Readiness Resources

Pre-Deployment Briefing
Informative briefing covers Red Cross support, coping with deployments, free counseling resources, emotional cycle of deployment, family care plans, financial and legal preparation, free child care information, recreation, and more. Spouse encouraged to attend! Dates and details at fairchildfun.com 
Hearts Apart Morale Telephone Calls
Immediate family members (mother, father, sister, brother, spouse, child) of a military member on a deployment, TDY or remote assignment may use government phone lines to call the military member. The caller should obtain the following information from the military member and provide it to the operator: Rank, Name, DSN phone number at deployed/TDY/remote location. Contact the AMC switchboard at 509-247-1110, then press “0”. The caller must state their status (spouse, Mom, Dad etc...) and that they would like to place a "Morale Call" to a deployed/TDY/remote service member. Calls may be limited to once per week

Flat Daddy/Flat Mommy
Military member comes to Fairchild Airman and Readiness Center for photograph (appointment preferred) and receives a life-size foamboard poster (waist up) for family to have in member's absence. Funded by the American Red Cross and the Fairchild Airman and Family Readiness Center; call 509-326-3330, ext 221 to schedule photograph

United Through Reading
Military member and child are videotaped while member reads book to child. Child receives DVD to watch in member's absence. Call the Personal and Family Readiness NCO at 509-247-2246 to schedule

Car Care Because We Care
Keep the primary family vehicle of active duty Air Force members in top running condition by providing preventive vehicle maintenance. This free maintenance includes oil/filter change, lubrication, and vehicle safety checks conducted by the base Auto Hobby shop. Winterization requirements may also be included with services. Eligibility: Spouses of active duty Air Force members deployed, TDY for more than 30 days, or on a one-year remote assignment. Service limited to once per deployment (maximum of twice per calendar year). Funded by the Air Force Aid Society. Obtain voucher from the Airman and Family Readiness Center

Give Parents A Break (GPAB)
Free child care once per month at the Fairchild Child Development Center or Youth Center for active duty Air Force families with a military member who is deployed, TDY more than 30 days, or on a remote assignment. GPAB is also available to SERE families who are experiencing stress due to the member's being "in the field" frequently. Funded by the Air Force Aid Society. Obtain voucher and details from the Airman and Family Readiness Center or First Sergeant; SERE families must obtain voucher from First Sergeant

Workshop for spouses anticipating return of military member from deployment. Topics include: preparation, expectations, building resiliency, healthy minds, and resources available

Operation Homefront Fairchild
Fun family events scheduled throughout the year, open to all branches. Watch for flyers, or check fairchildfun.com for dates and details

DoD Savings Deposit Program
Members serving in eligible combat zone may earn 10% interest on up to $10,000. Establish account through finance office in theater 

Vehicle Storage
Airmen who have contingency orders for a 90-plus day deployment can seek their squadron commander's approval to store up to one personally owned vehicle at government expense. This program is not squadron-funded; currently, funding is provided through the 92nd ARW's Overseas Contingency Operations fund

Military Deployment Guides (Pre-, During, and Returning Home)
Great resource, with many links for a variety of topics

Marriage and Military Deployment
Articles and videos from the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center website; funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Sesame Street for Military Families
Provides resources to help military families - Deployment, Relocation, Transition
- DVDs featuring Sesame Street characters help families cope with deployment related issues.
- Sesame Workshop Initiatives offers tools for dealing with all aspects of deployment, an injured parent, grief, building resiliency, more
- Facebook, Sesame Street For Military Families

Access to age-appropriate (ages 6-17 years) resources to support youth from pre-deployment, through a parent's return. Informative activities, fun games, and helpful videos that promote understanding, resilience, and coping skills. Parent and educator tracks provide information to help them understand what it takes to support military children in at-home and school settings

Preparing Children for Deployment
Children respond differently to a parent’s deployment depending on their age and maturity level. Negotiate the stages of deployment with tips on helping children cope while Mom or Dad is deployed

Real Warriors Campaign
An initiative of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) to promote the processes of building resilience, facilitating recovery and supporting reintegration of returning service members, veterans and their families

Social Media Guide
Provides information on many options to stay connected during deployment

Information and self-guided solutions for dealing with health and wellness, stress, relationships, children, conflict at work, anger, living with physical injuries, sleep problems, depression, post-traumatic stress and war memories, substance abuse, and spiritual guidance and fitness

Kinship Navigator
Funding for food, clothing, school supplies and respite care when a child is being raised by a grandparent or other non-parent relative (even during deployment); also provides information and access to other resources. In WA, call 509-458-7450, ext 3007. Similar program is available in many states; locate via internet search

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