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Family Readiness Group helps families cope with deployment

WIGGINS, MS (WLOX) -

Sunny Bosarge, a Family Readiness Group (FRG) Specialist, knows a thing or two about getting through a tough separation. When duty calls, Bosarge reminds military families that it's a situation you have to face head on.

"It's hard on all of us. We have to keep ourselves busy and pray a lot because prayer is what's going to get us through it. We can't sit around and mope because that will be harder on our troops. So we have to be strong so that they can be strong," Bosarge said.

It's a routine seen time and time again, however this time around things are a little different. You see, while this FRG Specialist is used to helping others cope with their pain, this time she too will be directly affected. She'll be dealing with a loved one being deployed for the first time.

"It's very new. It's a learning experience, it's exciting, it's scary, but it's good. We've done a couple of things like writing notes and sticking them in their sacks or hiding them in their jacket pocket. So hopefully they'll find them when they leave and boost their spirits a little bit," Bosarge said.

"We try to be present in their lives. Just like they're told to be present in ours with cards and letters and even just in email. Just a note, like she said earlier. It's really great when you get to the mailbox and there's something," FRG Member, Vivian Hoeflish said.

That little something, can go a long way. For the soldiers like Natasha Davis, those notes from home mean lot.

"Letters from home are always good. No matter what. It's a job. Everybody's got one and this just happens to be ours. Ain't much you can do, but go do it and come home. Family is a big part of it. You've got to do what you've got to do and it's better with support from them," Davis said.

"The war theatre has changed a little bit. We do have better communications over there. We'll have access to email in most cases. In same cases maybe even in some of the rooms that they will be able to occupy. I think they'll be able to communicate a lot more, which will take some of the strain off of wondering what's going on at home," Lieutenant Clarence Harris said.

"Please pray for us and if you have any questions you can always go to the FRG. That's what we're here for. To help each other get through this trial," Bosarge said.

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