Over at SpouseBUZZ, Amy asks a good question: if you were in charge of the family programs funding, what sort of stuff would you change? I agree with Amy's assertion that there is waste, program overlap, and underused facilities in military family programs. I have personally seen, within the last few months, bags of food in the dumpster outside the Child Development Center, new playgrounds installed where the old ones seemed fine, and plenty of giveaways of junk just because the kids like it.
On the flip side, most of us have also seen places where the budget doesn't support worthwhile programs and services. There's only so much money to go around, and not everything can be funded. I'm on a personal mission to extend our pool hours, because 12-6 means that I'm trapped in the hot sun, and my husband can only go to the pool on the weekends. In my opinion, this would be a sensible use of money.
I'm sure all of you have lots of ideas of where family programs could be changed to better serve military families. I'm curious to hear your responses, either here or at SpouseBUZZ. I don't want to hijack Amy's great article, so be sure to give her some comment love as well.