Some say the hardest job in the military belongs to the military spouse. Our military spouses are unsung heroes who maintain the home-front during lengthy deployments, selflessly give back to their communities though volunteer work, and provide moral support for their loved ones serving both at home and in harms way. At the same time, many hold down full time jobs and raise families. While the service member is rewarded for superior job performance with medals, promotions and ceremonies, the military spouse generally only receives a kiss and a “thank you” from their significant other.
That changed in 2005 when The Flagship Military Newspaper launched Heroes at Home: The Military Spouse Awards.™ In 2009 we will celebrate the 5th anniversary of this landmark event. The Hampton Roads community will come together to recognize spouses of service members from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Navy and Marine Corps. The Military Spouse Awards give the military and civilian communities an opportunity to say “thank you” and to recognize our military spouses for the challenges they overcome every day. This event is the only one of its kind that honors military spouses from all branches of the Armed Services. It is a very highly regarded event that has even captured the attention of the White House. Our 2007 and 2008 finalists were all invited to a reception at the White House honoring military spouses and our 2007 Spouse of the Year, Linda Port, went on the receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
The 2009 Military Spouse of the Year will be chosen from nominees across all branches of the military throughout Hampton Roads. Nomination forms will be available online beginning February 12, 2009 and will be accepted through March 23, 2009.
A judging panel consisting of members of the Hampton Roads business community as well as the Armed Services will review the nominations and select 10 finalists, one of whom will be named the 2009 Military Spouse of the Year. ALL NOMINEES will be honored at luncheon and formal awards ceremony on May 7, 2009. The finalists and SPOUSE OF THE YEAR will be announced at this luncheon.
For more information please contact Adair Wells, event coordinator, at 757-222-5375.