There are a lot of nice perks to being a military spouse — great health insurance, a steady income stream for the family, and even discounted rates at the on-base supermarket, for example. But there are also many unique struggles that those of us who share our lives with servicemen and -women go through behind the scenes.

May 6 marks Military Spouse Appreciation Day, the perfect time to highlight the level of dedication it takes to be married to a service member.

As an Air Force wife, I can safely say that the commitment military spouses have for their partners’ important occupation is far more expansive than I initially expected, and ultimately, they tend to sacrifice just as much of their lives and time to the cause as the ones in uniform.

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