Victim advocates available to help
There are times when issues arise between domestic partners which can escalate to power, control or abuse. For the person who is confused about how to manage in this relationship, there is confidential support. Victim advocates are on Fort Huachuca year-round, around the clock — ready to assist, when needed.
Whether male, or female, domestic issue circumstances are often embarrassing. There are larger issues such as “getting my spouse in trouble” and, of course, children. Those who become involved in a relationship that may be emotionally or physically abusive should consider seeking confidential support from Army Community Service’s, or ACS, victim advocates.
People in these relationships may not be aware of the danger they are in, and a victim advocate may be able to help. Restricted, or limited reporting options are available. Call ACS, 533.2330, walk-in, or call the Domestic Violence Hotline, 508.2772.
Attend Military Spouse 101 training
Join ACS personnel for Military Spouse 101, Oct. 9 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at ACS, Building 50010 on Smith Avenue. Army Family Team Building, or AFTB, provides basic information about the Army including maneuvering through daily challenges, discovering how to decipher Army acronyms, using community resources, attaining better financial readiness and understanding the impact of the Army mission on daily life.
For more information, call AFTB, 533.3986 or 533.2330.
Mandatory SHARP training underway
The Annual 3.5 hour Mandatory Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention, or SHARP training, will be held Thursday, from 8 – 11:30 a.m. at Murr Community Center. This training is being provided by U.S. Army Garrison and is open to all Soldiers and civilians on the installation. Breakfast items will be available for purchase.
For more information, call 538.5971 or 533.0282.
SFAC Program clarified
Soldiers or spouses of Soldiers who have been wounded, ill or injured and who need assistance, guidance and information about navigating various federal, state and local benefits in preparation for life outside of the military can obtain help from the ACS Soldier & Family Assistance Center, or SFAC. It also serves those with immediate and long-term need concerns. Program personnel offer information about local, state and federal benefits; non-profit organizations that can help ease financial burdens for those transitioning; federal employment opportunities specific for wounded, ill and injured Soldiers; and more.
Those with a lot of medical appointments who don’t have time to wait in line for an ID card, update military records, or make a pay inquiry at finance can ask the SFAC about priority appointments where the Soldier is given priority status when arriving at these facilities. The SFAC partners with organizations such as Project Healing Waters for fly fishing, offers referral services that connect Soldiers to appropriate service providers and more for those having difficulty coping.
SFAC services are available Monday through Friday. Call 533.5334 or 533.2330 for an appointment and to obtain preliminary information via email.
New Parent Support Program offered
The New Parent Support Program is designed to meet the needs of the military Family, including single and teen parents. Participants can choose to be involved in as many of the services as they would like.
The Parent-Tot Playgroup, a parent/child interactive play group for children 3 or younger, meets every Tuesday, 9 – 10:30 a.m., at the park across from Fort Huachuca’s Burger King.
Tot Story Time meets at the ACS Conference Room on the third Thursday of every month from 10 – 10:30 a.m. It is open to children to age 4.
Baby Boot Camp, a program designed to meet the needs of expecting mothers, is offered at ACS on the third Thursday of each month, 3 – 4 p.m.
The Home Visiting program has an experienced registered nurse who will provide parenting education and support to parents on an individual basis.
ACS personnel are here to support and encourage new parents. Those who want more information about the programs should call New Parent Support, 533.8961.