"Well, I believe the cause is worth it. I wouldn't ask a mother's child to go into combat if I didn't think it was necessary to protect the American people to stay on the offense. And I do believe we can succeed if we don't lose our nerve." -President George Bush told members of the American Legislative Exchange Council, July 26.
Family Readiness Programs
What is it? The Army National Guard (ARNG) values the support and dedication of our families across the country. Family Readiness Programs on the national, state, local, and unit level benefit service members and their families and have a positive impact on Soldier and Family morale and readiness. One of the many ways that Family Readiness Groups help families is to make sure that they learn about the many events, services, and programs available to them. Unlike earlier decades, when families were structured more traditionally, the concept of family has been expanded and redefined to include friends, stepfamilies, employers, communities, and basically anyone who cares about a Soldier.
What has the Army done? Recent activities that affect ARNG families include:
- The Army has provided support in the establishment of National Guard operated Family Assistance Centers. These Centers provide Information, Referral and Outreach to families of geographically dispersed members from all Services whether Active or Reserve Component. (See Forces Command Regulation 500-3-1).
- The National Guard Bureau Family Program Office provides training to families through its Guard Family Team Building Program via Computer Based Training Modules, Centralized Classes, and local training provided. These training courses educate and help make families self reliant throughout the deployment process.
- The Army-Well Being program established the Army Families Online website, a portal for information of interest to families of National Guard Soldiers.
- The Department of Defense (DOD) Military OneSource program provides benefits to all military families (for example, counseling services, resources for parents, assistance with consumer credit, and free access to TurboTax for online tax return preparation).
- The DOD MilitaryHOMEFRONT web portal is a central up-to-date source for Service members and their families to obtain information about Quality of Life programs and services such as childcare, elder care, and programs for resolving domestic abuse or domestic violence problems.
- This topic was taken directly from the 2007 Army Posture Statement. To continue reading this topic in its entirety, click here.
- 2007 Strategic Communication Guide - Be Army Strong, and Army Smart. Read the 2007 Army Strategic Communication Guide.