Duty Station: Fort-Carson
Number of Deployments: 4
Number of PCS's: 4
About the nominee: I am a proud Army veteran, military spouse, social worker, and North Carolinian. I love connecting people to the resources they need in all areas of their lives, but my passion is helping transitioning service members and military spouses find meaningful employment. I am currently employed as a Deputy Director and Program Manager with Hiring Our Heroes, a non-profit organization that strives to accomplish just that. In my free time, I volunteer with the Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Professional Network, providing career-minded military spouses with career development and local networking opportunities.
Hobbies: I'm a sports nut so I keep my radio tuned to ESPN at all times. I'm also an unashamed Anglophile, happily staying up all night to watch royal weddings and monitoring royal pregnancies closer than most obstetricians. I drink Lady Grey tea while ooohing and aaahing over the wardrobes on Downton Abbey and The Crown, and my Kindle purchase history consists entirely of cozy historical mysteries featuring plucky British lady sleuths set in the 1920s.
Interesting Facts: My family has enough redheads to start a reality show; my mother, brothers, cousins, husband, three children and I are all gingers!
What is something you’ve learned from being a military spouse? Don't be afraid to ask (or pay) for help! If you're working full-time and exhausted by the time you get home, don't hesitate to hire a cleaning service or someone to do your grocery shopping and food prep for the week. If you need to drop your oldest off at a birthday party but can't bear the thought of waking up your napping toddler to do so, ask a friend for help. Resist societal pressure to be a super spouse and just do what you need to do to be happy, healthy, and present for yourself, your spouse, and your children (and if that means a trip through the Chick-fil-A drive through for dinner from time to time, so be it)!
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 military spouse unemployment and underemployment. It is incredibly difficult to maintain forward progression in a career when faced with frequent change of station moves, and military spouses often face periods of unemployment after each of those moves. Dissatisfaction with one's career not only puts strain on the mental health of the military spouse, but also puts stress on marital and family dynamics. Furthermore, research shows that military spouse employment challenges impact military readiness, retention, and recruiting; a spouse's ability to maintain a career is often an important factor in a military family's decision to stay or leave active duty service.
What is one of the best aspects of being in a military family? I love the sense of community among military families that is so hard to find out in the "real world." It's reassuring to know that wherever the military takes you, there is a helpful group of people out there eager to support you in whatever way you need, whether it's scouting houses and neighborhoods ahead of a move or offering to care for your child when your sitter falls through and you have an important work meeting you just can't miss.
What is one thing you want to accomplish with the Military Spouse of the Year title? One thing I would strive to accomplish with the Military Spouse of the Year title is increased awareness of the challenges faced by career-minded military spouses and actual military initiatives to address these challenges. While there are many civilian corporations and non-profit organizations attempting to put a dent in military spouse underemployment and unemployment, I would like to see more initiatives, such as allowing military members to remain at a duty station for longer than 2-3 years, brought before military leadership so that we can treat the underlying cause, not just the symptoms.
Reasons for nominating:
Lindsay is a wife, mother, former veteran and current military spouse. What I love about Lindsay is her commitment to serve her military community. Even though she's already served her country from her time as an active duty Army officer, she continues to serve military spouses, servicemembers, and veterans with her work with Hiring our Heroes and the HoH Military Spouse Professional Network. Her HoH Military Spouse Professional Network position is 100% a volunteer position. She works tirelessly to help develop military spouses, find them jobs, and connect them with other career-minded spouses. I've had the pleasure of watching Lindsay in action in several settings. On stage she had the skills to motivate people to listen to her message. In a small group she unites new friends. On her own she works for the military community, advocating for spouses, finding job connections and helping to build their skills. Lindsay works so hard for our community, I would love to have her recognized. -- Christine Maxwell, Fellow Military Spouse