Military Spouse Appreciation Day

America’s military spouses are the backbone of the families who support our troops during mission, deployment, reintegration and reset.  They are the silent heroes who are essential to the strength of the nation and they serve our country just like their loved ones.

Please join us next Tuesday, May 16th, during our weekly coffee from 9:30-10:00 in the cafeteria seating nearest to Madison West, as we honor and celebrate the contributions of military spouses working at the USPTO.  Kim Bilas, a military spouse of over 26 years will be our guest speaker.

President Ronald Reagan recognized the profound importance of spouse commitment to the readiness and well-being of military members and declared May 23, 1984 the first Military Spouse Day with Proclamation 5184, dated April 17, 1984. Caspar Weinberger later standardized the date by declaring the Friday preceding Mother’s Day as Military Spouse Day.

The USPTO Military Association (UMA) is a USPTO affinity group and 501(c)(3) non-profit charity whose mission is to provide fellowship, mentorship, and support for military Veterans working at the USPTO, and to help educate others on the important contributions that Veterans have made—and continue to make—to the workforce and our nation. Membership is open to anyone – no prior military service required.