Fort Polk Guardian 02-15-2019

Viewpoint 2/ The Guardian , a civilian enter- prise newspaper, is an authorized publication for members of the U.S. Army. Contents of the Guardian are not necessarily official views of, or en- dorsed by, the U.S. Government, De- partment of Defense, Department of the Army or Fort Polk. The Guardian is published weekly by the Public Affairs Office, Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk. Printed circulation is 13,000. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage with- out regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other nonmerit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. A confirmed violation of this policy of equal opportunity by an ad- vertiser will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. All editorial content of the Guardian is prepared, edited, pro- vided and approved by the Public Af- fairs Office, Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk. The Guardian is printed by the Natchitoches Times , a private firm in no way connected with the Depart- ment of the Army, under exclusive written contract with Fort Polk. The civilian printer is responsible for com- mercial advertising. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts and supplements, does not constitute en- dorsement by the Department of the Army or the Natchitoches Times of the products or services advertised. Guardian Editorial Staff Brig. Gen. Patrick D. Frank Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk commanding general Col. Jarrett Thomas II Garrison commander Kim Reischling Public affairs officer Chuck Cannon Editor Jean Dubiel Angie Thorne Staff writers Editorial Offices Building 4919, Magnolia Street Fort Polk, LA 71459-5060 Voice (337) 531-4033 Fax (337) 531-1401 Email: Trading post ads: Fort Polk Homepage Advertising For advertising contact (337) 404-7242 Email: In our view Guardian staff asked Fort Polk residents, “What is the first thing you notice when you meet someone for the first time?” Here are their responses: Guardian Feb. 15, 2019 Pvt. Eric Montalvo: "I notice their attitude and the way they talk to me. If they are posi- tive, that's someone I want to know." Pfc. Codie Owens: "I notice their per- sonality first. I'll pick up on whether they are happy, funny, sad or angry. I'm not going to want to be around someone who is always an- gry." Spc. Moses Robin- son: "I think I notice the expresion on their face.That can tell you a lot about someone." Spc. Kiara Feli- ciano: "Usually, I'll notice their smile. I look for people who smile big and of- ten." WASHINGTON — The Military and Family Life Counseling Program is a Department of Defense-funded program that provides confidential, short-term, non-medical counseling services for up to 12 sessions per person, for each issue they may face. This DoD support is aimed at pre- venting the development or exacer- bation of mental health conditions that may detract from military and family readiness. Military and family life counselors and child and youth behavioral counselors provide confi- dential, non-medical counseling services face-to-face, and on and off military installations worldwide. Active-duty service members, Na- tional Guard and Reserve members (regardless of activation status) and their immediate family members are eligible for services. Veterans and their immediate families are eligible up to 180 days post-separation from the military. Surviving non-remar- ried spouses and their children are eligible for services as well. What are the current and past ef- forts of the Army? Leaders and service providers can make an online request via the Busi- ness Operations Support System, www.supportrequest.militaryone - , for non-medical coun- selors to support events and enhance Soldier and Family readiness. These military and family life counselors or Military OneSource state consultants can provide servic- es for non-medical counseling, brief- ings and presenta- tions. The Mil- itary and Family Life Counseling Program augments exist- ing military support services by pro- viding non-medical counseling serv- ices. • The primary reason Soldiers and Army Families reach out to non- medical counselors is for marital/re- lationship counseling. • Other common reasons include stress, deployment-related and com- munication issues and parent-child relational problems. What are the continued efforts planned by the Army? The Military and Family Life Counseling Program is working with Army leadership to provide out- reach from a commander's perspec- tive on the availability of confiden- tial help to reduce stigma and in- crease readiness. MFLC can be em- bedded in military units and readily available to offer on-the-spot coun- seling services. Army commanders have reported that embedded MFLCs are highly effective with re- ducing stigma associated with seek- ing help. Military and Family Life coun- selors are available to support emerging needs in the aftermath of a disaster. The flexibili- ty of the pro- gram allows the Army to deploy and redeploy counselors where and when they are needed. For example, MFLCs supported Soldiers and Army Families following the after- math of hurricanes Maria, Florence and Michael and following the tragedy of the Las Vegas shooting. Why is this important to the Army? Military and Family Life counsel- ing effectively reduces problem in- terference with both work and daily routines. The confidential nature of the program encourages Soldiers and Family members to seek help for military life and everyday issues that can influence force readiness, family stability, health and wellness, reten- tion, and satisfaction. For more information visit 9-02-13 . MFLC program offers Soldiers, Family members help Message OFFICE OF MILITARY COMMU- NITY AND FAMILY POLICY For advertising contact Theresa Larue ( ) Email: sales