Nominations Open for National Fatherhood Initiative’s 2012 Military Fatherhood Award™

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Award Celebrates Sacrifices of Military Fathers and their Families

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Family, friends, and colleagues of America’s military dads are called upon to nominate a father who has gone above and beyond in his service to our nation and his dedication to his family.

National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) has begun taking nominations for its 2012 Military Fatherhood Award™.

Family, friends, and colleagues of America’s military dads are called upon to nominate a father who has gone above and beyond in his service to our nation and his dedication to his family.

Nominations will be accepted at from January 23 until midnight on February 5, or until 600 nominations have been received, whichever occurs first. Nominees can be active duty, reserves, or National Guard (no self-nominations will be accepted).

The staff of NFI will evaluate the nominees based on the following criteria as outlined in the nomination form located at

  •     The nominee's ongoing commitment and dedication to his child(ren)
  •     The nominee's extraordinary effort to father from a distance during military separation.
  •     The nominee's efforts to successfully balance military life and family life.
  •     The nominee's efforts to mentor/strengthen other military fathers and/or military children who are separated from their fathers.
  •     Unique elements to the nominee's story

Nominations will be narrowed down to three finalists, who will be asked to submit home videos showing why their nominee is the best choice for the award. The finalists’ videos will be posted on NFI’s Facebook page, where the public will vote for the winner. Voting will be open from mid-April to mid-May.

Once the winner is selected, a special presentation will be held at or near his base, where he will be recognized by NFI in front of his colleagues, family, and members of the community for his service to the country and to his family.

NFI has presented the Fatherhood Award™ since 1997, and has presented the special Military Fatherhood Award™ since 2007. The Military Fatherhood Award™ enables NFI to draw national attention to the challenges military families endure and show them that their willingness to sacrifice the safety and stability of civilian life to defend our freedoms has not gone unnoticed.

Approximately 590,000 active-duty service members and nearly 300,000 U.S. reservists are dads; 1.8 million military children are affected by the unique stresses of military life. These children experience many of the same outcomes as children who live in father absent homes. The potential outcomes include increased depression, heightened behavior and social problems, and lower academic achievement.

For these reasons NFI has become the #1 supplier of fatherhood-specific skill-building resources to America’s armed services. The resources are designed to help military dads prepare for deployment, stay connected to their families during deployment, and successfully reintegrate with their families when they return home.

The lead sponsor of the 2012 Military Fatherhood Award™ is Capital One. For more details on the 2012 Military Fatherhood Award™, including sponsorship opportunities, the nomination form, the terms and conditions, FAQs, and information on past awardees, visit

As the premier fatherhood renewal organization in the country, National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) works in every sector and at every level of society to engage fathers in the lives of their children. NFI is the #1 provider of fatherhood resources in the nation. Since 2004, through FatherSOURCE™, its national resource center, NFI has distributed over 5.9 million resources, and has trained over 11,700 practitioners from over 5,400 organizations on how to deliver programming to dads. NFI is the most quoted authority on fatherhood in America; since 2009, NFI has been mentioned in over 1,400 news stories, and makes regular appearances in national media to discuss the importance of involved, responsible, and committed fatherhood. Learn more at


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Vincent Dicaro
National Fatherhood Initiative
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