Giddy with Gratitude

Whenever I land a new job, I get really giddy with excitement. And as a military spouse, that “new-job giddiness” happens every couple of years because our service members get reassigned. It’s the relief of landing yet another job, the anticipation of new career possibilities, and a tad bit of nervousness about how well I will do once I get there. I don’t sleep much the night before my first day at work. But somehow I still have no problem getting up and at ‘em at o ‘dark thirty so I can start working it. Yesterday, even though I didn’t literally start a new job, I experienced all those same feelings, thanks to two very special tributes to military families.

So, here’s a very big THANK YOU to AOL Huffington Post Media Group along with First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden for working it on behalf of military families. Their respective Military Families Week tribute and their Joining Forces initiative, both starting up just as National Volunteer Week gets underway, are such fantastic demonstrations of the renewed commitment to support military families even after so many years of war.

It would be easy for people to forget if it were not for the continued efforts like these to recognize and appreciate the sacrifices we military families quietly make. But instead of feeling unrecognized and underappreciated, I feel good, really good. In fact, I feel that “new-job giddiness” we all have ahead of us to work it even more on behalf of military families.

Read David Wood’s article in the Huffington Post: Military Spouses Face Difficulties Finding EmploymentJoining Forces website in support of military families, veterans, and volunteers. Take a look at more of Arianna Huffington’s coverage of how you can help.

And then, let’s work it, together.

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