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2022 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® Branch Winners Announced

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 7, 2022) - The seven branches of our United States military each serve to protect our nation on land, air, and sea, both at home and abroad. Now in its 14th year honoring the unwavering dedication of our nation's more than 1.1 million military spouses, it is with great pleasure that after hundreds of nominations and thousands of national votes, the 2022 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® Branch winners have been selected:

Monica Basset, Army

Vincent Edward Toth, Marine Corps

Sergio Rodriguez, Navy

Heba Abdelaal, Air Force

Sarah Streyder, Space Force

Abbi McCracken, Coast Guard

Cindy Meilli, National Guard

This year's branch winners were recognized for their work to improve the lives of military families by volunteering and spearheading impactful programs to address topics surrounding mental health, diversity, inclusion and belonging, civic and foreign policy, food insecurity, and overall military benefits and resources.

"While all of our 2022 branch winners are amazing, this year's class is especially exciting. They continue to embody the diversity of our military, and fiercely advocate for what this award stands for and has been built upon," says Lori Simmons, vice president and chief marketing officer at Armed Forces Insurance. “As military spouses, these men and women serve in their own capacity, often without the physical support of their spouses due to training and deployments. During this sensitive time of unrest in our world, these voices are needed now more than ever. They are spurring change in the military community and beyond through their critical platforms. I am delighted to see what endeavors this class will choose to take on in the future, and how their voices will change the world."

A national vote will open on March 10 and close on March 11. Additionally, a guest panel will judge the seven finalists on five core criteria: overall involvement in the military community, exhibition of leadership skills, community building capability, communication skills, and overall personal story.

To learn more about the award program, the 2022 branch winners, or vote, visit

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