Branch: National Guard
Duty Station: Kansas
Number of Deployments: 1
Number of PCS's: 0
About the nominee: My husband and I have been married for almost 10years and we have 4 lively children.
Hobbies: Majority of my favorite hobbies revolve around creativity. I love reading and enjoy writing, as well as drawing and up cycling anything I can get my hands on to recreate. Not to forget being a chatter box -lol !!
Interesting Facts: An interesting fact is that I have been involved in pageantry since 2004. In which recently received the honor to represent the USA as Mrs Irish Heart International USA 2017/2018and placed 1st runner up 2018 and Overall Best Interview. As well, I currently am representing internationally as Mrs Beautiful International Model.
What is something you’ve learned from being a military spouse? I strongly feel that having prior se rvice experience and being a veteran has prepared me more so to be an understanding military spouse. However, being a military spouse is different from being that soldier and what I have learned the most is, that it takes a lot of strong will to be a more independent person especially as a parent.
In your opinion, what is one of the most important issues facing military families? From volunteering along side our Military Family Readiness Support Coordinator, I personally feel that not being prepared for deployment/activation orders and the struggle of family reintegration are some key issues facing military families.
What is one of the best aspects of being in a military family? Only one-lol. So many to choose! The biggest and best aspect of being in a military family, is knowing and getting to understand our loved ones daily contributions to their own families as well as our country!
What is one thing you want to accomplish with the Military Spouse of the Year title? As a Military Spouse of the Year I would continue to broaden the knowledge and importance of military family preparedness and help coach military families on creating varies Home Management Kits. As well, I will bring forth knowledge of various workshops that our Family Readiness Support Coordinator (Hilary DeLaRosa) are in the process of bringing forth. These workshops are everything from personality class-to the hot topic of MST/Military Sexual Trauma-to Wellness and Mindfulness etc. I would be honored to have more military families and soldiers/Veterans be able to learn about our programs globally, as they are the background guide to further Military Family Preparedness.
Reasons for nominating:
I met Jo years ago when she judged an event that I was director of and after spending time with her and talking I knew she was an amazing young woman who had her priorities in order. A woman who knows what she wants out of life and isn't afraid to work hard to make things happen. She is an extremely strong-willed individual who will stand up for what is right even if doing it alone. She also at the same time possesses a compassionate and caring heart. She is empowering and inspirational to other women as well as being a great wife and mother. -- Mrs. Jackie Russo, Friend
An awesome wife and supports her husband and the Army Forces -- Michael Wyatt, Family
Jo is awesome and does a lot for her Community! She's always advocating on behalf of the armed forces as well! She's a great support system for her family and an awesome wife, mother, daughter, and friend! -- Jennifer Bain, Friend
Josie has held down the homefront while her husband was deployed last year for over 6 months. She committed herself to volunteering weekly in the Airman & Family Readiness office to assist with organizing the food pantry, preparing resource materials for packets to be given to Service Members, Providing high value items through her personal connections to the 184th Family Support Organization (a private org) for a Spa Day event for approx. 500 attendees, she assisted in the execution of a fashion show during the same event, she has been an advocate for promoting sexual assault awareness and de-stigmatization in the military community especially for spouses, and creating a plan for providing life enhancing classes to families. Josie truly has a heart of gold and continually puts 100% of herself into everything she does. -- Hilari DeLaRosa, Military-Spouse
The pride that she has for her country is truly inspiring. Also, the fact that she is also a great Mom at the same time. -- Jackie Russo, Friend