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United States Air Force
Airman and Family Readiness Center
Airman & Family Readiness Center
575 Holzapple St
Grand Forks AFB, ND 58205
As a gateway to the resources you need, the Military and Family Support Center provides information, support and services to help you balance the demands of military life. The Military and Family Support Center is one part of the overall Family Readiness System, which is the network of agencies, programs, services, partnerships and individuals that supports your personal and family life readiness, mobilization and deployment readiness, and mobility and economic readiness. It should be one of your first stops once you arrive at a new installation. The programs and services are a key resource for you and your family. They include:
The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov – ensures service members, their eligible family members and overseas citizens have the tools and resources to register to vote and request an absentee ballot, regardless of their state of residence. The Voting Assistance Guide, or VAG, is a reference guide for everything you need to know about absentee voting in all 50 states, the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.
The VAG is available at: www.fvap.gov/vao/vag. Select your state to find your local election office’s contact information.
The Director of FVAP administers the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) on behalf of the Secretary of Defense. UOCAVA, as amended by the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act, requires states to transmit requested absentee ballots to UOCAVA voters no later than 45 days before a federal election. Those citizens protected by UOCAVA include:
FVAP assists voters through partnerships with the Military Services, Department of State, Department of Justice, election officials from 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
Voting forms are available at: www.fvap.gov/eo/overview/materials/forms.
Military and Family Support Centers are part of the network of agencies, programs, services and partnerships which supports the overall well-being of military families. Military and Family Support Centers provide information, education and support programs to help balance the demands of military life. The Military and Family Support Center should be one of your first stops once you arrive at a new installation to connect with key programs, services and support systems.
Military and Family Support Centers may provide other programs such as the following:
These services may vary by location and installation. Find your specific center on MilitaryINSTALLATIONS.
Programs and Services offered at the Grand Forks AFB Airman and Family Readiness Center:
Deployment Support Programs
Your A&FRC is here to provide you with information, resources and referrals related to all phases of deployment. We can help you stay connected, keep your relationships strong and ensure you have a solid plan for your finances. We're also here to help support the families left behind by providing sustainment services, such as Car Care Because We Care, Primary Vehicle Oil Change, Give Parents a Break and reintegration briefings. Services include: education briefings for deploying members and families, support services, and service-specific programs. Please give us a call as soon as you have a firm deployment date and we can discuss your specific needs or concerns.The A&FRC keeps families of deployed members informed of on-going programs, services, workshops and other activities via email, flyers, and Facebook. Families are encouraged to participate in any and all of these programs through the duration of the member's deployment. Family members are also encouraged to be in regular contact with their unit's first sergeant and key spouse for support and information. Contact the A&FRC at 701-747-3241 for more information.
Personal Financial Management
The staff of the A&FRC at Grand Forks AFB are here to provide information, education, and one-on-one financial counseling to assist members and their families in the maintenance of their personal financial readiness. Services are designed to address pertinent financial management issues throughout an Air Force member's military lifecycle and into retirement. Financial readiness educational opportunities range from basic spend planning to long-term investing.
Here are some financial programs aimed at assisting deployed family members: • Car Care Because We Care – This program provides free inspection and oil change (up to $50.00) for the primary family vehicle for members deployed 30 days or more at the Grand Forks AFB Auto Skills Center. This program is sponsored and paid for by your Air Force Aid Society.• Give Parents a Break – This is another Air Force Aid Society program that provides five hours of free child care through the Child Development Center and Youth Center each month during the sponsor's deployment for ages 12 months to 12 years.• Pre- and post-deployment briefings – These briefings help active-duty members and spouses (when applicable) prepare for separation and reunion due to military requirements. Attendees are briefed on the many community resources available during the separation and reintegration periods. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend. Contact the A&FRC at 701-747-3241 for dates and times.
Transition Assistance Program is a congressionally mandated requirements for all separating and retiring service members. All members of the service who are separating or retiring are required to begin their TAP process no later than 365 days prior to their date of separation. Contact the A&FRC as soon as you decide you want to transition out of the Air Force.
Exceptional Family Member Program-Family Support
This program provides support for service members who have family members with special needs. Support includes information and referral, needs assessments, navigating on and off base resources, linking families with respite care and much more. There are 3 sections within the EFMP program. The section located at their Airman and Family Readiness Center deals specifically with family support. The other sections include medical and assignments. Please contact the A&FRC for more information (701-747-3241)
Spouse Employment Services
Employment services are available to military spouses needing assistance with resume writing and review, assessing marketability and employability, job search assistance and a variety of other employment-related services. A&FRC do not write resumes for spouses but will help to educate spouses on the resume writing process and provide guidance and review.
Heartlink is an orientation to acquaint and familiarize military spouses with Air Force customs, programs and services. The workshop is geared towards spouses who have been with the military five years or less. However, all spouses are invited to this fun and informative workshop.
Military and Family Life Counseling Program
This program supports service members and their families through non-medical short-term, situational problem-solving counseling. They are masters-level counselors, social workers or family therapists who are available to assist with the stress of deployments, family separation, children's behavioral issues, reunion, relationships, stress, anxiety, grief, daily issues, sibling and family concerns and much more. Consultations and trainings are free and anonymous; no records are kept.
Casualty Affairs and Survivor Benefit Program Officer
This resource assists families with all aspects of casualty information and benefits. The Casualty Officer also acts as the Survivor Benefit Program liaison, explaining to retirees and others families, as appropriate, the SBP system, procedures and explanation thereof.
Discovery Resource Center
This multi-functional room is designed to support all base personnel and spouses with financial, employment, relocation and transitional informational services. The center is equipped with computer stations, printer, a variety of information, and free WI-FI.