Tacoma woman named 'Armed Forces Spouse of the Year' on Gold Star Spouses Day
TACOMA, Wash. - Thursday marked "Gold Star Spouses Day," which honors the husbands and wives of fallen military service members.
Krista Anderson of Tacoma is many things to her family and her community.
“I am a Gold Star Spouse as well as a military spouse," she said.
On Thursday, she’s was recognized with one more distinction: "Armed Forces Insurance Army Spouse of the Year.”
Five years ago, Krista and her family endured the ultimate sacrifice.
Her husband, Green Beret Staff Sgt. Michael Simpson, gave his life protecting our country. Simpson was killed by an IED while on deployment in Afghanistan in 2013.
Since then, she has dedicated her life to helping other Gold Star families and veterans.
Anderson serves her community through an organization she co-founded called the Unquiet Professional.
“In 2013 we founded the Unquiet Professional which supports Gold Star families and veterans," said Anderson. "We founded it while standing in Arlington National Cemetery, and it was really to be able to give back to the community that supported our family."
“Our organization is very healing for me. Everything we do, heals me every day," she added.
Anderson has since remarried. Her boys are now six and eight.
Anderson said she and other Gold Star spouses continue to honor the service, sacrifice, and legacy of their loved ones.
“I’m grateful for Armed Spouses Insurance and Military Spouse Magazine for creating this opportunity to be able to highlight the incredible works that spouses do day in and day out,” said Anderson.
Krista is now in the running for overall 'Military Spouse of the Year. 'That honor will be announced in May.
“I think Mike would definitely be proud…I think he would be proud. five years later that I’m standing here in a place I think with strength,” said Anderson.