Army Community Service

Hours of Operation

Monday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
U.S. Holidays Closed

Contact

1780 Restore Hope Avenue
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Tel:
+1 (315)772-2271

Military DSN Tel:
(315)772-2271

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Think ACS First! (315)772-ACS1

Army Community Service (ACS) has a wealth of resources for Soldiers, Families, Reservists, Retirees, and DoD Civilians. The programs offered within are designed to enhance quality of life, promote resilience and self-reliance, and provide stability during war and peace. ACS offers a place to find the type of support needed for the enhancement of both individuals and Families.

We invite you to visit and utilize the many services and opportunities provided to help you develop the skills and knowledge needed to face the challenges of military life.

 

To report suspected spouse or child abuse:
In case of emergency dial 911.
Fort Drum Military Police: (315)772-5156
New York State Child Abuse, Maltreatment Registry: 1-800-342-3720

Domestic Violence:
Fort Drum Crisis Hotline: (315)955-4321, connects you with a trained professional victim advocate 24/7.

Family Advocacy Program Victim Advocates: (315)772-5605 or (315)772-8934. After duty hours call the Fort Drum Crisis Hotline number listed above.

ACS Calendars

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Check out the ACS Monthly Calendars:
October 2018

November 2018

You can register online for any class or event.

ACS Program and Service Directory

ACS Outreach Services
(315)772-5374
ACS Bldg., 1780 Restore Hope Avenue
[email protected]

Army Emergency Relief (AER)
(315)772-6560
ACS Annex, 435A MWR Drive

[email protected]

National Website: www.aerhq.org

Army Family Action Plan (AFAP)
(315)772-9229
ACS Bldg., 1780 Restore Hope Avenue
[email protected]

Army Family Team Building (AFTB)
(315)772-9229
ACS Bldg., 1780 Restore Hope Avenue
[email protected]

Army Volunteer Corps (AVC)
(315)772-2899
ACS Bldg., 1780 Restore Hope Avenue
[email protected]

Community Information Services/Information & Referral (I&R)
(315)772-6799 or 1-800-826-0886
ACS Bldg., 1780 Restore Hope Avenue
[email protected]

Employment Readiness Program (ERP)
(315)772-9611
SFAC Bldg., 11042 Mount Belvedere Blvd
[email protected]

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
(315)772-5476
ACS Bldg., 1780 Restore Hope Avenue
[email protected]

Family Advocacy Program (FAP) with Victim Advocates and New Parent Support
(315)772-6929
ACS Bldg., 1780 Restore Hope Avenue
[email protected]

Financial Readiness Program (FRP)
(315)772-5196
ACS Annex, 435A MWR Drive
[email protected]

Mobilization and Deployment Program (Mob/Dep)
(315)772-2848
ACS Bldg., 1780 Restore Hope Avenue
[email protected]

Relocation Readiness Program (RRP)
(315)772-6566
ACS Bldg., 1780 Restore Hope Avenue
[email protected]

Soldier and Family Assistance Center (SFAC)
(315)772-7781
11042 Mount Belvedere Blvd
[email protected]
virtual SFAC www.myarmylifetoo.com 

Survivor Outreach Services
(315)772-6357
SFAC Bldg., 11042 Mount Belvedere Blvd
[email protected]

ACS Outreach Services - Think ACS First!

ACS Outreach Services brings ACS information into the community to promote Soldier and Family well-being and quality of life, focusing on three main areas: education and prevention, direct services and cultivating a sense of self-reliance within the Military community.  ACS Outreach provides ACS overview briefings and information tables, and is available for unit functions by request.  In addition, ACS Outreach Services coordinates special events throughout the year.

Unit Service Coordinator
ACS Outreach manages the ACS Unit Service Coordinator (USC) program. Each battalion and brigade are assigned an ACS USC to serve as a conduit to units to assist them in bringing ACS classes and services directly to the unit based on unit specific needs.  Please contact ACS Outreach Services for more information

 

ACS Outreach Services
(315)772-5374
ACS Bldg., 1780 Restore Hope Avenue
[email protected]

Army Emergency Relief (AER)

Financial Assistance
AER is the Army's own emergency financial assistance organization and is dedicated to "Helping the Army Take Care of its Own." AER financial assistance is given to eligible recipients in the form of an interest-free loan, grant, or combination of the two. Loans are repaid by an allotment. 

Education Programs
AER's Education Program is a secondary mission to help Army Families with the costs of education.

Spouse Education Assistance Program
The Spouse Education Assistance Program is a need-based scholarship program established to assist Spouses of Army Soldiers in obtaining their undergraduate degrees. Applicants must apply each year and may receive assistance for up to four academic years of full-time study or eight academic years of part-time study if they meet the eligibility criteria explained below.

The award amounts vary each year based on the number of applicants, total approved scholarship budget, the applicant's Expected Family Contribution (EFC) reported on the Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA, and the average Cost of Attendance to attend a college or university in the United States as provided by the College Board. For the 2017–2018 academic year, the Spouse awards ranged from $350 to $2,810.

The normal scholarship application window is from January 1 through April 2 for the upcoming academic year. However, for Spouses, AER has implemented a new rolling application cycle beginning with the 2018–2019 academic year; Spouses may now apply any time after January 1 for the upcoming academic year.

Major General James Ursano Scholarship Fund for Dependent Children
The MG James Ursano Scholarship Program is a need-based scholarship program established to assist children of Army Soldiers in obtaining their first undergraduate degree. Applicants must reapply each year and may receive assistance for up to four academic years as long as they meet the eligibility criteria explained in the document below.

The award amounts vary each year based on the number of applicants, total approved scholarship budget, the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA, and the average Cost of Attendance to attend a college or university in the United States as provided by the College Board. For 2017–2018, the MG James Ursano awards ranged from $670 to $4,290.

Applications for 2018–2019 will be accepted until 3pm EDT on April 2, 2018.

Applications and instructions are available for all scholarships on the AER website at www.aerhq.org.

 

Army Emergency Relief (AER)
(315)772-6560
ACS Annex, 435A MWR Drive

[email protected]

National Website: www.aerhq.org

Army Family Action Plan (AFAP)

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Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) is a year-round program dedicated to improving the quality of life for all members of the military community.

Army Spouses created AFAP in the late 1970’s as a grassroots idea to improve the standard of living for their Families. These Spouses realized that they would have to get organized to accomplish this so they could identify problems, suggest ways to resolve these problems, and volunteer to fix them. This was the beginning of AFAP as we know it today. AFAP was officially adopted by the Department of the Army in July 1983 and was published in 1984.

How Does AFAP Work?

  1. You Tell Us What You Think – Using submission forms obtained from ACS or found on the FMWR website, submit your ideas, concerns, or suggestions.

  2. AFAP Listens and Acts – Once an issue is received, it is reviewed, discussed and submitted for action.

  3. Together We Find A Solution – Although some issues take time or are proven unattainable, every issue with merit is reviewed, monitored, and tracked until a resolution is found. Most issues can be handled locally and are sent to the appropriate directorate for resolution. Those issues that are unattainable at the local level are forwarded to the Forces Command level. If the issue is not resolved at that level then it may be forwarded to the Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA) AFAP.

AFAP Gets Results

The results help to strengthen the readiness of the Army, make and change legislation and create policies and services from the ideas and suggestions submitted for consideration. Some examples of improved programs and services that have been implemented are Army Family Team Building, Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers as well as the Thrift Savings Plan now available to Soldiers.

Submit an Issue

Fill out and drop off a Fort Drum AFAP Issue Submission Card at the ACS Bldg on Restore Hope Avenue or email it to [email protected]. Or submit your issue online!

Take Part

If you would like to become a part of this important process or you would just like to submit an issue or concern, please call, email or visit the AFAP program located in the ACS Building.

 

Army Family Action Plan (AFAP)
(315)772-9229
ACS Bldg., 1780 Restore Hope Avenue
[email protected]
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Army Family Team Building (AFTB)

 

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2018 AFTB Class Schedule

Army Family Team Building (AFTB) is about readiness - for both the mission and the Family. AFTB is about adapting to Army Life. We teach and train America’s Army and their Families in a wide variety of knowledge, skills and behaviors that foster personal and Family readiness. AFTB is a never ending resource that is available to every member of the Army family for free. The Army takes care if its own, by teaching its own to take care of themselves.

Fort Drum AFTB is a volunteer based program. Volunteer instructors teach other Family members about the military lifestyle and resources providing the tools and skills needed to become vital members of their community. As well as instructing, we offer a variety of volunteer opportunities. AFTB Instructors are available upon request to conduct classes or separate modules for individual units, organizations, and family readiness groups on a contract style basis. Please call or email for more information on this opportunity.

AFTB is also an available and valuable tool for those Military Family members of the National Guard and Reserve Components. Even if you are not near a military installation, our Level K, G, and L courses are also offered in English and Spanish online at www.myarmyonesource.com. Click Online Training for classes.

Level K: Military Knowledge: targeted toward people new to the Army or anyone interested in updating personal skills or basic knowledge.

Level G: Personal Growth & Resilience: with courses geared toward emerging leaders within the Army community. Modules focus on personal growth and group dynamics.

Level L: Leadership Development: offers training to enhance the professional growth and leadership development opportunities of Family members, especially those who might assume leadership roles within the community and unit.

ACS Instructor, Facilitator, and Briefer Training is for those wanting to volunteer with the AFTB program or ACS as Instructors, Facilitators, or Briefers.

 

Army Family Team Building (AFTB)
(315)772-9229
ACS Bldg., 1780 Restore Hope Avenue
[email protected]
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Army Volunteer Corps (AVC)

 

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The Fort Drum Army Volunteer Corp seeks innovative ideas and processes to improve the quality of life at Fort Drum through the use of volunteer agencies. We offer quality volunteer work experiences in environments where volunteers are appreciated and valued.

Administrative, medical, mentoring, teaching and coaching are a few of the opportunities that are available. Many agencies have flexible schedules and some even reimburse you for childcare. You can volunteer for a day, an evening, for a one-time event or for ongoing activities for as long as you desire.

Why Volunteer?

  • For the volunteer: Build your resume, contribute to the community, meet new people, share expertise, gain new skills and work experience, be challenged.
  • For the community: Develop new programs, sustain programs, enrich the quality of life for Soldiers and their families, price and ownership.
  • Recognition: Volunteer of the month, Installation Impact awards, national and agency awards.

Getting Started

Complete a volunteer registration packet, which includes Volunteer Agreement DD Form 2793 and if you are under 18, the Parental Permission Form DA Form 5671. Register online at MyArmyOneSource.

Each agency offers orientation and training. Training may include, first aid, office administration, tax preparation, train the trainer, coaching skills, etc. Volunteers may attend the volunteer manager/supervisor training as well.

The Volunteer Corps coordinator can help you to find an opportunity that matches your interests or talents and assist you with the application process.

  • Volunteer Management Information System Basic Training - VMIS 101 - This class covers the use of VMIS, including registration, uploading positions in your organization, and input of monthly volunteer hours.
  • Volunteer Administration Training - This class covers volunteer regulations, files, awards and the Volunteer Information Management System (VMIS)

 

Army Volunteer Corps (AVC)
(315)772-2899 
ACS Bldg., 1780 Restore Hope Avenue
[email protected]

Community Information Services (Information & Referral)

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Army Community Service (ACS) Community Information Services (Information & Referral) is your source for an array of on and off post information designed to assist Soldiers, Families, civilians and Retirees in meeting their basic needs and improving their quality of life.

This office serves as the central distribution point for ACS information, flyers, brochures and upcoming events and activities. Individual and Family assessments are conducted to ensure appropriate assistance or referrals are provided. In addition, we maintain an extensive resource file of local public, private and voluntary agencies and organizations to assist individuals and Families with getting the support they need. The ACS kitchen and Family lounge provide a place for you to rest and prepare a meal when in transition. Our coupon program helps individuals and Families save money on their groceries. No matter the need, we are here to support you.

We invite you to visit ACS and utilize the many series and opportunities that we have to offer.

 

Community Information Services (Information & Referral)
(315)772-6799 or 1-800-826-0886
ACS Bldg., 1780 Restore Hope Avenue
[email protected]
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Employment Readiness Program (ERP)

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Employment Information Welcome Packet

The Employment Readiness Program (ERP) provides career assistance and job lead referrals to soldiers, spouses, and military family members as they transition in and out of Fort Drum. The program offers a series of career development workshops to enhance the job searching experience. Employment Readiness educators can also hold one on one appointments to assist with job searching, resumes, interviews, and career development.The Army knows that employment is one of the most significant issues for Military Families. Therefore, the goal of the Fort Drum ACS Employment Readiness Program is to assist Families with their job search particularly as they are impacted by such a mobile lifestyle.

  • Classes offered:
  • Starting Your Own Business
  • Federal Employment Workshop
  • Career Portfolio and Interview Skills Workshop
  • Career Development Seminars
  • Resume Start To Finish
  • Career Specific Career Fairs

 Career Development Seminars

  • Networking Opportunities
  • Teen Job Prep
  • Teen Resume Prep

Career Counseling and Job Coaching

  • One on One Career Counseling (by appointment)
  • Group Workshops (by appointment)

Resource Library

Get Help With Your Job Search Or Exploring Careers
Use the Virtual Career Library logo to access over 6,000 digital pages of career guidance information. Inside you will find hundreds of career advice videos, digital career books and directories, virtual job data cards, job bank resources, and occupational videos to help you achieve career and life success.

Available in the ERP office:

  • Career Resource Guides
  • Educational Guides and Information
  • Informational DVDs
  • Faxing & Copying
    Copies and fax machine services are provided free of charge.
  • Computers
    Internet
    Resume Writing Software
  • Education Information
    Local Higher Education Informational Packets
    Professional Development Guides
  • Weekly Job Listings
    A current list of employment opportunities can be obtained at the Employment Readiness office for both on-post and off-post. To be added to the Employment Readiness Program Job Bank email contact list call the ERP office.

Employment Readiness Checklist

These are some items that are helpful to hand carry when trying to find a job.

  •  School Transcripts
  •  Updated Resume
  •  Information on Previous Employers & References
  •  Certifications/Awards
  •  Letters of Recommendations
  •  Portfolio

Free Quick Guide resources are available on your mobile device with QuickSeries Mobile

To use QuickSeries:

  1. On your mobile device, visit http://quickseries.com/index.php?section=reader

  2. On that page, choose the correct download for your mobile device and download QuickSeries Mobile

  3. Open your mobile device's web browser and type in: qsp.mobi/7x4pn54q

  4. Select ok when prompted to install or download your eGuides

  5. Your free eGuides will be made available and ready for reading.

  6. Call 1-800-361-4653 if more information or assistance is needed.

 

Employment Readiness Program (ERP)
(315)772-9611
SFAC Bldg., 11042 Mount Belvedere Blvd
[email protected]
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Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

 

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2018 EFMP Program Information & Class/Event Schedule - Coming Soon!

The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) helps provide support and the required care for Family members with disabilities and special needs, to better support the Soldiers and Family members stationed at Fort Drum.

EFMP works with other Military and Civilian agencies to provide for Family members with special needs:

  • Comprehensive and coordinated medical services
  • Educational needs
  • Housing needs
  • Community support services
  • Personnel services

The EFMP assists with the special physical, emotional, developmental, and intellectual needs by providing community support services such as resources, information and referral, advocacy, support groups, respite care and relocation assistance.

An Exceptional Family Member is a dependent family member (child or adult) of an active duty Soldier, with any physical, emotional, developmental, behavioral, mental, or intellectual disorder that requires special treatment, therapy, education, training, or counseling on an on-going basis.

Some examples of EFMs are those with: Asthma, Autism or PDD, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD or ADHD), Diabetes, Arthritis, Depression, Bipolar, or Schizophrenia, Anxiety/Phobias and Panic Disorders, Learning Disabilities or any special education services, and high risk newborn.

Soldiers eligible to relocate their Families at government expense should identify Family members with a medical, physical, emotional, or intellectual disorder to assignment authorities in accordance with AR 600-75; enrollment in the EFMP is mandatory.

Those who are required to enroll are: Active Duty Army, The US Army Reserve Soldiers in the USAR – Active Guard Reserve program and other, USAR Soldiers on Active Duty exceeding 30 days, and the Army National Guard personnel serving under authority of title 10, United States Code.

Enrollment is done on a walk in basis although assignment coordination or screening requires an appointment. Enrollment in the program does not adversely affect selection for promotion, schools, or assignment. The information provided to EFMP is not made available to selection boards and command. EFMP is designed to help Families get the care they need and deserve.

 

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
(315)772-5476
ACS Bldg., 1780 Restore Hope Avenue
[email protected]
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Family Advocacy Program (FAP)

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2018 FAP Class/Events Schedule Page 1

2018 FAP Class/Events Schedule Page 2

Raising children and communicating with your spouse or intimate partner can be quite difficult and cause strain on the entire Family. Offering services and support to address identified stress and prevent Family violence is the goal of the Family Advocacy Program (FAP). FAP offers a variety of services to strengthen military Families through education and activities that promote life skills and cultivate healthy relationships.

SUB-PROGRAMS

  • Baby Bundles
  • Command and Troop Education
  • New Parent Support Program (NPSP): In-Home Support

WORKSHOPS

Life Skills Seminars:

Our healthy relationships, stress management, anger management, and conflict resolution classes focus on healthy communication and building strong relationships. We also collaborate with other programs such as Army Substance Abuse Program and the Military Family Life Consultants, to provide curriculum on other topics as needed or requested. We can modify material and make classes available through unit groups and FRG meetings as well.

Parenting Workshops:

We offer various parenting classes covering all children’s ages, from 0–18, to provide education on alternative discipline techniques and developmental stages.

 

Required Professional Training and Reporting Procedures

To report suspected spouse or child abuse:

In case of emergency dial 911.

On Fort Drum, the 24/7 reporting point of contact is the Military Police Station: (315)772-5156.
After the notification of alleged child abuse, maltreatment, or neglect, you are encouraged to provide your first-hand account of the incident to the New York State Child Abuse, Maltreatment Registry at: 1-800-342-3720; “Take Your Stance and End the Cycle of Violence!”

Domestic Violence: The Fort Drum Crisis Hotline: (315)955-4321, connects you with a trained professional victim advocate 24/7.

Services provided by these advocates include:

  • Crisis Intervention and non-clinical support
  • Safety Planning
  • Assistance with Safe Shelter Placement
  • Information regarding the Transitional Compensation Program
  • Coordination with emergency services: housing, food, transportation, etc.
  • Assistance in requesting protection orders (Military or Civilian)
  • Accompaniment throughout the medical, investigative, and legal processes
  • General information and referrals

Family Advocacy Program Victim Advocates are located at ACS, Building P-1780 Restore Hope Avenue, Fort Drum, New York 13602. During regular duty hours you may contact (315)772-5605 or (315)772-8934, to schedule an appointment, request assistance, or to receive information and referral. After duty hours call the crisis hotline number listed above.

 

Family Advocacy Program (FAP)
(315)772-6929
ACS Bldg., 1780 Restore Hope Avenue
[email protected]
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Financial Readiness Program (FRP)

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2018 FRP Class Schedule

Financial Planning & Consumer Affairs Services - Personal Financial Planning and Consumer Affairs Services are offered to help Soldiers and their Families develop and maintain a realistic spending plan, reduce debts, improve their credit, plan for the future through savings and investment, and resolve consumer complaints.

Individual Counseling - Individual counseling is available for Soldiers and Families requiring or wishing to receive personal assistance.

Classes - The Financial Readiness Program (FRP) offers regularly scheduled classes on money management, saving and investing, credit and debt management, and consumer affairs, such as home and car buying.  Classes are also offered to units in all areas of personal financial planning.

Special Classes - In addition to routine classes and individual counseling, our staff is available to teach financial readiness classes required by AR 350-1 or to present to groups such as FRGs, NCOPDs and OPDs.

Financial Counseling (by appointment)

  • Budget Counseling
  • Debt Management Counseling
  • Overall Financial Planning
  • Basic Investment Planning
  • Retirement Planning
  • Student Loan Management
  • Credit Counseling
  • Credit Reports & Scores
  • Home and Car Buying
  • Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)
  • Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance (FSSA)

Debt Management
If you find yourself in the position of considering loan consolidation, you may be headed for financial difficulty.

The following are danger signs:

  • More than 20% of your take home pay is used for credit payments (excluding home mortgage).
  • You have one or more loans from a lending company(ies) at 18% or more interest.
  • You use credit cards impulsively.
  • You routinely use your overdraft protection.
  • You do not pay your bills on time.
  • You pay only the minimum amount down on your charge accounts each month.
  • The use of advance check cashing and pay day loans is part of your regular budget plan.
  • Your car loan is financed at 12% or more interest.

If one or more of the above describes you or your spouse, don't wait!  Stop by the ACS Annex, Bldg. 435A MWR Dr. or call 772-2919/5196 and schedule an appointment with a Financial Counselor.

Financial Management Tips:

  1. Obtain a yearly credit report. The three major companies are:

    TransUnion Corporation (800) 916-8800

    Experian (888) 397-3742

    Equifax (800) 685-1111

  2. If you want telemarketers to stop calling your home, register with the “Do Not Call” Registry. For the Federal Government contact http://donotcall.gov/default.aspx or call 1-888-382-1222 from the telephone you wish not to be called. New York State can be contacted by calling 800-697-1220 or online at www.consumer.state.ny.us

  3. For every pre-approved credit offer you receive, an inquiry has been made into your credit report. The number of “hits” on your account may work against you. To exclude your name from a list of pre-screened names for a two-year period, call the OptOut Request Line at 888-567-8688.

ACS Financial Readiness Program helpful links:

www.feedthepig.org

www.financialentertainment.org

www.militarysaves.org

www.saveandinvest.org

www.ftc.gov

www.annualcreditreport.com

www.treasurydirect.gov

www.mymoney.gov

 

Financial Assistance Programs by County

Jefferson County

Lewis County

St. Lawrence County

 

Financial Readiness Program (FRP)
(315)772-5196
ACS Annex, 435A MWR Drive
mailto:[email protected]
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Mobilization and Deployment Readiness Program (Mob/Dep)

 

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2018 Fort Drum Mob/Dep Class Schedule

2018 Fort Drum Resilience Training Schedule

ACS Mobilization and Deployment (Mob/Dep) provides professional and timely support to active duty, Reserve and Guard Soldiers and their Family members through workshops, briefings and services developed to enhance mission preparedness and self-reliance throughout the deployment cycle. The Mobilization and Deployment readiness mission is to develop an adaptable community in which Soldiers and their Families are prepared for deployment, have access to the support they need throughout its course, and are prepared for the unique challenges they face when their Soldier returns.

Training Support Documents

 Must Have Documents

Website Support:

www.myarmyonesource.com
www.militaryonesource.com 
www.tricareonline.com
www.redcross.org 
http://csf2.army.mil
www.afterdeployment.org

 

Mobilization and Deployment
(315)772-0470
ACS Bldg., 1780 Restore Hope Avenue
[email protected]
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Relocation Readiness Program

 

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Learn more about Fort Drum and our surrounding communities in the Fort Drum Soldier & Family Tour Guide!

The Relocation Readiness Program is a comprehensive program designed to help Families in the relocation process. Available seminars and briefings cover a wide range of topics. Join us for a welcome tour and newcomer's orientation, cultural activities, and more. Relocation Readiness' goal is to help you make a smooth transition.

Welcome packets are given to each Soldier during in-processing at the welcome center located at Clark Hall. The welcome packet comes in two formats; compact disc (CD), and a printed hard copy. By default CD’s are mailed out unless otherwise requested. This packet can also be mailed to newcomers before their arrival. Each packet contains information on ACS programs, Army Emergency Relief and other resources available on post and in the surrounding communities. Additionally, installation specific information can be found in the Installation Program Directory box on www.militaryonesource.mil.  This site provides the most current information on your next duty station. 

For Families who are in transition, there is a well-stocked Lending Closet. Borrow basic household items, such as pots, pans, dishes, silverware, sleeping mats, folding table and chairs, playpens, highchairs and car seats for up to a 30-day lending period.

Infant/toddler seats are mandatory for vehicles in New York State; the Lending Closet has an ample supply. Call (315)772-6566/3241 for more information.

Support Groups

  • Hearts Apart Support Group
  • International Spouse Support

 

Relocation Readiness

(315)772-6566
ACS Bldg., 1780 Restore Hope Avenue
[email protected]
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Soldier and Family Assistance Center (SFAC)

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Serving Soldiers and Families in Transition

Soldier and Family Assistance Center Mission Statement
The Fort Drum Soldier and Family Assistance Center strives to provide a supportive environment for Soldiers and Family Members as they deal with the stress and uncertainty of injury and the effects of war.

The SFAC provides direct services, as well as referral, liaison and coordination with installation and local agencies to deliver non-medical services to Soldiers and Families assigned to the 3-85th IN Warrior Transition Battalion, Soldiers in the Integrated Disability Evaluation System process and their Families, Families who remain in our area while their Soldier heals elsewhere, and the Spouses and Families of our Fallen Warriors.

Our team of professionals is here to ensure that Soldiers in Transition and their Families are provided the best services available, in order to reduce the confusion and stress of this period of healing and transition.

 

Soldier Services and Contact Information

Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program (315)772-0838

  • Career Counseling
  • Job Search Support
  • Resume/Employment Workshops
  • Job Fairs and more

CYS Services Specialist (315)772-8672

  • Childcare and Youth Services Liaison
  • Resource Assistant

Education Specialist (315)772-3682

  • GoArmyEd Enrollment Assistance
  • Montgomery GI Bill/Post 911 GI Bill
  • Army and Civilian Testing
  • Educational and Guidance Counseling

Financial Counselor (315)772-6894

  • Budget Development Assistance
  • Financial Crisis Counseling
  • Financial Planning for the Future

Human Resources Specialist (315)772-1039

  • Updating Records, ID Cards and DEERS

Information and Referral and Follow-up Coordinator (315)772-7781

  • Provides answers to questions relevant to individual Soldiers and Families
  • Clearinghouse of resources and information
  • In and Out Processing for Soldiers and Families who are new to SFAC or WTB

Social Services Coordinator (315)772-0035

  • Information and assistance in finding solutions to life problems such as stress management, substance abuse and readjustment counseling

US Department of Labor (315)772-0837

  • Career Counseling
  • Job Search Support
  • Assistance with employer difficulties related to military service for National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers.

Veterans Benefits Counseling (315)772-2529

  • Information about Veterans Benefits and how to apply for them.

 

Soldier and Family Assistance Center (SFAC)
(315)772-7781
11042 Mount Belvedere Blvd
[email protected]
Virtual SFAC www.myarmylifetoo.com 
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Survivor Outreach Services (SOS)

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We honor Soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the security of our Nation by supporting and caring for their survivors. The Army is committed to providing sustained support to surviving Family Members to ease the pain of their loss and help them through this very difficult time.

Fort Drum Survivor Outreach Services:  

  • Facilitate support groups where Families and individuals can share feelings, concerns, thoughts, resources, and information in a safe and understanding setting.
  • Maintain personal contact with Survivor Families with phone calls, cards, and mailings.
  • Offer on site professional financial counseling to assist Families in adjusting to their unique monetary circumstance following the loss of their Soldier.
  • Provide care for Survivor Families beyond what Casualty Officers and Unit Care Teams can offer.
  • Act as liaison between the Survivor Family and their Soldier’s unit: communication, contact, and information for special memorials or events.
  • Partner with military and other agencies and organizations to provide resources and programs such as grief camps for children, adult retreats and other special events and bereavement materials.
  • Help to train Family Readiness Groups, Care Teams, Casualty Assistance Officers, and Army Leadership about SOS and bereavement issues.
  • Conducts special events to provide Surviving Families an opportunity to interact and share in a social setting.

Resource Links:

Army MWR Survivor Outreach Services

Symbols of Honor

American Widow Project

Fallen Patriots Foundation

Folds of Honor Foundation

Gold Star Moms

Gold Star Dads

Gold Star Wives

Patriot Guard Riders of New York

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

 

Survivor Outreach Services
(315)772-6357
SFAC Bldg., 11042 Mount Belvedere Blvd
[email protected]
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Climb To Glory Fund

Climb to Glory Fund

 

The Family and MWR Climb to Glory Fund accepts unsolicited donations or gifts made to the Army and intended for Military Family support. These funds are distributed at the Battalion level to Family Readiness Groups of all permanently stationed units under the jurisdiction of Fort Drum and tenant units physically located on Fort Drum. 

Any individual or organization that would like to make cash donations to The Climb to Glory Fund may contact:

 

Family and MWR Financial Management

10783 Chapel Drive

Fort Drum, New York 13601

(315)772-5844