Holly Vega, the spouse of Marine Corps Lt. Col. Javier Vega for 18 years, was named the 2019 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year during a ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia.
Vega was chosen for the honor from a pool of candidates, one each from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and National Guard.
The Vega family, including the couple’s three children, is stationed at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.
“Holly’s volunteerism, generosity, and passion to serve military families in her community has earned her this award,” said Catherine Thomas, spouse of Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Gary Thomas.
“Holly is passionate about consistency in education for military children, which is why she supports and volunteers for the ‘Purple Up’ kids’ program. She not only volunteers in her community, but she also works part time for Military Home Base and is a full-time student at Park University, studying social psychology and organizational communication.
“Fellow military spouses describe Holly as a ray of sunshine, full of warmth and life, and she has a reputation for being generous, kind, and is known for lifting up other military spouses when they need it most.”
Serving my community has been a joy, and I am privileged and grateful every day for it.”
Holly Vega, 2019 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year
Vega stays extremely busy at MacDill, serving as an ambassador to the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce, a “Heart Heathy Advocate” and co-leader with Military Hearts Matter, a co-leader of a Girl Scouts Brownie troop, co-leader for the Military Kids Club at Lithia Elementary School, co-facilitator for Our Forces Book Club, and other activities.
“Serving my community has been a joy, and I am privileged and grateful every day for it,” Vega said. “I am pleased and honored to be so humbled to be selected as the overall 2019 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year.”
Having been previously nominated as the 2019 AFI Military Marine Corps Spouse of the Year “was like waking up on Christmas morning, coming downstairs and finding that bright, shiny red bike that you thought you were never going to get,” Vega said. “Those feelings of excitement are right now.”
Before the ceremony, each military service chose its own nominee for the award. Those awardees include:
Reed says the series “not only celebrates military families, but encourages, inspires, and empowers military spouses to discover their passion.”
“It was the beginning of my new life of advocating,” Norman said. Since that time, Norman has worked tirelessly to advocate for better education for special-needs children, and for improvements to the military’s Exceptional Family Member Program.
“As both a military spouse and veteran, I saw several gaps in targeted community programs for families and found a need to creatively innovate something new to help others who have had struggles through military life,” Tinsley said.
“It grew to the point that it proudly could support not only southern New Jersey families in need, but also those in several other states across the country,” she said.
“We honor one soldier per year and tell the story of their life and sacrifice from January through May. A voice for the quiet professionals,” Gomolka said. “We had our inaugural event last May, a 6.9-mile run through our hometown on Memorial Day.”
- May 12, 2019 at 1:52 am by USA Editor (displayed above)
- May 12, 2019 at 1:52 am by USA Editor