By Susan Arnett-Switzer, Guest writer
Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes, recently encountered my brother Capt. Samuel Arnett in Kuwait while evaluating the voting systems of deployed soldiers.
After learning of his extensive deployment history as well as the accomplishments of his wife, Sara Jane Arnett, (Military Spouse of the Year and children’s book author of “My Daddy’s a Soldier”) Secretary Grimes insisted that a member of our family be acknowledged and represented at a press conference on Sept. 12 in the Capitol Building.
I thoroughly enjoyed attending the conference and sat alongside veterans and active military, front and center, and was briefly acknowledged.
I was then asked to return to the Capitol for a private meeting with Secretary Grimes on Oct. 10. I, joined by my 6-month-old daughter, Alaska June, and armed with a beautiful Biancke’s chocolate pie, made my way to the Capitol.
Secretary Grimes along with her staff were very surprisingly genuine and friendly, gushing over my tag along guest.
At this time, sitting beside me on the visitor side of her desk holding June, Grimes explained to me that my brother and his wife had been awarded Kentucky Colonels and had nominated me to receive one as well. I am beyond honored and feel very sheepishly undeserving to receive such an award.
I have found it very inspirational and such a wonderful experience. I hope to uphold and eventually earn the honor bestowed upon me.