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The above picture made it onto Yahoo’s homepage. It isn’t often that we see stories that remind us the sacrifices military families make. We hear about soldiers but not about those that they leave behind. The story that was on Yahoo’s website talked about Paige, the young girl in the above picture that held her dad’s hand as he was in formation about ready to ship overseas. Even if for a limited time period, this story makes us think about what it is that military families are going through. Most of us are not exposed to soldiers in our daily lives, let alone military families. It is important to pause and think about the sacrifices they too are making to ensure our freedoms.
Fortunately, the new Army Secretary, John McHugh is making it a priority to improve quality of life for both solders and families. His big priority is to think innovatively and try to implement the most effective programs that will keep families in a good place while soldiers are deployed. It is great news that Secretary McHugh is putting such emphasis on families as that is a crucial portion of Army life that doesn’t always get the most attention. A lot has been done by Army leadership to change that recently and truly stick to the belief that family programs are essential to unit readiness. Recognizing that taking care of families is important to the overall well-being of the Army is a promising sign for our military families.