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 August 27, 2010

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Spouse of Chief, Army Reserve speaks about Family Strong

By Spc. Erika Montano, Military Intelligence Readiness Command, Public Affairs Office

FORT MCCOY, Wis. — On July 30, Laura Stultz, wife of Chief, Army Reserve and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, gave a speech at McCoy’s Community Club concerning the importance of being Family Strong.

PHOTO: Laura Stultz, the wife of Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, Chief, Army Reserve, speaks about  her personal experiences to a Fort McCoy audience. Photo by Tom Michele
Laura Stultz, the wife of Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, Chief, Army Reserve, speaks about her personal experiences to a Fort McCoy audience. (Photo by Tom Michele)

Having 35 years of experience as a military spouse, Stultz shared her Army Reserve story. It was very personal but equally important for others to hear and understand her concerns as an Army Reserve mother and wife.

“Our son …, while his dad was gone to war, started leaving me letters around the house, and they weren’t nice,” said Stultz. “He was drawing pictures in school that nowadays would get you kicked out of school …, so when his dad got to come home, we thought the problem was over,” she said.

“We didn’t have anybody looking out for our kids; we didn’t have any kind of counseling for our kids, and things just got worse and worse to the point where, at 11, he required long-term professional care. I don’t want that to happen to any of our children ever again,” she said.

Stultz grabbed the audience’s attention, and urged the recognition of the importance of Family and medical care.

She hopes to provide support to Army Reserve Families by ensuring they have access to the information and services that they need. Currently, Stultz is working on opening more Army Strong Community Centers around the country, in addition to the recently opened Army Strong Community Center in Rochester, N.Y. These resource centers will be accessible to Soldiers and Family members who live far from Army installations.

“We have been there. We have done that … we do understand that there are Family issues that come up, and our Soldiers and Families, and I cannot repeat this enough, deserve the exact same things as the (active-component) Soldiers receive when they deploy,” she said.

Stultz concluded the story about her son by sharing that he is now doing very well. However, she added that the challenges her family faced might have been lessened if today’s programs to support military Families had been available then.
She also said she will continue to work for improvements to these types of programs.

For more information on Army Reserve Family support services, visit the websites http://www.arfp.org and http://www.militaryonesource.com.

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