By Monica Wood, Fort Sill CannoneerMay 7, 2009
Hundreds of military spouses received information on resources and referrals at the Field Exercises: Priceless Packages, April 23 and 24 at the Gunners Inn here.
The event was led by two Army spouses, Tara Crooks and Starlett "Star" Henderson, who are co-founders of the newly debuted Army Wife Network Interactive Web site. They co-author a syndicated question and answer column Field Problems. Crooks and Henderson also host the online broadcast Army Wife Talk Radio called Field Problems, based on the column. Crooks also recently PCS'ed to Fort Sill less than a year ago.
Crooks said the seminar is part of their ongoing efforts to provide support and service to military spouses nationwide through a deployment survival and resources seminar. The intent is to empower military spouses by combining a night of appreciation and pampering with real life solutions for most any situation the military family might encounter.
"We share tips and personal experiences to allow spouses to learn and teach about deployment survival resources and "priceless" care package ideas for deployed loved ones," she said. "These opportunities for sharing information, trading ideas and strategies, networking, and building lasting relationships are just some of the benefits spouses deserve and receive at this free 'time-out for them, Crook said.'"
Cori Barden, whose husband recently redeployed, said the event was a great chance to get out with other military spouses and have some fun. "This event is a great way for mom to get away and enjoy herself and socialize with other spouses."
According to Crooks, whose husband is stationed here, the turnout for the event was everything she had hoped for. "Seeing so many fellow Army spouses at Fort Sill attend the event gives me the warm and fuzzies. We believe that seeing people in person and having them share the experiences such as finding a battle buddy, together is what empowers them," she said.