|Twelve volunteers, who were a good cross-representation
of the Total Army Family, worked on issues provided by the Fort McCoy
community during an Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) conference Oct.
Members of the Fort McCoy community discuss an issue at the AFAP
conference. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Volunteers were provided AFAP history, process and issue-development
training prior to the conference. Five issues were worked by the group.
One issue will be forwarded to Installation Management Command Northeast
Region for submission to the U.S. Army Forces Command mid-level AFAP
Conference. The issue is glucagon injection for diabetic youth in Child,
Youth, & School Services care.
Another issue involving access to Fort McCoy’s dining facilities will be
provided to installation leadership for input on possible resolutions.
Delegates chose not to work on two issues. The delegates thought the
issues have been addressed with other programs and services currently in
One was TRICARE not allowing beneficiaries local coverage for substance
abuse. Families have to travel many hours and spend thousands of
dollars, in most instances, to have their loved ones treated for
substance abuse in a residential treatment facility.
Not having a facility in each state puts a strain on the family
financially and emotionally. The delegates thought this has been
addressed by TRICARE, and the Prime Travel Benefit is in place for
The other issue not worked on was the procedures of funding and/or
reimbursement for Family Readiness Groups, which can be difficult to
With different fund sources and complexity of paperwork and submission
of paperwork, volunteers are declining to deal with the hassle involved
in claiming reimbursement for expenses or refusing to volunteer because
reimbursement takes too long or never comes at all. The delegates
decided there are services and programs already in place, and it is more
of a lack of knowledge and education at the command level.
The issue of Soldiers traveling up to 50 miles daily and families having
to absorb the extra costs and not gaining quality time with the Soldier
was discussed by the delegates. They thought this was a non-issue
because Soldiers reside where they choose and procedures are in place to
request an exception to Defining the Fort McCoy Local Commuting Area
Policy 09-09 dated May 1, 2009.
All conference issues are presented to leadership for review and comment
at quarterly commander’s AFAP update forums.
Participants in the Fort McCoy
Army Family Action Plan conference gather for a photo after
completing their work. (Photo
by Army Community Service)
Past AFAP issues and conference recommendations can be viewed at the
Army Community Service (ACS) Academy on the Fort McCoy FMWR Web site at
Some of the local results that have benefited Fort McCoy in past years
• A dangerous intersection by family housing has been
• The addition of a second health benefits adviser.
• Outdated installation directional signs have been
• Two guest housing facilities were made available for
use by family members of mobilized Soldiers on a space available basis.
• A skate park was constructed on South Post.
• Installation taxis now are marked as such.
• Fort McCoy weather warning systems are continually
• The quality of the drinking water is presented to all
training units so they know that it is safe.
• The cell phone policy has been posted on visitor
• Fishing maps are now easier to read.
The AFAP program already is accepting issue nominations for discussion
at the FY11 AFAP Conference to be held in the fall of 2010.
Issue forms can be found at the Web site
http://www.mccoymwr.com or by
calling the ACS AFAP program manager at 608-388-6507/3505.
(Story submitted by Army Community Service.)