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At Council 2016 Bishop Reed introduced six initiatives and the collaborative leadership to vision ways forward in these areas of need. One such initiative was Veterans’ Ministries where Bishop Reed said, “the needs are many and complex – not only for combat veterans, but for active duty personnel stationed among us and families left behind and waiting.”
Our Council in Action 2017 project specifically addresses the children of active duty personnel left behind and waiting as our Military Ministry team partners with JBSA Randolph Hearts Apart.
CIA will support Operation Flags (Families Learning About Global Support), a mock-deployment event for 300, third-fifth grade students at Randolph Elementary School in San Antonio. The annual event helps students to experience what it’s like for their active-duty parents to leave for a deployment. Operation FLAGS is held in May at Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA), and will include over 100 volunteer Airmen and Civilians from JBSA organizations including firefighters, explosive ordinance disposal specialists and military working dog handlers and their canines.
Our goal is to donate 400 posters & 400 flags to students and families participating in Operation FLAGS. Each flag cost 25 cents. Money collected will be used to purchase flags and support other outreach to military families. Click here for a flyer to publicize at your church.
For more more information contact Leslie Mixson at firstname.lastname@example.org or while at Council visit the Military Ministry booth and the task force co-chairs, Rev. Karen Brandon, Chaplain Lt. Col. (ret.), U.S. Army , and chaplain Susan Douglas, chief Master Sgt. (ret.) U.S. Air Force.