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1 Kimberly Bottema Army Community Services Information, Referral and Follow-up Manager Army Community Services Serving Our Military in Hard Times

2 Objectives Educate Information & Referral specialists on services available to Military Personnel and their Families Discuss client eligibility/non-eligibility Detailed information on the Army Community Service Programs

3 Army Community Services - Mission Assist commanders in maintaining readiness of individuals, Families, and communities within Americas Army by developing, coordinating, and delivering services which promote self-reliance, resiliency, and stability during war and peace.

4 Client Eligibility (Army Regulation 608-1) All Active Duty and Retired military personnel and their family members Members of U.S. Army National Guard and Reserve when on active duty and their family members Appropriate fund and non appropriated fund employees and their family members (Dept of Defense Civilian Employees) Surviving Family members of military personnel who died while on active duty Family members of prisoners of war or personnel missing in action (POW/MIA)

5 Not Eligible Veterans and their Families This is a Soldier that was in the military for a short amount of time but didnt complete 20 years of Service Disabled Veterans and their Families National Guard and Reserve Soldiers (Title 32) Retired National Guard and Reserve Soldiers if theyre not age 60 and have a Retired ID card.

6 ACS Programs Army Family Team Building Army Family Action Plan Army Volunteer Corps Employment Readiness Program Exceptional Family Member Program Family Advocacy Program Financial Readiness Program Mobilization & Deployment Information and Referral & Outreach Relocation Readiness Survivor Outreach Service Soldier and Family Assistance Center

7 Army Family Team Building AFTB Levels I, II, and III Instructor Training Master Trainer Course Drill Sgt Spouse Seminar FREE online training available at: Anyone can take them but you must register with the site – select N/A for military affiliation and you will get in.

8 Army Family Action Plan Annual issue resolution process addressing military quality of life Issues from installation conferences are forwarded for higher level resolution Has resulted in: SGLI increase to $400,000; transfer of Montgomery GI Bill to dependents; paternity leave for military fathers; and hundreds of other legislative changes

9 Army Volunteer Corps Recruitment, training and placement of volunteers Recognition of volunteers Liaison between Command Group and installation volunteers

10 Employment Readiness Career Counseling & Job Search Assistance Workshops/Seminars - resume writing -starting and running a small business -interviewing techniques -work-from-home opportunities -career exploration -computer classes Information on Federal & Private Sector Employment Information on Educational & Volunteer Opportunities Internet Access, Job Bank & Resource Library Semi-Annual Job Fairs Client assigned an individual career development coach

11 Exceptional Family Member Program EFMP Services Information & Referral to installation and local community services Assistance with special accommodations with housing Support Group/Recreational and cultural activities Childcare placement (Special Needs Accommodation Process) Respite Care Relocation Assistance Training Advocacy Networking (Facebook, twitter, distribution, newsletters)

12 Family Advocacy Prevention Education Prevention of Spouse & Child Abuse classes; Stress & Anger Management Classes; Fatherhood Program New/Sole Parent Support Home Visitation Services, Baby Care workshops, Parenting Classes, & free baby bundles to new parents Victim Advocacy Program Empowering victims of Domestic Violence to make quality of life decisions. Fatherhood Initiative Promotes, supports and recognizes responsible fatherhood through community events and recognition ceremonies.

13 Financial Readiness Financial Counseling Free & confidential counseling on personal finances and assistance with debt liquidation Seminars on Financial & Consumer Subjects Money management, financial planning, credit, retirement planning, TSP, insurance, consumer rights & responsibilities, car buying, home buying, etc Consumer Advocacy/Assistance with Complaint Resolution Emergency Financial Assistance Army Emergency Relief (AER) Emergency Food Checks

14 Army Emergency Relief (AER) Private Non Profit Corporation incorporated in 1942 by the Secretary of War & the Army Chief of Staff. Receives contributions from active and retired Soldiers (14.2%), repayment of AER interest-free loans (65.1%), investment income (20.3%), and unsolicited contributions (0.4%). Primary mission is to provide emergency financial assistance to Soldiers (active and retired) and their Families. In 2011 AER provided $77.5 MILLION to more than 64,000 Soldiers and their Families. AER assists 10.5% of Active Force each year with 92% of assistance going to SSG and below

15 Who does AER help? Active and Retired Soldiers and their dependents U. S. Army National Guard and Reserve Soldiers on continuous active duty for more than 30 days (Title 10) and their dependents Surviving spouses and orphans of Soldiers who died while on active duty or after they retired

16 Authorized Categories (Army Reg 930-4) Emergency Needs Food Utilities Rent/Mortgage POV repairs Emergency Transportation Funeral Expenses Medical/Dental expenses Personal needs when pay is delayed or stolen Child Care Undergraduate-level education Scholarships for children & spouses of Soldiers (active & retired)

17 Where to go for help? 1. Army Community Services 2. Unit Commander/1SG 3. Local AER section 4. If no AER section nearby then through: - American Red Cross ( ) - Air Force Aid Society - Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society - Coast Guard Mutual Assistance

18 Information & Referral Outreach Information & Referral Assistance Key source of integrated information that brings Soldiers and services together every day with ease, compassion, and quality to meet vital needs of all Soldiers, DA Civilians, retirees and their families. Outreach Program designed to develop a stronger sense of self-reliance and belonging in the military community, focusing on education/prevention, direct services, and organizing support networks to encourage self help and cultivate a sense of ownership within the military community. Facebook: Twitter: FtJacksonACS

19 Mobilization and Deployment Pre & Post Deployment Briefings - Soldier Readiness Processing (SRP) - Information & Referral Assistance Classes/Training Offered: - Family Readiness Group (FRG) - Rear Detachment (RD) - Welcome Home/Reunion Family Assistance Center (FAC) Repatriated Family Assistance

20 Relocation Readiness Relocation Assistance Counseling Electronic Welcome Packets/Children Games/Maps, etc. Sponsorship Training English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes/Resources Foreign Born Spouse Support Group Citizenship and Immigration Services In/Out Processing of Soldiers Newcomers Orientation Lending Closet Phase II Levy/Stateside Briefings Hearts Apart Support Group

21 Soldier Family Assistance Center Services provided to Warriors in Transition Human Resource Services / Training Educational Services / Workshops Information / Social Service Referrals Social Security Disability Application Legal Assistance / Pastoral Care (Call Forward) ACAP Services

22 Survivor Outreach Services Serve as advocate for Survivors of Active Duty Fallen Soldiers. Information and Referral service, linking Family members to on and off-post programs and organizations. Assistance with financial planning, advice, money management, education and advocacy. Committed to the Families of Our Fallen Warriors

23 Sister Services ARMY – Army Community Services NAVY – Navy Fleet and Family Services AIR FORCE – Airmen and Family Readiness Center MARINES – Marine and Family Programs COAST GUARD – Office of Work-Life Programs

24 Military One Source Health and Wellness Deployment Financial Matters Education and Schooling Everyday Issues Relationships Family Support Relocation Military One Source Army One Source

25 Words of Wisdom No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care - Theodore Roosevelt

26 Additional Resources American Red Cross – Armed Forces Foundation – Army Emergency Relief – – Army One Source – Hire Heroes USA – – Military One Source – – Operation Homefront – United Way Unmet Needs – USA Cares – – Veterans Affairs – – , press

27 Army Community Services Fort Jackson, South Carolina Kimberly Bottema QUESTIONS / COMMENTS / CONCERNS?

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