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Strong Bonds event helps Army Reserve couples connect

Chap. (Col.) Mark Sachs, command chaplain for the Army Reserve’s 99th Regional Support Command, instructs more than a dozen military couples during the Strong Bonds event hosted by the 99th RSC May 3 to 4 at the Omni-Parker Hotel in Boston. The chaplain-led Strong Bonds program is designed to help soldiers and their families build relationship resiliency and readiness through education and skills training that enhance communication and offer constructive ways to handle stress.



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This work, Strong Bonds event helps Army Reserve couples connect [Image 2 of 2], by SSG Shawn Morris, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:05.04.2013

Date Posted:05.08.2013 09:38

Photo ID:926123

VIRIN:130504-A-VX676-001

Resolution:3222x1764

Size:3.72 MB

Location:BOSTON, MA, USGlobe

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To the right sits 1st Lt. Paulo Quijano, of the 334th Chemical Company, and his husband William who were married last year upon the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell." Like many of the other newlywed couples, they decided to attend the training to learn some useful tools and be able to incorporate them in their relationship early on. “It’s good that you don’t wait till there is a problem,” said Paulo. “A lot of this program is about being able to identify problems and frame them correctly. If I can identify issues and define them before they become a problem, then we can work on it before it turns into a bigger issue.”
  • Staff Sgt. Frank Vaughn, noncommissioned officer in charge of the 99th Regional Support Command’s Strong Bonds Program, right, distributes information during the command’s first-ever joint Yellow Ribbon event, Jan. 12, at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. More than 500 soldiers and airmen from the Army Reserve and District of Columbia National Guard attended the two-day event with their families in order to learn about the many military-related benefits and opportunities available to them.

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