Service in the Military of the United States is a great privilege and method of giving service to your country. For people that have a family there are a number of different services, positive services that are available for no charge that are a support. Military facilities and other areas on military bases often offer free services that are available at no charge for the individual Servicemember. All services that are supported by the DoD for Servicemembers are free or low cost, and they are available for any active duty Servicemember, it does not matter if you are a member of the specific service, as long as you are a member of the active duty service within the military service support area.
Supportive types of services are available by way of e-mail, Internet or telephone, or can be accessed in person on board military bases. Many of these services can be arranged in advance, and are able to be accessed by Reserve members who are called up or mobilized. Services that are often not seen as very important can be brought into stark relief when a Servicemember and their Reserve unit is called for active duty service in the Reserves. A Reservist will receive their orders and will often be sent their orders along with the other members of their Reserve Unit. The Command will notify a unit group called the Family Assistance Center. The Family Assistance Center is the unit that gives support to Servicemember families beginning immediately upon sending the orders to the Servicemember. There are services available to families including medical benefits, childcare, counseling, and various other types of support service that are available to families and Servicemembers. The services can help eliminate red tape and give Servicemembers and their families support in the strain and stress of deployment. Federal, State, and military all provide different services to support the issues and needs of military families facing deployment. Support for different family issues including families with special needs is also supported by the Family Support and Military Assistance Center.
The most important issue is for the Servicemember to have the command supplied with all of the information about their families. Information such as social security numbers, and copies of birth certificates, along with other information