A life-long military family member has been named Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year for Fort Hood.
Marta Antonia Rivera Diaz grew up as a self-described "Air Force brat" before marrying an amazing soldier, 1st Sgt. Hector Rivera Diaz.
She herself enlisted in the Army at one point, admitting, "My knees didn't agree with running or boots."
After being honorably discharged, she used what she had learned in the military to better serve the spouses she encountered during her husband's three deployments and eight permanent changes of station.
As well as being an Army spouse and mother of homeschooled twins, Rivera Diaz is a trained chef and author of a cookbook published in 2016.
Rivera Diaz was nominated for the award, which is presented annually by Military Spouse magazine.
The base winners were selected by votes at their posts in early February. Those winners were named Feb. 13. That field will be narrowed to 18 finalists this week, with national voting for the service-wide winner beginning March 2. At the Military Spouse Town Hall meeting May 9 and 10, the Military Spouse of the Year awards will be presented.
Rivera Diaz has good advice for other military spouses. "I want to encourage spouses to pursue goals which they may think are unattainable, or have to be put on hold, because they are supporting their warfighter."