FRG Leaders! Ombudsmen! FROs! Let SpouseBuzz Help You


At SpouseBuzz, we believe in military family professionals. All of you Ombudsmen and FRG leaders and Family Readiness Officers and Key Volunteers and Fleet and Family counselors and Marine Corps Community Service folks and … and … and — we’ve got your back, guys.

So when we started getting requests to reprint articles from SpouseBuzz in FRG newsletters and Ombudsman emails, we started thinking of other ways we could make your jobs easier. Here are our top four:

1. Reprint our articles for free. It is hard to think up new things to motivate and inspire your people — especially during deployment. So I got permission for you to go ahead and reprint anything on SpouseBuzz for your unit. Just to keep it legal, you must include the author’s name and something that says it was originally published on on such-and-such a date. Include the link!

 2.  Invite us to deliver’s The Spouse Experience. Spouse X is our new live event. Instead of asking our participants to sit through a lot of PowerPoint presentations, we have four speedy-quick, on-your-feet activities with our experts. The goal of the day is to laugh a lot, make a friend and win a prize. We are experimenting this year with offering the event during the day or on a weekend or at night to try to address all the kinds of military families. Some locations even offer childcare. Take a look at our video here:

 3.  Request content just for you. Sometimes a unit has a particular kind of challenge coming up:  lots of babies being born during deployment. A rash of relationship breakups. A post so isolated you have neither Starbucks or Target. A boss who throws things at people and keys their cars in the parking lot. We have access to a lot of resources at SpouseBuzz. We would love to put something together just for you and yours.

 4.’s Spouse Summit:  Brave Requests. On April 11-12, we are gathering military spouses and military family professionals in Washington, DC.  Save the date! Our plan is to break away from the usual panel discussions and PowerPoints. Instead we have lined up a group of innovative experts to help you figure out real life solutions to military life problems. The part I am most excited about is called Brave Requests and Startling Innovations. You’ll be able to bring your successes and your current challenges to other professionals from all over the country. So many good ideas exist in our military community — we just need to find a way to share them all.

As always, feel free to drop us a line through our Contact Us button at the top of the page.  Like you, we live to serve.

About the Author

Jacey Eckhart
Jacey Eckhart is the former Director of Spouse and Family Programs for Since 1996, Eckhart’s take on military families has been featured in her syndicated column, her book The Homefront Club, and her award winning CDs These Boots and I Married a Spartan?? Most recently she has been featured as a military family subject matter expert on NBC Dateline, CBS morning news, CNN, NPR and the New York Times. Eckhart is an Air Force brat, a Navy wife and an Army mom. Find her at

9 Comments on "FRG Leaders! Ombudsmen! FROs! Let SpouseBuzz Help You"

  1. Two questions …. How do we find out more information for the 2013 Spouse Summit (link?); how can we volunteer for the event. With 20 years of experience, I would love to offer up my services. Thank you.

  2. Hope it's better than last year. — travelled 400 miles to hear some giddy general's wife and her dismissive counterparts use their comfortable situations shining examples to a group of young women in dire need of assistance, not platitudes. With the exception of the financial planner and Ms. Vicki, it was almost a complete insult. Couldn't even last through lunch.

  3. It would also be great if you could incorporate some Reserve Component-specific stuff at your event(s).

  4. Interesting how my recommendations didn't make it through especially on verbal and physical assault workshops on how to access legal and police resources, including divorce, separation, child support and military pensions. Too uncomfortable or doesn't it fit into your free travel and entertainment budget ? Absolutely disgraceful having young women show up to serve your pathetic endeavors.

    • When folks like Mrs E. Say you you you. She's already separated herself from us us us . There's a public relations person a make up person a stylist right there. Most of these women never contributed one dollar in taxes and their husbands support them through further diverted tax payer funding . Let's see if their housing and entertainment budget gets cut — oops not really there's "charitable" funding

    • Amy_Bushatz | January 28, 2013 at 6:36 am |

      Hi — I'm sorry that it sounds like you made suggestions to our program last year that were ignored. However, as Jacey mentioned above, the program has been completely revitalized this year and is, in fact, still being developed. Additionally, we have a somewhat different team putting this together than we had in the past. We are eager to hear any suggestions you can offer. Thanks!

  5. Is there a Facebook link for the 2013 Spouse Summit? Would like to share to see if I can get some ladies interested in going as a group. Thanks!

  6. Amy_Bushatz | January 28, 2013 at 8:57 pm |

    Thank you for the kind words! Readers like you are who keep us going :-)

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