Military Spouses and Survivors
Military spouses play a critical role in the defense of our Nation. With the all-volunteer force and operational tempos never reached in history, more and more has been asked from our military spouses. HillVets believes it important to highlight their continued and vital commitment to service members, our Nation, and our national security. We also would be remiss to not highlight the continued service of those men and women who lost their loved one in service to our Nation. Many of these men and women have channelled their loss as an impetus to help others and we salute them.
Elizabeth Davis is a survivor advocate who champions policy changes to benefit the families of our nation’s fallen heroes. In the 114th Congress she worked in conjunction with survivors from the Travis Manion Foundation to introduce The Love Lives On Act, which would eliminate the penalty that cuts off benefits for widowed spouses who remarry before age 62. She also actively educates representatives on current problems faced by military widows, and has independently garnered victories in the Commonwealth of Virginia for Gold Star families.
Elizabeth believes that when the ultimate sacrifice is paid to ensure our freedoms, this country should match that dedication to sacrifice in caring for the families left behind. Elizabeth is studying Public Administration at UNC. After her projected program completion in 2018 she will apply her degree to further serve and protect the legacies of her husband and all of America’s warriors.
Jane Horton serves as the Military and Congressional Liaison for the Embassy of Afghanistan where she works to connect the embassy with Congress, the Pentagon, and the military community at large fostering positive relationships, showing Afghanistan’s appreciation for the efforts there, and highlighting the country’s progress in the last 15 years especially in their efforts to eradicate terrorism. A Gold Star wife herself, Jane’s dedication to veterans and their families doesn’t end with her professional duties, as she dedicates countless hours to Gold and Blue Star families and the Travis Manion Foundations.