Duty Station: Kirtland-AFB
Number of Deployments: 1
Number of PCS's: 3
About the nominee: I am passionate and love helping people, especially military families. I am honored to be the 2017 Kirtland AFB Spouse of the Year! I'm a USAF Chaplain Spouse and Licensed Mental Health Counselor in NM. My passion is to advocate for military families especially regarding mental health resources. I have been working over the last 3 1/2 years for local families but my vision is to branch out and provide support globally to connect all military families to mental health resources, acquire updated mental health provider rosters and volunteers to answer questions to simplify and clarify their search for help and connect them with helping organizations to meet their needs. Here is the beginning of this vision: https://militaryfamilysolutions.wordpress.com
Hobbies: I enjoy singing, dancing, shopping and spending quality time with family and friends.
Interesting Facts: I am nearsighted in one eye and farsighted in the other.
What is something you’ve learned from being a military spouse? I have learned to be flexible and resourceful which assists with being resilient in times of stress.
In your opinion, what is one of the most important issues facing military families? Finding balance in a stressful lifestyle and support to keep their families resilient.
What is one of the best aspects of being in a military family? Getting to meet new people and live in new places.
What is one thing you want to accomplish with the Military Spouse of the Year title? To bring a better quality of life for military families and especially to make it easier for them access quality mental health services.
Reasons for nominating:
Dinah is a dynamo. Not only is she active with the spouses club at Kirtland AFB, she is making it her personal and professional mission to support families dealing with challenging circumstances. She has obtained licensure as a professional counselor and worked hard to be able to support families dealing with trauma, ptsd and the challenges of deployments. Dinah is committed to making a difference beyond where she and her chaplain husband find themselves and it makes a difference to all military spouses - her willingness to advocate, to offer a listening ear, and her encouragement of others is inspiring. -- Anna Blanch Rabe, Friend