Fort Rucker Spouse Expo answers important questions
February 10, 2011
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- The Army provides several support organizations for military Families, but with so many options, Family members may not know where to turn for help.
That is why Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff hosts the Spouse Readiness Planning Expo Feb. 11 from 9 to 11 a.m. at The Landing.
"The problem is we have so many resources, but they're so spread out," said Deborrah Cisneros, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence Family Readiness Support assistant. "This is to try to bring it all to one place so (spouses) can get the help they need."
Cisneros, who was one of the people who initialized the exhibition project, said about 10 groups will have representatives at The Landing to answer any questions about health insurance, identification card renewal, financial readiness or any other issue.
"Spouses should think of experiences they have. If they had questions, they can ask them," Cisneros said.
Groups attending the expo include Tricare, Staff Judge Advocate, Child, Youth and School Services and Army Community Service.
"The biggest thing they can get is resolution to myths about available resources. Secondly, they are able to ask questions," Cisneros said.
Curtis Williams, Mobilization/Deployment program manager and event organizer, said no program is organized but spouses can "go station-to-station and find out what's going on" with support resources.
"They can find out what they actually need for these resources," he said, noting when spouses leave the event, they will have a better foundation of knowledge about how the military supports their Families.
This is the first event of its kind at Fort Rucker.
"We need better tools to prepare our Families, and that's one way we are (helping)," Williams said.
For more information about the expo, visit the DFMWR website at www.ftruckermwr.com.