Counseling services expand for Soldiers, family members
June 25, 2009
- Military OneSource has increased the number of face-to-face counseling appointments for Soldiers and families to 12.
- The counseling sessions are separate from TRICARE-related sessions and are confidential.
FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- The number of Military OneSource face-to-face counseling sessions available for active duty Soldiers and their families has doubled to 12.
The DoD, via its Military OneSource program, recently expanded counseling services to better assist military families with stresses of day-to-day life and the affects of war.
Carla Atkinson, director of Army Community Service at Fort Jackson, said having the additional face-to-face counseling sessions can prove invaluable to active duty Soldiers and their dependents.
"It is completely confidential, nothing is put in the Soldier's file," Atkinson said.
The Military OneSource counseling services and its crisis line are separate from TRICARE, the military health insurance plan. She said the additional counseling sessions would allow for more comprehensive care for Soldiers and families, providing additional professional guidance in working through stressors and other problems.
Atkinson said it is unclear how many Soldiers and families use the program's counseling services. Nonetheless, it is important that they know a valuable resource is readily available to them.
The Military OneSource crisis line is staffed by licensed consultants 24 hours a day, seven days week. The consultants refer active duty Soldiers and their dependents to health care professionals who can meet with them and discuss their needs.
Soldiers and families can access Military OneSource counseling services online at www.MiltaryOneSource.com, or by calling 1-800-342-9647.
Campaign plan focus: Military OneSource is a program aimed at enhancing Soldier (and family member) resiliency, which is recognized in the Fort Jackson campaign plan as a major objective (7.1 on the strategy map). It is designed to improve Soldiers' and family members' quality of life, one of the campaign plan's three lines of operation.