By Shannon Bishop
USAG Public Affairs
With a wide variety of programs and services, Morale, Welfare and Recreation at Fort Detrick provides a plethora of activities and services to the members of Fort Detrick, whether they be active duty military, their families or DoD civilians.
Within MWR, Army Community Services, Child Youth School Services, and the Recreation office provide a substantial amount of the services available.This article is the first in a three-part series highlighting the services available to the Soldiers, Families and Civilians of Fort Detrick from Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
The first in this series will focus on the Army Community Services and the programs that are available to active duty military and their families and include programs such as the Family Advocacy Program, Army Emergency Relief, Relocation Readiness and the Exceptional Family Member Program, among others.
The Family Advocacy Program offers prevention and treatment to families and individuals that are active duty military dealing with domestic abuse, child abuse and sexual assault. The program first works to prevent abuse through briefings, new parent support groups and child development groups.
There is also respite care available to families as part of the prevention side of this program.Times are tough for many of the our Soldier families and AER is there to provide financial assistance to Soldiers, retirees, Family members, surviving spouses, and orphans when there is an emergency.
There are also scholarship opportunities and grants to Wounded Warriors available. This program, unlike some offered by ACS is not available to civilians or contractors.The life of a military family is one of constant movement and more often than not families are relocated every couple of years.
The Relocation Readiness Program has many parts to it, all contributing to making the transition from place to place as easy as possible. Part of this program is the Lending Closet. Often times when families move great distances their belongings or household goods don't arrive at the new home at the same time.
The Lending Closet allows military families to borrow household goods until their personal things have arrived. "It's like a library of household goods," Pam Tucker, Financial Readiness Manager, said. This service is not available to families who just need extra things; it is only available during times of transition for military families.
The Exceptional Family Member program serves family members of all active duty personnel from birth to age 21 that have a special need or disability. This program, unlike others offered through MWR, is mandatory from military families that have a relative with a special need or disability. An exceptional family member is a family member (child or adult) with any physical, emotional, developmental, or intellectual disability that requires special treatment, therapy, education, training, or counseling.
Army Community service is there through the hard times and those of joy, but regardless of the situation the Army wants to make sure that family members, Soldiers, spouses, and retirees have access to the services they need.For more information about ACS, please go to www.detrick.army.mil/acs/.
Please look for the next article in this series in the Oct. 13 issue of "The Standard" where we will focus on the services provided to our children in the Child and Youth Services.