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May 19, 2007

Albany -- When many members of Georgia's National Guard are deployed, it means that the spouses and children of the men and women who so often serve in harms way are left alone to deal with important matters such as insurance, counseling, and potential work opportunities.

But thanks to the help of the Albany Family Assistance Center, family members of Georgia National Guard Troops have a helping hand when their loved ones are away on active duty.

Over 14 organizations ranging from the Georgia Department of Labor to the 4-H Club were on hand Saturday at the Albany Armory offering assistance to local National Guard families. Captain Mike Lipper of the Georgia National Guard agrees that this event is very helpful to the troops and their families.

"It gives them a sense of security to know that there is somebody besides just them having to take care of the family. And when they look to their spouse that's not there anymore, they have a list of information to go get help from."

Jamie Harst of Marine and Family Services was on hand to provide assistance. "We handle family issues for marines whether it be financial counseling, counseling as far grief for post or pre-deployment. We also help them with domestic violence issues, which is what I am, I am a victims advocate. We also provide those services to the family of reserves coming in and out of active duty," says Jamie.

Over 20 representatives from various organizations were on hand at Saturday's event.

The Georgia National Guard consists of both Army and Air National Guard components. The Georgia Army National Guard is comprised of more than 8,000 soldiers.

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