Military Spouse Day, 2019

Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 93 (Tuesday, May 14, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 93 (Tuesday, May 14, 2019)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 21685-21686]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2019-10130]
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Vol. 84
No. 93
May 14, 2019
Part VI
The President
Proclamation 9881--Military Spouse Day, 2019
                        Presidential Documents
Federal Register / Vol. 84 , No. 93 / Tuesday, May 14, 2019 /
Presidential Documents
Title 3--
The President
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                Proclamation 9881 of May 9, 2019

Military Spouse Day, 2019
                By the President of the United States of America
                A Proclamation
                Military spouses share an admirable legacy of
                unwavering devotion to their loved ones in uniform and
                to the cause of freedom. Wives and husbands stand
                faithfully beside their beloved service members and
                play a critical role in their ability to safeguard our
                country. They shoulder tremendous burdens and
                responsibilities and face demands that most families
                will never endure. Military spouses earn no rank or
                compensation, yet their contributions to our military
                might are invaluable. On Military Spouse Day, we honor
                our Nation's military spouses and express our deep
                appreciation for all that they do.
                The nomadic nature of military life places tremendous
                pressure on military families. Frequent relocations,
                which require leaving behind the familiar--home,
                school, work, church, and friends--are commonplace.
                Military spouses nevertheless find ways to improve
                their communities, on and off the base, and to thrive
                in spite of the numerous hardships. Military spouses
                also demonstrate sacrificial love and provide essential
                support and encouragement to their service members
                during deployments. They comfort fearful and anxious
                children, balance work and school demands, and keep
                things going on the home front with uncommon grace and
                resourcefulness, despite the loneliness and anxiety
                that often accompany an extended absence.
                Frequent relocation also imposes substantial economic
                costs on our military families. For example, it results
                in unemployment and underemployment of military
                spouses. My Administration, therefore, is committed to
                enhancing opportunities for our Nation's military
                spouses. Last year, I was pleased to sign an Executive
                Order requiring Federal agencies to promote the use of
                existing military spouse noncompetitive hiring
                authority to the greatest extent possible, providing
                significantly greater opportunity for military spouses
                to be considered for Government positions. The
                Department of Defense's Military Spouse Employment
                Partnership has brought together more than 390
                companies and organizations committed to recruiting,
                hiring, promoting, and retaining military spouses.
                Since the initiative's inception in 2011, these devoted
                partners have hired more than 130,000 military spouses.
                Employers who hire these spouses benefit from the
                tremendous talent, breadth of experience, and
                determination these men and women have learned from
                navigating the demands of military life.
                I encourage all who enjoy the blessings of freedom--
                preserved and defended by our Nation's military and
                their families--to find ways to support our incredible
                military spouses. I applaud local government officials
                who have helped advance workforce freedom and mobility
                for military families. I encourage States and
                occupational licensing boards to build on these efforts
                and do more to improve license portability, removing
                barriers to military spouses remaining in the workforce
                following a change in duty station. Community leaders
                can also raise awareness about programs like Military
                OneSource, a one-stop resource for information,
                support, and referrals on every aspect of military
                life. And in neighborhoods nationwide, families can
                reach out, in word and deed, to spouses who are working
                to meet the unique challenges of military life.
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                Military spouses are among our country's unsung heroes
                and are at the heart of our Armed Forces. They embody
                strength and resilience, and represent the best of
                American patriotism, courage, character, and pride. As
                a Nation, we must ensure our military spouses receive
                the unparalleled and unwavering support they deserve.
                On this Military Spouse Day, Melania and I salute the
                extraordinary women and men who serve as military
                spouses and offer our prayers, respect, and gratitude
                on behalf of a grateful Nation.
                NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority
                vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the
                United States, do hereby proclaim May 10, 2019, as
                Military Spouse Day. I call upon the people of the
                United States to honor military spouses with
                appropriate ceremonies and activities.
                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
                ninth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand
                nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States
                of America the two hundred and forty-third.

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