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A national magazine focused on military spouses has opened nominations for the 2012 Military Spouse of the Year award.

This is the fifth year of the award. It honors military spouses from any branch of service and any rank. The magazine wants people in the military community and civilians to consider nominating a friend, relative or neighbor for the award.

The award will go to a person who has made remarkable contributions to the military community. The person must be the spouse of a current member of the U.S. Armed Forces. They’re looking for someone who has worked to improve the community, made volunteer efforts, shown personal sacrifice and demonstrated specific support to the military.

“With the White House drawing national attention toward military families through the Joining Forces campaign and celebrities like Oprah Winfrey discussing the importance of recognizing military families, we are expecting a large number of Americans to seize the chance to nominate a deserving military spouse," said Babette Maxwell, a Navy spouse and founder of the magazine and award.

Nominations can be submitted at milspouse.com/msoy now through December 14. The winner will be chosen from each of the five branches of the military in January. The overall winner will be chosen from the five finalists in an online vote in February.

The winner will be honored in a ceremony in May in Washington, D.C.