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  April 22, 2011

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Family programs support Fort McCoy community

Story & photo by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff

Support to children and Families is always an important focus at Fort McCoy, said Terrence Rogalla. Rogalla is the new program manager for the Army Community Service (ACS) Family Advocacy and Exceptional Family Member Programs (EFMP).

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and information displays will be featured at McCoy’s, building 1571, the Community Activity Center, building 2000, and the Exchange, building 1538. Information handouts also will be available at these locations, as well as from ACS, building 2111.

PHOTO: Employees from Miracle Playground Equipment Company of Hastings, Minn., finish the landscaping of a boundless playground equipment are at Pine View Campground. Photo by Rob Schuette
Employees from Team REIL of Union, Ill., sub contractor for Miracle Playground Equipment Company of Hastings, Minn., finish the landscaping of a boundless playground equipment area at Pine View Campground. The area will have a grand-opening ceremony in June.

“The goal of child abuse prevention is simple,” Rogalla said. “It is to stop abuse and neglect from happening and to create strong and caring Families.”

For more information about child-abuse prevention, visit the website www.childwelfare.gov.

The EFMP offers information and support for eligible military Families who have a member with exceptional needs. Rogalla said a respite care program, for example, provides a temporary rest period for Family members responsible for the routine care of their Family members with special needs.

Another offering of the EFMP will be the opening of a boundless playground at Pine View Campground in early June. The equipment, which was paid for with EFMP funding, will support field trips by members of the Child Development Center, as well as use by the public, he said.

“We’re also looking to provide educational classes to support the community,” Rogalla said. “Our programs exist to help the Army take care of Families of Soldiers. Families are an important component of Army life.”

Members of the entire Fort McCoy community, including Soldiers, retirees, Department of Defense (DoD) civilian employees, DoD contracted employees and their Family members can attend ACS classes and events, he said.

Love and Logic is one of the classes Rogalla said will be held to support Families. He also is planning to offer training for people who are married or are in committed relationships to strengthen and enhance those relationships. Dates are being determined.

“I’m thrilled to be with two of the many programs we have here at ACS to support all aspects of the military community,” Rogalla said. “Everyone is welcome to stop in and see everything that we have to offer.” Other ACS programs include Army Family Action Plan, Deployment Readiness, Information and Referral, Financial Readiness, Survivor Outreach Services, Relocation Readiness, Army Family Team Building, Spouse Employment Readiness, Family Focus, Army Emergency Relief, Military Family Life Consultants and the Army Volunteer Corps.

For more information about ACS programs, call 608-388-3505 or visit the website www.mccoymwr.com and click on Soldier and Family Readiness and Army Community Service.

For more information about Family Advocacy or EFMP, call Rogalla at 608-388-2412.

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