Senator Richard Burr Introduces Resolution to Honor “Military Spouse Appreciation Day”

Senate passes resolution by unanimous consent

This Friday, May 8, 2009 has been designated as "Military Spouse Appreciation Day," after a resolution sponsored by Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) passed the Senate yesterday.

"Military spouses provide vital support to the men and women in the Armed Forces by making their service possible, and I am pleased the Senate joined in recognizing military spouses yesterday," Senator Burr said.

Passed by unanimous consent, Senators Burr and Feinstein's resolution establishes this Friday, May 8, 2009, as a day to honor the outstanding contributions spouses make to our country's military men and women, as well as to our nation as a whole. This resolution also encourages our nation to observe "Military Spouse Appreciation Day" to promote awareness of the contributions of military spouses and their extraordinary role in the lives of our Armed Forces and veterans.

In addition to yesterday's resolution, Senator Burr has introduced legislation, S.475, the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act, currently pending before the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, which would give military spouses who frequently move on federal orders the same rights to establish residency as their servicemember spouse.

"Our military, their spouses and their families are often called on to make frequent relocations, which can be very disruptive to their lives, and it is only fair that we give the same residency benefits to spouses as we do to servicemembers," Senator Burr added. "Yesterday's resolution and my legislation are just two small steps we can take to help those who make sacrifices everyday to support our men and women in uniform."