Helping Agencies

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All services vary from base to base. The programs and descriptions summarize those most commonly found on an Air Force Base.

Area Defense Counsel (ADC)

The Area Defense Counsel is a military lawyer who provides independent legal representation, free of charge, for Air Force members who face military justice and adverse administrative actions. An individual has absolute confidentiality with their attorney. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals

Alcohol Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment (ADAPT) Program

The ADAPT program promotes readiness and health through the prevention and comprehensive treatment of substance abuse problems. The ADAPT program seeks to minimize the negative consequences of substance abuse to the individual, family, and Air Force. It also provides comprehensive education and treatment to individuals who experience problems attributed to substance abuse. Ultimately, the ADAPT program is chartered to return identified substance abusers to unrestricted duty status or assist them in their transition to civilian life, as appropriate. At the base level, assessment and treatment is conducted by mental health care providers, usually psychologists or social workers and certified substance abuse counselors who are mental healthcare technicians.

American Society of Addiction Medicine
Alcoholics Anonymous
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Narcotics Anonymous
Al-Anon and Alateen

Chaplain Services

As an integral part of the military operational structure, chaplains protect the first amendment rights to the free exercise of religion (DoD Directive 1300.17) for all service members and their families, while remaining faithful to their ecclesiastical endorsement (DoD Directive 1304.19). Chaplains are responsible for worship, liturgies, rites, pastoral care, religious education, and advice to leadership in areas of religion, religious accommodation, and moral/ethical decision-making. They provide a spiritual dimension to family support, Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), medical, and quality of life programs. Chaplains often provide individual, marital, and family counseling services offering absolute privileged (confidential) communication.

The Chaplain's Corner
USAF Chaplain Corps

Family Advocacy Program

The mission of Family Advocacy is to build healthy families and communities by preventing the occurrence, reoccurrence, and severity of family maltreatment to the maximum extent possible. The prevention of maltreatment includes the prevention of physical, sexual or emotional abuse and neglect. Preventive intervention is aimed at organizing and supporting the development of responses among families, and key players that interface with the problem of family maltreatment. The Family Advocacy prevention team supports the Air Force mission through the use of trained professionals, therapeutic treatment and maltreatment education based on community needs and high-risk indicators. Programs/classes often include parenting, couples communication, family violence prevention briefings, anger management, and the New Parent Support Program. Also, Family Advocacy manages the Exceptional Family Member Program.

DoD Family Advocacy Program
Article on Family Violence in the Military
Smart Marriages
Parenting Toolbox

Health and Wellness Center (HAWC)

The HAWC assists individuals with improving their state of physical, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual well-being. The HAWC offers a variety of multidisciplinary programs available to beneficiaries and civilian personnel. Common programs/classes include general nutrition, a full spectrum of fitness training, substance abuse prevention, stress management, health risk reduction, and tobacco cessation.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
American Heart Association
National Institutes of Health
National Strength and Conditioning Association
Food and Nutrition Information Center
Physical Activity and Health — A Report of the Surgeon General

Mental Health Clinic

The Mental Health Clinic offers professional mental health services, provided by psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers, to all active duty Air Force personnel. Family members and retirees may receive mental health services on a space available basis. Psychotherapy is available in individual, couple, family, and group formats. Treatment commonly focuses on managing depression, anxiety, stress, sleep, marital difficulties, crisis intervention, and critical incident stress management. The Limited Privilege Suicide Prevention (LPSP) Program provides for limited confidentiality under circumstances outlined in AFI44-109.

National Institute of Mental Health
Stress Management
American Psychiatric Association
American Psychological Association
The Center for Mental Health Services
American Association of Suicidology

Military Equal Opportunity (MEO)

The MEO office attempts to improve mission effectiveness by promoting an environment free from personal, social, or institutional barriers that prevent Air Force members from rising to the highest level of responsibility based upon their individual merit, fitness, and capability. The program seeks to eliminate unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin to include sexual harassment. Unlawful discrimination against Air Force personnel and their family members, on or off base, will not be tolerated.

MEO Program

Airmen and Family Readiness Center

Air Force Aid Society

A private, non-profit aid organization providing 24-hour grants, loan assistance, education grants, and community programs for spouses and children of active duty, retired and deceased military.

Air Force Aid Society

Career Focus Program

Assists family members with career planning, improving job search skills, and identifying vocational interests. Individual career counseling, assessment, skills development, and decision-making are key elements of this program. Classes, workshops, employment resource rooms with computers, and one-on-one assistance are available.

DoD Job Search
Occupational Outlook Handbook

Family Life Education

Strengthens skills, knowledge, and abilities across the entire family life cycle while adapting to the military environment.

Family Life Education

Financial Management

Personal financial management provides counseling and workshops on financial issues including debt reduction, budget development, investing and other strategies for financial success.

Financial Education Course
Defense Finance and Accounting Service
Air Force Financial Services Center

Relocation Assistance

Relocation assistance provides relocation planning, current destination information and workshops to smooth the moving process. Program managers maintain information about human service resources on base and in the local community (both military and civilian) and link people who need assistance with the appropriate service providers and/or to supply descriptive information about the agencies or organizations that offer service.