Reserve Family and Individual Support

South Carolina Air National Guard families celebrate family day. (Photo: SMSgt Edward Snyder/South Carolina Air National Guard)
South Carolina Air National Guard families celebrate family day. (Photo: SMSgt Edward Snyder/South Carolina Air National Guard)

The military has a wide range of departments and resources which can provide personal and spiritual assistance to individual Reservists and their families.

Family Support Centers
Each of the military service branches have staffs dedicated to supporting servicemembers and their families. Most military installations have family support centers, which provide information, life-skills education, and support services. One of the primary functions of the family center is to link servicemembers and their families with appropriate services and assistance programs. These family support centers offer in person and online assistance in planning for and dealing with the issues that arise before, during, and after mobilization and deployment.

Each service refers to their own centers by a different name:

Army: Army Community and Family Service Centers (CFSC)
Navy: Fleet and Family Support Centers (FFSC)
Air Force: Air Force Reserve Family Readiness
Marine Corps: Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) - Family Life
Coast Guard: Coast Guard Work-Life

Your local Family Center can provide many emergency and long-term assistance to military members and families, including:

  • Quick-response crisis assistance.
  • Support for members and their families before, during and after deployments; this also includes reservists.
  • Employment assistance for military spouses and family members in finding jobs on base and in local communities.
  • Financial management counseling and education.
  • New parent education programs, including classes (sometimes in-home) and advice on newborn and infant care.
  • Relocation assistance.
  • Support Groups: From 12-step programs to family support groups during deployment, a whole range of support groups are available to military members.

These are only a sample of what is available at military family centers.

Relief Societies/Emergency Financial Assistance

If your family has a serious financial problem, your command's family support group, ombudsman, or family readiness point of contact can provide information about your service branch relief society, or other options. The American Red Cross can provide helpful information, and collaborates with military aid societies in providing financial assistance for circumstances such as emergency travel, burial assistance, or urgent health and welfare needs such as food and shelter.

    Inspectors General
    Inspectors General serve as a kind of "Internal Affairs" for the military. If you have a concern or complaint about possibly illegal or unjust activities in your unit or your base, you can approach an Inspector General for assistance.

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