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Scholarship Supports Military Spouse’s Dream to Help Military Children

By Operation Homefront

May 12, 2021

Codie Maile is a helper. Whether as a military mom and Army spouse, a volunteer for Operation Homefront, or in her former job as a hairstylist, Codie wants to make sure the people around her have what they need to thrive.

As a cancer survivor who also copes with the pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia, Codie could no longer work as a stylist. She knew she wanted to go back to school now that her children were older but being a military family with one income made that difficult.

She knew about the partnership between Operation Homefront and Southern New Hampshire University that provides a military spouse with a tuition-free degree through the Homefront Celebrations program.

In March, during the virtual Homefront Celebration in 2021, Codie was announced as SNHU’s latest scholarship recipient.

“This scholarship means so much to me,” Codie said. “It’s a chance to achieve my goals, help support my family, and show my kids what is possible when you never give up.”

Codie was one of 30 military spouses in the Clarksville, Tennessee, area who joined online for the event, that included a guest speaker, icebreaker games, door prizes and other fun surprises.

She is also a self-described Army brat. Growing up in a military family, being the wife to Army Sgt. Cody Maile, and being a mom to a daughter, Kaleigh, 12, and son, Kane, 10, Codie understands the challenges of military life. She intends to seek a degree to help her become a counselor working with military children.

“Thank you so much for this opportunity,” she said. “I am so excited to be a student at SNHU and can’t wait to get started!”

Operation Homefront launched ‘Start Strong, Stay Strong,’ a national brand campaign in March 2021. The initiative brings much-needed attention to the dedicated service of our military families and the support that Americans can provide to build the stability, connections and comfort these families deserve to start strong in their communities and stay strong throughout their journeys. #StartStrongStayStrong. Find out more at operationhomefront.org/start-strong-stay-strong.

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