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July 16, 2003

Lowndes County - Terri Wesemann's husband just left for a routine deployment. "The kids and I are just trying to keep busy, because that makes it go by a little faster," said Wesemann.

Their time apart is a little easier to bear thanks to Moody's officers' spouses' club. "I know that they know what I'm going through, they're always there for me, and being involved in this group keeps me busy and my mind off things," said Wesemann.

The group, formerly known as the officers' wives' club, has more than 80 members, both male and female. Their goal is to offer support and strength to military families. "We've all been in the same boat with these deployments," said Donna Thomason, Club President. "You've either been there, you are there, or you're going to be there soon."

Along with lending a hand to base families, they also support the Valdosta community. Last year, the club gave out $7,000.00 in scholarships. "We've collected supplies for local schools, given to the American Red Cross, and also supported the New Freedom therapeutic riding association," said Thomason.

Until their loved ones return, these spouses say being part of such a supportive organization gives them and their deployed mates peace of mind.

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