Military Spouse Magazine will announce its 2009 Military Spouse of the Year recipient Thursday from a pool of five finalists including Columbus Public Health employee and Navy spouse Christy Kuriatnyk.
The ceremony will take place in Washington, DC at The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
Kuriatynk is the environmental health program manager for the Columbus Health Department. Her husband, Lt. Commander Alex Kuriatnyk is with the Navy's Civil Engineering Corps.
The MSOY award, sponsored by USAA, recognizes the sacrifice and dedication of military spouses across all branches. The recipient is chosen from among more than 650 reader nominations and 100,000 votes submitted to the magazine based on his/her representation of all spouses and his/her own personal story.
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Senior military leaders, wives of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and members of Congress are expected to attend the event which will take place a day before Military Appreciation Day (May 8).
The finalists are:
Christy Kuriatnyk of Ellerslie, Ga. (Navy)
Susan Webb of Glasford, Il. (Air Force)
Misti Stevens of Fort Campbell, Ky. (Army)
Trish Pruett of Miami, Fla. (Coast Guard)
Tanya Queiro of Jacksonville, NC (Marine Corps)