We had 3 deaths over the weekend in our Battalion (not our company though) and one seriously injured and definately very touch and go. I was not informed. No phone call, no email, nothing. I heard it today when I called a friend of mine who's in a completely different unit.
I'm furious. I emailed our Rear D as well as our company commander who's in Iraq to let him know about this and a few other things that I'm just not happy about because our FRG leader has not been giving out information. This is NOT the way death notifications are supposed to be handled. The FRG leader is to continue to call spouses until she's personally spoken with every spouse. I've been asked if I'll take over the FRG, and I'm going to do it. I was just called by our over all adviser for FRG's in our company and she asked me if I officially accept and I told her yes. She said that I'll be the one doing all the work, because our current does not do anything, and then my friend who is the former co-FRG leader is going to help me out in the background.
I really didn't want to do this, I feel like I'm active enough in other places in my life, but know this is what I NEED to do at least for now. We have very little money in our FRG funds, so one of the first orders of business is fund raising. No one likes to do it, but if we want to be able to do anything for our single soldiers or all our soldiers when they return we need to get busy and get busy now.
PLEASE pray for these soldiers families. Two of the soldiers were married and one soldier was single. I am not sure about the injured soldier. One of the soldiers who was killed his wife is here. I pray we're able to give her as much support as possible. This IS my greatest fear with this war as it is with every military spouse who's Soldier is deployed.
Ok, I'm done with my vent...these are the issue's some of us "left behind" get to deal with.