For Immediate Release

Contact: Nicole Matos

Association Honors Its Volunteers During National Volunteer Week

April 25, 2013

ALEXANDRIA, VA, April 25, 2013 — The National Military Family Association is proud to celebrate National Volunteer Week, observed April 21-27, and take a moment to recognize the incredible volunteers who work with our organization to make a difference within the military community. In 1974, President Nixon established National Volunteer Week to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers. Today, this extensive nationwide effort encourages and inspires people to volunteer within their communities. This year’s theme, “Celebrate Service,” helps us express our thanks for their selfless acts of kindness.

The National Military Family Association is celebrating our volunteers, both past and present, who have made a profound contribution to the Association and the military families we serve. While we are recognizing more than 175 volunteers and thanking them for all they do, there are three specific individuals who are receiving awards for their outstanding dedication and devotion.

The Margaret Vinson Hallgren Award

This award was established in 1990 in honor of Margaret Vinson Hallgren, an individual whose dedication, initiative, and loyalty embody that of the ideal volunteer. It’s presented to a volunteer or Board of Governors member in recognition of a “most valuable contribution” to the National Military Family Association. The 2013 Margaret Vinson Hallgren Award is presented to Jackie Campbell, Arlington, Virginia. In 2012, Jackie volunteered her time as the Historical Accounting and Preservation Volunteer. She created a repository of historic files, references, and photographs for use in research and in Association publications.

The Novella Gibson Whitehead Award

Established in 1998 in honor of Novella Gibson Whitehead, one of the Association’s most dedicated volunteers, this award is presented to a representative who best fulfills the duties and responsibilities of their assigned position, and most effectively promotes the interest of the Association and those it serves. The 2013 Novella Gibson Whitehead Award is presented to Jennifer Herbek, Hohenfels, Germany. In 2012, she co-hosted an Association information table at a mini Americans Working Around the Globe (AWAG) Conference. Jennifer researched programs and the experiences of families in her community to help address questions and concerns, wrote articles and contributed valuable content for the Association’s app, MyMilitaryLife.

The Volunteer Corps Service Award
This award was created in 2010 recognizing a new volunteer (under two years of volunteer service with the Association) who displays leadership in fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of their appointed position, and effectively promotes the interests of the Association and those it serves. The 2013 Volunteer Corps Service Award is presented to Marielle Beniquez, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.

President's Volunteer Service Award

In addition to these three awards, our Association is recognizing the recipients of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation awards. These were established in 2003 and are based on yearly volunteer hours. Awards include the Bronze level, recognizing 100 to 249 hours; the Silver level for 250 to 499 hours; and the Gold level award for 500 or more reported volunteer hours. The National Military Family Association is proud to recognize the work of forty volunteers, representatives, and Board of Governor members who have earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award for 2013. Click here to see the full list of recipients.

“We couldn’t do what we do today without our volunteers,” said Executive Director, Joyce Raezer. “It takes a very special individual to volunteer their personal time for the betterment of others. We are thankful for the support our volunteers provide our military community and the Association. They help us not only do our mission, but do it well.”

To learn more about the National Military Family Association and how you can volunteer, please visit our Get Involved section. 

About the National Military Family Association

The National Military Family Association is the leading nonprofit dedicated to serving the families who stand behind the uniform. Since 1969, NMFA has worked to strengthen and protect millions of families through its advocacy and programs. They provide spouse scholarships, camps for military kids, and retreats for families reconnecting after deployment and for the families of the wounded, ill, or injured. NMFA serves the families of the currently serving, retired, wounded or fallen members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Commissioned Corps of the USPHS and NOAA. To get involved or to learn more, visit

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