Who Will Be The Overall 2013 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year®?

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Meet the 2013 Military Spouse of the Year® National Branch Finalists and VOTE March 5th! The installation votes have been tallied and the judges have weighed in: the national candidates for the 2013 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® have been announced here: http://www.msoy.militaryspouse.com

Armed Forces Insurance 2013 Military Spouse of the Year Awards presented by Military Spouse magazine

“The military spouses who were honored as national candidates serve their country and sacrifice every day of their lives along with their service member,” said Babette Maxwell, Military Spouse magazine founder and executive editor.

The votes have been tallied and the judges have weighed in: the national candidates for the 2013 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® are:

  •     Army:

             Tara Crooks, Fort Sill, OK
             Pamela Larson, Fort Jackson, SC
             Pamela McBride, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA

  •     Air Force:

             Verenice Castillo, Maxwell AFB, AL
             Nicole Harrison Inabinet, US Air Force Academy, CO
             Susan Reynolds, Pope AFB, NC

  •     Marine Corps:

             Kristine Shellhaas, Camp Pendleton, CA
             Karen Guenther, MCB Quantico, VA
             Amber Robison,

  •     Navy:

             Alisha Youch, NSB Kings Bay, GA
             Kelly Lindquist, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek - Fort Story, VA
             Christina Landry, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI

  •     Coast Guard:

             Wendy Lachowitz, 5th Coast Guard District, Portsmouth, VA
             Shelley Kimball, 7th Coast Guard District, Miami FL
             Julie Jones, 17th Coast Guard District, Anchorage, AK

  •     National Guard:

             Alina Wilson, National Guard Colorado
             Alicia Hinds-Ward, National Guard Washington, DC
             Christine Vance, National Guard Virginia

The national candidates for this award, which is presented by Military Spouse magazine, were selected through a combination of an online vote open to all Americans and a judges’ panel.

“The military spouses who were honored as national candidates serve their country and sacrifice every day of their lives along with their service member,” said Babette Maxwell, Military Spouse magazine founder and executive editor. “This year the nominees and the votes were very close because the candidates and their platforms are so outstanding.”

These national candidates are vying for the title of the overall 2013 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year®. Voters can meet these individuals virtually at [http://www.msoy.militaryspouse.com and vote for their candidate on March 5, 2013. The national vote will be used to determine the 6 branch winners, who will be announced on Thursday, March 7th. The national winner will be selected from these 6 branch winners and announced on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at the sixth annual Military Spouse of the Year® Awards Ceremony, which will be held at Fort Myer Officer’s Club preceded by a reception at Quarters Seven, the Air Force Chief of Staff’s residence at Joint Base Myer-Henderson-Hall.

The Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® represents the millions of past and present military spouses who continue to thrive in a wartime environment, dedicate their lives and families to service of a grateful nation and give back to a community in need.

“As America’s warriors have honorably served our nation the past 10 years in deployment after deployment, military spouses have dutifully served here at home,” said Lieutenant General Garry L. Parks (U.S. Marine Corps, Ret.), Chairman of Armed Forces Insurance (AFI). “AFI is delighted to once again sponsor the Military Spouse of the Year® Award, which appropriately recognizes both their personal sacrifices and overall contributions to military families and units that span the world.”

About Military Spouse
Military Spouse magazine and http://www.militaryspouse.com, published by Victory Media, is the leading national magazine and online destination for the nation's 1.1 million military spouses. The company also publishes G.I. Jobs magazine (http://www.gijobs.com) and Vetrepreneur magazine (http://www.navoba.com), and has created the Buy Veteran movement (http://www.buyveteran.com) powered by NaVOBA.

About Armed Forces Insurance
AFI 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. AFI 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:
BP Media Relations, LLC
Barbara Pflughaupt – 212-707-8181 or Judee Cohen – 917-721-0663

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