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Rucker recognizes military spouses

Rucker recognizes military spouses

Participants of a spin class at the Fortenberry-Colton Physical Fitness Center push themselves during one of many fitness classes offered at the gym. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)

Published: May 8, 2014

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (May 8, 2014) -- It’s no secret that Soldiers sacrifice much for the wellbeing of their country, but oftentimes there are others whose sacrifices are sometimes overlooked – military spouses.

That’s why the Fort Rucker Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation recognizes the sacrifices that military spouses make by providing specials that will be available to them all day May 9.

“DFMWR recognizes and appreciates the positive impact military spouses have on our Soldiers and the Army,” said Janice Erdlitz, DFMWR marketing director. “We’re excited about the opportunity to help celebrate this day with numerous activities and specials from our DFMWR programs.”

Spouses can take advantage of specials all across the installation, and they can start their day with a trip to The Coffee Zone located inside The Landing Zone.

The Coffee Zone will be offering half off the purchase of any specialty beverage, tea or coffee with a spouses military ID.

While at The Coffee Zone, military spouses can also take advantage of specials The Landing Zone is offering throughout the day. Military spouses need only show their military ID to enjoy half off of their entrée, and spouses of deployed Soldiers can present their Blue Star Card to receive the discounted meal.

If they’re not in the mood for food at The Landing, spouses can head over to Divots Restaurant and Grille at the Silver Wings Golf Course where they can also enjoy half off their entrée by showing their spouse’s ID or Blue Star Card.

Army Community Service will also hold a recognition event at The Commons from 10 a.m. to noon where military spouses can enjoy door prizes, sample massages, a cooking display by 5 Star Catering and more, said Erdlitz.

From there, spouses can catch the workout bug and get in shape for summer at the Fortenberry-Colton Physical Fitness Center where they will be able to enjoy all fitness classes free of charge for the day.

“Whether spouses want to take advantage of the many dining specials or join ACS for the (event) at The Commons, we’ve tried to create several opportunities for spouses to take advantage of on their special day,” said the marketing director. “We know that taking care of our spouses is just another way of taking care of our Soldiers.”

Food and fitness are just a couple ways that DFMWR shows its support, but spouses can take part in both at Rucker Lanes.

Rucker Lanes encourages spouses to “bring their better half” to enjoy a 2-for-1 Lunch n’ Bowl special. The offer includes two games of bowling, shoe rental, fountain drink and a selection of food from the bowling center’s many options.

“The strength of our Soldiers come from the strength of their Families,” said Erdlitz. “The quality of life of our military Families is a top priority, and ensuring that we recognize (the military spouses) contributions to the Army Family is so important and we’re proud to be a part of the day’s recognition.”

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