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United States Marine Corps
Cunningham Street & Drayton Street
Beaufort, SC 29906
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.
Marine Corps Family Team Building currently consists of the following programs: Personal and Family Readiness, Morale Call E-Mail, Key Volunteer Network (KVN), Lifestyles, Insights, Networking, Knowledge, and Skills (LINKS), Prevention Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP), and the Chaplains Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO).
The Personal and Family Readiness Program
Provides Marines and the families of Marines with information and assistance so that they can prepare successfully for both the expected and unexpected separations that are part of a military lifestyle. For our area, this would include hurricane preparedness.
The Morale Call E-Mail Program
This program was designed so those family members of deployed Marines would be able to send e-mail to their Marine during separations such as lengthy deployments. This program is also available to single Marines who would like to e-mail their fellow Marines that are deployed and also to family members' back home.
Predeployment briefs are done by the Readiness and Deployment Suppport Program. Predeployment briefs are done whenever a unit is getting ready to be deployed. Deployment support groups are also available if needed. If more information is need about Predeployment briefs or any of the programs listed please contact the Marine Corps Family Team Building (MCFTB) at 843-228-6141 or 228-7495.
Lifestyles, Insights, Networking, Knowledge, and Skills (LINKS)
LINKS is a program designed by Marine Corps spouses for spouses of Marines. If you were taking a trip to an unfamiliar place, you would wonder about your destination and your route. LINKS is a program mentored by spouses that will show you as a Marine spouse how to make the most out of the unique opportunities a military lifestyle has to offer. Mentor "tour guides" share their own "tote bag" and treasures to help spouses get started on their journey as a Marine family. All spouses are invited to attend no matter what their experience level.
Prevention Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP)
PREP is a marriage enrichment workshop that focuses on communication and conflict resolution between couples.
Chaplains Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO)
This is a weekend retreat program held on St. Simons Island, Georgia. These retreats focus on both personal growth and marriage enrichment. They are at no cost to the service member.