In 1969, our Association was founded by a handful of military spouses who wanted to make sure their widowed friends were taken care of. Gathered around a kitchen table, these amazing Volunteers were the trailblazers of their time, and continue to be the foundation on which our Association stands.
Even today, our Association relies on Volunteers and the commitments they make to support the military families in their own communities. We appreciate the work our Volunteers do on behalf of our Association’s mission, and as a result, each year, we recognize and award some of our outstanding Volunteers.
This year, our award winners are:
David Fee, Treasurer, Board of Governors is the recipient of the Margaret Vinson Hallgren Award. David’s background in financial management and superior performance has given our Board of Governors great confidence in the financial stability of our Association. His experience as a Chief Operating Officer served us well, as he has Co-Chaired the Governance Committee in the formidable task of revising Association policy documents. He contributed significantly in the search to finding a new home office for our Association.
Amy Chaffin, Fort Carson, Colorado is the recipient of the Novella Gibson Whitehead Award. Amy raises awareness of numerous issues, such as the Army’s change in background checks, requiring those volunteering to work with children to agree to have their medical and dental records reviewed. She attends and reports on the Kansas Public Engagement “Living in the New Normal” on our Association’s behalf. Amy advocates for military families to be familiar with the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children to ensure their children’s schools are following the intent of the agreement.
Laura Yates, Fort Campbell, Kentucky is the recipient of the Volunteer Corps Service Award. Laura is actively engaged in the Fort Campbell community through her network with the Fort Campbell Enlisted Spouses Club, where she works to promote our Association’s programs and services. She works with our Government Relations team on key local issues important to families. Laura is a dedicated member of our Association’s Fort Campbell Volunteer Team and has displays leadership skills within the team and in her community.
These are just a few of our outstanding Volunteers who have made an impact on our Association. Looking to join our Volunteer Corps? Apply here and get involved now!