PITTSBURGH, PA – Military Spouse magazine opened nominations for the 2014 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® (MSOY) awards today. Now in its seventh year, the award honors military spouses from all branches of service and all ranks. All Americans are urged to submit their nominations from January 6 – 17, 2014 for the deserving military spouses in their lives at http://msoy.militaryspouse.com.
The award recognizes the force behind our nation’s service members: Military Spouses. Military Spouses make a difference every day and in a million different ways, often serving as single parents and heads of households when spouses are deployed to advocating for their communities, volunteering their time and talents to charitable causes and leading change. In every way these men and women are making important contributions to America and its protection and defense.
“This is a chance to ensure the military spouses who not only support their service member, but who are actively supporting and working to better the military community as a whole, are recognized for their valiant efforts,” said Babette Maxwell, Founder of Military Spouse. “We ask that you take 10 minutes of your time to let us know about the spouse in your life who deserves the Military Spouse of the Year title.”
Past branch or overall MSOY winners have included a Navy veteran stay-at-home dad who advocates tirelessly on behalf of military families with special needs; a mother of three who began a program that works to streamline the obstacles for higher education for military spouses; a National Guard spouse who has helped change the perception of first responders and effects change at a grassroots level; and a Marine wife who started the Semper Fi Fund with $500 and raised more than $100 million to date to help wounded services members and their families in need, just to name a few.
Nominations will be collected starting January 6, 2014 on behalf of all six branches of the United States military: Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy, Marine Corps and National Guard. They will then be organized at the base, district (Coast Guard), and state (National Guard) level.
1. Candidates will be narrowed down by vote to one Winning Spouse of the Year from each base, district, and state on January 21, 2014. Americans will then be invited back to cast their vote in two additional rounds of voting for Branch and overall 2014 Armed Forces Insurance MSOY: http://msoy.militaryspouse.com/timeline.
2. Those 200+ base level representatives will be voted on January 30, 2014 to decide each service’s Branch Spouse of the Year. The six branch winners will be announced on February 20, 2014.
3. The third and final voting round on March 4, 2014, results in the awarding of the 2014 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® during a live V.I.P. event hosted in Washington D.C. on May 9, 2014.
“We applaud every military spouse, the unsung heroes who maintain the home-front during lengthy deployments, selflessly give back to their communities through volunteer work, and provide moral support for their loved ones serving both at home and in harm’s way. On behalf of Armed Forces Insurance, we salute each of you!” said Garry L. Parks, Lieutenant General, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret), Chairman of Armed Forces Insurance.
To learn more about the Military Spouse of the Year® program, including nominee eligibility, rules and regulations, and program alumni, visit http://msoy.militaryspouse.com.
About Military Spouse:
Military Spouse magazine and http://militaryspouse.com, published by Victory Media, is the leading national magazine and online destination for the nation’s 1.1 million military spouses. You can follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/militaryspousemagazine and on Twitter at @MilpouseMag. The company also publishes G.I. Jobs® magazine (GIJobs.com) and Vetrepreneur® magazine (NaVOBA.com), and has created the Buy Veteran movement (BuyVeteran.com) powered by NaVOBA.
About Armed Forces Insurance:
Armed Forces Insurance was founded in 1887 by military leaders with a single mission: to protect the property of those who protect our nation. The company provides premium quality, competitively-priced property and casualty insurance to military professionals throughout the United States and overseas. Armed Forces Insurance understands that military members have unique circumstances and insurance needs, enabling the company to offer a level of personalized service that’s unequaled in the industry. For more information, visit the website at http://www.afi.org or call 1-800-495-8234.
For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:
Barbara Pflughaupt, BP Media Relations, LLC , at 212-707-8181.