Congratulations to our Salute to Distinction 2015 Volunteer of the Year! We’re thrilled to announce that Sherleana Fuentes, a Chapter Director in Grafenwoehr, Germany has been selected as the 2015 recipient!

The Salute to Distinction award recognizes outstanding volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to Blue Star Families and formally thanks them for furthering our mission within their respective communities. Mrs. Fuentes has been a volunteer with Blue Star Families since 2013. She began as a Chapter Director at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and continued to volunteer in a leadership position when her family moved to Germany.

Salute to Distinction Award Winner 20152015 Salute to Distinction Award WinnerIn 2015, Mrs. Fuentes held numerous Books on Bases events and distributed over 1,000 books to military children. She has also hosted several events for military caregivers. Mrs. Fuentes exhibits a remarkable level of commitment to our organization and the military families we support worldwide.

Leah Love, Volunteer Training Fellow, had this to say: “Sherleana has been a dedicated volunteer with Blue Star Families for over two years. Whether in Missouri or Germany, Sherleana has brought communities together by connecting them with BSF resources and programs. She has been one of the Chapter Directors to pilot the Blue Star Buddies program, showing her commitment to the children of her community as well as adapting and embracing new Blue Star Families initiatives. Sherleana gets the job done, thinks on her feet, and comes up with creative solutions when others may be halted by a challenge. She is always willing to pitch in for the team!”

When asked about her volunteerism, Mrs. Fuentes stated, “I love volunteering for Blue Star Families because of all the programs it has for our military families. Volunteering is my way of paying it forward. I have been blessed with so many opportunities to provide my community a service and when I hear thank you in return that’s enough for me to do it all over again.”

As the Volunteer of the Year, Mrs. Fuentes will receive a $500 professional development stipend, which she plans to use to continue her education and understanding of military caregivers and their resiliency.

Congratulations, Sherleana! We’re so proud of you and all that you’re doing to serve the military familes in your community!