Does the Family Readiness Group have a means to support spouses who live far from their husband's base?

I understand from my investigations of military life that when my husband deploys (he's still in training but I know its inevitable) that the family readiness group composed of spouses at the base will support the soldiers' spouses in different ways. Unfortunately, I will have to remain at home because of having a newborn to take care of, and having emotional and financial support from my family and my parents in law. That means I am planning to use the money he earns (with his consent of course!!) to go to him now and then until he leaves for 15 months, stay in lodging on the Army Post, and "play" family for a week or so at a time, then return home. Also do they have a way to offer support and counseling groups if you are in a different State? I think I will need it. Also what's it like not to see your husband for 15 months and then he returns? I love him sooo much but its almost like we would be starting all over again. Our baby would be a toddler. He won't know his daddy. There is another thought that I don't even want to have. I try to avoid thinking about it. I think that I would "freak out" if I saw anyone in uniform drive or walk down my street. Everyday for 15 months I'll come home or leave in the morning to go to school (community college) wondering who will be there or call me on my cell phone that day.

Asked By: Rebecca - 10/12/2007
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First, let me say that you are smart to think ahead. So many of the families I deal with don't and it would make my job so much easier if they did... More
Answered By: jbdb2494 - 10/12/2007
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I'm only going to touch on the part about you child not knowing his daddy because I know I was concerned about this when my son was born. Make a small photo album of pictures of your husband and yourself, and when you get a chance, make sure to take pictures of the baby with you husband. It seems silly, but you can... More
Answered By: Hokie For Life - 10/12/2007
They have online support with More
Answered By: lisab - 10/12/2007
The FRG will be able to keep in touch with you via e-mail and phone calls. Our FRG kept people in touch mainly with e-mail because they could send out a big group letter and they knew that everyone would get it. As opposed to having to leave messages and hoping someone will call back. The only real way you will be... More
Answered By: Amy B - 10/12/2007
short answer: NO. any information directly pertaining to the deployment can only be given out in person, NOT over the phone or in emails. additionally, certain areas of support are only available on military bases. while you would be able to utilize a local Commissary or exchange, you would NOT be allowed to use... More
Answered By: Mrsjvb - 10/12/2007
The answer to your big question of support if you choose to live away from the base is sort of. That's part of what makes living away from your military spouse so hard. What you're not going to get is personal support. You're not going to know the other wives and build friendships with them and their families. You'... More
Answered By: Critter - 10/12/2007
If you choose to live away from post the info flow will not be as good - most FRG's try to get info out to spouses who live off post but it can be hard! Rember these are other spouses volunteering who's husbands are deployed too. The community/fellowship just isn't the same and when hubby's deployed you need that even... More
Answered By: ArmyWifey - 10/12/2007
Video tape his dad and let him watch it. Talk about his dad often so that he will have the basic concept and face to put the word to. You can join online support groups and can probably get help from the closest base to you.
Answered By: Mark and Allie - 10/13/2007
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