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    U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeffrey Troutman
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    U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Stacy Atkins Ricks
  • USS George Washington Arrives
    U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Liam Kennedy
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    U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Julio McGraw
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    U.S. Marine Corps photo by Capt. Aaron Moshier
  • USS Momsen Returns to Homeport
    U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Joseph E. Montemarano
  • Welcome home Hawaii Marines
    U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Brittney Vell
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    U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kelly Street
  • VMFA-115 departs for UDP
    U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonah Lovy
  • VMFA-115 departs for UDP
    U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonah Lovy
  • 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers redeploy
    U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Allan Baros
  • Watching them Jump
    U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Freeman
  • Glam to cam'o'
    U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Philip Bryant
  • Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 host spouse event
    U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Ryan Greene
  • Ensign Vanessa Prado receives the first kiss
    U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Wolpert
  • Electronics Technician 2nd Class Thomas Sawicki receives the first kiss
    U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kyle Carlstrom
  • Lt. Katie Jacobson greets her husband Lt. Kevin Jacobson with a kiss
    U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Huey D. Younger, Jr.
  • Sailor hugs husband and son
    U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mikesa R. Ponder
  • Lt. Cmdr. Amy Tomlinson welcomes home her husband, Lt. Cmdr. Warren Tomlinson,
    U.S. Navy photo by Melinda Larson

You don't need a specific Military Spouse Appreciation Day to make sure you  acknowledge the military spouse in your life. Service members know that their spouses are the ones who keep the home fires burning. And military spouses know that those around them also walking through military life are more than just friends and neighbors: They are family.

You are the service members, family and friends of military spouses who stay up-to-date on military news, benefits, fitness, veteran jobs -- and you know family is what keeps military life moving forward.

What is Military Spouse Appreciation Day?

Military Spouse Appreciation Day is a day set aside for us to pause to recognize the military spouses around us who have the greatest impact on our lives and our military communities.

When is Military Spouse Appreciation Day?

The Friday in May before Mother's Day, this special day was first recognized by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. The sitting president typically issues a proclamation in recognition of the holiday, while celebrations are held on and near U.S. military bases around the world.

May is also host to a series of other military holidays, including Military Appreciation Month, established in 1999; Victory in Europe (VE) Day, commemorating the end of WWII in Europe on May 8, 1945; and Armed Forces Day, designated in 1949. Memorial Day, the only official federal holiday in May, is celebrated the last Monday of the month.