The Jeep® brand has a legendary history of support for our troops dating back to the heroic Jeep® 4x4 vehicle that was recognized for meritorious valor and duty in combat during World War II. Today we are proud to continue the advocacy of support for our nation's heroes by recognizing those that aid them every day.
Vote for one of the below nominees and help them win the Hero at Home award+ based on the selfless service they have provided to aid our troops and their families. Terms & Conditions
Norm has been volunteering since 2009 and has 580 lifetime volunteer hours; 190 of which were with the USO.Read Norm's Story
In the late 1960s, Norm Hallowell was an Infantry Lieutenant with the 25th Division in Vietnam. In early 2004, he spent four months in Kuwait working for the Army's R & R program. Both of these experiences gave him firsthand knowledge of the USO, and more importantly, the ability to empathize with our soldiers.
"Some civilians who have never been in the military do not truly comprehend what returning service members and their families have endured."
Norm began volunteering through Operation USO Care Package. Since 2009, he has been volunteering with the USO in Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and at the USO Warrior and Family Center – Fort Belvoir since its opening in February 2013.
In that time, he has amassed 580 lifetime volunteer hours, 190 of which were at the USO Warrior and Family Center. Norm has put every one of those hours to good use. No stranger to early mornings, he usually works the 6 a.m. shift at the center. As one of the first to arrive, Norm is among the early morning volunteers that are on deck to prepare the center and greet servicemen and women with a cup of coffee or breakfast.
Norm is an invaluable asset to the center not only because of his hands – he is a virtual "Mr. Fix It" – and his willingness to tackle any task, but also because of his ears. Norm is a great listener that service members feel comfortable talking to. As a veteran himself, he has a wealth of shared experiences to draw from. Norm finds this personal interaction one of the most rewarding aspects of the job and stated. "Some service members do, on occasion, discuss some challenging moments, like the feeling of separating from ‘combat buddies.' Civilians need to understand that their new neighbor might not appreciate loud noises at night or Fourth of July fireworks. They need to be patient and understand that it might take a bit of time to adjust."
Norm says he doesn't consider himself a hero. However, he does know how important recognition and appreciation is to military personnel and stated. "They must always be honored for the outstanding service they provide in a dangerous world."
Gloria has been volunteering since 2012 and has 544 lifetime volunteer hours; 215 of which were with the USO.Read Gloria's Story
When Gloria Derobertis agreed to join her friend Kathryn at an Operation USO Care Package event, she never imagined it would open her heart to what would become a lifelong commitment to giving. Volunteering with the USO was a way to do something rewarding with her time after her retirement in June of 2012. Some 544 volunteer hours later, she considers it her way of giving back to the soldiers and their families, who have sacrificed so much for all of us here at home.
Since December 2012, Gloria has been volunteering with the USO of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and at the USO Warrior and Family Center – Fort Belvoir since its opening in February 2013. She is the virtual cornerstone of the facility and a core volunteer at the monthly Supermarket Sweep food assistance program. This program distributes fresh produce to service members and their families. Gloria is often described as a "go-to volunteer" because she is reliable, dependable and has an innate ability to get things done.
"I don't wait to be asked. If an emergency arises, I help out whenever, wherever. For me, it's important to be there for the soldiers – talking with them, listening to them, answering any questions they may have."
But the center doesn't run itself; dedicated volunteers like Gloria are vested in keeping the center clean and welcoming for the countless soldiers that walk through its doors every day. Whether checking badges at the front desk, mopping floors or cooking food for over 100 USO event guests, Gloria doesn't shy away from any task and her cheerful personality is a bonus for those who come in contact with her.
Gloria takes great pride in what she does and always endeavors to go above and beyond what is expected. In her mind, it's the soldiers themselves that are the heroes, "for all they do to serve our country."
Gloria knows that her work is worthwhile and stated, "All the praise and thanks the soldiers and their families give me and everyone else for volunteering. That's what is so special and so meaningful to me."
Suzette has been volunteering since 2011 and has 1015 lifetime volunteer hours; 130 of which were with the USO.Read Suzette's Story
When asked about her experience as a USO Volunteer, Suzette Youngblood had a confession to make, "It is going to be hard to put my feelings into words, but I am going to try. It is such a privilege for me to be a part of these troops' lives, it truly is a blessing for me."
Suzette's connection to the military is genuine. She spent three years living in Germany as part of a DOD civilian family and witnessed firsthand all that the troops do for us while deployed. This experience prompted her to look for a way to give back when she returned stateside.
Since September 2011, she has been volunteering with the USO of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and at the USO Warrior and Family Center – Fort Belvoir since its opening in February 2013. Despite having a full-time job, Suzanne managed to log an astounding 1,015 lifetime volunteer hours, 130 of which were at the USO Warrior and Family Center – Fort Belvoir. She even let her new employer know of her dedication and stated, "that I would not want to give up my volunteering at the USO."
After three months on the wait list, Suzette added to her duties with a volunteering position at USO-Metro's Dulles International Airport lounge. She spends Friday nights in the airport facility, but it's Tuesday nights at Ft. Belvoir that she relishes. Every Tuesday night is slated for entertainment at the center which runs the gamut from new movie showings to art and yoga classes. She knows the value the troops and their families get from the downtime – the ability to just relax and enjoy life. Suzette stated, "This is where I get to shine with my popcorn making skills! I always give them five minutes to go and get drinks, then when they come back, I get to hand out my popcorn. At the end of the movie, we raffle off the DVD that was shown that night."
For Suzette, every one of those volunteer hours has been worth it as she feels the troops and their families have been an integral part of her life as she has been of theirs. She stated, "It has made me appreciate my service members so much. I have come to love these precious people that I have met. It is such a joy for me to get to know them and serve them. I have learned how precious life is and how valuable relationships are."
When asked if she considers herself a hero, she emphatically says, "No." But one could beg to differ. In her own words, she says, "I am not a hero, I am just a lady who loves and appreciates our military members and their families." But based on her dedication and support, it's safe to say she is far more than that.
THE VOTES ARE IN AND NORM HALLOWELL HAS WON THE HERO AT HOME AWARD.
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR HERO AT HOME AWARD NOMINEES
The Jeep® brand is proud to partner with The Daily Beast to present the Hero Summit; an Exploration of Courage, Character & Our National Security. The summit will highlight stories of sacrifice and heroism on all fronts.
The event will take place in Washington, D.C., on October 10, 2013.
Watch Chrysler Group LLC Chief Marketing Officer Olivier Francois as he delivers a powerful keynote speech at 7:00 PM EST from the Hero Summit. Olivier will also present the Hero at Home award to a deserving individual who has provided extraordinary service to our troops.
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1. Eligibility: Hero At Home (the “Contest”) is open to the three (3) Nominees that were pre-selected by Sponsor who have reviewed and agreed to these Official Rules. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.
2. Sponsor: Chrysler Group LLC, 1000 Chrysler Drive, Auburn Hills, MI 48326. Administrator: ePrize, Inc., One ePrize Drive, Pleasant Ridge, MI 48069.
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4. Timing: The Contest begins on September 23, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time ("ET"), ends on September 30, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET (the "Contest Period"). Sapient's computer is the official time-keeping device for the Contest.
5. How to Vote for a Nominee: During the Contest Period, the Nominees photo and short story will be posted in an online gallery for public voting at www.jeep.com/heroes. Persons who are legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia and are at least eighteen (18) years old ("Registrants") will be invited to complete an online registration form and vote for the Nominee they believe is most deserving of winning the Grand Prize. Employees of Chrysler Group LLC, Sapient, GlobalHue, ePrize, Inc., or any of their parent and affiliate companies as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible to vote.
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