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CBN.comWhen Michelle Galvez was named 2009 Military Spouse of the Year as part of the Navy Special Warfare (NSW) Heroes at Home program, she got more than she bargained for. This Air Force daughter, mother of three and wife of Navy Chief Warrant Officer Robert Galvez also received a full-tuition-paid presidential scholarship to Regent University where she will pursue her master’s degree through the Robertson School of Government.

The Navy named Galvez Military Spouse of the Year for her dedication, support and leadership example among military spouses, which is one of the keys to the success of the nation’s service members. She is also a former Army National Guard combat medic, and has served voluntarily for ten years as an ombudsman at four Navy commands. “To have served as an ombudsman four times not only shows how devoted Michelle is to Navy families, but also speaks to her consummate effectiveness in this vital role,” explains David Boisselle, Regent’s director of military affairs.

According to retired Navy Admiral Vern Clark, distinguished professor of government and leadership at Regent, Galvez received the Regent scholarship because she has a proven record of serving, caring, giving, growing and making a difference. “Michelle Galvez has chosen to live a lifestyle of service in a grand way, and I’m pleased that we have an individual like this to confer this scholarship on,” Clark says.

Clark presented the scholarship to Galvez as part of a luncheon hosted by Regent that honored Educational Service Officers (ESO) and other members of the Hampton Roads military community.

The Heroes at Home award program began four years ago in conjunction with the annual celebration of Military Spouse Appreciation Day, established in 1984. It is designed to recognize and thank the military spouses who support the active duty members of the Hampton Roads community. Galvez was selected from among 105 nominees to receive the Military Spouse of the Year Award. Regent University participates in the new Department of Defense program called the Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA), which allows military spouses to be eligible for up to $6,000 in financial assistance toward their education.

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