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					                                                                           HELPFUL LINKS
WHAT IS A FAC?                                          Military One Source
                                                                  www.militaryonesource.com
                                                        211 Minnesota – Information & Referral
The military likes acronyms and this is no different.             www.211unitedway.org/
FAC stands for Family Assistance Center. Do not         Red Cross
get it confused with FRG.                                         www.redcross.org
                                                        Salvation Army
FACs have an important one-stop assistance and                    www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/www_usn.nsf
                                                        MN First Lady’s Military Care Initiative
referral role for individual families. FACs provide               www.governor.state.mn.us/FirstLady/flmain1.asp
linkages to Rear Detachment Command (RDC)               Army Emergency Relief
and the State Family Programs Office. Currently, in               www.aerhq.org
Minnesota there are 11 FACs operational. You may
contact any of the FAC's by walking in, sending an                              HEALTH                                   Welcome to the
                                                        TriCare Health Insurance
e-mail or by phone.                                              www.tricare.osd.mil
FACs are not limited to National Guard families but
are prepared to offer assistance and support to
                                                        TriCare Dental Program
                                                                 www.tricaredentalprogram.com                           Minnesota
families of service members regardless of branch                              FINANCIAL
of service. One Military – One Family…                  Service Members Civil Relief Act
                                                                 http://usmilitary.about.com/od/sscra/l/blsscra.htm   Military Family
WHAT WILL A FAC PROVIDE?
       A FAC is primarily an Information Source
                                                                   FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN
                                                        National Association of Child Care Resource and
                                                        Referral Agencies
                                                                                                                       Assistance
       TRICARE Assistance                                        www.naccrra.org/
    
    
        DEERS (Information)
        Pay Issues
                                                        Circle of Parents
                                                                  www.circleofparents.org/about_us/
                                                        Code Red Rover Kids Page
                                                                                                                          Centers
       Point of Contact for Legal & Pay Issues                   www.coderedrover.org/
       Financial Counseling/Training                   MN National Guard Youth & Teen Camps
                                                                  www.mn-guard-yc.org/
       Point of Contact for Community Support          National Guard Youth On-Line Community
       Emergency Assistance Coordination                         www.guardfamilyyouth.org
       Site for Family Communication
                                                                 FAMILY READINESS GROUPS
       Support/Mentor Family Readiness Groups          MN Guard Family Programs
                                                                www.dma.state.mn.us/FamilyPrograms/
FAMILY READINESS GROUP (FRG)
                                                                            OTHER LINKS
Generally, each unit has a FRG whose purpose is         Army Knowledge On-Line
                                                                  www.us.army.mil
to act as a liaison between the unit, the families
                                                        Military.COM
and the community. The FRG is managed by the                      www.military.com
FRG leader who is appointed by the unit’s               Veterans Administration
commander.                                                        www.va.gov
                                                        MN Military Appreciation Fund

                                                                                                                       HELPING MILITARY
The FRG is a conduit for information provided by a                www.thankmntroops.org
                                                        Official State of MN National Guard Site
variety of sources in order to keep the families
                                                                                                                           FAMILIES
                                                                  www.dma.state.mn.us
informed and updated. Families meet on a regular        151 Field Artillery Web Site (Click Family Readiness)
basis and act as a support unit for one another.                  www.151fa.com

A FRG may be comprised of service members’
                                                        1/34th Brigade Combat Team
                                                                  www.redbullweb.com/
                                                                                                                            PUT THE
families as well as others who wish to be involved      Alpha/134-BSB (FRG leader’s website)
                                                                  www.alpha134bsbfsg.com/index.html
                                                                                                                       PIECES TOGETHER…
in this organization and the work it does.
                                                             Courtesy of Marshall Family Assistance Center

				
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