National Military Spouse Appreciation Day

National Military Spouse Appreciation Day

By Mary E. Hart

Today, May 6, is National Military Spouse Appreciation Day. It’s the day when military spouses are commended for the sacrifices they’ve made for their families, along with the love and support they provide before, throughout, and after their spouse’s service to our country. President Ronald Reagan started the idea back in 1994, and then the Friday before Mother’s Day was officially deemed “Military Spouse Appreciation Day” by Congress and the Department of Defense in 1999.

No one knows the life of a military spouse better than other military spouses, and on this day, we want to recognize one of them who works as an advocate for military families: Erica Zeiger, who is the Director of Operations for the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund and is herself a military spouse. Her husband was an active duty airman, who retired in 2010 but continues to work at Hanscom Air Force Base. 

Michael Sanders, Director of Marketing here at the National Telecommunications Institute (NTI) had a chance to speak with Erica and find out more about the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund (MSLF). The recording of their conversation is included here. 

Take a listen to Michael and Erica’s conversation to learn about the history of the MSLF and the support they’ve given to children of Massachusetts residents who passed away in service in Iraq. The work performed by MSLF is truly heart-warming knowing that the educational grants they provide to these children are in honor of their parents’ service to our country. The organization also hosts events, including an annual Fun Day at Kimball’s Farm, to bring Gold Star families together to support each other and have fun. Click the image below to see the most recent event!

If you’d like to contribute to the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund after listening to this conversation or reading this blog, you can reach out to Erica at or go to the website

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Mary E. Hart is the Digital Communications Specialist for NTI. She is also a freelance writer, editor and content strategist, specializing in writing copy that will get stuck in your head like an earworm, prompting you to take action. Previously, she worked in Demand Generation marketing for UBM Tech and Ziff Davis Enterprise. In her spare time, Mary is working on the next great novel.

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