Military Special Needs Network

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May 17, 2012: Honoring Denise Bonalewicz – Military Spouse of the Day!

Denise is a Marine Corps wife stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. She and her husband have been married for over four years.

Denise’s favorite part about being a military spouse is being able to have the opportunity to live in so many interesting places that, otherwise, she would never have the chance to go. S…he also is thankful to have met so many amazing people. Denise is proud to say she has a best friend in almost every corner of the globe!

“My piece of advice that I would give myself if I could go back would be to have plenty of patience and understanding. The military will be a huge part of your life. There will be long work days, training exercises, deployments, along with the everyday struggles. At times it will seem ridiculous or even unbearable, but it’s all worth it to know that you are supporting and standing beside the love of your life in something that he enjoys and is called to do,” Denise says.

Denise is an amazing mother and advocate for her son. She has been at his bedside for every emergency and surgery. She is there through the physical therapy, the testing, the poking and the prodding. She wanted to make sure that he knew he wasn’t alone. Denise is also a very supportive advocate for others going through similar struggles, to give advice or be a shoulder to lean on. “I want to make sure they know they’re not alone either because I know what it’s like to be surrounded by people who want to help but have no clue what you’re going through. I felt so isolated in those early days and I never want anyone to feel that way when they’re around me.”

The Military Special Needs Network honors and salutes Denise Bonalewicz 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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