New center consolidates information
November 7, 2007
The opening of a new facility on Fort Campbell will act as a one-stop-shop for wounded Soldiers and family members.
The Soldier Family Assistance Center enables wounded Soldiers' transitioning back into Army or civilian life from Warrior Transition Units to receive essential information in one central location.
This center, located inside the PX strip mall, has many services readily available to wounded warriors.
More than 15 agencies will be on-hand regarding finances, child care, family advocacy, military personnel issues, logistics and transportation, installation access, Army Community Services information, Social Services assistance, education, employment opportunities and VA assistance.
"The Army is doing a great thing," said SFAC Director Frankie Stull. "It is such a tumultuous time for the wounded warriors, they are healing and they don't need to wait in line and have to go to different facilities to get information. It is going to be such a great thing for them so they can get the services they need and focus on healing."
The services are free and are either provided on site, brought to the site or facilitated off-site by appointment. "The SFAC will provide them a staff dedicated solely to taking care of their needs," Stull said. "If we don't have what they're looking for on this installation, we will research a private agency to come here and assist them."
The SFAC is a requirement of the Army Medical Action Plan for posts across the country to work in conjunction with the Warrior Transition Unit.
The SFAC came about when ongoing issues at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington D.C., surfaced with lack of staff and the bureaucracy met when WTs were trying to get assistance, Stull said. "The Army recognized that our warriors deserve first class services, and that is why the WTU and the SFAC were established," Stull said. "I am elated about the SFAC opening, and in my opinion, [101st Airborne Division Garrison Commander] Col. Fredrick Swope and Fort Campbell are truly leading the way within the [Department of the Army] to take great care of our Warriors in Transition and their families."
The WTU offers critical support to wounded Soldiers and their families. The WTU is where wounded, injured and ill Soldiers are medically treated and vocationally rehabilitated to prepare them for a successful return to duty or transition to active citizenship.
The Army is establishing 32 WTUs to major installations across the nation.
Fort Campbell's WTU has been successfully up and running for roughly a year.
"We don't want the warriors in transition to be inconvenienced," Stull said. "We can set up appointments for them with the agency. When they walk in they will be serviced immediately, and we will also be providing advocacy throughout the entire process."
The ribbon cutting ceremony marking the official grand opening of the SFAC will be held at the new SFAC, located in the PX strip mall, Friday at 10 a.m.
Hours of operation for the SFAC are 7:30 a.m. n 4:30 p.m.
For more information about the center, contact Frankie Stall at (270) 798-5371.