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Moody offers support for families

January 10, 2002

Lowndes County - It's been less than an hour since Sementha Mathew's husband headed out for the Middle East.

"It's always hard, one of those things you never get used to," said Mathews.

Although this is her husband's 4th deployment, Sementha says saying goodbye doesn't get any easier. She wears his dog tags around her neck as a reminder of how important his job is. "I think my husband is a wonderful soldier and what else to do than send the very best."

But Sementha and her 3 children find comfort while her husband's gone in the base support groups. "These groups are great because it's good to know that there are other spouses in the same position as me, and if we stick together, we get each other through it," said Matthews.

Many families say Moody's support system is the strongest of any place they've been stationed. From church services to counseling and even car maintenance, the base provides its families with whatever they need to make it through the tough times.

"We offer bible studies, community support groups, leisure activities, and just anything they need that we can help with," said Sgt. Jerry Thornton, Mission Support Squadron. "We're available to them 24 hours a day, even if they just need someone to talk to."

Sementha says the support she receives while her husband is away makes it a little easier for him to leave. "Him knowing that I'm being taken care of makes it a lot easier for him to focus on the job he's there to do."

And she's confident his job will be completed soon and he'll return home safely.

posted at 2:20 by ashley.harper@walb.com