Meaghan Hurley

Branch: Coast-Guard

Duty Station: District-12-Pacific-Coast

Number of Deployments: 4

Number of PCS's: 2

About the nominee: I'm a military spouse and Mom of 3 ages 10 (girl), 5(boy) and 4(girl). Our 5 and 4 year old are irish twins and for 10 days each year they are the same age. Currently I work for an accounting company and have been blessed with the opportunity to have a flexible schedule. Our kids really enjoy various activities and our typical week usually involves Soccer and gymnastics for our 10 year old, Hockey for our 5 year old and Hockey and dance for our 4 year old.

Hobbies: I'm passionate about helping fellow military families as they face the many different aspects that this lifestyle can throw at us. As our children have grown older I was pleased to begin to have the time and the honor of the opportunity to begin volunteering for the Coast Guard. I currently volunteer as the Ombudsman for two units in District 11. Ombudsman serve as the communications link between the command and families and assist with resources and referrals for various situations that our families face. When our children were little I was so grateful for the ombudsman volunteers I encountered who helped me as we transitioned to a new area and helping us adapt when my husband was stationed on a cutter for the first time. They inspired me to want to give back to our community and to try and serve others. It has been an honor to help our families and I look forward to continuing to serve our families. I love working out and found a love for weight lifting through crossfit as well as learning more about different aspects of health and fitness.

Interesting Facts: I was a figure skater for 12 years when I was younger.

What is something you’ve learned from being a military spouse? The ability to trust the process of this lifestyle and being willing to embrace the unique opportunities that are out there given the unique situations we are frequently put in. My motto is "short term sacrifice long term goal", when we encounter the not so fun parts of this lifestyle.

In your opinion, what is one of the most important issues facing military families? I believe a big struggle currently is that active duty members and their families benefits and coverage constantly seem to be up on the chopping block when budget cuts or adjustments need to be made. It is hard when our services, coverage and procedures to request coverage are constantly changing. I am hoping we can have consistent contracts with providers and to be able to begin rely on our services provided instead of feeling fearful of what services and coverage will be removed next.

What is one of the best aspects of being in a military family? The village of unique and friendships that have been created on the foundation of our understanding of this lifestyle. I am truly grateful for our forever friends that have turned into family. These bonds and friendship are rare and so special. I appreciate the comfort of knowing that if we get transitioned to a new area that we will A. probably know someone and B. have the Coast Guard community to assist us with that transition.

What is one thing you want to accomplish with the Military Spouse of the Year title? To be honest I was completely blown away to even be considered or thought of for anything like this. My hope would be to just advocate for our families on the issues important to all of us.

Reasons for nominating:

This woman is amazing. She's a mother of three and Coast Guard spouse, and she is a true mom-boss! She runs a lifestyle and fitness blog, is actively involved in all three of her children's extracurricular activities and school happenings, has a career, and she is a proud Coastie spouse and the ombudsman for her husband's unit. She helps various D14 spouses, like myself, by reaching out to units and commands outside of her obumbdsman responsibilities to ensure a smooth transition for all Coast Guard families PCSing in or out of the area. She stays on top of military happenings, has spoken at numerous Coast Guard related events and still finds time to balance an active and healthy lifestyle. Recently, when I moved to Monterey, my husband was injured underway and had to have emergency surgery for his knee. I had no one to help watch my child while I was dealing with his surgery and recovery and I reached out to Meaghan for resources. Without hesitation, she drove over an hour away with her children in tow to come watch my daughter while I handled his surgery. She understood what it means to be away from family, new to the area and a military spouse and jumped on the chance to help another Coastie wife. Without a doubt, this woman embraces the Semper Paratus motto and is a true reflection of dedication and sacrifice to the service. I am proud to call her a friend and feel that she deserves this award, tenfold! -- Brianna Scurti, Friend