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United States Air Force
Hearts Apart Program - McGuire
3435 Broidy Road
McGuire AFB, NJ 08641
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.
Family Deployment Support
The Military and Family Support Center (MFSC) Hearts Apart program offers support to family members who are currently experiencing a 30 day or more separation due to deployment, remote tour or temporary duty (TDY) or who may have a deployment, remote tour or TDY in the future.
The Hearts Apart program provides a supportive setting for activities, opportunities to learn about available resources and to network with each other during the absence of their service member.
The ongoing contact of a supportive group and/or a friendly gathering seems to offer the greatest comfort to those separated from their loved ones. The MFSC hosts a Hearts Apart event every other month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to include a light dinner and an activity. Coping with Separation is also offered every month to provide support and assist with identifying community resources and tips on how to maintain resiliency before, during and after a deployment. For more information, call 609-754-3154.
If your family is relocating to another area during your deployment, be sure they understand the reason for the separation. Be certain that your spouse and older children are aware of your financial system: bills, checkbook, lock boxes, bonds, insurance, etc. Be sure that all ID cards are valid. Check the automobile your spouse will be using to be sure it is in good repair and that all registrations and licenses are current. You may want to check into getting a General Power of Attorney or a special Power of Attorney for your spouse.
Military Family Life Consultants Program
The Military Life Consultants Program (MFLC) is a program designed to provide anonymous, confidential support to service members and their families, before, during and after a deployment. The Military Family Life Consultant's roles are:
In addition to Hearts Apart Events, deployment support workshops are offered as well as many resources for deployed families.