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Department of the Air Force
Airman & Family Readiness Center
502 W Van Matre Ave. Bldg 205
Suite 1 Bldg 205
Eglin AFB, FL 32542
Deployment can be a challenging phase of the military lifecycle, but it’s important to know that you don’t have to go through it alone. The military provides a variety of resources and support programs — ranging from educational briefings to morale calls — for your loved ones, children and service members to ease the stress of deployment. Military members may be assigned to a specific installation but support may come from local communities, Yellow Ribbon events or the installation itself.
Eglin Family Readiness/ Deployment Support Program
Deployment concerns are addressed within the Deployment Support program at the local Airman & Family Readiness Center (Building 205). The Deployment Support program provides information on hurricane preparation, support during major natural and man-made emergency events, and education on how to cope with deployment related stressors and manage reintegration expectations. Pre- and post-deployment briefings are provided to deployers and families as needed.
The Eglin Family Readiness/Deployment Support Program within the A&FRC provides both pre-deployment and post-deployment briefings and offers the "Hearts Apart" program for deployed military members and their families.
The Hearts Apart Program hosts social events for families of deployed members to connect with other families. Additionally, the HAP partners with the Air Force Aid Society in providing free child care opportunities for families while their loved ones are deployed.
Key elements of the "Hearts Apart" Program
“Give Parents a Break” - free temporary child care program
Holiday Events for spouses/dependents - network opportunities via the “Hearts Apart Online Forum”
Access to Military Family Life Counseling program to ease transition of the family when the deployment cycle starts - free counseling
Other sources for free counseling are also available to ease the family when the member returns from deployment.
Call the Eglin A&FRC at 850-882-9060 for additional information.