Military Special Needs Network

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May 3, 2012: Honoring Lynn Bartels – Military Spouse of the Day!

Lynn Bartels, an Army spouse, has been married to her soldier for eleven years and is currently stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, WA. Her favorite part of being a military spouse is all of the wonderful people she has met through the years. She feels that she is a stronger and better person for these experiences.

If she could go back and give herself one piece of advice before becoming a Military spouse, she would say, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” President Abraham Lincoln once said, “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years that do.”

Lynn has become an advocate for special because of her precious son. He has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, or DMD, which is a progressive muscle disorder. In its nature, DMD can leave a family feeling hopeless and devastated. But Lynn turned her tragedy into success and has been able to use her voice to raise awareness. “As parents and family members, our voices are the most powerful tools in advocacy,” Lynn says. She is her son’s voice and advocates for him daily.

The Military Special Needs Network honors and salutes Lynn Bartels as the Military Spouse of the Day! We thank you for being such a wonderful military spouse and an amazing advocate for special needs!

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