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Our 9th Annual Most Deserving Military Family Contest
It's time to cast your vote for this year's Most Deserving Military Family to send them on a Dream Vacation to any city in the Continental U.S.!
The team at WSB-TV selected 5 finalists, and the public will now select the winner by voting online. Click on the "Cast Your Vote" button to learn about the five families and to cast your vote for this year's most deserving military family. Votes will be accepted through Saturday, July 17, 2016. Thank you to everyone who nominated families. They are all American Heroes!
2016 Most Deserving Military Family Finalists
- The Bellinger Family
- The Delancy Family
- The Hilliard Family
- The Oemke Family
- The Sizemore Family
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2016 Most Deserving Military Family Finalists
All the nominees were well-deserving, and we appreciate the time they took to enter our contest!
The Bellinger Family
Tim Bellinger has been a soldier in the US Army for many years and served in Afghanistan. In December of 2009, his 4 year old daughter came to me (I was portraying Santa Claus) and asked me to bring her daddy home for Christmas. Fortunately, I was able to bring the little girl's dad home the week before Christmas. It was a moment in life that I will never forget.
In June of last year (2015) the mother of the little girl died and father of the soldier died unexpectedly on a Sunday morning. Her name was Ann Bellinger and she was only 45. She had gone to the doctor the day before due to stomach pain and they examined her and told her to come back the following Monday. Unfortunately, on Sunday, she fell out of bed and later died of a ruptured ulcer.
Tim Bellinger is now alone with the 4 children and is trying to raise these 3 girls and a little boy to the best of his ability. It has been a very trying year, but if anyone deserves this, it would be this family and their father.
The Delancy Family
I nominate my sister Patience Delancy CPT, USAR and brother in law Byron Delancy, MSG, USA to be considered for this award. My sister is one of the hardest working compassionate women I know. She has displayed an enormous amount of strength dealing with her daughter who was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called infantile spasms in which she suffered seizures and is developmentally delayed.
Despite working a full time job as a nurse practitioner she manages to actively participate in her daughter’s weekly therapy to include speech, physical, and occupational therapy. Her daughter still has no fine motor skills however she remains hopeful and determined to ensure she has the ability to be as independent as possible.
In addition, her husband was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma and has undergone surgery for the second time. Unfortunately due to the distance they have no family in the area to assist them with relief for a simple date night. They spend most of their time worrying about their daughter and her needs and have unfortunately lost sight of their marriage. This getaway will allow them to reconnect and spend some much needed time together. My sister has been my role model and always finds a way to ensure everyone is taken care of despite what's going on in her life. She does it with a smile and without complaining. I just want to return the favor. Please consider my sister and her family to be the recipient of this award.
The Hilliard Family
We are a military family. My step-father retired from the United States Air Force while my mother and I both served in the United States Army. My mother and step-father are some of the most loving, caring, and selfless individuals I know. They both give back to the community and are active members in church with a focus on youth. My stepfather was the Youth Pastor and taught the young men in our church. My mother has stood the role of mother to all my friends as well as a host of young women in our church and community by teaching young girls and teenage girls to be respectable women and how to minister dance in church. My parents are no longer active duty but they are more active than most. They give to all they come across, whether it's a friendly smile or a helping hand.
I recently completed my assignment in the United States Army. After graduating from Spelman College, I married and was whisked away to Japan for four years. I joined the military to prove to myself that I had what it took to overcome the marital hardships that led to a divorce and continue the military legacy of my family. Although I was injured in Officer Candidate School, I chose not to take a medical discharge but instead to enlist, triumph through rehabilitation, and complete my service contract. I don’t let life’s hardships keep me down; I try to be an inspiration to girls, women, and victims of domestic abuse everywhere. Since returning home, I have bought a home and had a baby.
My parents are always giving to others but don't always get the recognition or rewards that they deserve. This vacation would provide us the opportunity to enjoy ourselves, relax from other activities, and just spend some personal time together. We truly deserve a REAL vacation and so much more. We are most deserving and would be most grateful for this wonderful opportunity.
The Oemke Family
Lt. Col. Tammie Oemke is currently serving her 4th deployment into combat regions of the Middle East. She leads a front line surgical unit, responsible for both military as well as local civilian medical/surgical care. During each of her year-long deployments, she leaves behind her husband and two young children. They have missed many of the typical family trips to the beach or Disney due to her service to our country.
Her civilian job as a lead neurosurgical nurse at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta also consumes many hours from her family as she cares for children with brain tumors, I know that every member of our military deserves our love and respect for the job they do on our behalf, but Tammie exemplifies the epitome of service, honor, commitment and loyalty to our country. I'm humbled to be able to nominate such a deserving individual, along with her family.
The Sizemore Family
I would like to nominate the Sizemore family. Why, because my niece Sandtresia Sizemore battled Stage 4 breast Cancer for a 1 1/2 years, but lost her battle on December 7, 2015. While she was battling cancer she still managed to work a full time job, take her own kids back and forth to school, college, and attend athletic activities.
Many people didn't know she was ill because she wanted to make sure her students stilled learned, her own kids still participated in sports, and her College sons still stayed on track in school. Her son Drevius Sizemore decided to enter the USARMY, not knowing it would be a battle for his mom to stay strong, healthy, and try to handle chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. He had no clue she was as sick as she was because she always kept a smile on her face and would tell him she's okay. He was determined to go into the service to serve his country.
Drevius was able to visit his mom a day before she died while he was on a medical leave.
The Sizemore family is very deserving of this award because they have managed to stay close as a family while miles away. Drevius is still determined to make his mom and family proud of him. He is being strong for his younger sister Kamree and brother Darrius, and his father Ronald. I think they would be very appreciative to receive this prize to spend quality time as a family because it has been very hard for them emotionally.