Megan Harless

megan harless

Branch: Army

Duty Station: Fort-Eustis-Newport

Number of Deployments: 4

Number of PCS's: 8

About the nominee: I was born and raised in Ohio, and attained my Bachlors of Science in Biology from the University of Charleston, WV. I married the love of my life in 2005 after meeting in our ROTC program, and we have 3 amazing children! I entered active duty in 2009, and served 4 years including a tour in Iraq and served as the Battalions Maintenance Officer. I am currently a Doula, supporting families going through pregnancy, Labor, and the Postpartum Time. I am also involved in our Post PWOC and Spouse Club, as well as the unit FRG program.

Hobbies: I enjoy reading a good book, refinishing furniture, finding the worlds best chocolate, and experiencing new adventures with my family!

Interesting Facts: I think the most interesting fact about me is when I was in the Army, I had out ranked my big brother who is in the Marine Corps

What is something you’ve learned from being a military spouse? One of the greatest things I have learned from being a military spouse is to be involved. Weather it is within your spouse's unit, on post, or at your children's school. I have met some of my best friends by just saying yes and getting involved in something!

In your opinion, what is one of the most important issues facing military families? I think one of the most important issues facing military families is the discrepancy in changing BAH. We all know how BAH is figured for the housing market where bases are located at, however with having children, many families live further away to ensure their children can have a good education. Making that decision often means that families are now paying more than BAH to afford a house in a location with good schools. military families shouldn't be punished financially for trying to provide a good education for their children.

What is one of the best aspects of being in a military family? I think the best aspects of being a military family is all the traveling we get to do. I have seen some amazing places from being stationed in places I never thought I would live in or see.

What is one thing you want to accomplish with the Military Spouse of the Year title? With the Military Spouse of the Year title, I would hope to accomplish bringing awareness to the financial burden many military families face, when they struggle with living within BAH or providing a good education for their children. My goal would be centered on changing the rate averages to encompass a larger area around each base to help offset that financial burden from trying to provide a good education.

Reasons for nominating:

Megan is an incredible veteran and military spouse. She is a dedicated wife, mother, and friend. Megan recently PCSed to Virginia where she single-handedly opened a chapter of Stars and Stripes Doulas to support and employ military families in the Hampton Roads area. Megan is a selfless friend and always up to any task at hand. She is both funny and kind and would give the shirt off her back to anyone in need. Megan was the recipient of a Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and several more. She and her husband both deployed at the same time and one of her happiest days was returning home to her children. Megan is also a dedicated volunteer for her husband's unit. Megan is deserving of recognition for her dedication as a military spouse and veteran to our country. -- Melissa Nauss, Employer