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Rosanna Jones

E6, Navy

542
How does your nominee exemplify hard work, determination, and durability?
My wife is my hero, she works hard everyday and has had the determination to serve our country, attend college, be a great leader for many and being a mother and loving wife. She has faced many challenges throughout her military career and at moments when people would have quit, she persevered and has proven that hard work eventually pays off. She is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Business Administration and pushes her Sailors to take classes whether they intend to stay in or get out to ensure that they have a smooth transition to either their next duty station or into civilian life. She has been nominated for Sailor of the Quarter as she is well rounded and volunteers at the local airport's military USO (equivalent).

How has your nominee shown courage in the face of adversity?
My wife has face adversity because she is not only a female in the military but she is also a dedicated person who is constantly facing challenges from her peers preventing her from being successful. She came from a low income family from South Central Los Angeles and has been able to beat the odds that were against her especially being the first in her family to pursue a Master's Degree. Her parents did not have a high school education and yet she has set the standard for our family and pushes her Sailors to go to school regardless of what their upbringing was.

What does your nominee mean to you and / or your family?
My nominee means the world to me and my family because she is able to juggle all of the military demands, family demands, while pushing her peers and junior Sailors for both personal and professional growth and development. She is my Hero and her four deployments prove that life presents challenges and we control how we will face and handle those challenges. She is a hero to many and will continue to be for the next 6 years until she retires.
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Burt Richards

Corporal, Army

188
How does your nominee exemplify hard work, determination, and durability?
Cpl. Richards is founder of the Veterans Speakers Forum which presents education to today's youth, about World War II. He takes students thru photos to Arlington Cemetery, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Battle of Iwo Jima. Cpl. Richards teaches students the true meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance and the Field of Dreams. He teaches them that these soldiers fought for them and all their freedom that they enjoy today. He brings all kind of printed literature as well as pens and trivia gifts for giveaways. Thru his persistence and hard work, Veteran's Day is now celebrated as an official holiday in Palm Beach Co. Florida.

How has your nominee shown courage in the face of adversity?
He , after the passing of r married daughter Susan, raised and currently act as parental guardians for their 2 male grandsons. They never gave a 2nd thought as to what their responsibilities were to these young boys.He has been the recipient of the American Red Cross Award for courage.

What does your nominee mean to you and / or your family?
At his advanced age, he spends as much of his spare time as possible so that today's youth never forget the sacrifices that were made by earlier generations to keep them free.
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John Dussault

SGT E5, US Marine Corps

5773
How does your nominee exemplify hard work, determination, and durability?
My American Hero and husband John works extremely hard to do his daily job protecting our country and freedom while weathering combat related injuries that have provided quite a setback for him. He is determined to be successful and to support our families daily needs while dealing with his personal and health struggles at the same time without any complaints. John has taken on a huge load as a father, husband and U.S. Marine and he never feels sorry for himself given the recent trials he battles, but rather continues to push through. He is the greatest example of an American Hero and a wonderful man who puts his family above all else. John has also taken on the ambitious task of creating his own small business creating fishing tackle and I have nominated him in the hopes of helping him get his dream off the ground by winning this award.

How has your nominee shown courage in the face of adversity?
I believe my husband John has shown courage in the face of adversity in the biggest way possible in today's military. Those who suffer with PTSD can deal with the fear of being made fun of if they seek help or sometimes cover up their need for help in the effort to not lose credibility and dignity among their co-workers and peers. John had the courage to step up before it was too late and get the necessary help to deal with combat related issues. In my opinion one who can swallow their pride to better themselves and to remain strong for others is among the most courageous men.

What does your nominee mean to you and / or your family?
John is a wonderful example of loyalty and the rock of our family. We are high school sweethearts and I have seen him grow from the age of 11. John is one of the most loyal and big hearted people that I know. His ability to care and help not only those he loves, but also complete strangers in need is astounding. He has given the past 7 years to defend our country's dream of life long freedom and now I believe he deserves the chance to win this award to fund his dream of a small business involving not only his passion of fishing, but his way of therapy.
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Veronica Lemus

E-4, Air Force

5965
How does your nominee exemplify hard work, determination, and durability?
My wife works very hard. She is a super mom with 7 children ranging in age from 22- 6 years old. Veronica is always helping out with events held at her base taking donations of toys for kids and sharing resources to many Airman in her unit such as the camps for kids thru the National Military Families organization which she is a volunteer for. She is a treasurer for our kids PTA at school which requires a lot of time outside of work to help organize fundraisers. She helped raise over $19,000 last school year for field trips for the school which has the largest population of kids on free lunch program and a Title 1 school. She has been in the military for 12 years and was able to be a part of a humanitarian mission with her previous Guard unit to Bosnia for 6 weeks rebuilding a school there. For that mission, she was able to collect two pallets worth of donations of books and school supplies from schools all over the city to take to the school in Bosnia. My wife was a single mom before we met and she was raising her oldest two children while working full time as a teacher, in the military reserves, and going to graduate school full time to finish her Master's Degree at Cal State Dominguez Hills. We got married 11 years ago and she is always working hard in her civilian job as a Lead Teacher training other teachers, and striving to move up in her military career with two CCAF degrees. Not only does my wife work hard for our family but she has helped her sister who has a mental illness and help with her daughters. She cleans her home and has had to take her sister mental hospitals while taking care of her nieces many times adding to her many responsibilities.

How has your nominee shown courage in the face of adversity?
She has shown much courage with many obstacles she has faced and has overcome. She is a problem-sovler and open minded. She was training for Army Officer Candidate School and got hurt on the last phase from a 60 foot zipline over a lake but she has managed to have physical therapy for a year while she was able to transfer to the Air Guard and continues to work on her physical fitness to succeed in her current military unit. She was determined to stay in the military and serve for as long as she can. I support her and praise her courage to work hard and be able to do so much at home cooking and cleaning and raising our kids while I work til late evenings.

What does your nominee mean to you and / or your family?
My wife Veronica is everything to our family as I know I can count on her to give me support and get things done. We are such an awesome team. I could not do it without her. She is a great listener and leader. The kids always miss her even when she is gone for drill for two days. Although she is gone short periods of time she comes home and spends time with her children helping them to improve their academics and taking them to sports and music lessons. She takes time to do projects at home and help our neighbors as well as giving to those in need and being an example to our kids to be giving and generous to those in need not just on holidays. I know everyone would say shes just my wife, but she is my sunshine when I am feeling overwhelmed from work always smiling and so helpful. She is my battery when I come home so drained from working, and making sure I eat healthy and encouraging me to exercise to stay in good shape. She motivates and inspires me to always be positive no matter what even when we have the minimum of things I am truly blessed to have her as a wife and best friend. She really deserves to be given an award for all she does. Thank you
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Timothy Shuler

E8/MSG, Army

2605
How does your nominee exemplify hard work, determination, and durability?
Tim is the hardest working most determined man I know. Tim is always steady and determined pressing forward in the face of anything life may throw at him! That is who Tim is! He is a Ranger/Soldier/Father/Friend who does not know the mean of defeat. And he elevates those around him, and calls you up to try your hardest at life. It's a big secret I am about to let out but, he also has a huge heart, that will go the distance people just have no idea, because they see this big rugged exterior and know him for his tough get it done attitude, but one of his biggest best kept secrets is behind all of that is this amazing, giant heart. He truly cares for all of his soldiers, his kids, my family, etc. Tim is about as genuine and true blue as you get!

How has your nominee shown courage in the face of adversity?
Always! Tim does not understand the word adversity, and to know him you see he lives his life like that consistently in every area. I have received messages from young men he has lead over seas in war saying different things about him, there always one never changing, very common thread. Every last one would "follow him into hell, covered in gasoline with only a spoon to fight with, if he asked them!" That is an example of what they all say. I am here to tell you on a personal level, without hesitation I trust him with my life and that of my children. That every obstical Tim has faced that I have witnessed has been just another mile maker to clear for him. He is a single father, raising an autistic 11 yr old little boy, and has been a soldier for 28 years. Tim is the most down to earth, tell it like it is, humble, man you will ever meet. He is a Ranger at heart and has that rugged can do whatever is asked side, and he will literally give you his last ten dollars if you need it. To be around Tim, and have him in your life for any period of time will call you up to be a better person. Tim has many war stories he has been in every war since Panama, it would take me hours to write them all. He has plenty of injuries etc. but he never complains or slows, he is always looking forward and worried about those around him. I warn you though it's catchy. Tim embodies on a daily basis, the definition of what we should all strive to be. He never asks anything he is not willing to give as well!

What does your nominee mean to you and / or your family?
Tim is the truest of friends, he is the humblest man I know. He has been a rock in a very hard time for my family, even when he was going through a lot in his. There is no way to put into words what he means to my family, he has been a God sent angel to myself and my family!!!
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