Every year, National Fatherhood Initiative celebrates military fathers and families through our Military Fatherhood Award™. We get hundreds of nominations and after narrowing down to four finalists, we turn to the American people to help us select an Awardee by voting on Facebook.
Our finalists are going above and beyond in staying involved in their children's lives, despite the challenges of military life, and they are an inspiration to us. We hope they'll inspire and encourage you too.
Ssgt Charlie Linville, U.S. Marine Corps - a combat veteran and Wounded Warrior, Ssgt Linville insisted on attending his daughter's first karate competition the day after having his leg amputated and continues to plan activites with his daughters, despite daily pain.
CPO Patrick Mondragon, U.S. Navy - CPO Mondragon was effectively a solo parent while caring for his wife and kids - and continuing to fulfill his military duties - during a life-threatening health complication his wife experienced.
Ssgt Jorge Roman, U.S. Army - a first-generation American, Ssgt Roman is fulfilling the American dream for his children, teaches them art and fitness, and has continued to parent his daughters during overseas deployments.
Maj. Kevin Billups, U.S. Air Force - leaving for his eighth deployment in a few weeks, Maj. Billups is not only an involved father to his three children, he teaches other new military dads how to prepare for fatherhood and care for their little ones.
You can watch the videos their families created and vote for your favorite finalist on NFI's Facebook page. Voting opens on Monday April 15 and closes on Sunday May 15. You can vote once every 24 hours.
We're excited to introduce these wonderful dads as outstanding examples of fatherhood and to honor them for their service to the country.
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Regular readers of our blog know that we occasionally honor individuals, corporations, and organizations with our Fatherhood Award for their work to strengthen involved, responsible, and committed fatherhood. (Click here
to learn more about our Fatherhood Award and see a list of recent and past honorees.)
We need YOU to help us choose the next recipient of our Fatherhood Award. We selected three wonderful television commercials by Chevrolet, Oreo, and Volkswagen that portray fathers interacting with their children in heart-warming ways. A special page on our Facebook
allows people to view the commercials and vote for their favorite. The ad that receives the most votes by November 6 will receive a Fatherhood Award from National Fatherhood Initiative.
Would you take 2 minutes to click on this link, watch the three commercials, and vote for the one you think is most deserving of a Fatherhood Award?
Vote every day
between now and November 6 - and tell your friends and colleagues to vote too!
We guarantee that these short videos will bring a smile to your face. In a time TV typically portrays dads as dumb, disaffected, or dangerous, it's really encouraging to see corporate brands depicting fathers in positive ways in their advertising. We want to see more of these types of ads and that's why we're doing this contest on Facebook. Take a look and vote - no matter whether you vote for Chevrolet, Oreo, or Volkswagen, you're casting a vote for a brand that recognizes the importance of dads!Vote today!
Do you have questions about fatherhood that you want NFI president Roland Warren to answer? Submit your questions on NFI's Facebook page
and we will post his video responses to selected questions throughout the year.
See Roland in action in this video: