Helping wounded, ill and injured warriors prepare for tomorrow is a complex task, with individualized assistance needed from numerous agencies. As part of Warrior Care Month, Belvoir’s Soldier and Family Assistance Center hosted a Warrior Care Resource Fair at Army Community Service, Nov. 19.
Adrina Scott, SFAC social services coordinator, said it’s important Soldiers know what organizations are ready to help.
“We have 19 different organizations, here, to tell all the Soldiers, family members, and cadre about the services they provide. This is a great opportunity for families and Soldiers to come out and see exactly what resources are available to active duty and veterans,” Scott said.
Jane Baer, an outreach assistant with Military OneSource, said the organization is a benefit funded by the Defense Department provided to active-duty, National Guard, Reserve military, and their DEERS-eligible individuals.
“It is a web-based resource of information, articles and assistance, to include non-medical counseling, and specialty consultations available worldwide, at any time. Non-medical counseling includes topics like marriage counseling and family counseling; parenting skills; the four stages of deployment, she said. “We also have financial counselors who can speak with Service members and their family members about how to budget.
“We deal with anything that anyone in the military would encounter, at any time in their career, Baer added.”
Starting Together is a program that matches warriors with local services, according to Christie Kennedy, program manager.
“We help to connect Soldiers and family members to resources in the community through a coordinated network of care, which helps to get Service members, wounded warriors and veterans to the right resources the first time.”
Amber Heffron is a caregiver to her retired husband, and said she came out to support the amazing work that SFAC and ACS provides every day.
“We’re here to stay in the loop after retirement,” said Heffron. “After deployments, and separations for trainings, retirement has been one of the biggest challenges for our family.”
Baahir Muwakkil, is a wounded warrior at the Warrior Transition Battalion, working on his bilateral hamstring ruptures, and said events like this offer something important – hope.
“For the Soldiers, they can gather information to smooth the transition, and also to find out what avenues they have to help them for benefits, schooling and some social needs,” said Muwakkil. “Some of the Soldiers stay in their rooms – they don’t want to come out. They feel that since they’re getting put out of the service, that their life is done, and this gives them a venue to come out, eat, and socialize. It offers a multitude of benefits,” he said.