It has been said that if you give someone a fish, they’ll eat for a day, but if you teach that person to fish, they’ll eat for a lifetime. Whether you like to eat fish or not, the idea of an enduring promise of happiness and fulfillment is compelling.

Self-sufficiency is linked to contentment and happiness. That doesn’t mean we can’t ask for a little help from time to time, but when push comes to shove, we are comforted by the knowledge that we can survive almost any challenge. We are able to do more than just survive. We stand proud knowing that we can thrive amidst adversity.

This idea of learning to be self-sufficient is at the heart of the Family Readiness Program mission. Each day, Family Readiness Officers (FROs) and volunteers work with Service Members and their families to find solutions to challenges that arise within the military lifestyle. By connecting folks to the information and resources that they need to solve day-to-day problems, our FROs and volunteers are ensuring that  military families are empowered with the tools and knowledge that they need to navigate the military lifestyle.

The FROs and volunteers can’t take away the challenges that come with the military lifestyle. Instead, they ensure that each of us is prepared to tackle the next obstacle. Thanks in large part to our FROs, we learn how to fish. Every day, and at each new obstacle, we stand ready.

You are uniquely positioned as a military family member. If you see a deficiency in a certain population, or if you know of a challenge that other military families are facing, talk to your FRO and help find a solution. This is your chance to teach others how to fish.

Today you may be fishing for catfish at Camp Lejeune; tomorrow you may be reeling in a swordfish at Camp Pendleton.It will take more than a few casts to catch a bucket-full of fish, and the adventure will be worth every second.

To learn more about Family Readiness Officers and the Unit, Personal and Family Readiness Program, click here.