If you know nothing else on Fort Bragg, you should know about the Army Community Service programs. Here at the Paraglide, we have written many articles about their different programs, what they offer and the help they can give to those who need it. But it’s good to know about ACS in one comprehensive place, so this week’s acronyms will cover ACS and some of its programs (because there are a LOT).
ACS is located on the third floor of the Soldier Support Center on Normandy Drive, across the street from Albritton Middle School. They also have a satellite location with the Cumberland County Department of Social Services at 1225 Ramsey St, in Fayetteville.
ACS isn’t just for Soldiers, it is for Families as well, and a lot of their programs and classes offered are geared towards the military Family as a working unit. ACS is part of the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation services.
FAP and VAP
The Family Advocacy Program provided by ACS “helps Soldiers and their Families recognize and prepare for the unique challenges of military lifestyles,” according to their website.
FAP services include multiple classes and seminars, workshops and counseling to help military Families strengthen their relationships. FAP is also important to the prevention of domestic and child abuse. They offer a 24/7 victim advocate abuse hotline at 322-3418.
The Victim Advocacy Program helps to provide services and follow-up support to victims of domestic violence. VAP has trained professionals able to assist in crisis situations. They are committed to making sure the victim understands their rights when reporting domestic abuse, and can help victims make a safety plan.
SOS
Survivor Outreach Services is there to help Families who have lost Soldiers. SOS provides support groups, newsletters and social activities for Families.
Their spouse support group is held the first Thursday of every month from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The parent support group is held the second Thursday of the month from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
A Still Serving While Grieving support group for active-duty Soldiers who are grieving the loss of a loved one (battle buddy, friend, spouse etc.) is held every third Thursday of the month from 11:45 to 12:45 p.m. Lunch is served for those who RSVP.
A suicide and illness support group meets every fourth Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m.
SOS is also responsible for the Hedrick Stadium boot memorial that is displayed every year at the beginning of All American Week. Each boot represents a fallen Soldier.
For more information about SOS, call 396-0384.
AFAP
The Army Family Action Plan is a way for Soldiers and Family members to voice concerns over quality-of-life issues, ideas and suggestions. Army OneSource helps to facilitate these concerns online, or you can reach out to ACS. AFAP has helped with TRICARE for Life for eligible retirees, funding for Better Opportunites for Single Soldiers and minimum standards for Army child care. An annual conference is held to discuss issues. For more information, visit
www.bragg.armymwr.com/programs/afap.
ERP
The Employment Readiness Program is around to offer resources to those looking for employment. The program helps to keep resumes up to date, offers information on hiring fairs in the area and can offer career counseling. They can also help with questions regarding licensure and certifications in the medical, teaching and cosmetology fields.
The ERP also has a limited supply of interview attire to help “dress for success.” For more information about the ERP and to enroll in classes, please contact them at 396-2390.
ACS is a large community of professionals that are able to help Soldiers and their Families have better lives. For a more comprehensive list of their services and classes, please download their smart phone app from the Apple app store for iPhones or from Google Play for Android users.