Voting for National Fatherhood Initiative’s 2013 Military Fatherhood Award™ Opens on Facebook

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Four Finalists are Exemplary Military Dads Selected from Hundreds of Nominations from all Five Branches of the U.S. Military

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National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) has selected the four finalists for the 2013 Military Fatherhood Award™, and now it is up to the public to choose the awardee on NFI’s Facebook page.

NFI received hundreds of nominations from the wives, children, friends, and colleagues of our nation’s military dads, and has narrowed them down to the following exemplary fathers:

  • Maj. Kevin Billups, U.S. Air Force – Leaving for his eighth deployment in a few weeks, Maj. Billups is not only an involved father to his three children, but he also teaches other new military dads how to prepare for fatherhood and care for their little ones.
  • Ssgt Charlie Linville, U.S. Marine Corps - A combat veteran and Wounded Warrior, Ssgt Linville attended his daughter's first karate competition the day after having his leg amputated.
  • CPO Patrick Mondragon, U.S. Navy - CPO Mondragon was a solo parent during his wife’s life-threatening health complication. During that time, he cared for his wife and his kids while continuing to fulfill his military duties.
  • Ssgt Jorge Roman, U.S. Army - A first-generation American, Ssgt Roman is fulfilling the American dream for his children and has continued to parent his daughters during multiple overseas deployments.

The public will now choose the recipient of the award by visiting National Fatherhood Initiative’s Facebook page and casting their votes for their favorite finalist. Voters will view home videos from each finalist’s family about why they think their dad should receive the award. Voting opens today and closes at midnight on Sunday, May 12. Shortly thereafter, NFI will announce the recipient, then head to his base in June for the award presentation.

Each year, the Military Fatherhood Award™ is given to a military dad who displays an ongoing commitment and dedication to his children, makes extraordinary efforts to father from a distance when deployed, successfully balances military and family life, and makes an effort to mentor other military fathers and/or military children who are separated from their fathers.

Several past Military Fatherhood Award™ recipients have been officially recognized by the White House. The 2012 awardee, 1st Lieutenant William Edwards of the U.S. Army, had lunch with President Obama and received his award at a “Champions of Change” event at the White House on June 13, 2012.

The sponsors of the 2013 Military Fatherhood Award are Huggies®, Nissan USA, Acumen Solutions, Inc, Sandy Cove Ministries, and Boy Scouts of America.

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 6.3 million resources, and has trained over 12,900 practitioners 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 2,400 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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