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Our view: Military spouses also serve our country

Families keep the home fires burning

Published on September 14, 2017 12:01AM


Today’s edition of Coast Weekend includes a story about a new book highlighting military spouses.

“Behind the Scenes: Tales of Military Spouses Making a Difference” includes a segment on Stacey Benson, a skilled photographer and graphic designer who moved to Astoria this summer.

Her husband, a former special forces soldier, is a law enforcement specialist who has just been assigned to the Coast Guard cutter Steadfast, which is homeported here.

Our culture has evolved to the point where people of all political stripes find common ground acknowledging the contribution of the outstanding men and women who serve in our Armed Forces.

But these brave people would not be able to serve their country with confidence without the support of their families who keep the home fires burning while they are away on their missions.

However, Benson and the others featured in the book aren’t content to just do that. They make a difference advocating for veterans, helping other spouses and serving in key capacities in their communities. Benson, for example, works for the Semper Fi Fund, a registered charity that aids injured veterans in their transition to civilian life.

Astoria takes great pride in being a Coast Guard city. Having dedicated, well-trained professionals to protect mariners on our perilous coast with daily acts of valor is something we all appreciate. And having the service here on the North Coast has enriched our community with leadership for decades.

But along with these men and women in uniform come their spouses and their families. Mindful of the positive example that Benson and others in the book offer us, we are delighted to offer all service spouses our grateful thanks.

They serve our country, too.



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