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May 28th, 2012
11:08 AM ET

Jeremy Hilton becomes first male Military Spouse of the Year

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.

Filed under: Autism • Military
March 26th, 2012
09:50 AM ET

Military spouses speak out in support of Karilyn Bales

Heidi Collins, military wife for 13 years and blogger for SpouseBuzz.com, explains how military service affects families and explains what type of support is available for struggling military families.

Filed under: Military
March 12th, 2012
07:50 AM ET

PTSD related to Afghan massacre?

Fmr. U.S. Army Captain Thomas Cotton on how post-traumatic stress disorder could be to blame in Afghan massacre.

Filed under: Military
March 1st, 2012
06:51 AM ET

Iraq vets on dining with President Obama, say Americans should do more to support vets when they return

U.S. Army vet Jason Hansman and U.S. Marine Maj Jennifer Parker talk with Zoraida Sambolin on "Early Start" on dining with President Obama to mark end of Iraq combat. Zoraida also asks them about the challenges some vets face after serving their country. Maj. Parker says "all Americans have an obligation to support veterans once they come home."

Filed under: Military • Veterans
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