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Department of the Air Force
404 W. Martin Street
Scott AFB, IL 62225-5359
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.
Airman and Family Readiness Center offers information and services to assist personnel preparing for deployments, extended TDYs, unaccompanied tours, and reintegration. Families are encouraged to participate in the monthly Hearts Apart Program (HAP) events which include picnics, zoo trips, skating and pool parties, pumpkin picking, etc. These events are at no charge to deployed family members. Families from all branches of service in the vicinity of Scott AFB who are experiencing a family separation of more than 30 days are encouraged to utilize all of the programs and services. Readiness predeployment and reintegration briefings are offered as regularly scheduled mass briefings or on a one-on-one basis.
Give Parents a Break
The Child Development Center and Youth Center open one evening or morning each month for referrals only. The cost is paid for by the Air Force Aid Society. For non-Air Force members, the cost is paid for by the Friends of Military Families – a private organization.
Three 15-minute phone calls each week can be placed to the service member using the DSN phone lines. Service members must register their families during their pre-deployment briefing.
The Scott Airman and Family Readiness Center keeps families of deployed members informed of ongoing programs, services, benefits, etc. via email. Families are encouraged to participate in any and all of these programs through the duration of the service member's deployment. Family members are also encouraged to be in regular contact with their unit’s Key Spouse for support and information.