The unsung heroes in today’s military are often the spouses who remain at home. No question that our men and women who serve on the frontlines are heroes; simply because they have chosen to serve our country in a way that most have not. But the spouses, they too deserve much recognition for the sacrifices they make on a daily basis – it isn’t easy – and so now it’s our turn to recognize them.
Military Spouse magazine has announced the five military service branch winners for its 2011 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year award.
Last year’s winner appeared on numerous national and local media outlets, representing the millions of military spouses the magazine serves throughout the year. This year’s winner can expect the same.
The branch winners for 2011 are:
Marine Corps — Bianca Strzalkowski (Faquay Varina, NC)
Coast Guard — Laura Vanderwerf (Novato, CA)
Air Force — Megan Glynn (Jacksonville, AR)
Army — Crystal Cavalier (Cameron, NC)
Navy — Robert Duncan (Fallon, NV)
The four women and one man were selected through an online vote held during the last three months. This is the first year that a male military spouse is in the running.
“Our five branch winners are all amazing people and all very worthy of being Military Spouse of the Year,” said Babette Maxwell, Military Spouse magazine founder and executive editor. “I urge everyone to get to know them and VOTE!”
Show your support and pass the word. Final voting began through the Military Spouse website on Jan. 28 and will continue through March 2.
Michael Schindler, Navy veteran, and president of Edmonds-based Operation Military Family, is a guest writer for several national publications, author of the book “Operation Military Family” and “The Military Wire” blog. He is also a popular keynote and workshop speaker who reaches thousands of service members and their families every year through workshops and seminars that include “How to Battle-Ready Your Relationship” or “What Your Mother-in-Law Didn’t Tell You.” He received the 2010 Outstanding Patriotic Service Award from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.