Show of Support Wives Treated to Day on the Town 11/19/11
CBS 7 News
November 19, 2011
The Show of Support program in the Permian Basin isn't only for the troops; they have a special program geared to show appreciation for their wives as well. Saturday’s event gave them a much-needed day for themselves. The Show of Support Wives Program is more than just a day of surprises and pampering. Its a way for these women who have gone through so much to spend time together and have a fun day with no worries.
"These ladies are able to take some down time for themselves and not have to worry," said Robin Foskey, who is a wife of a wounded warrior. She took part in the Show of Support in Midland with her husband last year. But the program had such an impact on her; she decided to come back as alumni to share with the other wounded warrior wives. "When you're the spouse of a wounded soldier, you are never able to let your guard down because he may need something, the meds don't come in. You have to be on top of things 24/7. So it's just a way for these ladies to try to learn to say it's okay to do something for me," Foskey said.
The Show of Support Wives Program gave these women gift certificates to spend the day shopping at target and academy, but the experience is about more than just shopping.
"They get to talk to other ladies who have been through the same thing. They get to share resources, networking. It's just a great opportunity to expand the contact list," said Foskey.
For Christine Bessler, she is hoping the experience will give her some much-needed support. "Once your soldier/husband has been wounded, it is ironically a time where you become very alone. People don't know how to respond or what to say. So coming together with a group of other women that know what it's like, we're able to form bonds that will hopefully last a lifetime," Bessler said.
And for the wives of the wounded warriors, a special day like today does not go unappreciated.
"It means the world. I'm speechless; I'm humble and grateful. It really means a lot to us," said Bessler.