<li><a href="http://www.jrtc-polk.army.mil/JRTC-Polk_NEW/sites/local/">Visit Fort Polk</a></li>

<h3 class="dark">Community Programs and Services</h3>
<h4>Deploying and Redeploying Soldiers</h4>
<p>The Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce through its Military Affairs Division donates and sponsors treat bags for Soldiers as they deploy and redeploy through England Airpark, the main air transportation that directly supports the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk. </p>

<h4>Christmas Day Event</h4>
<p>Local businesses and private organizations donate items annually for a Christmas Day activity that provides festivities for Soldiers and Families who are unable to travel home to their extended families. </p>

<h4>Christmas Stockings for Wounded Soldiers</h4>
<p>Fort Polk Military Community members and private citizens join forces to provide supplies and then create Christmas Stockings for the Soldiers in the Warriors in Transition Unit.</p>

<h4>Fort Polk Progress</h4>
<p>Fort Polk Progress is a strategic initiative of the six geographic parishes surrounding Fort Polk. These parishes joined as a coalition in April 2008 to improve the quality of life for Soldiers and their Families that live, work or attend school within the parishes. One of the many goals of Fort Polk Progress is to support and encourages growth of other industries such as, entertainment venues, child care, and retirement services to significantly improve the Soldiers quality of life. Fort Polk Progress co-hosted the Fort Polk Community Covenant Ceremony along with the City of Leesville.</p>

<h4>Leonidas Polk Chapter of the AUSA</h4>
<p>Leonidas Polk Chapter of the AUSA stages the Armadillo Stampede (5K Fun Run) and two AUSA Golf Tournaments. The proceeds are used to fund uniforms for the Fort Polk Army 10-miler; care packages to deployed Soldiers; host the Army Birthday celebration; support the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club and Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers; food and toy drives at Christmas; NCO and Soldier of the Quarter awards, purchase tickets for sporting events; Adopt a Unit Program; Retiree Open House refreshments; and sponsors the Wounded Warrior Program. </p>

<h4>Military Appreciation Day</h4>
<p>Northwestern State University (Natchitoches, LA) sponsors an annual Military Appreciation Day providing free football game tickets for Soldiers and their Families.</p>

<h4>Misc Events</h4>
<p>Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk's MWR Directorate in coordination with an extensive volunteer community sponsors numerous community events such as FallFest, FreedomFest, CajunFest, Child and Youth Services Events, BOSS events, and Soldier and Family Sporting Events. Numerous financial donations and gifts from businesses and private organizations enhance each event. For more information visit <a href="http://www.fortpolkmwr.com/">www.fortpolkmwr.com</a></p>

<h4>NCO Fish Fry</h4>
<p>DeRidder municipality consistently sponsors an annual Non Commissioned Officer (NCO) Fish Fry to show support and appreciation for the NCO Corps at the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk.</p>

<h4>Skating Party</h4>
<p>Leesville township sponsored a roller skating party for children of deployed Soldiers to show its support to the family in the absence of their deployed parent.</p>

<h4>Support to Deployed School Employees</h4>
<p>To support its military employees, Winner School District provides a pay supplement for the entire length of a Guard or Reserve employee's deployment. Deployed employees also receive care packages from the staff and students and daily e-mails updating them on the latest district news. The district uses the middle school library as a video teleconference location, where families can talk to deployed relatives. The school district also focuses on the service members' families while they're deployed. School board members have helped out by mowing lawns, taking children to school athletic events, and even tending to an expectant mother. When deployed employees return from their overseas service, they are placed in the same classroom, teaching the same grade, which aids in their transition to civilian life. For more information visit <a href="http://www.winner.k12.sd.us/">www.winner.k12.sd.us</a></p>

<h4>Visions for Vernon</h4>
<p>Visions for Vernon is a community-based, Vernon Chamber of Commerce initiated group that was formed in June 2007 for the purpose of fostering community unity and speaking with one voice about strategic planning for the future of Vernon Parish and Fort Polk. Recognizing that Fort Polk is a tremendous asset, the Visions for Vernon board is focused on issues that directly affect the quality of life for residents of Vernon Parish and especially the Soldiers and Families who live, work and share their lives within Vernon. </p>

<h4>Vocational Training</h4>
<p>Lamar Salter Vocational School in Leesville and the Soldier Family Assistance Center have an agreement to support the continuing education of Warriors in Transition and their Family Members by providing reduced tuition rates and some tuition assistance based on financial need. For more information visit <a href="http://www.region6.ltc.edu/">www.region6.ltc.edu</a></p>

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