South Bend woman surprised for National Military Spouse Appreciation Day

South Bend woman surprised for National Military Spouse Appreciation Day. //WSBT 22 Photo

There's Veteran's Day and Memorial Day when we recognize the men and women who have served our country.

Friday, however, is National Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

A South Bend woman got quite a surprise. Brittnay Sears and her husband Patrick moved to South Bend this past Fall.

They moved so Patrick could work here as a U.S. Army active recruiter. He enlisted in 2009 and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2013.

But Friday was about his wife.

"I thought it was for Patrick. I thought you know maybe they had something for him like I hope you're doing well, but this was not what I expected at all,” Brittnay said.

"My job is easy. My life is easy. I just go to work every day, and the military makes it even easier cause they tell you what to do every day at work,” Patrick said. "She's got to answer all the questions for the kids and be there for them when I'm not."

Patrick was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. The family is thankful that their new community here in South Bend is supporting them.

"It's ok to accept help from other people. I'm very guarded. I just like to do my own thing, and I don't really ask for help. But the fact that people just did it anyways, I'm so thankful,” Brittnay said.

"It's people that they don't have to do anything, but they choose to. Just shows that they're good people who care about the community. We're really honored to be the recipient of it,” Patrick said.

The care package received by the family included lawn service care, gift certificates to restaurants, a summer pass to the Potawatami Zoo, and other things to help make life a little easier.

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