Said Purinton, "I had been thinking that I would like to be involved with the Guard after I retired from the church."She
was also considering following a different form of ministry than the parish after 30 years.The position became available in January and she
put together a resume shortly afterwards.Everything happened rather quickly when Purinton
was offered the job over a number of candidates.She
said, "It was a quick decision."
In 2004-2006, Charlie
was deployed for 18 months, serving in Ramadi, Iraq while Caitlin was deployed to Camp Navistar, Kuwait, on the Iraq border. She
said, "When I was offered this job I realized that I wanted to be able to help people become resilient supporters for their soldiers.
...Interestingly, it was in 1988 that Charlie was hired as the first Family Program Coordinator for the Vermont Army National Guard.He laid the foundation for the program which has expanded to include statewide Family Assistance Centers, and of course, this new position of Family Readiness Support Assistant.