FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Knowledge is strength and, in celebration of the Month of the Military Family, the Fort Rucker Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation invites the community to share coffee and conversation with a well-seasoned Army wife.

DFMWR hosts Coffee and Conversation with Vicki Cody November 4 from 9-10 a.m. at The Landing.

"This event is for our military community as we celebrate Month of the Military Family," Janice Erdlitz, DFMWR marketing director, said. "We are so excited to host this Coffee and Conversation with Vicki Cody. It's an honor to have Mrs. Cody take time to visit our military family members and speak about her life experiences being an Army Spouse. We're expecting a very engaging morning."

The community is invited to attend the free event and enjoy light refreshments with Cody as she discusses her life as a military spouse.

"We'll have rows of seats set up for patrons," Erdlitz said. "We wanted an informal atmosphere; something relaxed that would make everyone feel welcomed and at ease to discuss and share experiences."

Cody spent 33 years as an Army wife, supporting her husband, retired Gen. Richard A. Cody, in his career.

"Mrs. Cody has 33 years of Army life experience," Erdlitz said. "She's a mother, a wife and a valuable member of the Army community. She just recently spoke at the AUSA Family Forum. She has a wealth of knowledge on what it's like to be an Army spouse. Her family was stationed in Fort Rucker on previous tours of duty, so she can relate to our local community, too."

While raising their two sons and moving all over the United States and overseas, she served as a coach and mentor for Army spouses and as an advocate for Army families. Cody will share her experiences as an Army wife and answer questions from the audience. Gen. Cody will also be present for the event.

"There is a bond that binds military families," Erdlitz said. "Sharing experiences with others who have done and seen the same struggles, challenges, births, moves, deployments, everything that goes on in a military family's life gives knowledge and understanding to other families.

"Military families have an immediate connection and bond; typically within the first few minutes they learn what posts that have been stationed and how many deployments they have under their belts," she added. "Our military families are so resilient and amazing. We love our military families and we are honored to have Mrs. Cody share her knowledge and strength of being an Army spouse with our community."

According to Erdlitz, Cody will host a book signing at the post exchange later the same day. More information will be available at the meet and greet.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are recommended.

For more information, call 255-3817, 2550 2161 or visit