For a quick look around the web concerning Louisiana and its Military Family, check out the links below:
This is the homepage for the Louisiana Veterans Affairs Office. They have some remarkable programs and provide and excellent way to get involved in veterans events throughout the state. Look for updated news articles and posts about veterans in the news spotlight.
The above is the Operation Military Kids website, housed within the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center site. Turn to it for updates on some of the amazing camps that are held year round for military kids as well as updates on 4-H events on the associated 4-H pages.
As you can see, it is the Barksdale Air Force Base homepage and a useful resource if you are Air Force affiliated or in the Shreveport / Bossier City area. The Airman and Family Readiness Center has made an open invitation to help the Family or Service Member of any branch of service that arrives in their building.
Fort Polk is the Active Duty Army Installation within Louisiana. It has all of the services you have come to expect from a military installation. With the Joint Readiness Training Center it is one of the larger military installations. It has a hospital, an Army Community Services branch and a place to handle DEERS transaction. Look here if you need help and you are in the Leesville / DeRidder area.
Its always nice to see what there is to do in the area. Check out the above webpage if you are travelling to New Orleans and looking for some fun filled things to do while there. Make sure to take advantage of the Audubon Experience to visit multiple major attractions. There is a military discount!
A chance to visit Baton Rouge and the state capital. If you are an LSU Tiger fan then this is the place you need to go! LSU and the capital are just two of the many possible places to visit while in Baton Rouge. Make sure to visit the USS Kid, location of the Operation Military Kids Annual Freedom Walk sleep-over.
If you are interested in Shreveport and Bossier City then stop by this web site to find out what you can do while there. If the outdoors is what you are craving, make a stop at the Bass Pro Shop or just look around at the outdoor Boardwalk shopping area. For the kids there is a wonderful interactive Science Museum, Sci-Port.
It can be said that there is always a festival going on in Louisiana. Look to this site to find out when, where and why. It is a wonderful resource for those looking for a short and inexpensive getaway while still having fun for all. Make sure to check out Contraband Days in Lake Charles, the Iowa Rabbit Festival or even the ever famous Jazz Fest or French Quarter Fest in New Orleans.
Take a stap back and remember funnel cakes, cotton candy, the Ferris Wheel and the Zipper! Fun, fun and more fun! Check out this site to find out more information about the Louisiana state fair. Although it only happens for a short time, its always nice to stay informed so you can prepare for next years fun. Military discounts abound at many of these events state-wide. Check with your local parish fair to see what military discounts are available.
Stay informed with the Leesville Daily Leader. This paper have served Leesville and the Fort Polk Community faithfully for many years. Look to it for upcoming and current news that affects you and yours.
The Fort Polk Guardian serves as the news source for Fort Polk. In it you will find articles concerning military life throughout the installation as well as updates and a calendar of upcoming events within Fort Polk and the surrounding communities. Look here for upcoming Family Readiness Group meetings as well as Morale, Welfare and Recreation activities.
Its not easy keeping track of all the news in the Big Easy, but this is a good way to start. Keep up to date on the fast paces happenings within New Orleans, so you can be in the know. Frequently information pertaining to Military Families comes across the news, such as the recent passing of legislation concerning students absences getting excused in the event that their parents are deployed and returning for leave or to end the deployment.