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FRGs: The Ups and the Downs

Couple

You might be married, engaged or in love with a soldier, sailor, airmen, marine or guardian (formerly known as coastie). Regardless of your associated branch of service or your exact marital status, you dear reader, are “married” to the military and chances are good that you have some form or fashion of a family support group available to you.   Newbies, take note. Just to keep things confusing for you, every branch of service calls theirs... more

Creating Last Minute Spouse Clubs to Prepare for Deployments

A military spouse shirt from the Military Wives Rock shop on Etsy.

When a unit is given short notice to deploy, many leading military wives desperately cobble together their unit's family readiness group and other networks.  Certainly there is no better way to maintain a continuous flow of information from the command to the families, not to mention the incredible benefits for supporting each other during deployments. Here are a few thoughts we've picked up along the way to help community/unit leaders get y... more

Family Support Advisers and Ombudsmen

First Lt. Joshua Fosher poses with his wife, Nalani, and their infant daughter, Kai, born in February. PHOTO COURTESY JOSHUA FOSHER

The Family Readiness Support Advisor (FRSA), Ombudsman, or Family Readiness Officer (FRO) is a communication link between the commanding officer and family members. Ombudsmen are mainly Information and referral specialists who help command family members gain the assistance they need -- this is especially relevant for deploying commands. Normally the role of ombudsman is filled by a military spouse, so keep in mind that they are not profession... more

Reserve Family and Individual Support

South Carolina Air National Guard families celebrate family day. (Photo: SMSgt Edward Snyder/South Carolina Air National Guard)

The military has a wide range of departments and resources which can provide personal and spiritual assistance to individual Reservists and their families. Family Support Centers Each of the military service branches have staffs dedicated to supporting servicemembers and their families. Most military installations have family support centers, which provide information, life-skills education, and support services. One of the primary funct... more

National Guard Support

Sgt. 1st Class John Lemke, of the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s B Battery, 1st Battalion, 121st Field Artillery Regiment, greets his family after a 10-month deployment to Afghanistan. (U.S. Army Photo)

The military has a wide range of departments and resources which can provide personal and spiritual assistance to individual Reservists and their families. Family Centers Most military installations have Family Centers, which provide information, life-skills education, and support services. One of the primary functions of the Family Center is to link customers with appropriate services available in the local commuity or through state and fed... more

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