U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (NC) today joined the Community Blueprint Network in honor of Military Spouse Appreciation Month to co-host a ceremony recognizing North Carolina military spouses and their sacrifices. Hagan was joined by service members, military families, Fort Bragg officials and community leaders including Nancy St. Claire of Community Blueprint; Teresa Sicinski, wife of Garrison Commander Colonel Stephen Sicinski; and Joanne Chavonne, founder and president of Fayetteville Cares.
"It is an honor to be here during Military Spouse Appreciation Month, with our world-renowned service members from Fort Bragg and Pope Army Air Field and so many of our amazing military spouses," Hagan said. "It is our military spouses who are the foundation that allows our brave warriors to complete each mission. As the Chair of the Senate Armed Services Emerging Threats Subcommittee, and member of the Military Family Caucus, I am proud to work each and every day for our military families and our veterans in the U.S. Senate."
Earlier this week, Senator Hagan met with North Carolina's finalists for the national 2012 Military Spouse of the Year Award in Washington. Two of the five Military Spouse of the Year branch winners this year are from the great state of North Carolina For a photo of Hagan with Stephanie Geraghty, Military Spouse of the Year for the Marine Corps and Tricia Ross, Military Spouse of the Year for the Navy, please click here. Last year, Bianca Strzalkowski of Fuquay-Varina was named the Military Spouse of the Year. The MSOY Award recognizes military spouses' important contributions and unwavering commitment to the military community.
"I couldn't be prouder that North Carolina is home to two of this year's five Military Spouse of the Year branch winners, as well as last year's Military Spouse of the Year," said Hagan. "With thousands of North Carolinians currently deployed, our military spouses have shown leadership and dedication to supporting not just their own families, but their friends and communities as well."
Senator Hagan, who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee and is a founding member of the Military Family Caucus, comes from a proud military family. Her father-in-law was a two-star Marine General; her brother and father both served in the Navy; her husband, Chip, is a Vietnam veteran; and she has two nephews who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.