Help for Our Troops

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The U.S. Department of Defense has suspended programs like "Operation Dear Abby," where the general public could send care packages overseas to soldiers. But there are still ways you can help our military.

Fort Carson's Family Readiness Center was created to help people transition into military life. One of the main services it provides is financial support for soldiers and their families in times of need. "To prevent privation is basically what we're here to prevent. We don't want the soldier's family to be without shelter, without food, without energy to supply power to their house," says Captain.Jesse McBride, an Army Emergency Relief Loan Officer.

But financial assistance and financial planning aren't the only programs available at the Family Readiness Center. "Right now, we are focusing very much on the readiness of our families and how well the families are prepared for the eventual deployment of their soldiers and surviving basically alone with the army support and the community support also during the war," says Judy Woolley, the director of Army Community Services.

Relief societies for the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps have been very busy since January---helping soldier's families with their problems and questions. About 130 volunteers help in the Family Readiness Center, but they're always looking for more.

"We have many opportunities, and as we get more involved in the war, we anticipate that there may be a need for more volunteer opportunities," says McBride.

You can help any of the relief societies for any of the U.S. military branches by either volunteering or by donating.

For more information: Army Emergency Relief web site