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06/22/05

New Facility to Keep Families in Touch with Deployed Soldiers

Jenni Nelson and her children were among the first to check out the new Family Readiness Center. Jenni Nelson and her children were among the first to check out the new Family Readiness Center.

Loved ones of those soldiers already deployed are trying to make the best of what can sometimes be a difficult situation: communicating with soldiers who are thousands of miles away.

And now communication is about to get a whole lot easier. Fort Stewart is getting ready to open a new Family Readiness Group facility. It's going to help families in many ways. It's equipped with computers, web cameras and all sorts of thing to help make the lives of military families left behind much easier.

Jenni Nelson and her children were among the first to check out the new Family Readiness Center.

"We've relied upon the computer, but even just being here for a few minutes, we've found out about DVDs you can send your husband," she said. "It's a great place to come and get information."

And it's information designed to meet every family's needs. Set to open at the end of this week, the Family Readiness Center will make it easier and a little less intimidating for spouses to come to if they should need help or if they just need some basic information on military life.

"It's not attached to the husband's brigade or battalion where you think you have to act a certain way when you go in," said Jenni.

If families don't have a computer at home, they can use those at the center. They'll also have access to web cameras. If they need a shoulder to lean on, they can gather there for support groups. Or if they simply need a place to meet with friends, there's a family room ready.

"We understand we're going to continue deploying our soldiers, we know that we have to have support systems in place to be able to help our families," said the center's Bess Stone.

Not knowing how long or how many times their loved ones will be deployed in the near future, this new home will always be here to welcome them.

As Jenni put it, "Keeping together is the key thing when your husband's deployed."

The new Family Readiness Center will be open to all military families of the Third Infantry Division and the 48th Brigade on Friday.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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