It is a tough time to be a military family! Period! No ifs; ands or buts! The military members’ multiple deployments to combat zones and the inherent dangers are too frequent with not enough time in between! The Guard and Reserve forces are being over tasked beyond their traditional roles and the active duty forces are seeing multiple deployments while continuing to PCS; do continuation and upgrade training; and respond to contingencies such as Haiti humanitarian relief! So seeing smiles and hearing young Army spouses laughing and giggling during last weeks Army Wife Network’s Field Exercise and their “Priceless Packages” was great! Star Henderson and Tara Crooks led a “seminar” on Army life with great information, contacts and follow up opportunities at Ft Riley with their normal sense of humor about their lifestyle (both are soldier spouses) and gave tips to help with “battle buddies”.
The different authors, websites and resources they provided are a great part of the program as are the “Priceless Packages” that each attendee takes away. The packages are two great bags of gifts for the spouse and their deployed or soon to be deployed soldiers (other military service member spouses are invited but these seminars fill up fast!). As I looked around the room I saw the gift bags at the tables but thought, hmmm the real “Priceless Packages” are sitting at the tables! They are enjoying a free lunch or dinner (one evening and one afternoon seminar attended by 150 each), gifts and child care! They are being appreciated and love it! The military spouses are the backbone of the nation’s military and they deserve to be recognized for their efforts and that is exactly what Star and Tara do! Thank you so much ladies! After I saw the smiles on the Priceless Packages I turned and looked at the folks making it possible such as USAA, DECA (commissary), AAFES, Army Community Services, FMWR, K12, TriWest, MilitaryByOwner and MilitaryAvenue.com!
Then there were the local salons, The Mane Thing Salon and Spa and Headliners Tanning and Spa that provided two wonderful door prizes through MilitaryAvenue and some great discount coupons as well! They are also MilitaryAvenue.com partners and you can find them at Ft Riley, one of our 248 installations! We also gave away two iPods (with USAA) and there were many wonderful gifts from other sponsors as well! Monetary or comfort gifts are great but the best thing I think the spouses took away from the event was the sense of belonging to something bigger than themselves but small enough to make them an individual that is important and needs to be cared for and appreciated! Thank you Tara and Star for recognizing the importance of the spouses and how you can best support them! You can find out more about AWN and their Monday night radio program at their website!
Photo Credits: MilitaryAvenue.com Star and Tara entertaining their crowd of Priceless Packages at Ft Riley
Photo Credits: MilitaryAvenue.com AWN’s Tara and Star during set up for the Priceless Package event at Ft Riley
Photo Credits: MilitaryAvenue.com Deborah Kissinger presents spa gift from the Mane Thing to one of the attendees at the Priceless Package at Ft Riley
Photo Credits: MilitaryAvenue.com Two spouse volunteers helping to prepare for the Priceless Package eventbyColonel KonTuesday, May 25, 2010Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to FacebookShare to PinterestMilitary Life:ArmyWifeNetwork,Col K,Military Discounts,military family