Skip to comments.Face of Defense: Soldier, Family Find Helpful ‘Source’
Posted on 11/19/2008 4:15:48 PM PST by SandRat
| CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq, Nov. 19, 2008 Being separated from family can trigger stress and anxiety for deployed servicemembers, especially when children are involved.
Military OneSource was described to me in such a way that if a deployed soldier had a need, like a busted water heater in his house, OneSource could get a plumber out to the house to get it fixed, said Army Maj. Allan Dollison, who is on his second deployment in four years.
Dollison said his wife, Martha, uses the site to keep their children occupied while he is away from home.
My wife got online and found out about a scholarship program they have that engages children in sporting activities, Dollison said. So she applied for the scholarship and got it. So now the Army, through Military OneSource, is paying for my kids to get karate lessons, which is really cool, and Im very thankful that they were able to do that.
Karate keeps their children -- Robert, 8, and Alicia, 9 -- busy three times a week, Dollison said. The classes also instill the importance of hard work and physical fitness, which drives them to excel in other areas.
They actually competed in a karate tournament yesterday, Dollison said. You know, they go to school and take these classes three times a week, so their minds are off the fact that their daddy is away from home. My son just won student of the month for September at his school, so they seem to be excelling despite the fact that Im not there.
Knowing his family is cared for back home is comforting and enables him to focus on his job, Dollison said.
As a civilian, I am a deputy district attorney for Humboldt County, Calif., Dollison said. In Iraq, hes assigned to 4th Infantry Division and Multinational Division Baghdads 425th Civil Affairs Battalion.
The demands on Dollisons time may be high, he said, but programs like Military OneSource give him the peace of mind to stay focused on his mission.
(Army Sgt. Whitney Houston serves in the Multinational Division Baghdad Public Affairs Office.)
I’ve steered many Airmen and their families to One Source. They’re awesome!
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