AmeriCorps Member Organizes Operation Homefront Services to Military Community July 16, 2013Posted by servicecorpsnews in Accomplishment Spotlight.
Deborah Hoselton, an AmeriCorps member serving Operation Homefront through the ALA Call to Service Corps, played a critical role in implementing two of the organizations’ support programs for the military community during her just completed service term.
Hoselton was pivotal in executing Operation Homefront’s Fly Away Home initiative, which provides deployed servicemembers with flights home for Father’s Day. This respite for servicemembers is essential for their own well-being as well as the whole military family. “We received about a thousand applications,” Hoselton said. “I screened and ranked applications based on criteria like rank, wounded status, and time away from family. Working with all these families, coordinating their travel…It was a wonderful experience.”
Hoselton also orchestrated the Saban Military Wife Educational Scholarship, a joint program of Operation Homefront and the Women’s Self Worth Foundation. The scholarship helps wives of uniformed servicemembers attend vocational training programs in the medical field. Hoselton was responsible for coordination of the scholarship, which involved evaluating applications, notifying winners of their selection, and helping winners choose eligible institutions.
As both a former military spouse and the daughter of a servicemember, Hoselton held a deep personal investment in her service assignment. Hoselton is a licensed counselor, and originally joined her sponsoring organization due to its work around behavioral health. “I’ve always been involved in the community to some extent,” she said. “I have a background in psychology and was interested in Operation Homefront’s work with [servicemembers and veterans] with PTSD.”