Duty Station: Kadena-Air-Base-Okinawa
Number of Deployments: 4
Number of PCS's: 6
About the nominee: I’m originally from Covington, Georgia. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 20 years and we have 3 beautiful kids. I have a master degree in Human Resources from the University of Oklahoma. I consider myself a true “go-getter” full of energy, and committed to the cause of helping others.
Hobbies: My hobbies include scrapbooking, traveling, and reading.
Interesting Facts: An interesting fact about me is I have an obsession with studying body language.
What is something you’ve learned from being a military spouse? While being a military spouse my international experience has broadened my global outlook in regards to customs, economies, and languages.
In your opinion, what is one of the most important issues facing military families? In my opinion one of the most important issues facing military families is relocation issues: adjustment to new locations and/or living overseas.
What is one of the best aspects of being in a military family? One of the best aspects of being in a military family is being able to travel to experiencing different cultures.
What is one thing you want to accomplish with the Military Spouse of the Year title? One of the things I would like to accomplish with the Military Spouse of the Year title is a spousal program that will match spouse’s together accounting to similarities to help easy the stress of relocation.
Reasons for nominating:
She impressed me with her ability to not make excuses and find time to volunteer. Yolanda Morris has always been solicitous about the welfare of other.She carries a deep down passion for helping those in need. After finally sitting down with her for coffee a few times and joined the Navy spouses for SDI (which Yolanda was POC), I was able to pretty much "interview " her and learn that her passion originated from growing up in poverty herself. Yolanda is what some would referred to as a real super military spouse. While serving as an active duty spouse for 20 years now, she support her spouse though his career, cared for their children through many of West Pac's, IA and TDY's, worked full time and some where in between conus and oconus duty stations she earn two degrees in Business and Marketing and her Master in Human Resources. Throughout it all she still finds time to volunteer in her community along side her husband and her three kids. Whether it's being a Girls Scout Troop Leader, to coaching recreational teams, to packing lunches as the teams mom, to reading and planning holiday parties as the classroom mom, to raising money with the PTA or Booster Club. She has collected and donated thousands of clothing items, toys, and food to Battered Women Shelters all over the world. She even organized a team to feed the homeless, and did a coat drive while stationed in Fort Worth, TX. Whiles serving as a youth director at Hallelujah Full Gospel Church in Naples, Italy she assisted with sending care packages to orphanages in the Philippines, adopted an orphanage of African Refugees children and feed the Sailors during the Holidays. Currently Yolanda is station in Okinawa, Japan with her family, where I met her. She divides her time between her family, her roles as CFAO Ombudsman and a NAVY L.I.N.K.S Mentor, while volunteering at the USO, and the Navy Marine Crops Relief Society, never saying NO to help, All while running a small business and trying to develop a system to connect spouses with spouses transition conus to oconus, after hearing spouses share how they had bad experiences due to lack of information. As you see, when I came across a post on Facebook about nominations, I had to nominate Yolanda and hope she receives past due recognition. -- Hope LaCour, Military-Spouse