Finalists from Each Military Branch Receive National Recognition
PITTSBURGH (February 24, 2017)—Following another round of record internet voting from across the globe, the 2017 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® award presented by Military Spouse Magazine is excited to announce the Branch Winners and finalists for the overall title of Military Spouse of the Year®. Voting for the ultimate title will take place on March 2 at msoy.militaryspouse.com. The winner will be announced at a luncheon ceremony on May 12 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC in collaboration with National Military Spouse Appreciation Day.
Army: Cassaundra Martinez, Fort Belvoir
Marine Corps: Jessica Rudd, MCAGCC Twentynine Palms
Navy: Joy Goodrich, NS Newport
Air Force: Brittany Boccher, Little Rock AFB
Coast Guard: Mary Nelson, District 7
National Guard: Rhiannon Knutson, Minnesota
“At Military Spouse Magazine, we are honored to give a voice for these amazing spouses to share their commitment, dedication and sacrifice,” said Suzie Schwartz, President of Military Spouse Programs. “Each 2017 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of Year® Branch winner is striving to improve the lives of others in their communities. Their work, efforts and messages are truly inspiring and simply outstanding.”
The Military Spouse of the Year® program represents millions of past and present military spouses who dedicate their lives and families to service of a grateful nation and give back to communities in need. This year’s contest began with more than 1,000 nominations across all military branches, and nearly 70,000 votes have been cast so far. The final day of voting will take place on March 2 at www.msoy.militaryspouse.com.
“Our nation’s military spouses are ‘the’ most valuable unpaid individuals within the umbrella of the Department of Defense,” said Garry L. Parks, Lieutenant General, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), Chairman, Armed Forces Insurance. “Being a military spouse requires a special kind of strong, independent and dedicated individual. This incredibly supportive group directly bolsters military forces around the globe. Beyond the love they exude for their serviceman or woman, the military spouse may be confronted with the need to raise children as a single parent, manage the home front during lengthy deployments, repair a broken washing machine and/or represent the family at a PTA meeting. Armed Forces Insurance wishes to applaud the many contributions of ALL who competed. Our nation’s Armed Forces is unquestionably stronger because of your selfless support!”
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About Armed Forces Insurance:
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