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Military Spouse Receives Presidential Scholarship

By Brett Wilson | May 17, 2013

Christina Lara was presented with Regent University's presidential scholarship by Military & Veterans Affairs director, David Boisselle.

The sacrifices that men and women serving in uniform make to defend the United States are apparent. However, within the midst of the "delightful chaos" of military life—moving frequently and serving overseas—there is another community whose sacrifice is not quite as apparent: military spouses.

On Thursday, May 9 the ninth-annual "Heroes at Home" Military Spouse Awards honored these men and woman who have, in the midst of their own trials, stood firmly in support of those in the armed forces. The ceremony, held at the Founders Inn and Spa, recognized the efforts of more than 70 nominees, each of whom has contributed to the wellness and flourishing of the Hampton Roads community.

This year's winner, Christina Lara, a Navy spouse celebrating 13 years of marriage, was nominated for her commitment to creating unity within the lives of other homebound heroes. As the recipient of the award, Lara received Regent University's presidential scholarship.

"Regent is honored to bless the Heroes at Home Military Spouse of the Year with a presidential scholarship," said director of Military & Veterans Affairs, David Boisselle. "We want to equip her to become a 'Christian leader to change the world.'"

Lara received her nomination for her efforts in creating camaraderie within the lives of local military spouses, in the midst of juggling the duties of an ombudsman for the USS New York, full-time masters of psychology student, mother and wife. "I'm just so honored," said Lara, who explained how important it was for her to find community with other spouses while her husband was deployed the previous year.

"It's an adventure, and I always look for that adventure," said Lara. "I call you all my friends, because without you this wouldn't be possible."

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