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The Boots Before You and Family Support Brigade Want to Share Your Military Story

Family Support Brigade's mission is to provide a forum for growing awareness, education and finally a call to action in support of our military and their families.

At FSB, we understand a service members military service is not a solitary experience. It takes love, commitment, and support from a soldier's family and community to help him or her succeed. We celebrate this strength by sharing the soldiers and families experiences through a forum of media, arts and community outreach. Our "Shine the Light" Campaign will highlight the issues impacting our military and their families as we strive for collaboration between the civilian and military communities.

Every service member from each generation has a memory from boot camp or some other remembrance of military history to share; whether it's how the drill sergeants "smoke them" or the battle buddy who kept them going. It's a part of our history that families want to hear. The "Boots Before You" campaign and FSB will share your letters with new recruits, service members and families across the country; beyond the generations and through time; preserving the military experience and capturing the history that sustains our military and gives meaning to the community at home.

We will be starting a community "Wall of Heros" on Patch with your help.  Each week we will post a picture of "your" hero with their branch of service, commitment etc to share with the community. We're bringing back our "Hometown Heros" and as we get to know our local heros, we'll start the discussion that helps them reintegrate back into their civilian worlds, reaching out to their families and bridging the gap military families feel between their communities and the military.

Sharing "your" heroes story can be as easy as commenting on this post, providing their picture, their information and a memory you want to share about their journey. You can also send us their information to our website email at info@familysupportbrigade.org. FSB and "The Boots Before You" are proud members of Illinois Joining Forces. Together we can bring our men and women home and give them the opportunity to be the best they can be in the civilian world.  It starts with just one... 

Visit FSB and The Boots Before you on Facebook and at www.familysupportbrigade.org

This post is contributed by a community member. The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch Media Corporation. Everyone is welcome to submit a post to Patch. If you'd like to post a blog, go here to get started.

Lisa Guerrero November 16, 2012 at 03:59 PM
My HERO is SFC Jose F. Guerrero from Grayslake. He has served his country proudly for 28 years and been deployed 3 times.....Germany(Operation Enduring Freedom), Iraq(Operation Iraqi Freedom) and Afghanistan(Operation Enduring Freedom). We are true military family with his 4 sons serving in the Army with countless deployments throughthe years!

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