About the Military Spouse of the Year program

The Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® award recognizes military spouses’ important contributions and unwavering commitment to the military community and our country. The award gives recognition to military spouses from all branches of service. More than a million men and women maintain the home front while our service members defend this great nation.

The program receives nominations from the military community and all Americans. There are four phases of voting, culminating in the announcement of the Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® in Washington, D.C. in early May. The event attracts Congressional members, senior military, Department of Defense leadership, and military spouses from all over the world. All Americans are encouraged to nominate their friends, neighbors, or colleagues for this prestigious award.

What does it mean to be a SOY?

We believe that being an MSOY is an honor that recognizes outstanding achievement for and in the military community. MSOYs represent all of our military spouses as well as Armed Forces Insurance. As an MSOY, Armed Forces Insurance looks for opportunities to help you amplify your platform, grow your reach, engage with more military spouses and tell your story.

Mission

The Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® Program exists to recognize military spouses for their outstanding contributions to the military community and the world.

Values

The Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® Program fosters a sense of community through acts of service and inclusion. We are stronger together.

Goals

The Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® Program aims to recognize deserving military spouses for their unwavering dedication to their service member, the betterment of the military community as a whole and our nation.

History of the AFI MSOY Program

2019 Armed Forces Insurance transitions from long-time title sponsor to program owner and introduces the AFI MSOY Marily Considine Pursue Scholarship.

2018 Partnered with the USO-Metro Annual Gala for the 2018 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® awards.

2015 Taya Kyle spoke at the 2015 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® awards luncheon, where she was awarded the Gabby Giffords Award for Bravery and Courage.

2014 First overseas AFI MSOY was selected, who was stationed in Okinawa, Japan (2014 AFI MSOY Lakesha Cole).

2013 Added an installation level to the award, ensuring that each and every base, district (Coast Guard), and state (National Guard) has a representative.

2009 Added a Spouse of the Year (SOY) for each branch of service.

2008 Pioneered the concept of empowering the community by enabling military spouses to recognize leaders within their ranks. It was also the inaugural year for the award luncheon.

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