FORT DRUM, N.Y. - Family readiness group members from 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, received recognition for their support April 21 at Rhicard Hills Community Center.

Current FRG volunteers from 4-31 Infantry received a complimentary brunch from the unit in thanks for everything they have done while Soldiers have been deployed to Iraq.

FRG members are volunteers who provide support to the unit and act as a point of contact between Families and deployed Soldiers. FRG leaders discuss unit issues and ideas with the battalion leaders, said 1st Sgt. Ronnie Montgomery, 4-31 Infantry rear detachment first sergeant. The FRG works on post and in the local community.

"This is an outstanding group of ladies; they really help us out a lot," said Montgomer
y, who has been working with the FRG since October. "We don't know what we would do without them."

Being in the FRG is a great way to support Families and one's spouse, said Chris Harris, FRG leader for C Company, 4-31 Infantry. The brunch was important for the volunteers, so they know how much they are appreciated.

"Without volunteers, the FRG couldn't function correctly," Harris said. "If the FRG is functioning properly, it helps ease the mind of Soldiers, so they can do their job efficiently."

Leah Jones, battalion adviser for 4-31 Infantry, organized the brunch. Jones has been an adviser for about two years and has lived on Fort Drum for four years. She also has been a key caller and FRG leader.

"We are very thankful (for their support). They have stepped up and are willing to make sure our Families are well educated," Jones said.

The battalion's FRG leadership serves as a point of contact to more than 400 Families, Jones said.