Lunch and gifts for dad

Army Community Service hosts a special Father’s Day appreciation, from noon until 2:00 p.m. today for all Soldiers assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion, according to Adrina Scott, social services coordinator with the Soldier and Family Assistance Center.

They will be providing lunch from Dickey’s BBQ, gadget bags to carry phone cords and chargers, and 15-minute chair massages.

“Every year we make a big deal about Mother’s Day – as we should, because mothers are important also – but this year, I wanted to do something different, and put the focus on Father’s Day, because fathers are often neglected,” Scott said. “When you have Mother’s Day, kids and fathers go all out with flowers and dinner, but when Father’s Day comes along, they may get a necktie.”

When asked about the military fathers that come to ACS, it became clear how many different categories of father there really are. While many think of fathers in a traditional marriage, there are a growing number of single fathers as well.

Tondala Gass, Family Advocacy Program manager, said ACS offers a class, Dads 101, that’s perfectly suited for single fathers.

“They may feel embarrassed not knowing how to put a diaper on correctly, how to comfort a child, or how to be in tune with the different cries of an infant. We give them those coping skills, and let them know there is no magic way to parent as a single dad,” she said.

Gass said fatherhood is not easy, but ACS is there to help.

“We appreciate what they do and we don’t take that lightly. We know it’s a hard job keeping up with the family, and we want to say thank you for being a dad,” she said.

Scott added she’s grateful for all the fathers on Fort Belvoir.

“I want to thank the active-duty dads; the families with two dads; the dads keeping it together while the spouse is deployed – thank you for all you do,” she said.