Evolution of the Military Spouse of the Year® Program
Military Spouse magazine founded the Military Spouse of the Year® (MSOY) award in 2008 to honor military spouses of all ranks and from all branches of service. More than a million military spouses support and maintain the home front while our service members defend this great nation. The Military Spouse of the Year® award recognizes military spouses' important contributions and unwavering commitment to the military community and our country.
The Military Spouse of the Year® award solicits nominations from the military community as well as all Americans in the late fall. Three distinct phases of voting follow, culminating in the announcement of the Military Spouse of the Year® at an annual awards luncheon in our nation's capital in early May. The event attracts Congressional members, senior military and Department of Defense leadership.
In 2008, Military Spouse pioneered the concept of empowering the community by enabling military spouses to recognize leaders within their ranks.
In 2008, the inaugural Military Spouse of the Year® awards luncheon.
In 2009, Military Spouse magazine added a Spouse of the Year (SOY) for each branch of service.
In 2012, Military Spouse introduces a MSOY Alumni Luncheon to foster greater camaraderie among current and former branch and military SOYs.
For 2013, Military Spouse magazine added an installation level to the award, ensuring that each and every base, district (Coast Guard), and state (National Guard) has a representative. Military Spouse magazine's vision is to enhance communication and strengthen connections amongst military spouses at the local level
Military Spouse magazine encourages all Americans to consider nominating their friends, relatives, neighbors or colleagues for this prestigious honor. To learn more about Military Spouse magazine click here.