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Army Family Team Building Volunteer Forum  
This is a forum for Army Family Team Building(AFTB) volunteers to share information, discuss program information, network and build a sense of community. We invite all AFTB volunteers and instructors to join the forum so they can join the discussion. Please remember to treat this forum as an extension of the AFTB office and to limit the discussions to items pertaining to the AFTB Program.

Lisa Willadsen
Lisa Willadsen
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Many of us volunteer for different reasons. We would love to hear your stories. Why did you start volunteering with AFTB and why do you continue volunteering?


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Comment Importance of AFTB in the Reserves
Thu Oct 14, 2010 at 1:46PM
 
Laura Broome
Laura Broome
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AFTB in the Reserves is so important to us that three of our FRG Leaders became certified AFTB instructors this summer. Our challenge is geographically dispersed Families who may not live close to a military installation. A lot of the Soldiers in our battalion have told me that their wife/girlfriend/parents do not know anything about the Army. We are promoting our new Family Sponsorship program that includes a Welcome To The Unit orientation which explains the Chain of Command and Chain of Concern ...[More]
Comment Why do you volunteer for AFTB
Thu Oct 14, 2010 at 3:41PM
 
Anonymous
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I volunteer because AFTB educates and validates our soldiers, communities and families. I am energized when instructing or facilitating. I get to meet wonderful people and in the end am enriched from the experience.
Comment AFTB
Fri Oct 15, 2010 at 7:51AM
 
Anonymous
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17 years ago, I married my husband and was overwhelmed with the Military Lifestyle! He came home one day and told me about a class for new spouses that would help me understand benefits and entitlements. I took Level 1 and learned SO much more than just that. I was so excited about learning what my new life as a Military spouse would be like, that I wanted to learn more. I remember how relieved I was when I saw that I wasn't alone in this journey and that there are great programs and resources available. ...[More]
Comment Why I Volunteer with AFTB
Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 8:36PM
 
Amie Jones
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I was prior service and knew that spouses did "something" to support soldiers because every time I came in from the field, there was warm chili and goodies. So when I made the transition from being a soldier to being a spouse, I wanted to support Soldiers. AFTB served as the gateway for me. Thru AFTB, I learned about Army programs, learned about myself and my abilities as well as developing leadership skills. Also thru AFTB I have made friends that have lasted for 11 years and coun ...[More]
Comment Knowledge
Sun Oct 24, 2010 at 6:45PM
 
April Lacroix
April Lacroix
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I volunteer with AFTB because at one time I was the spouse new to the Army and had no idea what our new Army life encompassed. After I took my first AFTB class, I loved the program and wanted to pass that knowledge on to other spouses, so they could help others too, and continue the cycle. Volunteering with AFTB provides knowledge, friendships, networking, resume-building opportunities, and the ability to find like-minded volunteers no matter where in the world we are stationed.
Comment Why I Volunteer
Tue Nov 9, 2010 at 3:03PM
 
Shelly Hinzman
Shelly Hinzman
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I volunteer with AFTB for many of the same reasons as everyone else. Friendship, networking, sense of purpose, to share what I have learned and to learn from others are among the top reasons. The main reason that keeps me coming back is the difference we make in the lives of our fellow spouses. Not long ago, I had a student come in with a bit of attitude about how rotten the army was and how she a VICTIM of her husband's career. By the time we got to the 3rd level I class, I saw a physical change ...[More]
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