Armed Forces Insurance & Hershey’s Support Veterans & Military Spouse Designer Show for Fashion Week

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B. Carroll Events LLC presents GY6, a fashion showcase of veteran and military spouse designers and brands. The debut virtual runway event will highlight military-affiliated creatives parallel to New York Fashion Week on Sunday, February 14, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. with an overarching message of love and unity.

B. Carroll Events LLC presents GY6, a fashion showcase of veteran and military spouse designers and brands. The debut virtual runway event will highlight military-affiliated creatives parallel to New York Fashion Week on Sunday, February 14, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. with an overarching message of love and unity.

GY6 is the precursor to Military Marriage Day, a national holiday founded by Bree Carroll, event creator/producer, and the 2021 Armed Forces Insurance Air Force Spouse of the Year®. World War I fighter pilots first used the phrase "I got your 6" (GY6). It speaks to how military members look out for each other and of loyalty, camaraderie, and ethos. The heart of GY6 is in the story of helping military couples develop a strong foundation that will see them through the unique challenges they will face.

MFAN statistics suggest that the top effects of military life on marriages, according to active-duty couples, were obstacles: stress and strain, specific difficulties, and weathering separations and absences.

"My hope is for GY6 to serve as one of many means for couples to gather and have fun and to help curb those marital issues as well as curate ideas on how to help our military marriages sustain," said Carroll. "With Valentine's Day being the universal day of love, this year, our focus is unity and to allow attendees to view love and experience a taste of military life through fashion. What better day than to demonstrate the power of love than by celebrating couples who are committing to love and being loved for a lifetime."

This partnered fashion event will live-stream collections from veteran and military spouse designers and brands and give a platform to under-recognized talent in the fashion industry. Participating fashion, apparel, and accessories brands include Charliemadison Originals, Damien Lee, Michelle Collins-Windle, Triple Nikel and talent support from Final Touch Models. There will be a special tribute by Operation, Deploy Your Dress, a national nonprofit whose mission is to collect new and gently used formal attire for military servicewomen and spouses at no cost to them. Hershey's will also share its appreciation and gratitude for our Armed Forces by giving away chocolate to select attendees. First Command Financial Services, Inc. is a co-sponsor of the event.

"As an event sponsor, we at AFI believe in a strong commitment to giving back to the military through a level of services unmatched in the industry, and we recognize the need to celebrate and support our military families, said Lori Simmons, chief marketing officer.

“First Command is proud to support the inaugural GY6 event as part of our ongoing participation in the AFI Military Spouse of the Year® Award,” said Kellie Richter, First Command’s chief marketing and client experience officer. “Since our founding more than 60 years ago, we have recognized the vital role that military spouses play in the pursuit of financial security for our Nation’s military families. They oversee household budgets and savings and deal with the challenges of finding and maintaining meaningful employment. Our support of GY6 reflects our commitment to the wives and husbands of service members.”

To learn more about GY6 and the featured designers, visit http://www.gy6show.com

About Military Marriage Day
Military Marriage Day was established in April of 2020 by Bree Carroll. Its mission is to celebrate the union of love through the marriages of active duty and retired service members. Strategically placed six months from Valentine’s Day, Military Marriage Day is recognized on August 14th with a virtual celebration through corporate and brand sponsorships. For more information, visit http://www.bcarrollevents.com/military-marriage-day

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 unequaled 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.

About Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year®
The Armed Forces Insurance (AFI) Military Spouse of the Year® Award was founded in 2008 by Chris Hale, CEO of veteran-owned Neptune Holdings, and after nine years as title sponsor, AFI assumed ownership in 2018. The award is presented at a base, branch, and overall level each year to military spouses, making a difference in their communities and providing a collective voice for spouses around the world. Through a national nomination and voting process, these nominees are judged on five core criteria: overall involvement in the military community, exhibition of leadership skills, community building capability, communication skills, and overall personal story. With more than one million military spouses worldwide, this award program aims to shine a spotlight on the force behind our armed forces. For more information, please visit http://msoy.afi.org

About First Command
First Command Financial Services and its subsidiaries, including First Command Brokerage Services, First Command Advisory Services and First Command Bank, coach our Nation’s military families in their pursuit of financial security. Since 1958, First Command Financial Advisors have been shaping positive financial behaviors through face-to-face coaching with hundreds of thousands of client families.

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