Meet Lakesha Cole: She’s a mom, mentor, CEO and the Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year!

Lakesha has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and is earning an associate’s degree at Parsons the New School for Design. She is the owner and CEO of She Swank | Too, a boutique in Japan, and she mentors fellow military spouse entrepreneurs. On top of all of that, she cares for her daughter, Kailey, and has a second baby on the way!

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Gunnery Sgt. Deonte Cole nominated his wife for the award because he said he’s very proud of her.

“My wife, she works very hard, and I’m extremely proud of her, so this is a great opportunity […] for her to be recognized for the extraordinary work that I see her do all the time,” Deonte said.

“It’s very difficult when our loved ones deploy,” Lakesha said. “They miss birthdays and Christmas and Thanksgivings and a lot of special moments in between.” Lakesha said she leans on fellow military spouses, family and friends for support.

Watch the Cole family's full interview in the video above.

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