COSCOM sponsors FRG Symposium

Story by Pvt. Crystal D. Eldridge
13th COSCOM Public Affairs Office

The 13th Corps Support Command's Family Readiness Group hosted an FRG Symposium Sept. 21 and 22 at the Comanche Chapel here.

This year's event was only the second of its kind at the COSCOM. A team building event, the symposium was held in order for everyone involved in FRG to learn how to work together before, during and after deployments, said COSCOM FRG assistant Lori A. Luttrell.

"We wanted to use our experience to help those who are new," said Cathy Terry, who represented her husband, COSCOM commanding general Brig. Gen. Michael J. Terry, at the symposium. "FRG can be emotional and draining . . . We are always looking for new people to help."

The FRG is in place to prepare families to support themselves, Terry continued. FRG assistants and volunteers often refer Soldiers' families to services, such as lawn care professionals, while the Soldier is deployed. The idea, however, is to help the family members become independent and able to care for themselves in the absence of their Soldier.

Overall, though, the FRG helps people become involved, promotes unit cohesion and helps maintain the flow of communication between Soldiers, their families and their chain of command, Terry added. FRG also provides care teams in events of serious injury or death, either to the Soldier or a family member.

"But it can be fun, too!" Terry insisted. "You have the opportunity to meet other people, become friends. It's not only sharing bad times, sharing good times, too. It's another part of making a family. Spouses at home need battle buddies too."

 

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COSCOM FRG assistant, Lori A. Luttrell, speaks at the COSCOM's FRG Symposium on Thursday. Photo by Pvt. Crystal D. Eldridge, 13th COSCOM Public Affairs Specialist