A Policy of Giving Back
At Armed Forces Insurance, we are passionate about supporting the military. We take pride in providing personal service and competitive rates to those who serve and their families. But our commitment does not end there. We also feel that we have an additional obligation to give back to the military and local communities that support us. Below are some of the programs that we sponsor. Because to us it's not just a policy, it's a policy of giving back.
Armed Forces Bowl - Great American Patriot Award
As the official insurance partner of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, AFI was proud to present the 2018 Great American Patriot Award to Team Rubicon. The award was presented on December 22, 2018 during the halftime show at the 2018 Armed Forces Bowl honoring Team Rubicon for their exemplary service to the United States.
Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans to rapidly provide relief, free of charge, to communities in need following disaster. Since its founding in 2010, Team Rubicon has been involved in more than 300 disaster operations in 19 countries, including Hurricanes Harvey, Sandy, Michael, Florence, Irma and Maria, and the 2013 Moore tornado.
Military Spouse of the Year
Armed Forces Insurance (AFI) is the proud owner and operator of the Military Spouse of the Year® (MSOY) award. The award is presented each year to the military spouse who best represents the sacrifice, patriotism and selflessness of more than 20 million past and present military spouses.
This year’s overall winner was announced at the MSOY awards dinner in Washington D.C. on May 9th. Following an extensive voting process, Marine Spouse Holly Vega was selected to serve as the 2019 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year®. Holly was chosen from among a sea of base-level winners, which was then narrowed down to six military spouses representing their respective Service branches (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and National Guard).
To learn more about the program, please visit msoy.afi.org.
Military Warriors Support Foundation
AFI has partnered with the Military Warriors Support Foundation (MWSF) as the preferred insurance company for the MWSF programs. The MWSF, through the homes donation program Homes4WoundedHeroes, awards 100% mortgage-free homes to combat wounded veterans.
The Homes4WoundedHeroes program is also available to Gold Star Spouses of Heroes who have fallen in combat. In addition to the home, each family receives three years of family and financial mentoring so that they may learn the skills necessary to become happy and successful homeowners. This program not only changes the lives of the Hero and their family, but is also changes the lives of generations to follow.
AFI proudly sponsors Sky Ball, a fundraising event established by the nonprofit Fort Worth Airpower Foundation. Sky Ball has helped the Foundation give to programs that directly support members of all military branches and their families, such as contingency funds at the Naval Air Station, Fort Worth, Joint Reserve Base and other programs. Sky Ball contributions have also helped fund:
- Heroes on the Water - Healing veterans through fellowship and fishing
- Freedom Flight - Taking heroes of the Greatest Generation, our WWII Veterans, to visit their Memorial in Washington, D.C.
- Wounded Warriors Veteran's Day Weekend in Las Vegas
- Snowball Express - Helping children of fallen military personnel heal and make new memories
- Gary Sinise Foundation - Serving the Nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need
- Plus many of the other programs and causes that directly and solely support of veterans, military members, wounded warriors and military families - we're proud to help
Every day, many of the men and women of the armed forces return to their families and their civilian lives. But not every one will have that chance, and the families left behind are forever changed.
Armed Forces Insurance is proud to sponsor Snowball Express, which remembers those fallen heroes who will never return, and honors the supreme sacrifice their families have made. Snowball Express serves the children of our nation’s military service members who have been killed on active duty since September 11, 2001.
One of our employees, Stacey Unzicker, lost her father in Vietnam. Stacey had the opportunity to volunteer at Snowball Express, and in her own words she talks about her experience: "I was surprised and blessed with an incredible opportunity by AFI. I was asked to attend the Snowball Express in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area as a volunteer! I had no idea of what I was getting into, nor how I would react – but I will cherish this time for all of my days!"
I will always be grateful to Armed Forces Insurance for supporting the Snowball Express. Gold Star families know all too well that Freedom Is Not Free – this experience put a smile on this little girl’s face and brought much needed peace to her heart!
I encourage you to take a minute and visit Snowball Express for a glimpse at the joy and healing of the new generation. May there one day be no more Gold Stars."
Armed Forces Insurance continues to support the United Way of Leavenworth County. These funds support local agencies delivering services to children, families, seniors and veterans in our community. AFI employees are encouraged to contribute both financial resources and time to worthwhile charitable causes. AFI’s community service policy allows those making a contribution to the United Way campaign are granted a day of administrative leave to volunteer their time to a charitable service organization.