Arkansas

State and Community Programs and Services

Army National Guard Adopt-A-Soldier Program

Participants send soldiers care packages and letters of encouragement while they are deployed. A list of needed items is provided to help personalize each package. For additional information call: NGB Family Programs 501-212-4102.

Life Guard Training

The Life Guard Training program is community-based workshops facilitated by volunteer staff from the Arkansas National Guard Family Readiness Program and the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System. Workshop participants are introduced to life-building skills through experiential exercises, small group discussions and metaphors and analogies. The program is available to returning OEF and OIF veterans and also veterans concerned about fellow veterans and family members concerned about themselves or others. www.arguard.org/family/lg.htm

Military Spouse Residency Relief Act

On November 11, 2009, the President signed into law the Military Spouse Residency Relief Act. This Act, among other things, provides that when a service member leaves his or her home state in accord with military or naval orders, the service member's spouse may retain residency in his or her home state for voting and tax purposes, after relocating from that state to accompany the service member. In the State of Arkansas, an exemption from Arkansas withholding tax may be claimed if an employees spouse is a member of the U.S. Armed Services and their state of legal residence is not Arkansas. For more information www.dfa.arkansas.gov/offices