2018 Deserving Military Family Contest Winner Named

The Allen Family has won a
Dream Vacation from Montlick & Associates!

You asked for nominations for a deserving military FAMILY. I can think of one military FAMILY that by far deserves and could greatly benefit from a family vacation. Retired MSG Mark Allen and his FAMILY are true American Heroes. On July 8, 2009 Retired MSG Mark Allen was critically wounded south of Kabul in Afghanistan while searching for Bowe Bergdahl. His injuries did not necessarily kill him, but they robbed him and his family of being able to live a "normal" life. Retired MSG Mark Allen is unable to talk, take care of himself, etc. and requires constant medical attention. Throughout this ordeal, his wife, Shannon and their 2 kids have never left his side. Shannon has put her life on hold to ensure that Retired MSG Mark Allen is cared for as well as ensuring her kids are not missing out on all that life has to offer. While Retired MSG Mark Allen went above and beyond the call of duty by putting his life on the line, his wife and family have also gone above and beyond the call of duty by taking such good care of him and making sure that he knows he is loved. Shannon is actively involved in helping other wounded warriors and is in my eyes also a true American hero. When one commits to serving his or her country, they also sign their family up to serve as well. I can't think of another family that has served this country more lovingly, selflessly, and patriotically than the Allen family. What an honor it would be to send this family on a much deserved vacation where they can focus on making memories with their 10 year old daughter and escaping the confines of their house that they must stay in more so than not due to Retired MSG Allen's injuries. God truly blessed this country when he called Retired MSG Allen to serve us and He undoubtedly blessed him when he sent Shannon to be his wife. Yes, we all know there are risks involved with being a military family. However, the Allen family not only willingly took those risks, but they are now unselfishly living out the reality of those risks. Not a day goes by that Shannon doesn't focus on the positive and do her best to make sure Retired MSG Allen knows that even though he may be different physically, he's still her husband and our American hero.

Thank you to all those who shared their stories and photos with us. You are truly remarkable families. You are all American heroes!


2018 Most Deserving Military Family Finalists

All the nominees were well-deserving, and we appreciate the time they took to enter our contest!

Wayne Lovell

Lovell

Lovell

I nominate my husband. I know technically that's like me nominating myself... But, my husband is truly deserving of this! He is an army chaplain in the Georgia National Guard. The burdens and struggles he bears for his soldiers is real. Most of the time he carries a heavy load, but never complains. He's always said that he has been "called to minister to soldiers", so that's what he does. He gives to them selflessly, then comes home and gives to his family all that he has left. He is such an honorable husband, father, soldier and chaplain. He really deserves the opportunity for just a little recognition (and relaxation) for all he does and gives of himself!

Daniel DeGroff

Degroff

Degroff

Tech Seargent DeGroff has served 9 years in the Marine Corps doing Search and Rescue and 5 years in the Georgia Air National Guard as a Flight Engineer in Savannah on C130s. While Danny was deployed to Iraq, his home in Newnan burned to the ground with everything they owned including their cars. His wife and their 3 children barely got out in time. It has been a very stressful and difficult time for us as we put their lives back together. A vacation would be a tremendous blessing to our family.

Shannon Allen

Allen

Allen

You asked for nominations for a deserving military FAMILY. I can think of one military FAMILY that by far deserves and could greatly benefit from a family vacation. Retired MSG Mark Allen and his FAMILY are true American Heroes. On July 8, 2009 Retired MSG Mark Allen was critically wounded south of Kabul in Afghanistan while searching for Bowe Bergdahl. His injuries did not necessarily kill him, but they robbed him and his family of being able to live a "normal" life. Retired MSG Mark Allen is unable to talk, take care of himself, etc. and requires constant medical attention. Throughout this ordeal, his wife, Shannon and their 2 kids have never left his side. Shannon has put her life on hold to ensure that Retired MSG Mark Allen is cared for as well as ensuring her kids are not missing out on all that life has to offer. While Retired MSG Mark Allen went above and beyond the call of duty by putting his life on the line, his wife and family have also gone above and beyond the call of duty by taking such good care of him and making sure that he knows he is loved. Shannon is actively involved in helping other wounded warriors and is in my eyes also a true American hero. When one commits to serving his or her country, they also sign their family up to serve as well. I can't think of another family that has served this country more lovingly, selflessly, and patriotically than the Allen family. What an honor it would be to send this family on a much deserved vacation where they can focus on making memories with their 10 year old daughter and escaping the confines of their house that they must stay in more so than not due to Retired MSG Allen's injuries. God truly blessed this country when he called Retired MSG Allen to serve us and He undoubtedly blessed him when he sent Shannon to be his wife. Yes, we all know there are risks involved with being a military family. However, the Allen family not only willingly took those risks, but they are now unselfishly living out the reality of those risks. Not a day goes by that Shannon doesn't focus on the positive and do her best to make sure Retired MSG Allen knows that even though he may be different physically, he's still her husband and our American hero.

Michael Hilliard

Hilliard

Hilliard

nominate Michael Hilliard and his family. Michael was in the infantry and while serving in Iraq, he was shot in the head by a sniper. He rehabilitated at Walter Reed then later rejoined his unit. He re-enlisted and went to Afganistan with his unit. After his tour, he served for a few more years then medically retired.

After getting out, he struggled with finding his purpose and found scuba diving to help. He started working at the GA Aquarium, and later with the Veterans immersion program through them. He was able to help other veterans, struggling to find their peace too, and this is when he found his true passion..helping other veterans. 



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