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Missouri National Guard Restructures Family Assistance Program

The Missouri National Guard will restructure its family assistance program by allowing more access for the families of those serving. KSMU's Christy Hendricks reports.

The Missouri National Guard will restructure its family assistance program in January.

The program serves the families of those serving in the Missouri National Guard.

Captain Tammy Spicer is the public affairs officer for the Missouri National Guard.

She says the restructuring will establish Family Assistance Centers in all 62 armories across the state.

Six armories in Missouri, including one in Springfield, currently have the Family Assistance Centers that are staffed by temporary civilian contract employees.

Tammy Spicer says the centers were established in 2003 when the Guard began mobilizing large numbers of personnel for the Global War on Terrorism.

She says the centers help families when a member is deployed and that the Family Assistance Centers help answer a wide range of questions as well as listen to concerns from the families of those in the National Guard.

Spicer says full-time personnel will take on the responsibility of supporting family members at the end of January when the civilian contractor positions end.

Over 10,000 soldiers currently serve in the Missouri National Guard and nearly 1600 are currently mobilized for the Global War on Terrorism.