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Press Release
April 22, 2009
Homefront Heroes in Oregon
Oregon Guard launches Homefront Heroes in Oregon program to help military kids connect with each other

The Oregon National Guard is launching a new program to help Oregon children of uniformed military servicemembers deal with their parents' deployments. The program called, Homefront Heroes in Oregon, (H2O), will bring military kids together to socialize and have fun. The first event will take place on Saturday May 16, from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. at North Salem High School. Online registration is available now at http://cpcbsa.org/register. Deadline for registration is midnight May 14, 2009.
Military kids of all ages and their parents are welcome. Activities will include a rock climbing wall, sports, game lounge, storytelling, fire demos, arts and crafts, archery, and display static military and emergency vehicles displays
he program is the brainchild of Laura Conley, spouse of State Sergeant Major Brunk Conley. Mrs. Conley said while her family for the most part coped well with her husband's deployment, her middle son in particular struggled with the absence of his father.

"My middle son was more on his own to deal with the absence of his dad," said Mrs. Conley. "Of course we talked and worked through the issues but as a teenager, going through many changes, and not always wanting to confide in his mother, he had a rough go of it," she added.

Mrs. Conley said her middle son is now in college and doing well, but the experience has made her want to help others who may face a similar situation.

"They don't wear a sign that says, ‘my Dad is in Iraq' or ‘My Mom is in Afghanistan'….we want to get these children together and let them see and talk to others of their age who are experiencing the same issues," said Mrs. Conley.

With nearly 3000 Oregon National Guard soldiers soon to deploy to Iraq, there will be more kids than ever before in our state without moms and dads at home. Oregon has 10,000 military service members and families spread across the state. The Homefront Heroes event at North Salem High School in May will be the first of many events to come around the state allowing military kids to connect with one another.

Several organizations have joined together to make Homefront Heroes possible including the Boy Scouts of America, Salem Police and Fire Departments, Salem Public Library, Salem Public Schools, North Salem High School Army JROTC, Oregon State Police, American Red Cross, and the Association of the United States Army.
Contact Info:
Kay Fristad
cell 503-931-5179
Capt. Stephen Bomar