McMorris Rodgers Hosts Veterans and Military Resources Fair and Honors Military Spouses

(Washington, D.C.)  Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers will hold a Veterans and Military Resources Fair on Saturday, August 25th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Washington State University Riverpoint Campus located at 412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd. The fair will feature booths and presentations from a variety of organizations on topics including benefits, medical records, health care services, financial assistance for returning veterans and resume building.

Organizations participating in the fair include Washington Department of Veterans Affairs, Spokane VA Medical Hospital, Seattle VA Benefits Office, Spokane County Veterans Services, Global Credit Union, Northwest Justice Project, Worksource Spokane, Army National Guard, Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants, and Willamette National Cemetery.

McMorris Rodgers will also present five individuals with the first annual ‘Eastern Washington Outstanding Military Spouse Award.’ This award is designed to recognize the work and support of these spouses both on the base and within the community. This year’s award recipients include:

Kristina Kenagy

She has volunteered many hours as Ombudsman for the Navy Operational Support Center in Spokane. She organizes numerous military support functions including the supplying, packaging and mailing of care packages to our locally deployed troops.

Susan Delano

She is actively involved with the Wishing Star Foundation and organized a fundraiser that raised over $20,000 to help improve the quality of life for children with life threatening diseases.

Melinda Bray

As a 20-year military spouse, she consistently assists in numerous unit morale and welfare activities. She donates food and supplies for local initiatives to feed and clothe the less fortunate and cooks meals for military members and family during times of crisis or need. She also volunteers with the relocation services for military personnel, ensuring families are educated and informed of temporary loaner necessities available on-base.

Brandi Walmsley

She is a Phoenix Spouse for the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron. While deployed service members are gone, she keeps the spouses aware of base happenings, childcare opportunities and squadron functions. She is so depended upon in the squadron that the 93rd ARS Commander requested that she remain the Phoenix Spouse even after her husband moved to another unit on base.

David Allen

He is actively involved as a Phoenix Spouse, a board member of the Officer’s Spouse, and serves as the 92nd Medical Group Family Network Director. He has solicited over 25 organizations for donations to the Officer Spouse Club annual silent auction and has donated his time, money, and professional skills to the annual auction to help raise over $14,000 for scholarships and charity projects. In the community he has volunteered 92 hours as a teachers aide at a local elementary school, 50 hours as Before-School Early Reading program monitor and tutored second graders 4 hours per week in math and reading skills.

For more information on the Veterans and Military Resources Fair contact Aimee Henneke at 509-353-2374.

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