Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: December 19, 2011
Newberry hosts Christmas reception for spouses
of deployed military members
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
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