Army minimizes stress suffered by victims of domestic abuse

| January 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

Rob McIlvaine
Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command Public Affairs

MWRLogo2010ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Eligible enlisted family members will start to receive 36 months of Transitional Compensation, or TC, the same as officer family members, rather than the average of 22 months of payments they formerly received.

The change, effective Jan. 22, will ensure payments are standardized for all approved applications.

The TC program’s benefits help ease the transition from military to civilian life and provide temporary payments and benefits for families in which a Soldier has been court-martialed or administratively separated because of a dependent-abuse offense such as domestic or child abuse.

“Quality programs can greatly improve the well-being of Soldiers and families and reduce incidents of abuse,” said Lt. Col. Nancy Ruffin, chief, Army Family Advocacy Program; Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command. “Our challenge is to provide awareness and access to the available programs and services.”

The Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command manages the Army’s TC Program.

“The Army and its leadership are working hard to ensure Soldiers and families are prepared and supported before, during and after deployments, and throughout their military careers,” Ruffin said. “Nothing is more important than ensuring the well-being of our Soldiers and families, our most precious resource.”

The difference in duration of compensation between family members of enlisted and officers was an anomaly of the program, and was based solely on the Soldier’s rank. The change is a direct result of Army Family Action Plan Issue #540, Duration of Transitional Compensation for Abused Dependents.

AFAP is an Armywide program that helps improve quality of life issues. Through AFAP, all members of the Army, including active, Reserve and National Guard Soldiers; family members; retirees; surviving spouses; and Army civilians have a forum to voice concerns to Army leadership and make recommendations for change.

To date, nearly 700 AFAP issues Armywide have resulted in 123 legislative changes, 172 Army and Office of the Secretary of Defense policy changes, and 192 changes to programs and services.

U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s AFAP Conference is set for Feb. 8-11, at the Schofield Barracks Education Center in the Sgt. Yano Library. Submit your Army Family Action Plan recommendations by filling out an issue sheet at www.mwrarmyhawaii.com and click “ACS” from the dropdown menu. Return issue sheets by Jan. 21; e-mail heather.mills@us.army.mil, fax 655-1654 or drop off at Army Community Service Center, 2091 Kolekole Ave., Schofield Barracks, or Building 127A, Krukowski Road, Tripler Army Medical Center. Search AFAP issues and status at www.myarmyonesource.com.

Call 655-4227 to learn more about Transitional Compensation.

 

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