Whenever I see a Military Spouse Award event, I always hope that I will be nominated to compete. But often the award nomination period comes and goes without a nomination. And as a military spouse and veteran, I often feel like an outsider. Do I fit in the military spouse realm? I am a military spouse, but I am also a veteran. And when you look at the work I am doing it often falls on the veteran side instead of the military spouse arena. I focus on telling the stories of military women because I am uniquely qualified to do so. And since so many veterans are military spouses as well I get to share those experiences as well. But the lingering doubt was still there.
Do I do enough for the military spouse community?
Do I do enough to be recognized?
Taking a new approach
When I found out about the Northern Virginia Military Spouse Awards with Heroes at Home, I could have easily found myself pouting and wishing someone would nominate me. But I have changed my focus and want to nominate others in the community for the work they do. I decided to invest and encourage my community.
I nominated a friend who has done work to help the military spouses in the office my husband works for. She was surprised to be nominated and honored. In the end, she didn’t fill out the application to compete for the award, but I think the recognition from someone saying that they appreciated the work that she was doing really meant something.
A few days later, I was surprised that someone reached out to nominate me.
It was an honor to be nominated and encouraged me in the work that I am doing. But it was only the beginning of the experience.
I was able to attend the Heroes at Home Military Spouse Award Luncheon. I also was a part of the morning show, Great Day Washington, CBS to recognize the Heroes at Home Military Awards. And I also connected with military spouses in the local community. And when they announced the top 10 military spouse nominees for Northern Virginia my name was on the list. I am so proud to be recognized for the work I am doing for military spouses and veterans. I am so passionate about sharing the stories of military women. This event has given me more energy to keep pushing forward.
This event would not have been possible by all the great sponsors who support military spouses and their families. I am thankful for Heroes at Home working to work with the community to recognize military spouses. USAA for all the work they do to support military families.
Have you attended a Heroes at Home event?
The Central Virginia event is Thursday, May 16th.
The Central Florida event is Wednesday, May 29th