Check Out What MAAF Affiliates Are Up To!
MAAF Affiliates have been busy in April, with a wide variety of activities, outreach, and community building. Here at MAAF National, Jason has been working with the Seventh Day Adventists to develop training materials that bridge the gap between our communities to provide support and grief counseling. He has also been busy visiting Chaplains and community members in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina to provide support and resources. Rose has been busy reaching out to community members across the globe to strengthen our affiliates, and working with local volunteers to start a new Affiliate group in the Washington DC area. Over in Fort Drum, Sara and the Fort Drum Humanists have held bimonthly discussion groups with great turnouts, most recently with guest speaker Chaplain Roy Bates. They are currently planning a marching group in their local Armed Forces Day Parade.
Central Texas MAAF conducted a grief support group in response to the most recent tragedy on base in Fort Hood. Several individuals took advantage of the group to come discuss their feelings with MAAF members and grief counselor. They have also held several life affirming Meetups, including local hikes and a visit to the Planetarium.
San Diego MAAF is planning a Memorial Day Ceremony on June 1st aboard the USS Midway to honor those who gave their lives and reflecting on the values protected by war. There will be refreshments and a free audio tour of the USS Midway.
MASH of Fort Brag recently hosted a table at the local Dogwood Festival to spread the word about their group. During the two day event, they passed out fliers and brochures, spoke with the public, and had a great time.
RAF Lakenheath Atheists & Freethinkers held discussion groups and social gatherings, showing off their new T-shirts and came together as a community. One local member had the opportunity to speak up against religious intolerance and in favor of diversity and free thought during a training event. Please see the full story on the MAAF website.
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