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Congressman Bishop helps military families at Ft. Benning

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Kim Diano has been a military spouse for 10 years. She understands some of the problems these families face.

"It's nice to have the family members here and have them involved, because they get an opportunity to have a voice in the army, which sometimes we're not always given," says Diano.

Army officials recognize the importance of family support. They say family affairs can positively or negatively affect performance.

"Our soldiers are the strength of our Army, but absolutely our families are the foundational strength of our soldiers," says Col (P) Leo Quintas, Commandant with the U.S. Army Armor School.

The emotional toll deployment takes on families is one of the things that caused Congressman Sanford Bishop to step in. Bishop hosted the Military Family Summit on Wednesday at the  National Infantry Museum. Bishop hoped to pinpoint issues families are dealing with, and push forward new legislation to help. He says the three issues he heard the most with military families are mental health, children's behavior and performance in school, and employment.

 "We have come to understand, particular over the last decade and a half with multiple deployments, just what an impact it's had on families," says Bishop.

He hopes to take some of the things he learned at the summit and apply them towards new legislation.

"What we need to do in congress, as policy makers is understand just how families are impacted so we can try and create an environment of support," says Bishop.

Diano says that environment of support begins at home.

"It's important to include the family members because if the solider doesn't have the support from home, he's not going to have the overall support he needs to succeed," says Diano.

There were about 50 resource and support organizations for military families. Panel discussions covered issues such as adjusting to civilian life, spousal employment and financial readiness for the future.

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