|By Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, Commanding General,
Installation Management Command
I often say you can read about
history or make history. This year, the voices of Soldiers, Civilians
and Families that have contributed to the Army Family Action Plan (AFAP)
process were heard, and history was made at the recent AFAP General
Officer Steering Committee held in February.
Senior Army leaders and program representatives from across the Army
resolved 17 of 40 quality-of-life issues, making great strides in
support of our Wounded Warriors and Families. These issues, originally
identified by AFAP representatives at the unit or installation level,
will make life better for Soldiers, their Families and Civilians for
years to come.
Qualified Wounded Warrior job applicants now receive greater visibility
in the Federal Government hiring process. Major accomplishments include
the integration of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veteran
Resume Inventory (VetSuccess.gov) into the Army recruitment process and
the designation of human resource specialists as veteran employment
coordinators. To learn more about this issue, visit the Army OneSource
search for issue number 617.
Through issue number 610 we have expanded treatment for Traumatic Brain
Injury (TBI) patients.
TBI screening, identification, treatment, and rehabilitation services
now are in place at each Army Medical Treatment Facility. To date, TBI
programs at 40 facilities have achieved full validation, 10 have
achieved initial validation and the remaining programs will receive full
validation by this month.
Wounded Warriors will benefit from the availability of standardized
respite care for their caregivers through TRICARE and VA (issue number
630) and through the establishment of the Army Wounded Warrior Support
Network (AWWSN) (issue number 632). The AWWSN is a support program that
connects severely wounded, injured and ill Soldiers and their Families
to a network of resources in the local community.
Three initiatives were completed in the Family Support category.
These initiatives provide for more affordable child care to those who
need it the most (issue number 566), TRICARE coverage for children up to
age 26 (issue number 632), and a policy revision that requires Initial
Military Training Soldiers with exceptional Family members (EFM) to
receive new assignment instructions if the Outside Continental United
States travel approval authority has not notified the Soldier of the
availability of EFM services 30 days prior to the Soldier’s graduation
(issue number 639).
Ten of the 17 issues resolved were designated as unattainable due to
resource or legislative constraints.
Although the AFAP recommendations were unattainable, progress was made
on many of the issues. An example of this is the increase in
administrative and Permanent Change of Station (PCS) weight allowances
for grades E1 to E4 and E7 to E9, establishment of a hardship-based
increase to PCS weight allowance, and 500 pounds of spouse professional
To learn more, visit our website and search for issue 457.
The Army will continue to work the issues, but the Army Family Action
Plan is your program. I encourage you to learn more about the AFAP
process by visiting the Army OneSource website at
From here you can follow the progress on issues that currently are being
worked by selecting “Active Issue Search” at the bottom of the page and
then search by issue number or by keyword.
The website also allows you to submit a new issue directly to your
garrison or command’s AFAP process and provides AFAP brochures, articles
and videos to download. You also can download the “HQDA AFAP Issue
Search” application for free on your iPad®, iPhone® and iPod Touch®.
My next article in this series will review the 16 new quality-of-life
issues AFAP delegates identified as being the most critical and our need
as an Army community to identify inefficient, redundant, or obsolete
Family programs so we can redirect those resources to where we truly