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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ready, Set, Go

Home Front: Diaries From a Vermont Military Family

Posted By on Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 11:31 AM

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Try to envision the preparation that goes into military deployment. What do you picture? Soldiers at target practice? Maybe even strategic war games, like we see on TV?

When I think of military readiness and training, I think about the families. This is my job as the lead volunteer of the Family Readiness Group for my husband’s squadron.

You see, just as members of the military are being trained to be ready at all times, so are the families. We must have backup plans in place so their responsibilities are covered in their absence. We must keep emergency contact numbers on hand at all times. We must prepare ourselves for when our loved ones leave us. With the National Guard, that can be for either a local or state emergency, or an extended deployment overseas.

Every branch of the military has a family-support system in place. For us, it’s the Family Readiness Group. Each unit or squadron has its own FRG, overseen by volunteers like myself and supported by full-time Family Readiness employees.

Several months ago, when we were given the official word to start preparing for my husband Matt's deployment, his squadron's FRG was also in need of a lead volunteer. Matt thought, "My wife would be great at that!" and readily gave my name for the role. He's always thinking of me!

When the squadron commander asked if I would help, I said yes. With Matt's deployment approaching, I was more than willing to take my turn in supporting our squadron’s families.

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Tasha Lehman

Tasha Lehman

Bio:
Tasha Lehman is a mother of three boys living in Williston. Her husband, Matt, is a first lieutenant in the Vermont Air National Guard who recently headed overseas for his first deployment. The “Home Front: Diaries from a Vermont military family” series chronicles their journey. Read more about their story in February’s “Use Your Words” essay.

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