VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - The sacrifice by our troops is great. Military spouses are often the unsung heroes; the ones holding down the homefront so their spouse can serve.
That is why WAVY-TV 10 was proud to be a sponsor of the 9th Annual Heroes at Home Military Spouse of the Year Award.
So many deserving finalists were among those honored, but in the end Christina Lara, an ombudsman on the USS New York, received the honor during a luncheon at the Founders Inn on May 9.
"My husband was deployed during 9/11, and that's when I discovered the ombudsman. Of course when CNN made the announcement, that's when the ship was turned around, and it was a big deal. I was going nuts, everyone was going nuts. So I think the key was to keep calm. That's why jumping in head first is what I needed to do, because if I was feeling the same way, others were feeling the same way. I haven't looked back ever since then."
Lara is married to HMI (SW) Pablo Lara. They endured seven deployments in three years.
Lara received a list of prizes, including a Presidential Scholarship to Regent University.
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