Kentucky Woman Gives Back: Supporting Military Families

By CourtesyNovember 30, 2020

Sara Jane Arnett, wife of U.S. Army Maj. Samuel Arnett of U.S. Army Central, hosted an event promoting her children’s book in Camden, SC, Nov. 21, 2020.  The Arnetts, who are natives of Kentucky, have worked for nearly two decades to support military families and communities. Sara wrote a book to help children of service members cope with challenges associated with deployments, separations and constant relocations.  (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Paul O’Daniel)
1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sara Jane Arnett, wife of U.S. Army Maj. Samuel Arnett of U.S. Army Central, hosted an event promoting her children’s book in Camden, SC, Nov. 21, 2020. The Arnetts, who are natives of Kentucky, have worked for nearly two decades to support military families and communities. Sara wrote a book to help children of service members cope with challenges associated with deployments, separations and constant relocations. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Paul O’Daniel) (Photo Credit: Capt. Paul ODaniel) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sara Jane Arnett, wife of U.S. Army Maj. Samuel Arnett of U.S. Army Central, discusses military family life and resources with Kendra Williams (left) and U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Dell Williams (right) for their daughter, Skylyn (center) during an author event promoting her children’s book, My Daddy’s a Soldier, in Camden, SC, Nov. 21, 2020.  The Arnetts, who are Kentucky natives, have worked for nearly two decades to support military families and communities. Sara wrote a book to help children of service members cope with challenges associated with deployments, separations and constant relocations.  (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Paul O’Daniel)
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sara Jane Arnett, wife of U.S. Army Maj. Samuel Arnett of U.S. Army Central, discusses military family life and resources with Kendra Williams (left) and U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Dell Williams (right) for their daughter, Skylyn (center) during an author event promoting her children’s book, My Daddy’s a Soldier, in Camden, SC, Nov. 21, 2020. The Arnetts, who are Kentucky natives, have worked for nearly two decades to support military families and communities. Sara wrote a book to help children of service members cope with challenges associated with deployments, separations and constant relocations. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Paul O’Daniel) (Photo Credit: Capt. Paul ODaniel) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sara Jane Arnett, wife of U.S. Army Maj. Samuel Arnett of U.S. Army Central, hosted an event promoting her children’s book in Camden, SC, Nov. 21, 2020.  The Arnetts, who are natives of Kentucky, have worked for nearly two decades to support military families and communities. Sara wrote a book to help children of service members cope with challenges associated with deployments, separations and constant relocations.  (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Paul O’Daniel)
3 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sara Jane Arnett, wife of U.S. Army Maj. Samuel Arnett of U.S. Army Central, hosted an event promoting her children’s book in Camden, SC, Nov. 21, 2020. The Arnetts, who are natives of Kentucky, have worked for nearly two decades to support military families and communities. Sara wrote a book to help children of service members cope with challenges associated with deployments, separations and constant relocations. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Paul O’Daniel) (Photo Credit: Capt. Paul ODaniel) VIEW ORIGINAL

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. – Sara Jane Arnett, a Cerulean, Kentucky native, is a wearer of many hats. Some may know her as an author, while others may know her as a Soldier & Family Readiness Group volunteer and committed military spouse.

For nearly two decades, Sara Jane experienced moving to several duty locations and watching her husband, U.S. Army Maj. Samuel Arnett, who is also a native of Kentucky, deploy multiple times over his 16 years in the Army.

During that time, she has seen firsthand how a family’s support enables service members to do their jobs effectively.

“I’ve gained a deeper appreciation for the situations, circumstances, and even traumas military families have to navigate, often without their loved-one present,” said Sara Jane. “I wanted to be of service to the community around me and make sure that military families feel the same closeness and support I felt while growing up in Kentucky.”

She recalls her first experience supporting a military community while residing in Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri.

“Since my background is in philanthropy, non-profit work, and education, I volunteered with the local American Red Cross office, said Sara Jane. “The first few months as a volunteer gave me a deep-seated desire to serve families.”

When talking with other military family members, she realized that they, too, yearned for communication from their deployed Soldiers.

“This was before the military widely used Facebook,” said Sara Jane. “I also wanted to create a space for military children to feel like they belong, even if they were new to an area.”

Sara Jane soon partnered with local school districts to create a Military Kids Club for children of service members.

“Clubs like this allows military children to form support networks with others of similar age ranges and experiences,” she said. “I also wanted to use the experiences of my own family to help kids of service members adjust and cope with deployments, separations, and constant moves.”

During her husband’s second deployment, Sara Jane wrote a children’s book called ‘My Daddy’s a Soldier.’