Rep. Sanford Bishop to host summit for military families Nov. 6

Rep. Sanford Bishop. Photo credit: wikimedia
Rep. Sanford Bishop. Photo credit: wikimedia

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - On Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Congressman Sanford Bishop will host a Military Family Summit at the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning.

The purpose of the summit is to connect military families with Congress members, officials from the Department of Defense, and officials from numerous military family support organizations. Military families will be able to participate in panel discussions to discuss issues faced on a daily basis, such as family health, resiliency, spouse employment and education, military child education, transition assistance, retirement, benefits, and financial readiness for the future. Additionally, resources specific to military families will be provided by attending support organizations.

Rep. Bishop is the co-chair of the Congressional Military Family Caucus. He will be in attendance along with:

*Lt Gen Joseph L. Lengyel; Vice Chief, National Guard Bureau

*Maj Gen Jim Butterworth; Adjutant General, Georgia National Guard

*Mrs. Katie McMaster; spouse of MG H.R. McMaster Fort Benning CG

*COL (P) Leopoldo A. Quintas; Commandant, US Army Armor School

*LTG (Ret) Carmen Cavezza; National Infantry Foundation Chairman

*MG (Ret) Jerry White; Academy Nominations Board Chairman

*Isaiah Hugley; City Manager, City of Columbus

*Ed Helton; Executive Director, The Leadership Institute

The keynote speakers will be Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and Mrs. Lisa Battaglia, his wife.

Many resource and support organizations will be in attendance:

AAFES, American Legion, Blue Star Families, Blue Star Wives,  Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System, First Command, Fort Benning Army Community Services, Fort Mitchell National Cemetery, GA Department of Veterans Services, Georgia Department of Labor, Georgia Military OneSource Joint Family Support Assistance Program, Gold Star Wives, House of Heroes, NeighborWorks, New Horizons, Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, Soldier for Life, The Blind Veterans Association, The Chattahoochee Valley Veterans Council, The Family Center, The Retired Sergeant Majors Association, USO, Valley Health Care, Veterans Affairs Regional, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Wounded Warrior Project, Military Families.