NFI recognizes Military Dads by holding a contest for the greatest Military Dad. You can read their amazing stories below and vote for one of the three finalists in the Military Fatherhood Awards.
The voting closes on May 11th so be sure to place your vote today!
Each year, the National Fatherhood Initiative recognizes those military dads who go above and beyond for their children and families. They have narrowed down the candidates to three extraordinary military fathers and husbands.
LS1 Christopher Cady
Imagine you’re LS1 Christopher Cady and you’re Active Duty Navy and the single father of a profoundly disabled son (epilepsy, cerebral palsy, blind and deaf). Yeah, that’s about the point where my brain clicked off too. Cady is an active duty sailor who deployed when his son, Joshua, was younger. As the primary caregiver, he had to create a meticulous plan to provide for his son’s care and many needs while he was away, in addition to getting himself ready for a deployment, no easy task in itself. Click here to read more.
CPT Scott Kulla
CPT Scott Kulla is a married father of six. SIX! Kulla, in addition to being a full-time soldier (Army! hooah!) also is a full-time student in the US Army Doctor of Science Occupational Therapy Program. The demands on his time are great, but he always makes time to spend with his children. “Daddy dates,” camping trips, 4 a.m. workouts, late night study sessions and sleep deprivation are just some of the ways he puts his children and family first. Click here to read more.
MAJ Marc Matthes
If you were adopting a child from Russia and making several trips to care for your future sons’ health and show your “immeasurable love for these boys,” would you also arrive with enough food, formula and vitamins for the other 100+ children? That’s just what MAJ Marc Matthes did while waiting for the adoption approval. After his wife, Kerry, suffered an injury at her job, the couple “chose to adopt Russian orphans. He visited Russia several times at a great financial cost to adopt two boys. Later, while stationed in Korea, they adopted two girls from Guatemala; again, at a great cost.” During separations, the 41-year-old father, records stories prior to his departure “so [his children] will hear his voice and feel his love while he is away.” Click here to read more.
For more information on the National Fatherhood Initiative’s 2011 Military Fatherhood Award, please click here. Or, to vote on which father should be this year’s recipient, visit NFI’s facebook page. Attorney Jeffrey Feulner and the Men’s Divorce Law Firm are very proud to assist active, deployed and retired servicemen. Hooahh!