|The Fort McCoy Religious Support Office (RSO) is
equipped to help Soldiers and their Families with emotional, spiritual,
and financial assistance.
Sgt. 1st Class Jennifer Fey
(left) and Fort McCoy Garrison Chaplain (Col.) Ken Lawson
discuss the Operation Helping Hand program at the Chapel Center.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
The RSO maintains an Operation Helping Hand fund to assist Soldiers
and Family members in financial need. Those needing assistance are
required to fill out a simple, one-page questionnaire so the RSO can
maintain fiscal accountability.
The applicant then meets with a chaplain in a personal counseling
session. If the financial need is considered legitimate, the RSO
Funds Manager, Sgt. 1st Class Jennifer Fey, will ensure the needed
funds are designated to the appropriate agency.
When meeting with the chaplain, it often is discovered that the real
needs are not financial, but may be social, spiritual, emotional, or
something else. The financial need can be a symptom of something
deeper. This situation is addressed by the chaplain.
Operation Helping Hand is funded by donations from groups,
individuals and a percentage of the RSO’s weekly chapel offerings.
Anyone can donate. The fund recently received $500 from two groups
at Fort McCoy. These funds are used 100 percent to benefit the Fort
For more information about Operation Helping Hand or other RSO
programs, call 608-388-3528 or stop by the chaplain’s office during
normal working hours at 2675 South F Street, Fort McCoy.