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Winner Will Receive a Trip to "The 44th Annual CMA Awards" And an All-New 2011 Chevrolet Cruze
NASHVILLE - Chevrolet, the official ride of Country Music, is once again honoring our men and women in uniform by bringing back "Chevrolet Salutes America's Heroes." The stories of 10 worthy nominees are available All of the nominees, while in uniform, have demonstrated the military spirit of overcoming obstacles, inspiring others, and positively impacting their country and community.

This year's finalists are Air Force MSgt. Amy Amua-Sekyi; Army National Guard and Army Reserve Colonel (Ret.) Richard Asami; Army Master Sgt. Mathew Baker: Army Sgt. Thomas Bauschke; Army Spc. Sarah Enos; Army Maj.Ronald Fideldy; U.S. Army Reserve Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jennifer Friedman; Navy 1stClass Petty Officer Gabe Kelly; Army Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Mastrian; and Army Sgt. Michael Ochoa.

Amua-Sekyi is not only a servicewoman, but a daughter, wife, mother, friend, and mentor to younger servicemen and women. She has balanced her military career and her family life, while making many sacrifices. According to the nomination video posted to the website, "Her oldest son Marcus has Down syndrome, and is thriving because of Amy and her husband's constant effort to keep the balance of service and family. She has been active in the Omaha Down Syndrome Parents Network for nine years, raising awareness and advocating for individuals with Down syndrome."

Asami was nominated for his combination of 40 years of Army National Guard and Army Reserve service while attaining degrees in Pharmacy and Dentistry. According to a nomination video posted to the website, "When he learned of a shortage of dentists serving in Iraq, he volunteered for active duty and was attached to the 34th Infantry Division and served at the age of 70, in fact, he had his 71st birthday in Iraq."

Baker was nominated by his nine children for his 20 years of service in the Army but most of all for being a great example to them and the 45 foster children he and his wife have taken in over the years. In a video his children submitted for the Website they said, "He is our soldier, teacher, handy man, coach, grill master, cookie baker, brownie maker, team driver, shoulder to cry on, and most of all 'Our Hero'."

Bauschke first joined the Army in 1985, served for three years and was discharged back to civilian life. In 2007, at the age of 41, he chose to reenlist as a medic. He was deployed to Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division in 2009. According to the nomination video posted to the Website, "He is responsible for at least two soldiers making it home and countless locals receiving medical care that they would not have had otherwise. All of this while getting wounded and receiving the Purple Heart himself."

Enos was nominated by her husband for consistently placing the needs of others before those of herself and balancing simultaneous tasks with great care. She is the mother of four children, ages 2 to 14, and was given custodial guardianship for 10 months of a fellow soldier's teenage daughter. She has also gone beyond the call of her duties by volunteering to run the community Christmas initiative for less fortunate children. In the nomination video, her husband stated, "Her volunteer time is important to her, and I would fall short if I tried to mention all she does."

Fideldy was put on active duty shortly after 9/11 and has been all over the U.S. and to Iraq, twice. He has kept taking care of his family, even while deployed, and as his wife struggled with Hepatitis-B. While deployed in Iraq he took an interest in the children there and taught them some American games, including baseball. According to his daughter in the nomination video posted to the Website, "My family quickly jumped on to this idea and everyone started sending baseball equipment."

Friedman was nominated for her work as a Criminal Investigator CID Special Agent in the U.S. Army Reserve, a spouse to a full-time, active duty U.S. Army Military Police Officer and a rehabilitative counselor, who works with veterans and individuals suffering from disabilities. According to her nomination video posted to the Website, "She has also been an unwavering cornerstone of a military family through numerous deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti, Kuwait, and the South Pacific."

Kelly was inspired to join the military after the events of 9/11. He enlisted as a Navy Seabee where he helps build camps, schools, and hospitals while offering protection. According to the nomination video of his wife posted to the Website, "He truly is an amazing hero - be it by training his soldiers at work, working at the local food bank, helping people in our church, working on Habitat for Humanity projects, or teaching his sons how to be wonderful, God-loving children."

Mastrian was nominated by his wife for his 26 years in the Army, a job he loves. Despite his many deployments and missions all over the world, he always makes the time to call and write to his family to let them know they are always in his thoughts. According to the nomination video posted to the Website, "He encourages his fellow Soldiers to make family time happen as he has often seen firsthand that time can be short for those who give their lives for our country."

Ochoa is a dedicated soldier, husband and father, who was nominated for enduring two year-long deployments despite being injured by a roadside bomb in his first deployment to Iraq. The bomb completely destroyed the vehicle and caused some devastating injuries. According to a nomination video of his wife posted to the Website, "Despite his injuries, Michael still managed to help his fellow soldiers to safety."

The "hero" who garners the most votes will receive a trip to "The 44th Annual CMA Awards" on Wednesday, Nov. 10, and an all new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. One lucky voter will also win a trip for two to Nashville for "The 44th Annual CMA Awards."

Chevrolet supports men and women in uniform through two additional programs.

Chevrolet began a year-long campaign in May with a goal of raising $1 million to support Cell Phones for Soldiers. To reach that goal, Chevrolet has called on General Motors employees, NASCAR race fans, and Chevrolet dealers across the country to donate their unwanted, gently used cell phones to the cause. Cell Phones for Soldiers will recycle the cell phones, and use the proceeds to provide pre-paid calling cards and cell phones to troops serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Chevrolet and USAA, a financial services provider for the military community, provided more than 21,000 discounts, for a total value of $24 million, to help U.S. troops and their families purchase a new Chevrolet in 2009. The result contributes to the industry's best military discount program: the USAA and General Motors joint discount program offers the largest selection of vehicles and family-member eligibility of any car company.

For more information on Cell Phones for Soldiers or the GM Military Discount, please 


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