MSJDN members Lori Volkman and Marcelina Chambers are both competing in the Military Spouse of the Year contest from Military Spouse Magazine. Lori is competing for Navy Spouse of the Year representing NB San Diego, and Marcelina is competing for Air Force Spouse of the Year representing Davis-Monthan AFB. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. EST, so get your votes in now! 

HeadshotLori is a Navy Reserve spouse, serves as the MSJDN Communications Director, and is competing through Naval Base San Diego. Married to her pilot husband for over 20 years, Lori started a blog in 2010 to document her husband’s deployment that quickly gained a loyal following. Her ability to see the humor while being honest about the difficulties resonated with military spouses across the country. Her husband has since redeployed, but Lori continues to blog about their struggle with reintegration, as well as current events affecting spouses. Today, she has two posts featured on two amazing sites: Military Spouse Lawyers are an Unstoppable Force at NextGen MilSpouse and The Day I Became a Writer at BlogHer. Lori’s writing has been featured in the New York Times At War Blog, WordPress’ “Freshly Pressed,” and in Reader’s Digest. She has appeared in interviews in Newsweek’s Daily Beast, the Department of Defense “Family Matters” Blog, America Online’s Military community and has appeared on CNN, the NBC Nightly News, and the CBS Evening News. She serves as the MSJDN Communications Director, educating state bar associations across the country about why it makes sense to allow military spouse attorneys to have temporary licenses as they move. She is currently working on a book of her deployment stories.

mjsdn msoyMarcelina is an Air Force Spouse currently stationed at Davis-Monthan AFB with her husband of 11 years. They have endured seven deployments, two of which were during Marcelina’s time in law school. She is an Assistant Attorney General for Arizona in the Child Support section and works to connect the local military community to the office. She is also active in the Junior League of Tucson.  She takes great pride in the many hats she wears — mom, attorney, volunteer, military spouse. Marcelina wrote a great blog post for us about being an attorney and an enlisted spouse.