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Ribbon Cutting Marks Opening Of Special Operations Family Resource Center

Posted April 15, 2003

— A major effort to provide valuable resources to military families with deployed loved ones is now a reality at Fort Bragg.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Tuesday, marking a new beginning for families of Special Operations soldiers.

"There's a lot of information that families need and it is spread out in many buildings. Now it will be great to have one central location to get answers," said Michele Votel of the Family Readiness Center.

Votel has been an Army wife for 23 years. For nine of those years, her husband has been part of Fort Bragg's Special Forces.

"It's been challenging, but we're professional Army wives," Votel said. "We take our jobs very seriously and we take our families very seriously."

The Army has brought its support resources to a central location at Fort Bragg. The new resource center is set up for video teleconferencing, meetings and has Internet access. Staffers will be available to answer questions about deployments, volunteer programs and much more.

"Knowledge is power and we provide knowledge, we provide assistance. We've shifted from [taking] care of people to teaching them to take care of themselves," Votel said.

The opening of the center coincides with a week-long family readiness conference taking place at Fort Bragg.

Wives of Special Operations soldiers from across the country are talking about ways they can improve readiness and support for families and soldiers.


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