Written by SSG Lopez, Astrid N.
The Army Reserve Family Programs (ARFP) support the readiness of Soldiers and their Families, this is the reason why it’s so important for the family members (and the Soldiers) to know the resources they have available, specially if the Soldier is being deployed.
On Tuesday, April 19, 2011, Soldiers and their Families had an Overview of the Family Programs and on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 they received information on Child Youth School Services (CYSS), AR Fort Family Outreach and Support Center and also did Family Readiness Working Groups.
As I spoke to the Family Members and the Soldiers and asked them about the type of information that was provided, if they knew that this resources were available to them, and what they thought about it, I received positive feedback. Most of the family members knew little or nothing regarding those programs, centers and resources availables. So, they thought that the information that was put out was very important and that it would become very useful if needed.
Also, most of the family members felt more at ease and reassured, stating that with the newly acquired knowledge they knew where to go to for help and which resources would be available for them if needed.
Some of them mentioned that now they could see the bigger picture, that this Family Readiness Programs didn’t end at their Units, that they were linked to other resources and so many other things. They were glad to be here at this Conference and receive this information first hand.
“Now I know, if something happens, that I’m not alone” one of the family members said.