Cherry Point woman up for Military Spouse of the Year

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Bridget Platt stands with her husband Craig while holding their daughter, Charlotte. Platt is a semifinalist for the Military Spouse of the Year award.

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Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 05:44 PM.

As the wife of a Cherry Point Marine, Bridget Platt knows the impact deployments can have on children.

To help those children, she developed Daddy’s Deployed, a business that creates customized and personal books that can serve as a guide for the children during the deployment while helping them cope with being apart from their parents.

And now, she is one of three semifinalists for the Marine Corps Military Spouse of the Year.

“It’s really crazy,” Platt said of being a semifinalist. “I didn’t think I would make it this far, but now that I have, it’s been this really awesome experience where I feel I can really make a difference. I hope I can keep going.”

The Marine Corps Military Spouse of the Year is scheduled to be announced on Feb. 20. Should Platt receive the selection, she would get the opportunity to attend a celebration in Washington where the national Military Spouse of the Year is selected from a panel of six winners from each service branch. Currently, there are 18 semifinalists for the national award from the Marine Corps, Navy, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard.

“I am a huge believer in the power of positive thinking,” she said. “I have a white board where I write things that I want to achieve, so I wrote on there that I would be nominated for the top 18. Now, I’ve written on there that I will be nominated as Marine Corps Spouse of the Year.

“I look at that every day and try to imagine what that would feel like or what I would wear in Washington, and it’s really exciting. It’s a little intimidating, but it’s really an exciting feeling.”

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