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AUSA Military Family Forums





The Family Programs Directorate began hosting Military Family Forums at the AUSA Annual Meeting in 1999. Since then our Forums have covered a variety of topics from deployment to military healthcare and housing to spouse employment and military child education. The Forums provide senior Army leaders with a platform to address issues of concern to military families and to announce new initiatives. Family members are also invited to speak about their experiences and to share strategies for coping with the demands and challenges of military life.

We currently host three Military Family Forums, one on each day of the Annual Meeting. Anyone eligible to attend the AUSA Annual Meeting is welcome to attend the Forums; however, we do recommend registration to ensure seating. Information about registration and the content of the Forums will be updated on a regular basis; please check this web page frequently for the latest information.

For information about past or upcoming Forums please call AUSA Family Programs at 800-336-4570, ext. 150 or 151 or e-mail familyprograms@ausa.org.


Military Family Forums at the 2008 AUSA Annual Meeting


Please note that topics, speaker information and order of presentation are subject to change.


Military Family Forum I
Monday, 6 October, 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Army Family Covenant: A Year in Review

      Welcome and Recognition of the AUSA Volunteer Family of the Year
      Mrs. Sylvia Kidd, Director, AUSA Family Programs

      CSA’s Update on the Army Family Covenant and the Soldier-Family Action Plan
      Speaker: TBA

      Break

      Survivor Outreach Services
      Speaker: TBA

      Suicide Prevention Program
      Speaker: TBA

      Sexual Assault Prevention Program
      Speaker: TBA

      Closing Remarks and Overview of Soldier and Family Support Centers
      MG John Macdonald, Commanding General, US Army Family and MWR Command

Military Family Forum II
Tuesday, 7 October, 8:30am to 11:00am
Strengthening Soldiers and Families through Community Partnerships

      Opening Remarks

      Secretary of the Army’s Best Practices Award for the Army Community Covenant
      Speaker: TBA

      Beyond the Yellow Ribbon and the Army Integrated Family Support Network
      Speaker: TBA

      Army Community Covenant Panel
      Speakers: TBA

      Break

      Legislation for Army Families
      Speaker: TBA

      Closing Remarks
      MG John Macdonald, Commanding General, US Army Family and MWR Command

Military Family Forum III
Wednesday, 8 October, 9:30am to 12:00pm
Dealing with the Effects of Persistent Conflict

      Opening Remarks

      Army Research Institute Study of Army Families
      Speaker: TBA

      Warrior Adventure Quest
      Speaker: TBA

      Family Readiness Group Leader Panel
      Speakers: TBA

      Break

      Afghani Children’s Project
      Speaker: TBA

      Panel of Authors of Books for Military Children
      Speaker: TBA

      Sesame Street Workshop’s Overview of New DVD for Military Children: “Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes”
      Speaker: TBA

      Closing Remarks
      MG John Macdonald, Commanding General, US Army Family and MWR Command





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