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January 28, 2011
Army minimizes stress suffered by
victims of domestic and child abuse
|ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Army Family Action Plan once
again has proved invaluable for Soldiers and Families.
Effective, Jan. 21, eligible enlisted Family members receive 36 months
of Transitional Compensation (TC), the same as officer Family members,
rather than the average of 22 months of payments they formerly received.
This change ensures payments are standardized for all approved
TC is a congressionally authorized program. Its benefits help ease the
transition from military to civilian life by providing temporary
payments and benefits for Families in which a Soldier has been
court-martialed or is being administratively separated from the Army
because of a dependent-abuse offense such as domestic or child abuse.
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 current change is a direct result of Army Family Action Plan (AFAP)
Issue No. 540, Duration of Transitional Compensation for Abused
Dependents, which surfaced in 2003.
After Army senior leaders reviewed numerous recommendations, queries and
cost analyses, a revision to the Army Regulation 608-1, Army Community
Service Center, became a reality.
The Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command (FMWRC) manages
the Army’s TC Program and began authorizing TC payments in August 1995.
The Army recognizes domestic and child abuse may be an unfortunate
symptom of stress on the force that needs to be positively addressed and
minimized. The Installation Management Community focuses on providing
standardized, effective Family readiness programs and services to ensure
Soldiers and Families can enjoy a quality of life commensurate with
their level of service and sacrifice to the nation.
“Quality programs can greatly improve the well being of Soldiers and
Families and reduce incidents of abuse,” said Chief Lt. Col. Nancy
Ruffin, FMWRC Army Family Advocacy Program Chief. “Our challenge is to
provide awareness and access to the available programs and services.”
“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 AFAP, administered by the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for
Installation Management, is a year-round program that begins at the
installation or unit level. It is the Army’s grassroots process to
identify and elevate the most significant quality-of-life issues
impacting Soldiers (all components), Retirees, DA Civilians, and
Families to senior leaders for action. The Department of the Army-level
AFAP conference takes place Jan. 31-Feb. 4 in Northern Virginia to
review more than 90 issues elevated from mid-level AFAP conferences. At
the end of the conference, the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army — along
with the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, Lt. Gen.
Rick Lynch — will be briefed on the 16 new issues prioritized by the
AFAP is the pre-eminent means for commanders at all levels to learn
about and seek solutions for the concerns of their communities. The
changes made through the AFAP process — unique in all military branches
— foster a satisfied, informed, and resilient Army community. To date,
nearly 700 AFAP issues have resulted in 123 legislative changes, 172
Army and Office of the Secretary of Defense policy changes, and 192
changes to programs and services.
Soldiers, Family members, retirees, survivors, wounded warriors and
Department of the Army civilians — of all components — have the ability
to search the database of active issues, review the status, and learn
what is needed for resolution.
“Searching for Active Issues is simple and easy,” Shaunya Murrill, FMWRC
Family Programs, said.
“Simply visit Army OneSource at
https://www.myarmyonesource.com, click on Family Programs and
Services, click on Family Programs, and then click on Army Family Action
Plan to access this new search application.
“Several filter options are available, allowing a search to be
customized. Additionally, if an end-user has a question regarding an
active issue, they can pose a question through e-mail and receive a
response within 72 hours,” Murrill said.
For more information about the Army’s Transitional Compensation program
in the Fort McCoy community, contact Fort McCoy Army Community Service