Today is Military Spouse Appreciation Day! Every year, we recognize the strength and sacrifices of our remarkable military spouses. Their commitment and support help to keep our country safe, America’s military spouses are the backbone of the families who support our troops during mission, deployment, and reintegration. Military spouses are silent heroes who are essential to the strength of the nation, and they serve our country just like their loved ones.
Some of our most accomplished and dedicated scholars are military spouses, and their contributions to their communities and beyond represent the strength, values, and commitment of Pat’s legacy. In honor of this special day, we asked our military spouses to share what lessons they’ve learned in their role as a military spouse.
“You are stronger than you think.” – Anna Lopiccolo, 2012 Tillman Scholar
“Be the friend that encourages those around you to live their dreams in spite of the tumultuous nature of military life. The friends you make will be your family: Keep in touch and love each other! No one else will ‘get it’ like they do.” –Lisa Rich, 2015 Tillman Scholar
“Say what you mean, mean what you say, be open and honest with one another. Whether you are far apart for deployment or training, or stuck side by side working virtually all day we all have struggles, we all have needs and when your partner (or your friend or co-worker or family member) knows what you need because you are communicating it clearly life becomes a little bit easier and those relationships become a little more solid. Now, go call your loved one and remind them just how amazing they are!” – Anonymous Tillman Scholar
“My greatest lesson has been to understand that time apart is just as important as time spent together, but either way, to continue learning and working towards growth individually and together in both situations. One of my favorite growth as a couple was to learn how to dance salsa during the 2 yrs my husband was stationed overseas while I remained in San Diego. It kept us connected while apart, and being able to dance together for the first time was so incredibly fun!” – Anonymous Tillman Scholar