Family Readiness Breakfast: Monday, October 9, 2017, 0730-0900 EDT. NEW THIS YEAR! The AUSA Family Readiness Directorate will host a kick-off breakfast just prior to the opening ceremony of Annual Meeting. If you are an Army Family member, or support Army Families, this breakfast is for you! Cost is $10 per person. Seating is limited to the first 100 tickets sold. View Facebook Event Page.

Military Family Forum I: Monday, October 9, 2017, 1400-1600 EDT, Titled “Warrior and Family Wellness – It Takes a Team”. For the past 16 years, Soldiers and their Families have experienced high levels of stress and/or traumatic events that can influence their health and well-being. Many find it difficult to find balance and wellness and do not always know whom to turn to when the going gets tough. The Army and various non-profit organizations have rallied to create programs aimed at increasing resilience and readiness. These programs could be the driving force towards healing. Sign up today.

Military Family Forum II: Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 0900-1200 EDT, Titled “Soldier and Family Readiness – Identifying Needs and Leveling Expectations”. Forum participants will receive an overview of the new Readiness Essentials for Army Leaders (REAL) training. The RAND Corporation will present the results of its Soldier Needs Assessment and discuss their upcoming study focused on Army spouses. Lastly, you will hear from Army senior leadership on the status of Family Programs and interact with a panel of command sergeants major as they share their thoughts on the Soldier and Family programs and services that enhance and sustain readiness. View Facebook Event Page.

Military Family Forum III: Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 1500-1630 EDT, Titled, “A Town Hall with Senior Army Leaders”. This popular open forum allows direct interaction with the Secretary of the Army (TBA), the Chief of Staff of the Army (GEN Mark Milley), and the Sergeant Major of the Army (SMA Daniel Dailey). We also will introduce the 2017 AUSA Volunteer Family of the Year. View Facebook Event Page.

NEW in 2017

VWISE IGNITE logo 5IGNITE D.C. *Registration required* IGNITE is a one day entrepreneurship training event offered during the 2017 AUSA Annual Meeting. The program is open to women veterans, active duty service women, and women military spouses/life-partners who are exploring the opportunity of small business ownership as a career path. 100 seats are available with 30 reserved exclusively for current AUSA members! Participants will be exposed to a robust team of nationally-acclaimed speakers, expert instructors, military-friendly business resource providers, and successful veteran women and military spouse entrepreneurs, all prepared to help attendees explore the lifestyle of an entrepreneur, pathways to small business ownership, and the community of support available. We invite you to join us to connect with other women veterans and military spouses/life-partners, network with business resources, and learn if small business ownership is for you. REGISTER HERE.