Duty Station: NATO-JFC-Brunssum
Number of Deployments: 0
Number of PCS's: 1
About the nominee: My husband and I have been married 16 months. With no real options for employment immediately available, I threw myself into volunteering. I have no knowledge of how the military works or how lives are truly affected by PCSes or deployments, despite having family members serve in the military. This has been a crash course with my sister and numerous friends being constantly hammered with questions.
Hobbies: Reading, writing (don¢â‚¬â„¢t get excited....I take pride in my letters. I don¢¢â€š¬¢â€ž¢t write books or blogs), crocheting, cooking, cleaning, ballroom dancing.
Interesting Facts: I'm no one special. I like making people feel good about themselves and feeding them in the process.
What is something you’ve learned from being a military spouse? The toll it takes on the spouse that doesn’t work can be brutal. I feel like I lost my identity when I didn¢¢â€š¬¢â€ž¢t have an income...when I didn¢¢â€š¬¢â€ž¢t have a career. I found a new facet of myself when I began volunteering.
In your opinion, what is one of the most important issues facing military families? Being so new to this life, I can¢¢â€š¬¢â€ž¢t believe what families have endured over the course of an entire career in the services.
What is one of the best aspects of being in a military family? The new friends you make that become your extended family.
What is one thing you want to accomplish with the Military Spouse of the Year title? I want bring more to family members who are new to the military life and need help navigating the system. Trust me....I was in for a doozy!!! °…¸‹Å“¢â‚¬°
Reasons for nominating:
Susanne is amazing, she just makes things happen! She is there for everyone and still manages to work full time. She keeps her word and refuses to let things fail. She is there for anyone, doesn't matter who you are or what branch of service you are affiliated with. She is a huge support of all the Services and the Community! -- Jessica Rettig, Fellow Military Spouse