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 Post subject: Citizen Soldier Connection Supports Military Families
Post Posted: Apr 15, 2006 9:16 am 
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Fort Carson?s Commanding General is calling on the community to help soldiers get connected to other families in Southern Colorado. Citizen Soldier Connection is a non-profit that hooks up soldiers and their families to other families in the area.

Families living in Southern Colorado can sign up and get matched up with a soldier. The non-profit group organizing this program hopes people living in the Pikes Peak region can get behind a soldier in this very personal way.

Some soldiers are already signed up. First Lieutenant Ryan Main has a wife and young daughter. This coming up weekend the Mains will meet their volunteer family. He's excited to have more local support for his family, especially if he deploys for a long period of time.

"Its another person they can call, especially in the local community," said 1LT Ryan Main.

"What we're hoping is, the community and this is a wonderful community- best I've ever been associated with- has an opportunity to put its arms around these men and women and their families, and provide the support base that I think is so important to our young service members," said MG Robert Mixon.

The program is modeled after the Service Academies' Sponsor Program, where cadets and local families are connected.

"We're hoping it provides an extended family," said MG Mixon.

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