Military Spouse of the Year Lauded for Devotion to Gold Star Families

Inspired by others’ generosity and kindness, Krista Simpson Anderson sought to help people the way she and her family were helped after her husband, Army Staff Sgt. Michael H. Simpson, was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2013.

“Always lead by example and let your testimony be the light for others,” Anderson said last night, as she was honored as the Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year, at the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore Annual Awards Gala here.

“We are stronger together,” she said, applauding all the military spouses who were nominated by their services as spouse of the year. “We all should be standing up here right now.”

Anderson, the mother of two young boys, is active in the military community and is married to Army Master Sgt. Gus Anderson, stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

“One day I was a military spouse. The next I was a military widow,” she explained in her essay for the award. “Having remarried, I am once again a proud military spouse and I want other military spouses to see through my journey that we all have the strength to get through anything.”

Anderson’s husband applauded her for her selfless service and devotion to family and others.

“I’m not just proud, I am overjoyed,” the Special Forces Green Beret said. “She works so hard,…

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