Spotlight on Nancy Warner
President, Board of Governors 1988-1989
Nancy and her husband were stationed in Germany when she was introduced to the Association. Already busy as a Chairman of American Women’s Activities Germany (AWAG) and President of Ramstein Officer’s Wives’ Club, Nancy wanted to get further involved by working with the National Military Family Association.
During a time of uncertainty, military families learned to survive in war-torn countries. It was not easy.“At the time, there had been embassy bombings and Ramstein had been bombed. There were kidnappings in Italy and the world was at an uneasy peace,” Nancy said. “Families were facing precarious times if they were stationed overseas.” With combined efforts, AWAG and the Association sought to record the needs of military families in Europe by conducting surveys. It was just the beginning of developing a “Voice’ for those who formerly did not speak up. This information was not just for families stationed in Germany, it was brought back to the United States to share with Congress.
“We testified before Congress, visited all branches of the Services to carry our message, broadened the Representative Program, and worked with AWAG in Germany to gather information to bring back to Congress and the various Services” said Nancy.
Prior to becoming President of the Association, Nancy was a member of the Board of Governors and was a Representative for the Air Force Officers Wives Club. Nancy’s mission with the Association wasn’t just talk. Her involvement and drive to help other military families was integral to the success of the Association and they educated and convinced government to make necessary changes to support our military families.
Some of our goals were improved health benefits for families, more realistic survivor benefits, increased educational opportunities for military families serving overseas, and improved spousal job opportunities as they moved from one base to another.
What they set out to do, they accomplished. According to the Association, during the time Nancy was President of the Association, they testified on in-state tuition for members of military families, persuaded the House of Representatives to defeat an Overseas Teachers Act, and convinced Congress to approve the first increase in the Permanent Change of Station House Goods Weight Allowance in 20 years.
Nancy admits that the challenges she faced are much different than military families face today. “Parents both work now as a normal way of life. In my time, there were still a lot of stay-at-home moms. We were lucky to have interaction with Wives Clubs, base activities, and unit get-togethers. I envy the communication families have when they are separated. We were lucky to get one phone call a month during separation and it was usually a pretty static-ridden call.”
“Look out for one another. You don’t realize what you can mean to a young family floundering. Your support and friendship may be all they need to make it through whatever they are facing,” Nancy shared. “The military way of life is great and a unique experience. Embracing and supporting one another has always been the answer to a great life experience.”
Until military families are relieved of the weight of war, we hope you will continue to contribute to their wellbeing.
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