The Army Corrections Brigade hosted a Family Wellness Day Feb. 2, 2024, at McHugh Training Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The event was intended to empower ACB families to be ready and resilient.
To prepare for the event, the holistic preventive care team identified trends that affected the readiness, health and well-being of the formation. For negative effects, information, education and resources would be applied. For positive effects, the team worked to amplify the effects.
This work cannot be done alone, it requires a village. The Fort Leavenworth community came together in an incredible way to support the Griffin Brigade’s service members, families, and civilians by showcasing support providers and programs available, with more than 30 community agencies represented.
The brigade soldiers and spouses serve as a team and have a duty to support and honor that. Army families know when you care. They shouldn’t meet the leaders for the first time on their best or worst days; there needs to be an established rapport, a relationship of trust that’s built over time.
The Wellness Day agenda included a Spiritual Wellness Program overview, a quality-of-life-focused Garrison brief, an ACB Wellness Program discussion, and a “Stay Ready!” session given by the Ready and Resilient Performance Center.
Many organizations provided informational booths with resources for military families.
Reagan Sawyer, Army Community Service Relocation Program manager, noted the Fort Leavenworth Employment Readiness Program Team Facebook Page as a resource for job fair and employment information. Other resources and opportunities presented included the Military Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (MySECO) program for education and career guidance for military spouses, Stronghold Food Pantry for food, diapers and other military family needs, services such as the Neighborhood Navigator to learn about communities and tax consultation provided by Military OneSource, as well as childcare solutions.
“In January, the Department of Defense implemented its new fee schedule for on-base childcare designed to reduce fees for lower income military families. Additionally, the Military Childcare in Your Neighborhood (MCCYN) is a DoD fee assistance program for eligible families who cannot access military-operated childcare due to distance or waitlists,” said Carole Hoffman, Child and Youth Services coordinator. “With fee assistance, a portion of your childcare costs is paid to offset the costs of community-based care. This makes it easier for families to afford quality childcare from local community providers.”
Unit commanders and their senior enlisted leaders were also present to meet and talk with the ACB families.
This interactive event provided families access to valuable tools and community resources to improve their overall well-being and quality-of-life.
The brigade intends for Family Wellness Day to be an annual event.