CHICAGO, Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ — In response to rising suicide and divorce rates within the U.S. military, FamilyLife, a non-profit ministry dedicated to supporting marriages and families, will present its Weekend to Remember(®) marriage conference at a significant discount to military couples in Chicago from Nov. 13 – 15 at the Sheraton Chicago Northwest (3400 West Euclid Avenue, Arlington Heights). Weekend to Remember is a marriage getaway aimed at strengthening healthy marriages and healing troubled ones in a fun, supportive and non-threatening environment.
While every couple is encouraged to attend, FamilyLife has invited local members of our armed forces and their spouses to attend the conference at a reduced rate in recognition of the sacrifices they make and the subsequent toll their jobs take on their marriages.
“We want to do whatever we can to support military marriages,” said FamilyLife President, CEO and Co-Founder Dr. Dennis Rainey. “We recognize and revere the tremendous responsibility and stress placed on our servicemen and women, and that such a career can truly take a toll on one’s marriage and family.”
FamilyLife’s military marriage initiative comes on the heels of reports of rising suicide rates within the United States military. One of the ways the military has chosen to combat this tragic trend is by encouraging soldiers and their spouses to participate in marriage enrichment programs offered by chaplains at military posts around the country. To provide resources to military marriages worldwide, FamilyLife has set up a dedicated website that offers resources specific to military marriages, as well as a downloadable sample of the HomeBuilders: Making Your Marriage Deployment Ready small group study, at www.FamilyLife.com/MilitaryMarriage.
“Making a marriage work is never easy, and it is difficult for any husband or wife to not ‘bring the office home,'” said Major General (Retired) Robert Dees, executive director of Campus Crusade’s Military Ministry, a FamilyLife partner ministry. “When ‘the office’ is a battlefield, and a couple isn’t equipped with the necessary tools to deal with those experiences, such as separation and the fear of losing one’s life or one’s spouse, the results can be disastrous. In that spirit, FamilyLife and Military Ministry are committed to strengthening the bonds between the heroes who serve and the spouses they love.”
Military couples can attend for a special military rate of $69 per person (a $120 savings per couple). To register, military couples may call 1-800-FL-TODAY or visit www.FamilyLife.com/MilitaryMarriage. Select “Donate” to give to the FamilyLife and Military Ministry partnership and thereby enable even more military couples to attend the Weekend to Remember conference on a scholarship basis.
For more than three decades FamilyLife(®), a global, donor-supported, non-profit organization co-founded by Dr. Dennis and Barbara Rainey, has focused on the mission of using practical, biblical principles to build healthier marriages and families through conferences and media channels. FamilyLife, a 501c3, works in 100 countries around the world to help to transform lives and restore hope through its Weekend to Remember(®) marriage conferences, Homebuilders small group studies, FamilyLife Today(TM) radio broadcasts, Hope for Orphans(®) orphan care ministry, FamilyLife publications, and the internet. For more information, visit FamilyLife.com.