Deployments can be a challenging time for anyone. Not only do you have the normal day-to-day routine tasks to complete, you have a loved-one overseas to worry about. The Colorado National Guard Family Program understands the stress that this can place upon a person and/or family, and we are here to help. Sometimes you might need specific help, other times you might only need someone to vent to. Either way we are here!
Family Assistance Teams
Don’t forget! There are dedicated teams here to provide you with expert guidance on this subject. By calling the team that assists your branch of service, you will receive personalized care and assistance. They will walk with you from start to finish and through each step of the process. Contact them today!
‘Plan My Deployment’ was designed to help you address these issues and may be used in coordination with your installation and National Guard and reserve family support programs. With Plan My Deployment you can take some of the stress out of deployment or mobilization, through access to planning tools, checklists, and helpful tips. Whether it’s your first deployment or mobilization or your fifth, you will be able to create a unique checklist for the Pre-deployment, Homecoming, and Reintegration stages that contains only the information you and your family need to successfully navigate the process. Click on the flyer below for more information!
Military OneSource also has a variety of products that you can download or order (for free) that apply to the topic of deployment. To see what might be beneficial to your own, individual situation, click here!
Military Family Relief Fund (MFRF)
When a Service Member is deployed, there are special funds that are available to help out with unexpected expenses. The Military Family Relief Fund is available to any Service Member who has deployed greater than 90 days under a combat campaign. You can apply to have qualifying expenses reimbursed to you. Please contact your Family Assistance Specialist to find out how to start the application process. Click here to contact your FAS if you are an Army Service Member or click here if you are an Air Service Member; for more information on the MFRF please click here.
Red Cross Messages
To find information about when Red Cross messages are appropriate and how to send them, please click here.
Community Resources and Programs
Many programs and resources have special considerations for Service Members and their Families when the Service Member is deployed. During your deployment time-frame, you will receive emails from your Family Assistance Specialist with special events, pricings, benefits, etc. Please call your Family Assistance Specialist to find out what is available in your area, or if you have a special situation and would like to know about what community resources are available to you. Click here to connect with your FAS.
Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program
The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program is her to provide pre-, during and post-deployment events to aid in creating a positive deployment experience for the Service Members, Supporters and Families. For more information on what Yellow Ribbon events may apply to you, please click here.
Children, Deployments, and the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program
A deployment can be very stressful for both children and teens. Each child will understand and process the deployment differently, dependent upon previous deployment experiences and age. Additionally, no two children are alike. During the Yellow Ribbon events both before and after the deployment, the Child and Youth Program teams up with the Yellow Ribbon Program to provide specialized services to the attending youth. They also go on some awesome outings! Make sure you bring your child/youth to all your Yellow Ribbon events in order to fully maximized this benefit and to help smooth out the deployment and/or return from deployment for your family. If your Service Member has deployed for more than 90 days overseas, you will be contacted by the Yellow Ribbon Program to participate in these events. If you think that you should have been contacted, or if you would simply like to learn more, contact the Yellow Ribbon team by looking up their contact information here!
Army Community-Based Child Care Fee Assistance Program
For those members of the Colorado Army National Guard who are AGR or activated, you may be eligible for the Army Community-Based Child Care Fee Assistance Program. To find out if you are a qualifying individual for this assistance, please contact your Family Assistance Specialist, or navigate here. On the Army OneSource website, you will find information on the four types of available programs, how the fee assistance works and information on eligibility.
VA Burn Pit Registry
For those Veterans that have served in any of the locations listed below, please visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website to access the Airborne Hazards & Open Burn Pit Registry. The VA website states that filling out the information will take about 40 minutes to complete. Make sure that you take the time to check your eligibility and to sign up. Who should look into this (taken from the VA website)?
- Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn
- Djibouti, Africa on or after September 11, 2001
- Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm
- Southwest Asia theater of operations on or after August 2, 1990
For information regarding the burn pit registry, click here or visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website. To begin filling out your registry, click here. Please note that government computer firewalls may affect the ability to fill out this application. You may need to fill out it out on a home computer.
Veteran Crisis Line
The Veteran Crisis Line is open to Service Members, Veterans and Family Members. Call, chat, text – just connect.