AUSA – Day Two
This was my first FULL day at AUSA – I attended a large session with dozens of FRG leaders in the audience. This was directed at the Reserve and Guard Components – lots of memories of the last deployment for me, when my husband was with the Minnesota Guard. Those Guard Parents out there – Changes are coming, at the usual Army glacial pace – but they are coming.
I have lots of links etc to share with you. A new format/page structure will be coming soon on PZ, and they’ll be easy to find.
But – I am really psyched about vFRG. One point I checked on with the ArmyOneSource folks – If your soldier’s unit has a Virtual Family Readiness Group Site – you can click in, and request that you be added – this email goes to your soldier and supposedly all he/she needs to do is click Yes (or whatever the box says) and you will be added to the list. Now the VFRG is only as good as the support from the unit, that’s its one drawback – but it IS a start. So talk to your soldier – tell him to get off his tail and add you!
I collected many many cards from “Family Resource” booths and talked about the need for Parents to be included in that umbrella of “Family”. And I was heartened by how many groups are realizing this! Military Family Network even has a portion of their site for Military Parents.. Another group, for the caregiver for a wounded servicemember, is very open to helping Military Parents – they are called Operation Life Transformed . The Brass – ie Senior military – also talked about Extended Families. So there is hope out there for Parents – who won’t be relegated as just “some soldiers mom“.
As mentioned above, we are going to make some changes here, let us know what you want to see, and what you need to see, and what you don’t want to see.