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Familes seek answers at the Congressional Military Family Caucus

Stalled in efforts to get questions answered about her husband’s military benefits, Heather Alwine drove from Canton, Ga., today to get help at the 2012 Congressional Military Family Caucus Summit.

“He is trying to get medical retirement and he’s having issues with that,” Alwine said of husband, Robert Alwine. “They are pretty much stalled. That’s what it is.”

Alwine was one of about 200 people who registered for the summit at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center in Columbus. The Military Family Summit was co-chaired by U.S. Reps. Sanford Bishop Jr., D-Albany, and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington.

Bishop said the major topics at the summit include health and wellness, education and employment among soldiers, veterans  and their spouses.

 Alwine said her husband was injured in Iraq while serving with the National Guard in Iraq. He is a 100 percent disabled veterans but facing problems trying to get medical retirement.

 Since his injury more than six years ago, Alwine said her husband’s unit has changed and it’s been difficult to get responses from phone calls or emails. “I’m like I’ve had it up to here,” Alwine said , pointing with her hand.

Bishop described the problems faced by Alwine and other military families as challenging.

“You will know there are hundreds or thousands of the military who are returning from the last 10 years of war,” Bishop said. “That adjustment is challenging. We’ve got to deal with it. That is what the Military Family Caucus is all about. That is what the American people have to do and we are going to meet that responsibilty. We are going to do it so that that lady and others will not have to experience those things.”