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FAMILY AND SINGLE AIRMAN SUPPORT

There are a variety of support services and organizations available to both families and single airmen throughout USAFE. Larger installations usually have the full range of support facilities listed below. Smaller bases may not have all these facilities, but the local Family Support Center can tell you how to access them at the nearest large base. Many of the base services operate from Family Support Centers. They include:

The Relocation Assistance Program

Established to make the move to your new base as smooth as possible.

Transition Assistance

Available for active duty members, civil service employees and their family members who are separating from the military or civil service.

Volunteers

There are many opportunities for volunteers. Many are administrative or clerical. Volunteers may be able to be placed in their area of job interest to enhance their knowledge and skills in that particular area.

Family Life Skills

A practical approach to building and maintaining healthy relationships. Monthly classes include marriage/relationship classes, parenting classes and personal skills development (anger management, assertiveness, self-esteem.)

Personal Financial Management Program

A counselor can help prepare a personalized budget and spending plan. Assistance is also available in areas such as military pay and allowances, consumer rip-offs, savings, insurance, car buying, the financial aspects of home buying and credit card management.

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The Air Force Aid Society

The official charity of the Air Force, helps out in emergencies through interest-free loans or grants for basic needs such as emergency leave, medical emergencies, car repairs and respite child care.

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Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

A mandatory program for family members (child or adult) with any physical, emotional, developmental or intellectual disability that requires special treatment, therapy, education, training or counseling.

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Family Advocacy Program

This includes the Exceptional Family Member Program described above; the Family Maltreatment Program; the First-Time Parent's Program; the Parent-Infant Connection (for parents with children 0-12 months), and the Outreach Program for prevention of family maltreatment.

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The Loan Locker

Stocks a variety of household items needed to set up a temporary household. It also runs an "Airman's Attic" for the donation of goods to E-5 and below if wanted.

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The Family Readiness Program

Offers a wide array of support services to military members and their families throughout the entire deployment process.

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The First-Time Parent Support Program

Offers education before and after delivery. This program is also available for single parents.

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The Life Skills Center

Offers mental health services such as psychological evaluations, individual psychotherapy, marital therapy, group psychotherapy and crisis intervention. It also has the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment (ADAPT) Program, which can refer patients to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

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Child Development Centers

Provide weekly care for children ages six weeks to five years. There are also family day care programs at the homes of certified providers. Hourly care is available on a limited basis.

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Employment Assistance

For spouses seeking employment in the local area.

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Red Cross

Services on the base include verification of death or sudden illness, birth announcements and reports on the health and welfare of family members due to lack of communication over a long period of time.

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