May 31, 2005

Free seminars offer marriage assistance to National Guard families

By Staff Sgt. Andrew Coyne
Staff Writer

Thanks to a series of free marriage enrichment seminars being offered throughout the summer, Virginia National Guard members and their spouses can learn how to cope with the stress of separation brought on by military deployments. Couples will also learn how to enhance their relationships once deployment occurs and how to deal with the challenges of returning home.  

The Virginia National Guard Family Programs Office and the state chaplain are hosting the two-day seminars, which will be held July 15 and 16, August 26 and 27, and September 16 and 17 at various locations throughout the state.

Priority will be given to service members who recently returned home but admission is open to all married couples with a service member in Team Virginia.

The seminars will run from Friday evening until Saturday afternoon and include a welcome dinner, overnight accommodations, and a working lunch. Spouses who participate will be placed on Invitational Travel Orders by the State Family Programs Office and mileage will be reimbursed.

For more information about the seminars, please contact First Lt. Brown at (434) 298-6114.    

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