Michelle Cuthrell is an author, speaker, soldier lover and Orphan Warrior. Her book, Behind the Blue-Star Banner: A Memoir from the Home Front, has been featured everywhere from the national Fox and Friends morning television show to Army Wife Talk Radio, and her story and work have appeared on the pages of the Army Times, Ellie Kay’s Heroes at Home and Jocelyn Green’s Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front, among others.
As a cheerleader for families facing the grueling pace of rapidly-deploying military life, Michelle has encouraged Family Readiness Groups and spouses’ conferences from Alaska to Virginia to be victors, not victims, and view their obstacles as opportunities in disguise. It’s been her honor to challenge spouses to “choose joy” from her keynote platform at more than a dozen Yellow Ribbon and Operation Homefront events over 13 years of milspouse life.
As a warrior for orphans, Michelle and her team of five boys (four little cape bearers and Supersoldier, who is her greatest earthly hero of all) have hosted two superheroes, called two more sons and told the stories of the thousands of others whose “special needs” are just superpowers in disguise.
Combining her dual passions for military families and orphan superheroes-in-waiting, Michelle launched a blog called Of Capes and Combat Boots in 2016. Her latest campaign, Operation Orphan Warrior, seeks to change the orphan story for the more than 600,000 mostly special needs superheroes waiting for forever families in China.