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  •  It does matter to more than military families. (4+ / 0-)
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    Dragon5616, jfdunphy, Sunspots, allenjo

    Maybe those spouses that can understand our predicament are willing to speak up for us as well. I'm certainly willing to speak out for them.

    •  Army times adds that cuts are being (1+ / 0-)
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      made to the budgets for family support groups .... which was one of the bigger improvers of morale for reserve and national guard troops pressed into service for 18-21 months at at time, involving multiple moves during training up,deployment, and "re-entry."

      •  Yep. (2+ / 0-)
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        jfdunphy, allenjo

        Family support groups were already on thin ice. The majority survive due to high volunteerism of military spouses. More cuts - more volunteers needed. Of course, what else is a milspouse who can't get a job going to do, right?

        •  True, but you feel very guilty (1+ / 0-)
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          if you don't try to help in some way. It's almost impossible to describe the needs that are out there. Like when both parents are deployed, and the grandparents have to take care of the kids, and the kids start acting out in school, etc.  When cars break down, and the pay is hung up because of a change in the system, and there's a delay in getting the car fixed. And people are worried about losing their job as a result. Stuff like that. When the news reports spike about action in the area where your troop is deployed, and your troop has to be out of touch for a while for a valid tactical reason. Then news about the sequester, and you learn that companies shipping stuff for your troop have to slow down production, to stay within budget. Things like that.

          •  Yep. Things like that. (1+ / 0-)
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            It's true. We all help in any ways we can. I've taken training after training in how to be a family support volunteer. And then I began to wonder what would happen if family support could hire more of those volunteers? Wow, that program would be incredible, don't you think? But there is never enough money. And we end up losing many good volunteers to burnout. There is just so much to be done.

        •  Family support from the military - surely you (1+ / 0-)
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          1.  When living in Japan, family contacted military to have mom informed of the death of a grandmother.  Military chaplin didn't notify us for a month after having received the news.

          2.  Dad was stationed in Ossan, Korea and sister had to have emergency surgery for appendix removal.  Military refused to notify, told us that we had to go through Red Cross.

          3.  When living in Italy, the base didn't have an eye doctor.  School teachers ended up putting lots of pressure on someone to have me sent to Naples to have my eyes checked.  The first time was told that I was making things up.  Second time finally got the glasses I needed the year earlier.

          4.  Had fever of 104.5 for 3 weeks the base hospital kept telling mom that it was normal for 10 year olds to have that high of a temp for that long.  It was Scarlet Fever and had morphed into Rheumatic Fever and it took the hospital boss to be somewhat dressed down my mom when he accidentally walked through the ER area and saw us sitting in the hallway for me to actually get treatment (which did involve a plane being ordered to the runway and wait for blood samples to be taken to a base that had the equipment to do the work - but then again when the hospital commanding officer says jump, you don't question).

          5.  The trunk of the car fell on my hand and should have shattered all 4 bones in the palm area of the hand.  Had xrays, not broken.  1.5 weeks later my hand was still going numb.  We were told that since the base hospital was down an Ortho doc, I couldn't be seen on base, cause a 'real' patient may come in... here's the paperwork to go off base (and that one was a quack - yeah, probably carpal tunnel, it'll go away..... 30 years later, I still have problems).

          Yep, the military surely does know how to support their families.....

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