Opinions

Thu
10
Aug

How to overcome ‘emotional cycle of deployment’ as a military spouse

By VIVIAN LOPEZ
Guardian staff writer

FORT POLK, La. — For many military couples, the possibility of a deployment is the constant “elephant in the room.” We know it can happen at any time, but do not want to dwell on that fact. When my husband enlisted in the

Army, I knew this was the case, but I don’t think I ever fully processed the idea of him actually going on a deployment until his orders came in.

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Thu
06
Jul

GC’s NZW vision for Fort Polk achievable

By Col. JARRETT THOMAS II

FORT POLK, La. — Imagine an Army installation that values environmental sustainability not just for its financial benefits, but also because it enhances quality of life, mission capabilities, relationships with local communities and preservation of the Army's future; where items are not thrown away to occupy landfills, but instead are viewed as valuable resources to be used for multiple purposes.

This is the vision of Fort Polk's future — and it’s a vision that’s achievable as long as we work together.

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Thu
29
Jun

Chaplain: ‘More listening, less talking needed today’

By WAYNE VANDEKROL

“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God” James 1:19-20.

How well are we listening? Sounds like a simple question but often I think we are only hearing what we want to hear.

The story is told of how President Franklin D. Roosevelt got tired of smiling that big smile and saying all the usual things at those White House receptions. So, one evening he decided to find out whether anybody was paying attention to what he was saying.

 

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Fri
23
Jun

Alligator Lake Recreation Area and RV Park

Are you looking for a taste of nature that’s not too far away? Look no further than Alligator Lake Recreation Site and RV Park, located right outside the back post gate on K Avenue in North Fort. Alligator Lake is perfect for both a weekend outdoors or a Family day trip. The park itself is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week but its office hours for reservations and information is open Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Alligator Lake has something for everyone with playgrounds, basketball courts, soccer fields, picnic areas and more. Boat rentals are $2 hourly or $10 daily for canoes, row boats and kayaks, and $4 hourly for paddle boats. Rental sports equipment is also available. Pavilion rentals for larger events such as Family Readiness Group meetings start at $25 and vary by area needed. RV Park sites are $20 daily, $105 weekly and $370 monthly. Check-in is at 1 p.m. and check-out is at 11 a.m.

Thu
01
Jun

Polk Places

Palmetto clubhouse pool

The heat of Louisiana is here and with it comes the opening of the Corvias Military Living community pools. Pictured is a Family having fun at the Palmetto Clubhouse pool. However, all community centers on post have pools and they are open to residents from any of the on-post communities.

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Fri
26
May

Polk Places

Heritage Family cemeteries

As you drive around the installation, ranges and and training areas, you may see signs pointing the way to cemeteries like this one — Burns Cemetery, located on Texas Avenue, North Fort.

These are the final resting places for people that date back to the Civil War and Fort Polk strives to preserve them for their historical significance. There are about 17 such cemeteries. For more information call the Fort Polk Cultural Resources Office at 531-7417.

 

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Fri
26
May

Polk People

Fort Polk is a nice place to live because ...

Spc. Daniel Aisuro: “We have great people here, a nice commissary where you can get almost anything you want, and you can hang out with your friends at the bowling alley on the weekends. People here greet you with a smile.”

Jose Blanco: “The fellowship here between Army Families and civilians is great. The communities support Fort Polk 100 percent, we have a great medical facility (Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital) and it is a great place to raise a family. It’s close to a lot of metropolitan areas also, without being too close.”

 

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Thu
18
May

Chaplain cautions vigilance in defending freedoms

By Chap. (Maj.) BERNARD BUZULAK

FORT POLK, La. — While our brave soldiers are dying in foreign lands to defend the freedoms of other nations, it is grave concern for our own liberties and freedoms that cause me to write this article.

Daily we see a slow erosion of the laws that grant Americans freedoms — especially religious freedoms.

I am concerned that we are forgetting the very laws that gave us our liberties and freedoms.

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Thu
11
May

Mother’s Day: Five lessons learned on motherhood

By VIVIAN LOPEZ

FORT POLK, La. — Being a mom has been one of the most exhausting, challenging, yet rewarding experiences of my life. Every day of motherhood comes with a lesson learned and story to tell, but here are five of the most important things I’ve discovered as my daughter nears her eighth month of life:

1. Make sure your moments with your kids are captured. As moms, it’s easy to get so caught up in taking pictures of our kids that we forget that it is equally important that we be in these photos with them. Being military spouses, it may be even harder to have candid moments with our children captured because our spouses aren’t always there to take pictures. But sometimes the lack of photos is also because we think we need to look perfect for these pictures to share them.

Fri
05
May

‘Familiar with pain’ vital to effective counseling

By Chap. (Maj.) W. JERROD GLENN

FORT POLK, La. — It is not uncommon for counselors to be intimidated by difficult cases. When I say difficult, I mean individuals who have troubling stories that may go way beyond the care giver’s personal experience.

Topics range from drug addiction and sexual trauma to extreme physical or emotional abuse. Even some cases of severe combat trauma can make counselors feel unqualified and limited in their ability to provide quality care.

Although many of my clients do not use faith as a resource, I find the anchor I need for these challenging cases from the Bible.

In Isaiah’s prophecy describing what the Messiah would go through during the passion, the verse reads: “…a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief… (Isaiah 53:3).”

Upon reading this, it occurred to me that the standard for Jesus of Nazareth to help the multitudes was simply by being familiar with pain.

 

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