New Social Networking Site Connects Relocating Soldiers to Army's Army Volunteers

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Citizens serve as mentors to military families offering personalized support and guidance

The Army's Army, a community of Cumberland County volunteers, is standing behind its pledge to support the military and is investing countless hours communicating with soldiers helping to bring to life everything the area has to offer. Intended as the next best thing to physically being in America's First Military Sanctuary Community, newly-launched social networking site (FWY) is aimed at making relocation easier on soldiers and their families by linking potential movers with actual residents who serve as volunteers with the Army's Army, the 1,000+ member organization that provides support and assistance to the troops through various programs and events, to help make their transition a smooth one. With BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) fast approaching, the tens of thousands of soldiers being relocated to Fort Bragg will need decision-making assistance, from locating a church to join and selecting the best neighborhood to family friendly activities that will occupy their spare time and everything in between.

FWY turns Army's Army members into mentors, connecting soldiers one-on-one to the people who truly know the city and experience Fayetteville life everyday. The site's forum section provides an outlet for military families to interact with likeminded people and engage in discussions about the area that may become their new home. FWY site visitors can post on virtually any topic via the forum's discussion board and community members can post replies to the inquiries, relating their personal experiences to the needs of the solider or their family. With topics ranging from "Running trails in Fayetteville," "Lawn Care Recommendations" and "Nightly Childcare," this useful tool has helped direct military families to various local resources they wouldn't otherwise know as new residents. However, the most popular inquiries revolve around housing and neighborhoods like this one from FWY member "MAdkins": "My wife and I recently got married and we just got the news that she has been relocated to Fort Bragg in NC. Can anyone suggest the best locations to live on and around the base? Ideally, we would be interested in living on the base, but are open to look in the surrounding area. We've never been to the Carolinas and are looking for an easy transition from the large city that we currently live in."

The Q&A section allows military families to email public or private questions through the site and receive an email reply with answers from Army's Army experts on general information, healthcare, education, entertainment, public safety, economic development, employment, and housing, helping to simplify a potentially difficult move. Public questions and answers are added to the database and posted to the site in hopes of benefiting future visitors and offering a comprehensive experience.

"Fayetteville Wants You was created with the military family in mind with the goal to make their transition to the area easier," says John Meroski, Chairman of the Army's Army. "The site is another way for our community to show our support for the military in America's First Military Sanctuary Community."

Always welcoming and striving to make military families feel safe and secure in America's most patriotic town, FWY also serves as a great resource for soldiers already living in the area but who may not know about all that Fayetteville has to offer. Additional site sections highlight the area's impressive military heritage and Sanctuary Living, which outlines everything families need to live, work and play in Fayetteville.

Fayetteville/Cumberland County is America's first sanctuary community for the military and their families. Through the Army's Army and other volunteer groups, the citizens and businesses are dedicated to watching over those who watch over us. For additional information, visit


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