Thanks for all the comments on the FRG's, I think I am going to check it out, if for nothing else, to say that I gave it another try.
Just a quick note on why I don't care a lot for them--when I was 7 months pregnant and Gunner was deployed to Iraq, my dad passed away. I sent a Red Cross message, but he never got it. I asked the FRG leader (who was a flake) to follow up on it, and she said I was out of luck because she was too busy. I was such a mess at the time, trying to take care of two other broken hearted children, that I just walked away from it all. Obviously Gunner called me, and I let him know, and looking back I could have called the Red Cross, but I can't say that I was thinking too clearly at that point. All I wanted was a little help. Shoot, it's not like I was asking them to mow my grass, I did that at 35 weeks pregnant and sent Em to bed with a phone since I could barely walk afterwards and I was worried I would need her to call 911.
The new question is once again courtesy of a friend that does go to FRG meetings.
One of the Soldier's parents donated a ton of exercise and sports equipment for the guys because they were in a remote location and had requested it. This parent could not, however, afford to ship the stuff over there and asked for help from the FRG to pay for postage. The FRG said yes, but there were three women that had a fit.
They said that the money was to be used on them and not on their husbands. They didn't want money that was in the FRG to pay for anything to go over there to them.
It caused a huge ruckus and it ended with a private donor paying for all the equipment to get shipped over there.
Is the FRG allowed to pay for something like that? (I know our first one they did) Would you rather the money be spent on you or on your Soldier, or saved and used on a welcome home party?
Me personally, I say use it to make my husband's life better off over there, especially since now they want to take everything away.
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