Life as a military spouse takes a lot of courage. For some, it’s as much a calling as it is a commitment. The work can be emotionally draining - as it too often involves hardship, separation, and loneliness. But it can also be incredibly inspiring and worthwhile: as their stories attest. Traditionally set for the Friday before Mother’s Day, Military Spouse Appreciation Day recognizes the important role that military families, especially spouses, play in keeping our military strong and our country safe. Today, we honor all those who serve - in and out of uniform - with these stories of love, family, and duty.