The Family Readiness Group

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Family Readiness Groups
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U.S. Army Major General David Haight has been at the forefront of defending the United States as a career infantry officer. In his 31 years in the Army, David Haight’s wife, Bonnie Haight, has also been actively involved as the Family Readiness Group (FRG) representative for his multiple commands.

Family Readiness Groups (FRG) are associations comprised of volunteers, family members, soldiers, and civilian employees that are part of an organization or unit that offers a means of assistance, moral support, and a communications network among the members and the chain of command. An FRG unit is made up of all attached and assigned soldiers whether married or single, the spouses, and the children, and dependent parents. Membership is automatic. Also encouraged to become members are boyfriends, girlfriends, fiancees, extended families, and interested community members. This is a voluntary organization.

The unit commander is responsible for creating and supporting the FRG unit. Ideally there are also performance goals to be achieved, although the unit is more of a welcoming and representative organization, and not another strict and regulated army unit.

Among the goals of an FRG are to build family and soldier morale and unity, reduce family and soldier stress, ready family and Soldiers for deployment separation and for stresses of reunion, and encourage greater utilization of community and post resources.

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The 2017 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exhibition

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Association of the US Army
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An infantry officer in the US Army for more than 30 years, Major General David Haight most recently served as Director of Operations for the US European Command (USEUCOM) in Stuttgart, Germany. Actively involved in organizations advocating for service members, David Haight is a member and supports the Association of the US Army (AUSA).

Acting as the voice for the Army, the AUSA provides educational opportunities for US soldiers across the world. The AUSA holds an Annual Meeting and Exposition that stands as the largest warfare convention in the United States. The 2017 event will be held October 9-11 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

Open to AUSA members, government employees, members of the US military, law enforcement professionals, and guests of AUSA members, the three-day event includes an exhibition of military and law enforcement products and services as well as workshops and presentations for professional development. There is also a reception and dinner for invited members.

Qualified attendees may purchase tickets beginning in June 2017.

VFW’s Action Corps Advocates for Veterans

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Veterans of Foreign Wars
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A US Army infantry officer and combat commander, David Haight has more than 30 years of leadership experience in Special Operations and conventional Army units. Having combat service in Panama, Iraq, and Afghanistan, David Haight is affiliated with military-based charities including Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Veterans of Foreign Wars focuses on advocacy and assistance to military veterans. Though it does offer financial assistance through scholarships and other programs, one of the not-for-profit’s most effective means of supporting veterans is through Action Corps, a grassroots network comprising 300,000 veterans and supporters.

The Action Corps’ primary responsibility is to reach out to lawmakers through various means of communication, advocating on behalf of veterans, current military members, and their families. One need not be a veteran to join. Participants receive regular action alerts on how to support veterans, as well as a weekly newsletter that highlights the group’s advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill.