Should the military recognize spouses with an award? I think so. At the very least, spouses should be presented with a Certification of Appreciation when their husbands and wives return from a deployment. A ceremony should be held honoring them. I have felt this way for years and even though my wife would probably not care, I know a lot of spouses who would. They help us through the tough times throughout our careers and they deserve to be recognized. Thoughts?<br><br>***I am not talking about blanket awards here but rather those recommended by the Soldier for support they gave to the unit.*** Sorry I didn't initially make that clear.<br>
Edited 8 y ago
Posted 8 y ago
If a spouse has done something to benefit the organization as a whole then yes. Aboslutely! In fact I have seen them. Just for the sake of being a spouse? I don't think so. A lot goes on "behind closed doors" that we don't see as service members especially while deployed. So If evry single spouse was given the same award when a whole unit redeploys what does that say? To me nothing more than a check the block. Then when you look at it form the perspective of the spouses, let's say you have a spouse cheating on their deployed Soldier (happens all the time), the community of spouses knows about it but the Soldier don't. All the spouses get the same "thank you" "award" what does it really mean to them in the end?
The only award My wife received was a certificate in a nice hard cover blue folder with an Air Force seal on it,for support given at the same time I received My Retirement Certificate from the USAF. I'm pretty sure any spouse would receive the same. That was nice gesture from the Air Force but She wasn't there to take any bows or anything like that, just support Me and that is what She did. She had Her own job and career as a teacher. She never sought or expected anything that wasn't from Her own occupation and neither did I. Our joint team was our own household, family and support for each other. I wouldn't want it any other way.
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