A Navy Mom – Blue Star Mom
From a Navy Mom.
I’m not the best on this computer, but my daughter-in-law thinks I’m pretty hip that I even try. Wouldn’t want to disappoint her. She is my life line to my son, as many daughter-in-laws are.
Our chapter puts out a newsletter. We do not require that our mothers be members to participate in our newsletter. We like pictures and stories from any parents. We have an email of about seventy-five addresses, some are to our children over seas, family members and friends around the world. It has been a great support tool.
My strong support for being in the Blue Star Mothers organization is for the fringe benefits that a chartered chapter has. It makes it much easier for us to fund raise for troop support packages when the donations can be tax deductible under the 501 C (3). Other than that, the group is pretty much the same as the parentzone. We want to support those military families.
I saw several postings about the FRG Sponsor not doing their job and not keeping everyone informed. I know one of these volunteers personally and I’m sure everyone wishes she was in charge of their FRG group. She keep the FRG so well informed, provided times each month for those close enough to get together and relayed the information to everyone that would give current addresses and email.
She was called upon this past weekend to help a widow who was waiting for her husband’s body to arrive from Iraq. After talking with the wife, she was able to take care of all the food and supplies that were needed in the home and at the funeral home. The wife was so grateful that those duties would be taken care of and she could concentrate on other things. Our FRG Sponsor traveled three hours, following the military reps, to help this lady whom she did not know. Spent the night and returned that next day.
Do parents and spouses really know what duties are expected from these FRG Volunteers? Volunteers are as good as their hearts. Not all are the same. I do not believe I could be a FRG Sponsor.
For parents and spouses it is a good idea to get your passport before your child or spouse is deployed. I would not have thought to do it, but my daughter-in-law insisted and I am so glad that I did. You never know when you will need it. You might need to meet your child in a different country for a vacation, R&R, or for an emergency. I can take several weeks to get one and you would not want to miss out because of not having a required passport.
Thank you for allowing me to add to your parents zone.
Bless all your sons and daughters,