The award, in its seventh year, recognizes military spouses of all ranks and branches who are making a difference in their families and communities.
“This is a chance to ensure the military spouses who not only support their service member, but who are actively supporting and working to better the military community as a whole, are recognized for their valiant efforts,” said Babette Maxwell, founder of Military Spouse magazine, in a news release.
“We ask that you take 10 minutes of your time to let us know about the spouse in your life who deserves the Military Spouse of the Year title.”
Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard spouses are eligible. On Jan. 21, online voters will narrow down the candidate pool to one spouse from each base, district (Coast Guard) and state (National Guard).
On Jan. 30, voters will narrow that pool down to one spouse of the year from each branch.
A final round of voting, to take place on March 4, will narrow branch winners down to an over-all winner, who will be announced at a May 9 ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Nominations can be made here.
Past winners include Jeremy Hilton, an Air Force Academy graduate, Air Force spouse and stay-at-home dad to a special needs child.
You can read The Gazette’s 2012 interview with Hilton here.