NGAUS Washington Report
May 15, 2018
Krista Simpson Anderson was named the 2018 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year last week during the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore’s 36th Annual Awards Gala in Washington, D.C.
Anderson, the wife of Master Sgt. Gus Anderson, a Green Beret, co-founded The Unquiet Professional, a nonprofit that supports veterans and Gold Star families. She also raises money for scholarships for family members of wounded and fallen service members, and does other efforts for Gold Star families. She and her husband are based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. She was the Army Spouse of the Year.
Sheila Brookins, the wife of Sgt. 1st Class Darrell Brookins of the Kentucky National Guard was the Guard’s representative.
Anderson became a Gold Star spouse when her first husband, Staff Sgt. Michael Simpson, was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2013. In her essay for the award, she wrote, “One day I was a military spouse. The next I was a military widow. Having remarried, I am once again a proud military spouse and I want other military spouses to see through my journey that we all have the strength to get through anything.”
She said she is inspired to help others by the generosity and kindness shown to her after her husband’s death.
“Always lead by example and let your testimony be the light for others,” she said at the gala.
Referring to all the spouses who were nominated, she said, “We are stronger together. We all should be standing up here right now.”
Gen. Mark A. Milley, the Army chief of staff, said the Army relies on its 343,792 military spouses.
“These are the women, these are the men, these are the kids who sacrifice and volunteer and who keep us in the fight,” he said.