Around Independence Day of 1943, my grandmother, Dorothy, was working as a real life “Rosie the Riveter.” Grandma Dorothy recalled this chapter of her life fondly. While proud of her contribution to our troops overseas, she took equal pride in her contribution to her family’s financial security. Work gave her a sense of identity and personal independence.
More than 80 years later, military spouses seek out employment for the same reasons. The camaraderie, challenge and dignity that comes from an honest day’s (really, career’s) work is integral to many of us in our personal “Pursuit of Happiness” (credit: one of those forefather types).
So however you choose to celebrate the 4th of July this year, remember the patriots who secured our independence, those who have fought to protect it, all the men and women in uniform that serve our country at home and abroad, and the spouses keeping it all glued together.