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Army October 14, 2010
By Lt Carrie Miner
BRISBANE-based spouses of part-
ners away on deployment or recent-
ly returned home are benefiting
from practical financial help.
The Deployed Soldiers Welfare
Association (DSWA) recently provid-
ed cheques to several units who asked
The money is donated to families
in need, to give spouses practical help
around the house and to host unit wel-
fare activities for families.
National Manager DSWA Jim
Shapcott recently presented the
cheques at Gallipoli Barracks.
Alison Carey (wife of CO 2CER
Lt-Col John Carey) and the network
of 2CER wives, had identified a need
for help around the house while their
partners were deployed on operations.
Mrs Carey said the need was par-
ticularly great for spouses who were
pregnant or had small children.
"I called Dial An Angel to see if
they could provide vouchers for three
hours house cleaning," she said.
"I originally asked for four vouch-
ers. Dial An Angel told me they would
match what we bought for the same
amount of vouchers. So, I approached
HQ 7 Bde for $421, and was told
more than four times that was raised."
Mrs Carey described the support
from DSWA as "overwhelming".
"It goes a long way to providing
the practical support spouses need at
home while their partners are away",
Lt-Col Christopher Mills, 2/14
LHR (QMI), was provided financial
Help for families AUSTRALIAN Army spouse Natalie
Fletcher has done her country proud
by scoring a volunteer award at a
ceremony held in Texas recently.
Mrs Fletcher, wife of Army
exchange officer Lt-Col Shaun
Fletcher, received the Fort Sam
Houston installation volunteer award
at this year's US Army Volunteer
Corps volunteer of the year recogni-
The award was presented to Mrs
Fletcher for the hundreds of hours of
dedication to the 950-child Fort Sam
Houston Elementary School since
In front of more than 300 people
in San Antonio, US Army Garrison
Commander Col Mary Garr made
special mention of Mrs Fletcher's
achievements and highlighted the
many contributions the Fletcher
family had made to the local com-
During the event, a cheque for
almost $7500 was presented to Col
Garr by the US Army Volunteer
Corps, representing the dollar value of
the service provided by volunteers to
the 20,000-strong Fort Sam Houston
Lt-Col and Mrs Fletcher are part-
way through a posting with the US
Army Medical Department, where
Lt-Col Fletcher works as the depart-
ment's stability operations desk
The RAAMC-US Army Medical
Department exchange program has
been going for more than 30 years.
assistance for an upcoming family day
welfare activity for spouses and their
families. The extra financial support
meant children got to enjoy special
activities like a jumping castle and a
CO 20 STA Regt Lt-Col Nathan
Loynes was presented with a donation
to help a family in his unit with house
cleaning, lawn mowing and student
DSWA remains committed to pro-
viding ongoing financial support to
units and families while they are on
deployment or post-deployment.
To date its support has been lim-
ited to 3 Bde and 7 Bde and has plans
to expand its coverage to all deployed
Army members and their families.
Soldiers or spouses who would like to apply
for help from the DSWA are advised to con-
tact their chain of command with details of
Helping hand: DSWA National President Jim Shapcott presents a cheque to Alison Carey (the wife of CO
2CER) and Maj Brad Skinner, 2CER, to help while partners are away on deployment.
Photo by Emily Taylor
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