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State and Community Programs and Services
The Joint Family Support Assistance Program
The Joint Family Support Assistance Program (JFSAP) provides Service Members and their Families immediate access to an abundance of social services and support resources. What is unique about Hawaii's program is it is a multi-component effort without geographic restrictions throughout the Pacific Basin Region. Hawaii's JFSAP provides mobile, high quality family services to augment current DOD family programs to better meet the needs of Active Duty, the National Guard and Reserve families. For more information call (800) 327-2133 or visit www.militaryonesource.mil.
Pets of Patriots
The Hawaiian Humane Society offers the "Pets of Patriots" program which matches volunteers to animals and owners to provide temporary home for pets of deploying Soldiers. For additional information, call 808-356-2217 or visit www.hawaiianhumane.org.
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 Hawaii an exemption from Hawaii withholding tax may be claimed if an employees spouse is a member of the US Armed Services and their state of legal residence is not Hawaii. For more information visit http://hawaii.gov/tax/.
Hawaii State Legislature 2010 Military Appreciation Package
The 2010 Military Appreciation Package was created to support the efforts of the men and women in uniform throughout Hawaii and to make their lives a bit more bearable during these difficult times. The pieces of legislation that comprise the Military Appreciation Package address some of the many challenges facing Hawaii military personnel and their families, including significant recruitment and retention issues, especially for the National Guard and Reserves. For more information visit www.ncsl.org.