A stay-at-home father of two has just received one of the highest civilian honors we can give: the 2012 Military Spouse of the Year from Military Spouse magazine. Jeremy Hilton, whose wife is in the Air Force, is the first man to ever receive the award.

Hilton, whose daughter has significant special needs, has been a tireless advocate for military families–especially those coping with a child who has disabilities. Oh, and he’s also pursuing a graduate degree at George Washington University.

In his profile the magazine, Hilton wrote, “In my free time (who are we kidding; I’m writing this at 0500 before the kids get up), I like to play poker, watch football and try to squeeze in the occasional workout.” He also loves dates with his wife “when we can actually talk.”

You can read a bit more about this here.