Trish Alegre-Smith

The winners of the first annual Military and Veteran Community Choice Awards sponsored by Caliber Home Loans were announced yesterday at the Military Influencer Conference in Washington, DC. The awards celebrate brands and organizations who provide outstanding service to the military community.

Service members, military spouses and veterans participated in the open nomination and voting process and winners were determined solely by popular vote. Five awards were given in two categories: non-profit organizations who serve the military and veteran community and military, veteran and military spouse influencers.

Award Category: Non-Profit Organizations (who serve the military community)

Small Non-Profits

1. Active Valor

Active Valor is a combat veteran run non-profit dedicated to giving new purpose to veterans by pairing them as mentors to Gold Star children.

2. Valors on Eighth

Valors on Eighth engages with veterans through a wide variety of events to create a sense of purpose and belonging.

3. My Warrior's Place

My Warrior's Place honors, supports and promotes healing of the mind and spirit by providing a relaxed setting and special programs.

Large Non-Profits

1. Team RWB

Team RWB works to enrich the lives of our nation's veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.

2. Workshops for Warriors (WFW)

WFW is a school that trains, certifies and helps place veterans, wounded warriors and transitioning service members into advanced manufacturing careers.

3. Operation Care and Comfort

Operation Care and Comfort allows Americans the opportunity to donate their time, talents and treasure to honor those currently serving our country and those who have served through various programs.

Award Category: Military, Veteran and MilSpouse influencers

Veteran Owned Businesses

1. One Nation Coffee

One Nation Coffee supports traditional American values upheld by members of the military, law enforcement and first responders with delicious coffee.

2. Military Talent Partners

Military Talent Partners provides mentorship, coaching and career discove3ry to help military talent realize their potential and define their professional goals.

3. Military Fresh Network

Military Fresh Network is a veteran ran media company created to "show and prove" to the world that they can serve our country yet remain the unique individuals they were created to be.

MilSpouse Owned Businesses

1. Begin Within

Begin Within is a military spouse owned business that provides holistic career services that focus on candidate fulfillment and satisfaction.

2. Organized Chaos

Organized Chaos is a military lifestyle brand that serves and assists military spouses and families streamline their lives and thrive in every season and challenge they face.

3. Instant Teams

Instant teams connects highly skilled military-connected talent to their clients professional remote opportunities.

Social media influencers

1. Adam Braatz

Adam is an Air Force veteran and career coach who has built a reputation as a world class relationship builder.

2. Military Fresh Network

Military Fresh Network is a veteran ran media company created to "show and prove" to the world that they can serve our country yet remain the unique individuals they were created to be.

3. Ashley Gorbulja-Maldonado

Ashley is a marketing specialist in the VA's Office of Corporate Communications and a Veteran Program Consultant.

The MVC Choice Awards were hosted by Task & Purpose, PCSgrades, Blue Star Families, GovX and the Military Influencer Conference and sponsored by Caliber Home Loans. Congratulations to the winners of these inaugural awards. To learn more about the awards, click here.