The United States Military is a large institution, and as with all institutions, they are an organization that has found the benefit in supporting their employees. When you enlist in the military you are part of a large and growing organization, and you are able to access different family support benefits. When a Service Member is called to Active duty, or at other such times, service people and their families often require help with a particular problem, or need specialized Services. It does not matter which service you are a part of, all five Armed forces services provide for support for their Servicemembers.
The Military provides a support and family services center for each of their military bases, regardless of the service that you enlist in. This is called the Family Support Center, and it is the place that provides aid and support services for their enlisted Servicemembers and their Families. Military families can receive services from any installation in the military; if a person is a member of the Armed Forces then they are eligible for services from any Family Support Center in the Armed forces, no matter what Service. For Servicemembers a long way from home, many of their services can be accessed over the telephone, by Internet, or by e-mail. The FAC center exists to give information to families about the Servicemember and to keep the situation about a Servicemember including updated information current. They are help and a support to many military families to give support to military families on State, Federal, Military and local civilian issues affecting Service Members. Assistance, information, various paperwork and forms are all supplied to military families about these issues. Services provided to military families are based on several conditions. Some of the factors affecting the services include the population of active duty or reserve Servicemembers being served, the physical geographic location, the issue at hand, and other factors. Services do vary from location to location, and they are for all Service Members, including those Servicemembers that are not located near a military installation.
Often when a military Reserve unit is called up, the entire unit will have its families contacted by the FAC personnel, as the Command will notify the Family Assistance Center of the names of the reservists, and give information about family members, and its at these sort of times that the FAC springs into action giving support and assistance. This is what is a small part of the larger Family Support and fleet services, these centers are very accessible at larger bases and installations, and all services are free of charge.