Governor Jack Markell, Commander and Chief of the Delaware National Guard, has declared May, 2013 National Military Appreciation Month and May 10th as Military Spouse Appreciation Day.
"The sense of well-being, freedom and love of country that citizens of the United States enjoy today are the result of personal sacrifice, lives changed and/or lost and ongoing vigilance given by the United States Armed Forces " said Governor Markell's declaration.
Soldiers and Airmen in the Delaware National Guard have stepped up since the attacks on 9/11. Deployments are ongoing, with some service members seeing multiple deployments in a short amount of time. Because of that, spouses must step up and take care of the family and home while their loved one is out taking care of the Nation's needs.
The Delaware National Guard has several programs and services for families of deployed Soldiers and Airmen. "Our top priority is to make sure our Soldiers and Airmen receive the necessary training to complete the mission at hand," said Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala, Adjutant General, Delaware National Guard. "However, we never forget the families on the home front, especially the spouses; the Guard family is here for them."
Saying good bye to a loved one for twelve to fifteen months is not an easy task. "You suddenly become a single parent, who is working and also taking care of two kids," said Donna Fields, wife of Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Fields. "The second deployment was much easier," said Mrs. Fields. "We knew more of what to expect and the boys were older, so they understood more."