Programs and services
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:
- Deployment support assists you and your family during all phases of the deployment cycle, providing workshops and services to help meet the challenges of deployment, as well as information and referral to deployment-related resources. Services include education briefings for deploying members and families, support services, morale calls and service-specific programs.
- Relocation assistance provides an array services to meet your moving needs. Relocation services include, but are not limited to, relocation workshops that help you prepare for a move, information on installations and communities worldwide and, where offered, a loan closet for basic household items. Relocation assistance also includes assistance with in-transit emergencies. Military and Family Support Centers work with other installation agencies to keep relocation information current, timely and relevant to allow you to make informed decisions and ensure you experience a smooth and successful move.
- Personal financial management provides information, education and one-on-one financial counseling to assist you and your family in maintaining your financial readiness. Services are designed to address money management issues throughout your active-duty lifecycle and into retirement. Financial readiness educational opportunities range from basic planning to long-term investing.
- Employment assistance offers comprehensive information, tools and resources to support career exploration, training and licensing, and employment readiness. Military and Family Support Centers may offer career counseling, local labor market information, trend tracking, skills and interests identification, job bank referrals and resources for self-employment.
- Family life education provides information and education to assist you and your family in developing resilience skills that can help as you navigate your mobile military lives.
- Information and Referral can assist you in identifying and clarifying needs to determine appropriate forms of assistance and in locating services and programs available both on and off your installation.
- The Transition Assistance Program prepares separating, retiring and demobilizing service members (and their families) with the information, skills and knowledge necessary for a successful transition from military to civilian life. The first step in your transition process is to complete the congressionally mandated pre-separation counseling session, which furnishes detailed information on the various benefits and services available.
Military and Family Support Centers may provide other services, such as counseling and family advocacy. Services vary by location.
Installation Specific Information
Deployment Readiness -- USAG Benelux - Brussels receives Mobilization/Deployment Program support and materials from ACS Benelux. The ACS staff at USAG Benelux - Brussels is available to offer advocacy and support to families of deployed service members. Two web cams are set up in the Yellow Ribbon Room (room 324, bldg 4, USAG Benelux - Brussels) for families to speak to their loved ones down-range. The web cam computers are also available for general family support and are accessible during ACS open hours (Mon-Thu, 9am-5pm) and after duty hours by appointment for families in the deployment cycle.
In addition to ACS staff, a Military Family Life Consultant (MFLC) serves the Brussels community and is always available to provide support and a listening ear to those in need of a helping professional. The MFLC can be reached at 011 32 (0) 497 653 738.
Relocation Readiness -- Provides resources and tools to help you with permanent change of station (PCS) and post-move orientations. These orientations include the Deputy Garrison Manager's USAG Benelux Brussels Site Brief, a class and an outing to learn how to use public transportation, a guided tour of a local hospital and of a local grocery store, info about local customs and culture, helpful basic phrases and vocabulary in French and/or Flemish. We maintain a loan closet from which families may borrow basic household goods as well as a microwave.
Financial Readiness -- offers classes on move related topics such as buying or selling homes.
Army Volunteer Corp (AVC) -- Because employment opportunities in Belgium are limited volunteering is a way of gaining skills and work experience which can be used in employment and college applications. It is important to document your volunteer hours. There are many and varied volunteer opportunities in the Brussels Community. For more information on volunteering and/or for how to register in the Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS) call ACS at 02/717-9735 or DSN 368-9735.
Provides access to 24/7 counseling, information and referral for service families.
Comprehensive information on all Army Community Services and QOL support.
United States Army Recruiting Command Soldier and Family Assistance Programs
Public web site for all Army recruiting command needs.
Army Installation Management Command
Link is helpful in order to gain information about local and Army-wide initiatives.
Information on the Army Reserve as a career.
Department of Defense-sponsored website for kids impacted by the deployment of parents and caregivers.
USA4 Military Families
Seeks to engage and educate state policymakers, not-for-profit associations, concerned business interests, and other state leaders about the needs of military members and their families.