Veteran nominates wife for military spouse award

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--- First Coast News is standing behind the Heroes at Home Military Spouse Awards. The Awards recognize deserving active duty military spouses for their sacrifices and services to the Duval County community.

So how does it work? A judging panel consisting of members of the Jacksonville business and military community will review the nominations and select up to ten finalists. One of those finalists will be named the 2014 Heroes at Home Jacksonville Military Spouse of the year. All of the nominees will be honored May 22 at the Heroes at Home Jacksonville Spouse Appreciation Awards Luncheon.

To apply visit: The nomination deadline is Sunday, April 20 at midnight.

Chris Debus is has been five times in the last five years. He's spent his time on a ship conducting drug operations in the Arabian Gulf and Afghanistan. Chris is nominating his wife, Kandi, for the award for her volunteerism.

"No matter what's going on in our lives, sometimes we have to take a back seat, while my wife takes care of another family who is in need or simply has a question," Chris said. "We have come to accept it, my children admire and remind her in some off the wall comment about taking care of 'Her Sailors.' No matter what age or pay grade, once you come in contact with my wife, you are now an extension of our family."

Kandi volunteers her time as the Southeast Regional Ombudsman and she's done so for the past eight years. In the last five years, she has assisted the the Pro Golfers Association (PGA) with an event that invites pregnant military spouses of deployed service members to a honored at a Baby Shower sponsored by PGA golfers and their families.


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