2018 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® Branch Winners Announced Finalists from Each Military Branch Receive National Recognition

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Following another round of record internet voting from across the globe and review by a guest panel, the 2018 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® award presented by Military Spouse Magazine is excited to announce the Branch Winners and finalists for the overall title of Military Spouse of the Year®.

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“The dedication, commitment and resolve that each 2018 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of Year® Branch winners show in the work they do in their communities, and in support of their military family, is inspiring," says Suzie Schwartz, President of Military Spouse Program.

Following another round of record internet voting from across the globe and review by a guest panel, the 2018 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® award presented by Military Spouse Magazine is excited to announce the Branch Winners and finalists for the overall title of Military Spouse of the Year®. Voting for the ultimate title will take place on March 2 at http://www.msoy.militaryspouse.com. For the first time, the overall winner will be announced at the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore (USO-Metro) Annual Awards Dinner in Washington D.C. on May 10.

The 2018 Branch Winners are:

  • Army: Krista Simpson Anderson, Fort Lewis (Tacoma, WA)

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  • Marine Corps: Jolynn Lee, Camp Lejeune (Jacksonville, NC)

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  • Navy: Brian Alvarado, Naval Base Point Loma (Point Loma, CA)

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  • Air Force: Kristen Christy, Peterson AFB (Colorado Springs, CO)

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  • Coast Guard: Stacy Bilodeau, District 14, Hawaii/Guam (Honolulu, HI)

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  • National Guard: Shelia Brookins, Kentucky National Guard (Frankfort, KY)

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“Each year, I am humbled at just how great the military spouse community is,” says Suzie Schwartz, President of Military Spouse Programs. “The dedication, commitment and resolve that each 2018 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of Year® Branch winners show in the work they do in their communities, and in support of their military family, is inspiring. Being a military spouse is not an easy task, but these individuals have demonstrated that adversity only fuels their desire to be better and do more for their community.”

The Military Spouse of the Year® program represents millions of past and present military spouses who dedicate their lives and families to service of a grateful nation and give back to communities in need. This year’s contest began with more than 700 nominations across all military branches, and nearly 87,000 votes have been cast thus far. The final day of voting will take place on March 2 at http://www.msoy.militaryspouse.com.

"Our nation's military spouses are 'the' most valuable unpaid individuals within the umbrella of the Department of Defense,” said Lori Simmons, Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Armed Forces Insurance. “Being a military spouse requires a special kind of strong, independent and dedicated individual. This incredibly supportive group directly bolsters military forces around the globe. Beyond the love they exude for their serviceman or woman, the military spouse may be confronted with the need to raise children as a single parent, manage the home front during lengthy deployments, repair a broken washing machine and/or represent the family at a PTA meeting. Armed Forces Insurance wishes to applaud the many contributions of ALL who competed. Our nation’s Armed Forces is unquestionably stronger because of your selfless support!”

About Military Spouse®:
Military Spouse® is the leading destination for the nation's 1.1 million military spouses, who contribute to their communities, the military and each other every day. A division of Victory Media, Military Spouse® provides online and print resources for military families on PCS, careers, education opportunities and family life. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Founded in 2001, Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, entrepreneurial and education opportunities through its G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse®, Vetrepreneur®, STEM JobsSM and Military Friendly® brands. Learn more at http://www.victorymedia.com.

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 its members have unique circumstances and insurance needs, enabling the company to offer a level of personalized service that's unequalled in the industry. For more information, visit the website at http://www.afi.org or call 1-800-495-8234, and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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