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'A pillar of strength': Meet the Military Spouse of the Year

by Scott Stump /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY

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Corie Weathers packs lunches and gets the kids off to school just like many suburban moms. But along with that, she is helping military families like hers deal with difficult issues — like the loss of a loved one and post-traumatic stress disorder.

"When I was in my master's degree program I wanted to focus on PTSD and trauma, and that opened up my eyes to combat trauma and some of the struggles that a lot of military families face," she said on TODAY.

"Having to go through deployments and go through reintegration has definitely given me a way to connect with other military families and say, 'I know what this is like,'" she added.

The counselor and mother of two boys has made such an impact on various communities that she has been selected as the Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year after being nominated by her husband of 16 years, Capt. Matthew Weathers, a chaplain in the U.S. Army who has deployed to Afghanistan twice.

"She is absolutely amazing, just a pillar of strength, compassion, and integrity,'' Matthew said on TODAY Monday. "I couldn't ask to be around a more amazing human."

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