Nominated by his wife, Jeremy Hilton, an Air Force Academy gradate and former navy officer, became the first man ever to become Military Spouse of the Year. “It was quite a shock considering the other five ladies who I was going up for the overall award are all pretty amazing,” Hilton says. “So, to be selected as the final Military Spouse of the Year is obviously quite an honor.”
Hilton and his wife, Lt. Colonel Renae Hilton, have two children, 9 year old Jack and two year old Kate, who was born with several disabilities. Hilton says that the decision to stay home and take care of Kate was a practical one. “It’s a lot of fun,” Hilton says of being a stay-at-home dad. “There are days when you want to pull your hair out, like any other single parent but the good certainly outweighs the bad.”
Other than being a stay-at-home dad, Hilton’s mission is to help military children with disabilities. “My larger goal relates to helping military kids with disabilities take care of themselves long term.” The Caring for Military Kids with Autism Act is currently a bill being considered in the Senate that will help families with disabled children continue to receive aid for therapies and treatments, even if the parent is forced to retire.