The VING State Family Program serves as an advocate, liaison, and partner with stakeholders to provide resources, training and Deployment Cycle Support to sustain a viable quality of life for our Service Members, Veterans, their Families and the communities in which they live.
To establish and facilitate ongoing communication, involvement, support, and recognition between National Guard families and the National Guard in a partnership that promotes the best in both; thereby, establishing and maintaining Family Readiness for mobilization in support of the Guard’s dual mission: Federal and State.
•Assist Commands and Units as they support their families during peacetime, Territorial Emergencies, & Federal Mobilization Missions
•Provide Efficient and Effective Services & Resources to Guard Families which Contribute to Readiness and Retention
•Enhance the Quality of Life for guard members, their families, and the community in which they live
FOCUS IS TWO-FOLD:
•Family Assistance -- Contractual obligation to provide primarily military assistance to guard families.
•Family Support -- Mutual help and emotional support that family members provide each other, most often in the form of a unit Soldier & Family/Youth Readiness Group (SFRG/YRG) and Key Volunteer Team (KVT).
FAMILY PROGRAM SUSTAINMENT SERVICES/OPERATIONS:
Family Readiness, Family Assistance Center, Child & Youth Program, Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program Support, Personal Financial Counselors, and Military Family Life Counselors.
• Attain Accreditation for the VING State Family Program in 2020
• Inform and educate service members, family members, veterans, retirees of all branches of the Armed Forces on benefits and entitlements available to the Guard Family
• Fully implement the Army Family Action Plan (AFAP), Guard Family Team Building (GFTB), Guard Youth Team Building (GYTB) and Key Spouse/Volunteer Programs
• Recommend to the Command programs that will improve the Quality of Life (QOL) for Service members and their families
• Encourage participation of family members in activities which support the unit
• Develop a Family Readiness Network through which families mutually support each other
• Develop a Communication Network from the unit to the family
• Improve Family Awareness of the unit’s organization, mission, and activities through training experiences, volunteer service and social media
• Prepare Family Members in the event of Mobilization and Emergency Family Assistance Center (EFAC) Operations
• Complete and maintain the Standards of Accreditation for the VING
• Develop a working relationship with the Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) Office and the Family Readiness Program
• Ensure and Assist with 100% Family /Dependent Care Plan requirement
• Achieve 100% DEERS/AFFIRST Enrollment
• Encourage and Assist with 100% family member I.D. Card requirement
• Encourage all guard members to provide Wills for their families
• Prepare and publish Newsletters
• Establish/Obtain Unit Telephone Trees & Databases, and Unit Strip Maps
• Initiate a Minimum of One (1) Unit “Family Orientation” or “Annual Information Brief” per year, per unit/squadron
• Organize Pro-active Volunteer Soldier & Family/Youth Readiness Groups (SFRGs/YRGs) and Key Volunteer Teams (KVTs)
• Increase volunteer membership in SFRG/YRG/KVT by 20% annually