Military Special Needs Network

Proudly Supporting all Military Families with a Special Needs Dependent

May 5 2012: Honoring Mia Beattie – Military Spouse of the Day!

Mia is a Navy wife stationed in Bremerton, Washington. After serving on active duty for 11 years, Mia thought her service to the Navy was over, but she had no idea she would be embarking on the hardest job ever: being a military spouse. Her husband had always supported and made sacrifices for her career, and now, it was Mia’s turn to return the favor. She says “It is a hard, thankless, often unseen job, but also the most gratifying because not only do I get to serve my country but I get to do so without having to leave my kids. I have learned the true meaning of multitasking and doing it all and being it all and it has given me a strength and confidence in myself I don’t think I would of found if not for the experience of being a military spouse.”

Mia’s advice to new spouses would have to be not to lose sight of YOU. It can be easy to be defined by your soldier’s job or rank, especially when your livelihood seems dependent on knowing his social security number by memory, but, Mia wants all military spouses to remember to be independent and strong. It’s important to have your own job and identity to be successful.

Mia advocates for those with special needs because she believes it is our honor and responsibility as humans to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. As a mother of two beautiful boys with special needs, one of her greatest roles is being their advocate.

The Military Special Needs Network honors and salutes Mia Beattie 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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