Fort McCoy News November 08, 2013

MFLCs offer support to overcome holiday, life stress

Military personnel and their Family members in the Fort McCoy community feeling stress about the upcoming holidays or other life situations can find support from the Military & Family Life Counselors (MFLC) program at Fort McCoy Army Community Service (ACS).

The MFLC program provides short-term, non-medical counseling services to service members and their Families in all branches of the military, including the Individual Ready Reserve, at no cost.

MFLCs also can provide counseling services to military veterans who currently are Department of Defense civilian or contracted employees, veterans who have current or former Family members in the military, or veterans during their initial 180 days of discharge from the military.

MFLC personnel are well-versed in military issues and can help military Families understand the impact of deployments, Family reunions following deployments and other stresses related to military service.

A number of presentations are available to support military Families. A presentation entitled "Stress During the Holidays: Maintaining Balance" will be held Tuesday, Dec. 3 from noon to 12:30 p.m. at the ACS Center, 2111 S. 8th Ave. This presentation is open to all members of the Fort McCoy community.

Also the presentation entitled "Coping with Holiday Grief Before, During and After the Holidays," is available by request.

Military personnel have unique challenges, such as deployment-related stressors, transitioning from combat to home station, being far away from home during the holidays, and child-raising issues, which may include frequently changing schools or leaving behind friends when moving to the next duty station.

The MFLCs also can provide life skills assistance/training for anger management, communication, relationship issues, conflict resolution, parenting and decision-making skills.

All MFLC services are provided on an anonymous basis, with no note-taking occurring during the sessions. With the exception of child abuse, domestic abuse and duty to warn situations, all services rendered will remain private and confidential.

Services can be provided to individuals, couples, Families and groups in a variety of settings both on and off post. MFLCs augment existing military support services.

For more information about MFLCs in the Fort McCoy community, call 608-469-1432 or 608-388-3505.