Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012

Nominations for military spouse of the year open

Armed Forces Insurance 2013 Military Spouse of the Year

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PITTSBURGH — -- Military Spouse magazine opened nominations for the 2013 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® award. Now in its sixth year, the award honors military spouses from all branches of service and all ranks.

The award recognizes the force behind the nation’s service members: military spouses. Military spouses make a difference every day and in a million different ways. From supporting the home front and service members to advocating for military families and leading change, these men and women are making important contributions. Military Spouse magazine will introduce an expansion to the installation level for this year’s award.

Nominations will be collected and aggregated at the base (Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy), district (Coast Guard), and state level (National Guard). For the first time, an installation level winner will be recognized at each military installation that submits nominations.

“Military spouses have given so much. I am constantly impressed by the contributions of these amazing men and women,” said Kate Meeuf, brand director for Military Spouse magazine. “We want to ensure they receive the recognition they deserve, which is why we added the installation level to this year’s award.”

“Armed Forces Insurance is proud to sponsor the MSOY award and the recognition that is given to military spouses through this competition,” said retired Lt. Gen. Garry L. Parks, chairman, AFI. “Military spouses have been carrying an especially heavy burden during these last eleven years of war and deserve every recognition for their contributions on the home front.”

A nominee must be the spouse of a current member of the U.S. armed forces. Criteria used for selecting the recipient include contributions to community change, volunteer efforts, personal sacrifice, professional pursuits and specific efforts to support the military community. If nominated, military spouses can also submit an issue that is impacting the military community and a recommendation for how they would like to influence change in this area.

Nominations can be submitted at through Jan. 4. The installation, state, and district winners will be selected via an online vote on Jan. 22. Six branch level winners will be selected from the installation level winners in a subsequent online vote on Feb. 5. These six finalists will be considered for the 2013 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® award. The winner will be announced May 9 at the awards luncheon in Washington, D.C.

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