We celebrate and recognize the men and women who serve our country on days such as Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day.
However, on Friday we celebrated National Military Spouse Appreciation Day.
A South Bend, Indiana woman received an unexpected surprise that brought her to tears. Brittnay Sears and her husband Patrick uprooted their lives and moved to the northern Indiana city last fall so that he can work as a U.S. Army active recruiter. Patrick enlisted in the Army in 2009 and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2013.
Sears is use to her husband receiving recognition, but was not expecting praise of her own on Friday.
"I thought it was for Patrick. I thought you know maybe they had something for him like I hope you're doing well, but this was not what I expected at all,” she said.
In honor of National Military Spouse Appreciation Day, Sears received a care package, which included lawn service care, gift certificates to restaurants, a summer pass to the Potawatami Zoo, and other things to help make life a little easier.
Sears was overwhelmed by the gifts and support. "It's ok to accept help from other people. I'm very guarded. I just like to do my own thing, and I don't really ask for help. But the fact that people just did it anyways, I'm so thankful,” she said.
"My job is easy. My life is easy. I just go to work every day, and the military makes it even easier cause they tell you what to do every day at work,” Patrick said. "She's got to answer all the questions for the kids and be there for them when I'm not."
Recently, Patrick was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer and the family has been thankful for their new community’s support during this difficult time.