The title was granted to Ashley Broadway after she was rebuffed by Fort Bragg's spouses club.
An Army wife was named Fort Bragg’s 2013 “spouse of the year” Friday after she was denied membership at a Fort Bragg spouses club because she's married to a female Army officer, according to NBC News.
The online election held Tuesday went to Ashley Broadway, who is now one of 154 base winners who can be nominated for Army “spouse of the year,” the report said.
Broadway attempted to join the Fort Bragg officers’ spouses club, but was initially rejected, according to NBC News. She was eventually allowed membership, but she declined, the source said.
Broadway married her 15-year companion, Lt. Col. Heather Mack, in November, NBC News said, and the couple has a 2-year-old son and Mack recently gave birth to a daughter.
According to the report, Broadway has volunteered to tutor soldiers’ children in reading, briefed inbound Army families on local school districts, and helped transferring soldiers with housing-location decisions.
Online voting for the 2013 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year will occur Feb. 5. The winner will be announced May 9.
Update: Hours after winning the award, Stars and Stripes reports Broadway has been offered a membership to the club.
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