Being nominated and picked as the 2011 Army MSOY by Military Spouse Magazine is such an honor. As your Branch Winner Army Spouse of the Year, I want to help focus on issues that are affecting our military families, such as education and deployments (especially focusing on PTSD and how that affects military spouses). I want the spouses to know that even though you may feel alone, and you don’t want to talk about your problems, nine times out of ten, we are all going through it or have gone through the same situation. I also want to focus on Spouse employment and education. I feel that if I can help someone I will make a difference in their life. I really enjoy politics, especially dealing with military family policy. In 2008 to August 2010 I was a Family Readiness Support Assistant for 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion. Working as a FRSA was more than a job, it was passion for me; I really felt like I helped the spouses and families when the unit deployed.
It is an honor to represent the Army spouses around the world. There are so many spouses in all the Army who dedicate their time and lives to helping other spouses through deployments, grief and volunteering that it is an honor to be able to represent such a distinguished group of people. I would like to show people that military spouses (men and women) are a tough group of people; we are resilient and can handle just about anything thrown at us. Even though sometimes life can be difficult, we can adapt and overcome with the situation.
I am looking forward to a great year representing the Army Spouses!