Fort Hood, Texas
...The Great Place
Changing Focus: Families First
A little statement, intended to be humorous, that has been used to give the Army's position on families states, if the Army wanted you to have a wife, they would have issued you one.
It wasn't until more recently that the Army family began to receive more acknowledgement and support.
Today there are programs for wives, husbands and children. There is help with education, employment and recreation.
When soldiers deploy, there are briefings to inform the family on being prepared and there are support groups for while they are away.
The feeling that the family is a component to the soldier as a "whole" is a sentiment readily shared through out the Army.
Fun for the Fort Hood Family
Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area on Belton Lake provides extensive recreational activities for Fort Hood families. Belton Lake was created to provide needed water for the soldiers of Hood. Today the recreation area offers everything from swimming, fishing, boating to hiking and mountain biking.
Hood Howdy started as a grand event designed to bring Fort Hood families and business and services from the local area together. It takes place twice a year and provides helpful information in an entertaining surrounding.
Programs for the Fort Hood family
Morale, Welfare and Recreation falls under Directorate of community Activities, whose mission is to develop and provide the greater Fort Hood Community first-rate, affordable, quality of life programs and services that directly support soldiers readiness and families.
Army Community Services is an MWR program which assists commanders in maintaining the readiness of individuals, families, and communities within America's Army by developing, coordinating, and delivering services which promote self-reliance, resiliency, and stability during war and peace.
A variety of programs fall under these programs. There are many to fit just about any Fort Hood family's needs. A few are:
The Family Advocacy Program assists with the prevention of child and spouse abuse.
The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Program educates soldiers and families on the consequences of drug and alcohol abuse.
The Exceptional Family Members Program provides services to enhance the quality of life for special needs individuals and their families.
The Relocation Assistance Program helps prepare soldiers for moves to and away from Fort Hood.
The Family Members Employment Assistance Program provides educational programming and information that can assist participants in finding employment opportunities in the community.
Family Readiness groups provide information and services to ensure soldiers and their families are prepared for a deployment.
A wide variety of youth services including child care centers, sports programs and recreational activities.