Military life is tough, not only for the service members, but on their families as well. Spouses must cope with the anxiety of long deployments and the fear of a dreaded knock on their door at any time.
Nonmilitary husbands and wives deployed with their service member must cope with all the struggles of running a normal household plus the challenges of moving frequently, adapting to a new location and often putting their own careers on hold, at least temporarily.
Custom challenge coins similar to those give to military members are a new means of honoring military spouses and parents. It’s a small token that can convey a lot of appreciation and gratitude.
The Basics of Military (Spouse) Life
Military life adds a whole new level of things to deal with for family members. Living on base, moving frequently, adhering to rules and regulations civilians don’t even know about. Then add the stress of loved ones being deployed for long periods, often to war zones. It’s not easy.
With frequent transfers to posts around the world, it's difficult for a military spouse to have a career. Frequent uprooting makes it impossible to stay with a single employer long enough to advance up the ranks. Work visas and other documents can be extraordinarily challenging at some foreign assignments. And entrepreneurship is exceptionally difficult, if not outright impossible to pursue.
Even if they don't face career challenges, the life of a military spouse often presents other unique challenges as well. Parents must often serve as both Mom and Dad for extended periods. Children must uproot their lives, move across the country – or around the world – every two to three years. And if both parents are deployed, the children must stay with other family members if parents are deployed to a danger zone. It can lead to an anxious, stressful existence.
The Challenge Coin Tradition
Custom challenge coins have long been a staple of military life. They’re a widely respected way to show membership in elite groups, and/or to reward outstanding performance.
The original challenge coins, depending on which legend one believes, date back to World War I, World War II or Vietnam. No matter when they began, challenge coins have been a treasured aspect of all six branches of the U.S. military for at least half a century. That’s what makes them ideal as a way to recognize the contributions that military spouses make to their partners’ service.
It's a cliché, but it’s true – little things do mean a lot. A military recognition event, held either on- or off-base, at which the coins are presented is an outstanding way to honor military spouses. Presentations from commanding officers help make the event memorable for spouses and service members alike. Such an event shows spouses and children that their sacrifices are recognized as well as that of the service member.
Challenge Coin Design
It’s not hard to design challenge coins for just about any purpose. A reputable coin provider will employ graphic artists who can help you craft the perfect coins that honor the dedication and sacrifice of military wives and husbands.
Unit insignia are popular for challenge coins, but you don’t have to have a finished design to order coins. If you just have an idea, the artists at any good company will work with you to design a great looking coin. They will help you determine the right coin size, shape, imprint style, color and options for your custom coins.
With modern production techniques, you’re not limited to a specific coin shape. Custom designs are available in just about any shape imaginable. Coin sizes are also up to you. No matter whether you want a simple design suitable for a small coin or an intricate one with lots of detail, your provider should be able to accommodate your needs.
If you want to reproduce an existing coin design or modify it, a good coin supplier can handle it. Of course, creating an entirely new design should be no problem at all.
You can select from a range of metal colors, including polished brass, copper, black nickel, gold, black or silver. Antiqued styles add a classic look. Choose whichever one suits your design best. If you’re not sure, don’t worry. Any reputable coin provider will be happy to help you select the perfect style for your design.
Add colors to your design for a bold, bright coin. A good supplier will include up to five colors in the price of your coins, with additional colors available for a slight extra fee.
Custom options add a personal touch to your coin designs. Cutouts and 3D designs add great visual distinction to your coins. Add texture with diamond-cut edges in wave, rope or cross-cut styles.
ChallengeCoins4Less.com – Your Dependable Coin Source
No matter what type of custom coins you choose to honor military spouses, you need a coin supplier you can depend on. Count on ChallengeCoins4Less.com for the finest in custom challenge coins.
We offer free artwork and design. You can be sure your design will look exactly the way you want it to before production begins. We offer free shipping to any contiguous U.S.A. address as well.
We are committed to providing only top quality coins to our customers. We hand-inspect each one before we ship it to you. We also back up what we promise with our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you discover a defect in materials or workmanship of any custom coin you purchase from us, let us know. We’ll replace it at no extra cost to you because we’re dedicated to your total satisfaction with your order.
We’re always happy to answer any questions you might have. If you’d like to discuss a military spouse coin design or any other coin, fill out our no-obligation Free Quote form, or give us a call today – it’s always toll-free, of course – at 855-272-8451. We share your commitment to honoring all who serve. We look forward to assisting with all your custom challenge coin needs.
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Rick Cundiff spent 15 years as a newspaper journalist before joining TJM Promos. He has been researching and writing about custom challenge coins and other promotional products for more than 10 years. He believes in the Oxford comma, eradicating the word "utilize," and Santa Claus.