When your loved one is serving overseas, it is always difficult. However, when holidays roll around, the separation is even harder to deal with and especially when that holiday revolves around being a couple. Many spouses dread February 14 showing up on the calendar. Not only are they alone, they are also surrounded by other couples who are very obviously together and in love. It can be a tough pill to swallow.
Once again this year, Stars and Stripes publication is making it easy for military spouses to send out a Valentine’s Day message to their loved one who is serving. Now through January 25, 2011, you can visit their website to send a message to your loved one for Valentine’s Day. All messages that are received will be printed in their February 14th edition. It can be a sweet way to send a message of love to your military member and reach out across the miles.
In order to avoid embarrassment for your soldier – because let’s face it, they don’t like the mushy stuff as much as we do – keep your message clean and above board. Unless you know he will really enjoy it, don’t go over the top in sentimental and just keep the message something that he will be proud to show to his fellow comrades. Yes, they will probably still give him a hard time but not near as much as if you reveal the lovey-dovey name that you call him on a regular basis in private.
Messages are also featured on the website and pictures can be added as well to your message. Your message will be moderated before being published on the site or in the publication and must follow the publication’s guidelines as stated on the form. To participate, visit the Stars and Stripes website at http://messages.stripes.osd.mil/ by January 25th.