We're back from the break and the next panel up is "All in the Family". Andi is moderating with Rachelle from ArmyWifeToddlerMom, Carla from Some Soldier's Mom, Sarah from Trying to Grok, and Becky from Military Family Voice of Victory on the panel.
Rachelle said that she started blogging because it was cheaper than therapy. So true.
Carla - articulate and wonderful. She's discussing Noah's battle with PTSD and how she is working to prevent another generation from having to go through what our veterans from Vietnam went through. She said that there is no one more anti-war than a mother of a soldier. Very true.
Rachelle talked about how disrespectful it was for the news of the extension to be leaked. The impact that it had on the families was incredible. Not so much the spouses and the soldiers but the extended families - the moms, the dads, the grandparents, and siblings. THEY were the ones that didn't understand why WE didn't tell them before it hit the press. We didn't have a chance because someone at the Pentagon stole it by leaking the announcement.
Carla is talking about the experience of having a child deployed and how you live in two worlds - yours and your servicemember's. You look at the time and automatically calculate what time it is "over there". You eat breakfast and wonder what they ate or IF they ate. And that is SO true.
Robert Stokely is up speaking. Wow. I can't say much more than that. The man is the epitome of grace.
Questions up now. Had to step out for a minute and missed some stuff. And it seems to me that the word of the day for this conference is "manure".
Someone asked about how civilians who want to help go about offering help to families, especially Guard families who are further removed from support than active duty families. Another commenter pointed everyone in the direction of America Supports You as a resource.
Lunch is up next. More later!
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