I'm and Air Force Key Spouse and I often hear "What's that?" Or "Do I have a Key Spouse?" Or even "What do you all do?" That troubles me for many reasons. It does because that tells me that not too many people know about us and therefore can't access our knowledge about military benefits, or even avail themselves of the services we offer.
We are an integral part of our squadrons providing peer to peer support for our Airmen and Airwomen. We are the face of the Unit and must adhere to some pretty high ethical and moral standards. We can't gossip or talk about you and have to comply with the Privacy Act of 1974 standards. If the program works as it's supposed to, our members are supposed to feel welcomed and supported at every step of the Air Force experience, whether at a duty station or deployed. Our members are to know that their families are taken care of and that home will be well as they complete their missions.
So, we've got to do more! Tell me any AF spouses out there, what has your experience been with the Key Spouse Program? How have we helped, or how have we failed you? I'd like to know so that we can improve at at any level we can. I'd like to know how to better help my folks. Thanks :)