lot of limelight. But being acknowledged is always a nice feeling. Cue Military Spouse Appreciation Day – May 9, 2014.
Unsure of how to say thank you to a military spouse you know? Never fret – we’ve got five easy ways to do so:
5 Easy Ways to Say Thank You to a Military Spouse
Don’t ask what you can do to help, just do it.
Military spouses are proud, proud people. We don’t always accept help easily, so when someone asks us “what can we do to help?” or “let me know if you need anything” we will more than likely respond graciously but decline any help. Instead, show up with food or wine and let them know that you’re there for them.
Do something amazing for their kids.
Show up to their soccer game or other sporting event, take them to the park, bring them a special gift or care package. It really does take a village to raise kids, so when others pitch in and help – especially if the military member is away – it helps out the spouse at home by giving them one less thing to worry about. Plus, what parent doesn’t want to see their kids happy?
Send them snail mail.
There’s nothing like finding a handwritten note in amongst the bills and junk mail. It doesn’t have to be long or elaborate. Just a quick note to let them know you’re thinking of them and miss them will do the trick. (PS – this works for anyone, anytime. I don’t know a single person who doesn’t love getting happy mail.)
Be their biggest cheerleader.
Military spouses give up a lot when they marry their love. They move away from their family and give up jobs. In doing so, sometimes they feel as though their wants, needs and desires are less important. Find out what they’re passionate about and help them follow that passion. Maybe it’s returning to school or building a business. Encourage them to follow their dreams and stay positive for them.
Plan an outing with their friends.
We’re all pretty busy people and finding the time to get together with friends can be difficult. Create an impromptu gathering to help show your support to a military spouse. Let them know you’re there for them. Bonus points if you can gather civilian friends or family that may not live locally.
Showing support for our military spouses doesn’t have to take a lot of money or time. Be sincere and that will come across in whatever way you choose to show appreciation.
Two things to remember: Spouses include men and partners. And you don’t have to limit this to once a year – say thanks whenever you can. An unexpected thank you can be the best gift of all.
Tell us- What’s your favorite thing to do to say “thank you” to another milspouse?
This post is sponsored by AT&T. AT&T is committed to hiring military spouses. Check out their military employment page here!