President Barack Obama has proclaimed Friday Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

As long as there have been courageous men and women willing to protect our Union and our ideals, there have been extraordinary spouses at their side -- patriots in their own right who serve and sacrifice in ways many cannot fathom, said Obama in a press release. America's military spouses are at the core of our Armed Forces, and on Military Spouse Appreciation Day, we celebrate their contributions to keeping our country safe.

Obama said he is working to improve childcare, education and mortgage assistance for military families, as well as to improve private sector hiring for military veterans and spouses.

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