As part of The Barry Robinson Center’s (BRC) ongoing support of military families, CEO Rob McCartney will participate in a military family panel discussion at North America’s largest landpower exposition and professional development forums.
This is one of three military family forums hosted by the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Family Readiness Directorate at the 2019 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C. on October 14-16.
“Today’s Army Spouse: Addressing Life’s Challenges,” will be a candid discussion on programs and services that seek to enhance family readiness. The panel members will discuss changes to Army policy regarding Soldier and Family Readiness Groups, the importance of Army spouses connecting with other Army spouses, and behavioral health for spouses and children.
A report recently released by RAND, “Today’s Army Spouse Survey: How Army Families Address Life’s Challenges,” will be the step-off point for this panel discussion.
McCartney received the invitation to participate as a panelist because of BRC’s extensive work with military families. McCartney joined BRC in 2012 and has overseen the organization’s transition to serving only military children and teens in its residential treatment program. Since that time, BRC has served more than 500 children from 40 states and several other countries.
Forum attendees will consist of soldiers and family members, senior spouses, military caregivers, surviving family members, family program managers, and representatives from other organizations involved in supporting Army families. In addition, all forums will be livestreamed to an audience of family members across Army installations worldwide.
The AUSA annual meeting attracts more than 30,000 attendees. BRC will be an exhibitor, and several BRC staff members will be on hand to share information about programs and services for military families.
AUSA’s Family Readiness Directorate is dedicated to providing Army families the assistance they need to help them manage the challenges of military life. Through four pillars of support, Education, Information, Advocacy, and Outreach, AUSA Family Readiness provides a platform from which Army families can voice their issues and concerns. To learn more, visit www.ausa.org/family.