Fort Bragg spouses get a taste of soldier life
Tuesday, July 03, 2012, 4:12:32 PM
Military spouses certainly face plenty of stress of their own, but they got a taste of what their loved ones experience while serving thanks to the recent "Soldier for a Day" event at Fort Bragg
The day is not for the weak in body or spirit. Spouses who sign up for the events understand they will be getting dirty, sweaty and working hard. About 40 spouses were divided into six platoons for activities such as crafts and return and physical training exercises such as obstacle courses and engagement skills training.
"It's great to get a feeling of what it's like to be on their side," said Emily Damboise, wife of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Dan Damboise, a member of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team.
Some spouses found the exercises humbling, while others appreciated the way the trainers adjusted them to the spouses' needs. Jennie Castle, whose husband serves in the 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry, said the day's events helped her put her husband's hard work into perspective.
"I think it's honorable that he [serves], and he's a good soldier," she said. "This helps me appreciate when he comes home after a rough day."
News brought to you by PCS-Lodging.com
- your one stop shop for Fort Bragg lodging.
more Military Lifestyle...
Yoga used as a potential treatment for PTSD
Millions of people turn to yoga for its physical benefits, but one service member hopes its effects on mental well-being could help other troops battling the invisible wounds of war. 5/20/2013
Survey: Pay tops list of military families' concerns
It's no secret that the military is in the process of changing. With operations winding down in Afghanistan, thousands of troops slated to separate from service and the Department of Defense (DOD) looking to cut spending, there is likely a lot weighing on the minds of those in the military community. 5/16/2013
Many military families use refund checks to pay down debt
As military families get their tax refund checks, many of them are using the supplemental income to make sure their financial situation is stable, according to findings recently revealed by the First Command Financial Behaviors Index. 4/30/2013