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If you need help, contact your FRG



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If you need help, contact your FRG
[2/10/2009]

Source: By Janna Lewis, Sentinel Staff

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Fort Hood Sentinel, 11 December 2008


If you need help, contact your FRG

By Janna Lewis, Sentinel Staff


Family readiness support assistants are part of the commander’s unit Family readiness program and almost every unit has one. This program is supervised by the unit commander and provides administrative assistance and logistical support to the Family Readiness Group leader and rear detachment commander. The program is designed to decrease volunteer stress and to ensure effective communication between commanders and Families.

The majority of an FRSA’s work is administrative, but they also help connect Families and Family assistance/support programs. The FRSAs do not replace the FRG leaders, but they do provide administrative and logistical assistance to the FRG leaders, allowing them to concentrate their efforts in assisting Families.

The number of deployments can overwhelm the resources of rear detachment commanders and FRG leaders. Although spouse volunteer leaders have used different strategies to share the workload, the nature of deployments makes running FRGs a daunting task for many.

Family readiness groups and Family readiness support assistants are available to help, but Families are encouraged to contact their FRGs and FRSAs.

“They out-number (FRSAs and FRG leaders). We can’t contact everybody from our end. It’s just not possible. But if they call us, then we know about them and can help,” said Marion Gilbert, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division FRSA.






 


Being connected to FRGs helps Families understand how programs can help them.

Some of the programs available to Families are redeployment briefings. Reunion Training for 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment Family members currently is happening before the unit’s redeployment to Fort Hood early next year. The training sessions include topics on reuniting and reintegrating with the Soldier, identifying symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, suicide awareness and normal deployment experiences for Soldiers. Sessions close with a group discussion. The reunion training sessions are 10 a.m. Monday, 6 p.m. Jan. 5 and 6 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Oveta Culp Hobby Soldier and Family Readiness Center. For

more information, call Dana

Allison, 3rd ACR FRSA, at 286-6729 or e-mail dana.allison@us.army. mil.


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