|Story & photo by Tom Michele, Eagle Systems &
Spouses left home alone while their husband or wife is
mobilized to another part of the globe have a national source network of
information to assist their Family.
Maj. Richard Rastall, left
center, explains details about Fort McCoy’s Contingency
Operating Locations (COL) to Inter-Service Family Assistance
Committee participants as they toured a COL. The ISFAC group was
attending a quarterly meeting at Fort McCoy.
The Inter-Service Family Assistance Committee (ISFAC) provides
information to military Family members about a vast number of businesses
and organizations that can provide assistance to support and ease the
emotional, financial, and unexpected needs a Family may incur while they
are separated from their loved one.
“ISFAC is a voluntary community cooperative,” Kevin Herman, Wisconsin
ISFAC coordinator, said. He also is the installation
mobilization/demobilization program manager at the Fort McCoy Army
Community Service (ACS) office.
“ISFAC is a partnership to allow service providers to engage in
multi-service networking to assist with connecting servicemembers and
their Families to local community and military resources,” Herman said.
He said ISFAC is a product of Operations Iraqi Freedom (now called New
Dawn) and Enduring Freedom. ISFAC supports hundreds of thousands of
mobilized servicemembers and their Families who do not reside on a
military installation. Herman explained ISFAC is a resource for those
servicemembers and their Families, including all five branches of the
Department of Defense, “for them to reach out and connect with other
military Families and to ensure they receive the support and benefits
they are entitled to. It is so no Family’s needs are left unmet.”
Herman said organizations in the resource network include state and
federal service providers, such as county veterans service offices and
Military Family assistance centers, and non-profit organizations such as
the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
His own office at ACS is in the network, along with Military OneSource
and Army OneSource. Also included is a homeless veterans program at Fort
McCoy, which is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Veterans
Health care agencies, such as TRICARE, and legal issues, are among the
Other examples are the Camo Quilt Project in Plymouth, Wis., where
volunteers make small quilts for Soldiers (http://www.camoquiltproject.blogspot.com),
the Military Family Resource Center of Sheboygan County (http://www.frc-sc.org)
and military units that have Family Readiness Groups.
The Wisconsin committee meets once every three months at various
locations throughout the state, with Fort McCoy being the host every
“Military servicemembers and their Families are invited to attend ISFAC
meetings to get a better understanding of the services available to
support them and to take that knowledge back to others in their units,”
Herman may be contacted at the ACS office at 608-388-3540 or e-mail at