Deployments present unique challenges to both the Soldier and
their Families during their time of separation. Explore these resources to
succeed during your Soldier's deployment.
• Hearts Apart –
Military Family members often know that staying busy is key during a deployment,
temporary duty or unaccompanied tour. Fort Riley’s Army Community Service
program - Hearts Apart - can help boost morale and pass the time during one of
these circumstances. Hearts Apart brings several free, Family-oriented events to
the installation every year to build resilience and keep spouses connected with
friends while their Soldiers are deployed. For more information about Hearts
Apart, call ACS at (785)239-9435.
• Mailing overseas during deployments – How long does
it take for the mail to arrive, what customs forms do I need to fill out, how do
I get free shipping boxes from the Post Office? These and other questions are
answered on the ACS Deployment and Mobilization Family Readiness article Postal Service Tips for deployment mail.
• USO program available at Fort Riley - The USO
partnership with United Through Reading® allows our deployed troops the ability
to read their kids a bedtime book and virtually be there, even when they can’t
be there in-person. Service men and women simply read a book aloud while being
recorded on DVD for their child. The DVD and book are mailed to the child and
family back home. All recording equipment, books, packing and shipping materials
are supplied by the USO. Visit www.uso.org or contact the Fort Riley USO at
(785)240-5326 to see what other programs may be available. USO Fort Riley is
located at 6918 Trooper Drive, next to Burger King on Custer Hill. Visit USO
Fort Riley on Facebook at www.facebook.com/USOFtRiley.
• Predeployment and ongoing
• AtHoc – How to sign up for AtHoc
severe weather notification.
Army – Ready Army is a community awareness campaign to increase
knowledge and awareness of severe weather preparedness amongst all those who
live and work on Fort Riley.
• Military & Family Life Consultants (MFLC) – Fort Riley’s Military & Family Life
Consultants are available to military personnel and Family members. They
provide short term, situational, problem solving, non-medical counseling through
informal support, coaching, education and consultations to all service members
and Family through the cycles of deployment and reintegration. The consultations
are free, anonymous, and confidential and no records are kept.
• Fort Riley’s Family
Life Ministries Center stands ready to help Soldiers and Families when
marriage and Family questions arise, providing both marriage and Family
counseling and individual counseling. The Family Life Ministries Center is
located in 510 Grimes Hall. The center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
Special arrangements for evening appointments can be made. Schedule an
appointment by calling (785) 239-3436.
• Post Deployment Support For Service Members & Family
Members - Several Fort Riley agencies are offering information and
assistance for returning Service members and their Family members. Individuals
and Family members are encouraged to contact any of the following agencies for
assistance: - Irwin Army Community Hospital – Behavioral Health Deployment Cycle
Care Management Program 600 Caisson Hill Road, 785-239-7208 - Chaplains 24-hour
Help Line, 785-239-HELP (4357) - Military One Source: 24 hour toll free help
line 1-800-464-8107, off-post confidential counseling, 6 in-person sessions,
Consultants who speak Spanish and other languages.
• The Fort Riley
American Red Cross office provides coordination of the American Red
Cross volunteer programs on the installation, information and referral services
including information about the local American Red Cross blood drives, health
and safety courses, disaster assistance and emergency communication. The Red
Cross office is located at 510 Huebner Rd, call 785-239-1887 or 1-877-272-7337,
or email email@example.com.
• Resilient Spouse Academy (RSA) - The Resilient Spouse
Academy is a one-of-a-kind learning opportunity offered free of charge to all
military spouses to create a network of well trained spouses who feel better
prepared and motivated to truly make a difference in the lives of our individual
Soldiers and their Families. The spouses become knowledgeable in high-risk
situations before, during and after deployment. The academy is five days and
provides eight-hour classes of intense resiliency training covering topics
including suicide, domestic violence, sexual assault, substance abuse and
finance. The class is offered once a quarter. For more information, call Army
Community Service at 785-239-9435.
• Resilient Youth Academy (RYA) Along with the normal
struggles growing up, military children also may go through many of the same
stresses as their parents. The Resilient Youth Academy helps students learn
about coping with these stresses. The one-day RYA features subject matter
experts working throughout Fort Riley giving classes on specific resiliency
skills. Topics cover bullying, peer pressure, suicide prevention, dating abuse,
transitioning, employment and finance. For more information, call Army Community
Service at 785-239-9435.