Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: December 19, 2011
Newberry hosts Christmas reception for spouses of deployed
Newberry recently hosted a Christmas reception for spouses of
deployed military members at the state Capitol. The reception followed
an October luncheon where military spouses were able to meet, share
their personal stories and strengthen their bond with members of
the local military community.
Maj. Gen. Myles Deering, adjutant general of the Oklahoma National
Guard, spoke to the group about the importance of a support network
for military families and provided an update on the progress of
construction at the Thunderbird Chapel at Camp Gruber.
Newberry said the reception was a gesture of appreciation for the
sacrifices made by military families.
“It’s important that we do everything we can to support
our military families,” said Newberry, R-Tulsa. “We
appreciate our men and women who are deployed overseas and we understand
how difficult it can be for the families who await their return.
These events give military spouses an opportunity to come together
in a spirit of encouragement, support and friendship.”
Heather Jarvis of Yukon, whose husband Joe is currently deployed
with the Oklahoma National Guard in Afghanistan, said strong family
support resources for veterans and active military in Oklahoma have
eased the hardship of temporary separation.
“If we didn’t have all this community support, it would
just be unbearable,” she said.
Angela Wyatt of Mustang said new technology has made it easier
to communicate with her husband overseas, but that the stress of
the experience remains a challenge. Her husband Dean Wyatt is also
currently deployed with the Oklahoma National Guard in Afghanistan.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Newberry: (405) 521-5600