This handbook has been developed to assist you and your family in preparing for deployment, activation and extended temporary duty. You will find within these pages helpful suggestions, pertinent information and a summary of tasks, which are essential for your family’s welfare. As with any separation, preparation is the key to success.
It is hoped that you will use this booklet to prepare you and your family. You will discover that there are many areas of concern that go unnoticed until it is your own family situation. Please take time to fill in the necessary information so that the challenges and stresses related with your absence can be minimized.
This booklet is not meant to provide a solution to all your concerns, needs, or emergencies that may arise due to separation. However, is can give helpful suggestions to assist you in solving personal concerns and answer you questions regarding what to do to help make this a less hectic and frustrating experience.
Each Guard member is accountable to their commander and bears primary responsibility to have their personal affairs in order as an on-going aspect of military service. A Guard Member will be able to serve with confidence, during a time of mobilization or activation, if they know that they have fulfilled their responsibilities to their family and prepared them, well in advance, for the demands of separation while they are away. The important matters of family finance; location of important papers; housing; medical care/insurance; emergency support; a Will; appropriate legal support (as needed); family member dependent ID cards; these items should all be in order long before the time of separation due to a military mobilization, state call up or annual training.
Military Family Readiness is Life Readiness, and Guard family members deserve the best of responsible care from their Guard Sponsor.
The Guard and Community agencies provide Family Assistance during times of mobilization, through Family Assistance Centers (FACS) and easily accessible information and referral support.
FAMILY READINESS GROUPS
The FAMILY READINESS GROUP (FRG) is a Commander’s program for family members that is designed to help prepare them for times of separation from their sponsor, due to military service responsibilities. Family members, like you, volunteer to help one another gain strength and independence. FRG members train to be READY, listen to problems, answer questions, and refer individuals tot he proper agencies for solutions to problems, and unusual situations. Family Readiness Groups care and share, especially during times of separation.
The FRG can:
Every family member is encouraged to be an active part of the FRG not only to receive help but also to help others. Please be involved and get others involved in your Family Readiness Group.
FAMILY READINESS GROUP UNIT POINT OF CONTACT (POC)
CHAIN OF CONCERN