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Soldier and Family Assistance Center provides services, support
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The Soldier and Family Assistance Center and the Installation Chaplain's Office hosted a "Family Dinner" for Soldiers assigned to the Fort Meade Warrior Transition Unit and their families on July 1 at Argonne Hills Chapel Center.
The patriotic event, themed "A Mighty Fine BBQ," included family games and entertainment. Attendees included Warrior Transition Unit Soldiers, families and local support agency staff.
Opening remarks were presented by Installation Commander Col. Kenneth O. McCreedy. The invocation was given by Chaplain (Capt.) Jeremiah Catlin. SFAC staff, unit and community volunteers prepared a traditional Fourth of July feast, which was followed by entertainment led by R.C. Fisher, also known as the Rajun Cajun.
In addition to music, festivities included trivia competitions and door prizes donated by the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Prizes included bowling passes, greens certificates for The Courses Fort Meade and gift certificates for Sunday brunch at Club Meade. Items also were donated by the USO, Picerne Military Housing and the Hanover Food Lion.
In honor of the Army Family Covenant, the SFAC will continue to sponsor similar types of events to promote collaboration between military and civilian organizations and provide support to Soldiers and families. These events provide an opportunity for community organizations such as Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5172 to assist in strengthening military and civilian ties to support the WTU.
Soldiers and their families assigned to the Warrior Transition Unit are in a crucial, transitional period. The WTU was launched last year following the realization that many Soldiers were plagued by serious illness or injuries as a result of training or combat. As a result, the Army felt a strong need to change the way its injured warriors were being transitioned back to duty or out of the military.
As one of the many initiatives under the Army Medical Action Plan, Soldier and Family Assistance Centers were established to provide critical support services to Warriors in Transition and to Department of the Army civilians who have sustained injuries in the Global War on Terror. The Fort Meade SFAC became fully operational in February.
The Fort Meade WTU offers critical support to wounded Soldiers and their families. Services include medical treatment and vocational rehabilitation to prepare them for a successful return to duty or transition to active citizenship.
The unit is part of Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center and has approximately 57 Soldiers assigned or attached. These warriors in transition represent the active component, Reserve and National Guard.
The Fort Meade WTU primarily provides services and care for ambulatory warriors. Many of these Soldiers are residents of the region and are assigned to Fort Meade due to the close proximity to home, creating an excellent environment for successful healing and transitioning.
As the one-stop service center for the warriors in transition and their families, SFAC provides a variety of programs and services individually tailored to their specific needs, and also develops transition plans designed to meet specific goals. The Fort Meade SFAC is located at Army Community Service, and offers a wide variety of agencies and services on hand to assist warriors in transition and their families. Assistance is available for military personnel issues, finances, child care, family advocacy, Social Services assistance, education, employment opportunities and Veterans Affairs assistance.
The warriors in transition are the SFAC's daily priority. It is the SFAC's goal to provide expedient and accurate assistance with the warriors and first-class service in a family-friendly environment.
The SFAC motto, "With you, all the way," speaks volumes and is foremost in the minds of its staff.