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Army wives get new looks
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Army wife Shonna McClain gets a free makeover Tuesday from Roffler Full Service Beauty Salon stylist Valerie Melnyk. - photo by Denise Etheridge

One hundred Army wives from Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield received a free day of pampering Tuesday courtesy of Operation Homefront Georgia and the Lifetime channel.
The spouses were treated to hair styling and other beauty treatments at Roffler Full Service Beauty Salon in Hinesville as a prelude to the Cabin Fever event in Richmond Hill on Wednesday.
These “VIP” spouses appeared in an episode of “Army Wives” that aired on the Lifetime channel last Sunday. They also had attended an appreciation luncheon in January at Outback Steakhouse in Savannah. The luncheon was filmed by Lifetime for the “Army Wives” episode. The cable channel subsequently donated $10,000 to Operation Homefront Georgia, allowing the women to have a “VIP” salon day and the Cabin Fever event.
Brittany Tuft, the young mother of a 7-month-old girl, was excited about her makeover. Her husband, Corp. Thomas Tuft with the 4th Brigade, deployed to Iraq last July.
“My husband left three days after the baby was born,” Tuft said. “It’s really nice (to be pampered.) You can get rid of a lot of stress and can focus on yourself.”
Tuft said the VIP and Cabin Fever events gave her the first real “break” she’d had in two months. Operation Homefront supports Army spouses and gives them the opportunity to mingle and support one another, Tuft said.
“You can have all the friends in the world that are civilian, but they don’t understand what you’re going through,” she said.
Roffler manager Denise Brown said the salon has been serving the Hinesville community for 29 years.
“We thought it would be a good opportunity to do something for the military families because they do so much for us,” Brown said.
Roffler was contracted by Operation Homefront Georgia for the VIP event, she said.

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