AFI Donates Prize for "Military Spouse of the Year" National Competition

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Chelle Brewer is the recipient of Military Spouse magazine's 2008 Military Spouse of the Year Award.

It's an honor to recognize the heroic efforts of Chelle and the other military spouses she represents.

Being a military spouse is a tough job--but according to 28-year-old Chelle Brewer, recipient of Military Spouse magazine's 2008 Military Spouse of the Year Award sponsored by TriWest, "Every day, we have the opportunity to give back more than we have taken." Armed Forces Insurance (AFI) recently celebrated Brewer's philanthropic spirit with the donation of a $3,000 BP/Amoco gas gift card to the Brewer family as part of the national award.

"Chelle Brewer's extensive volunteer work truly changes the lives of many people. She embodies the spirit of service that is the hallmark of military families," said Colonel (US Army, Retired) Tom Dials, president, AFI. "It's an honor to recognize the heroic efforts of Chelle and the other military spouses she represents."

Selection criteria for the Military Spouse of the Year award are based on reader responses to essays written by nominees. Particular attention is paid to each nominee's altruism in the military spouse community. Considerations in selecting the winner included impact on community change; volunteerism; personal sacrifice; education and career pursuits; and other spouse-related efforts. The AFI award was presented to Brewer by Lori Simmons, AFI's marketing director at a special event in honor of the competition on May 6 in Washington, D.C.

Brewer and her active-duty husband, Steve Brewer, live in Ft. Bragg, N.C., and have two children--son Cavan, 6, and daughter Lorelei, 2. Lorelei was born missing more than half of her heart, and survived risky open-heart surgery shortly after her birth. Because of her experiences with Lorelei, Brewer has dedicated her life to helping special needs children.

Brewer's charity activities are extensive. She organized government support for children with severe health conditions during Hurricane Katrina, which resulted in special recognition from President George W. Bush and led to full-time employment as Leadership and Individual Giving Manager of United Way of the Capital Region. She works with military families with special needs children to help them get the medical care, coverage and support they need, as well as helping families with children gain access to medical care all over the United States, Puerto Rico, Romania, Iraq and other parts of the world. Her commitment to military troops led to the creation of the Soldier's List Organization, which she founded in 2002 to raise funds for children's programs worldwide and send care packages to deployed soldiers. Brewer was again recognized by President Bush for her efforts with Soldier's List Organization. Brewer also volunteers with her family as an Ambassador Family for the March of Dimes WalkAmerica Program, and she and her daughter act as spokespeople for the American Heart Association.

With in-depth experience serving military families and a special focus on providing protection and service anytime, anywhere, AFI knows what it takes to serve military families across the nation, according to Dials.

"Like Chelle, we realize that military families are special. We're dedicated to serving their unique insurance needs," Dials said.

For more than 120 years, Armed Forces Insurance (AFI) has been providing premium quality, competitively-priced property and casualty insurance for military professionals throughout the United States and overseas. Headquartered in Leavenworth, Kansas, AFI creates a rewarding customer service experience while providing members with peace of mind and protection from fortuitous loss. For more information, visit our Web site at http://www.afi.org or call 1-800-495-8234.

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