So often we hear about the unsung hero… those who are on the battlefield or have gone overseas to protect and to serve. We honor them, and we appreciate them for putting their lives on the line for us each and every day. Their service should be acknowledged and rewarded. We have the privilege to honor our heroes several times a year, not nearly enough. But have we given much thought to the unsung hero at home? This is the person who stays home, but really carries a much larger burden than we realize. This is the person who manages the household, takes care of the children, pays the bills, organizes events to honor soldiers and prays for your safety. What about them?
As we enter into the season of commemoration, patriotism and heroism, let us not forget this very important group of people who are seldom given official honors for their sacrifices and contributions. Although their sacrifices may not be on the proverbial battlefield, they still battle every day. If you have children, you know that some days can feel like being on the battle field. Their contributions may not be recognized on a national level, but they are still valuable and important. This group is not risking their lives or in harm’s way. But they are fighting daily to keep the home barracks in order, to ensure our future little soldiers are properly fed and clothed, and that they are well-trained for the future duty of making this world a better place. They are also managing the finances and maintaining the property.
I am talking about the unsung hero at home…commonly referred to as the spouse, wife, mother, partner, friend, confidant and overall support system. I’m talking about the one who keeps your household together while you are away, be it on a daily assignment or an overseas tour of duty. I am talking about the one who deserves some recognition. They deserve: a Badge of Courage for their willingness to take on new roles and responsibilities without really having a choice, the Medal of Honor for bravery, courage, and going beyond the call of duty at home, and the Medal of Valor for their domestic gallantry and chivalry at home, for committing those exceptional acts of voluntary and personal heroism.
When you are celebrating our Independence this fourth of July, remember to honor those who are committed and determined at home, those who give of their time and energy in many different ways, those who may not land on foreign soil, but who sacrifice for this country and stand firm on solid ground.
This country was built on the principles of honesty, hard work, and perseverance. Entrepreneurship is the foundation for which this country was built and it continues to be the anchor that has helped us develop into the greatest country in the world. Our independence had allowed us the opportunity to educate ourselves and become independent business owners.
While celebrations and proclamations are great, actions are better. Giving back is one way of paying tribute to our heroes. The ACPWC would like to honor our Unsung Heroes at Home by providing training courses for military spouses to become Wedding and Event planners. This career path is perfect because it is portable, flexible and fun. The training will give people the opportunity to own their own businesses, as well as a chance to build confidence, new relationships, and stronger communities. Putting people to work fosters an environment for economic growth and a sense of empowerment.
You can support our efforts by joining with us to create a scholarship fund to offset the cost of the training program. Click on the link for more information.
Celebrate, honor, and appreciate the Unsung Hero at Home!