The A&FRC and the Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) have teamed up to provide those active duty Air Force families with ill or disabled family members who are in financial need with a respite care grant. This program is intended to provide a break for a few hours a week or month for those families who provide 24 hour care for a special needs family member. This program is not an ongoing benefit, rather assistance until a family can manage financially without the grant. Contact the A&FRC for more information regarding the program and the referral process.
The A&FRC has an abundance of free reading materials available for checkout. Books cover topics such as IEPs, the Autism Spectrum, health-related issues, ADD/ADHD, parenting survival guides, and a large assortment of other medical, educational, and behavioral materials.
Whether you are new to the island, have been here for years, or are about to PCS to your new duty station, your EFMP coordinator can help link you to services you and your special needs member may need, or not even know about! The EFMP coordinator can also give referrals for respite care through the Air Force Aid Society.
Identification & Enrollment Assistance
If you believe you or a family member should be enrolled, or if you’re unsure about your enrollment status, the EFMP coordinator can help. Form 2792 and 2792-1 are available from the A&FRC, and assistance in completing them is available. The EFMP Coordinator and the base medical Special Needs Identification and Assignment Coordinator work very closely to ensure you and your family will have access to the services your family needs at your current and future duty locations.
Workshops and Events
Exceptional Family Member Programs strive to be all-inclusive, or “purple.” Whether it’s a program on Kadena, Torii, Foster, or any of the other installations on island, we aim to include everyone and share our knowledge with special needs families.
Enrollment in EFMP is mandatory and we want everyone to know this is to ensure all necessary members are enrolled. The EFMP aims to help active duty members to complete their mission while having the comfort of knowing their special needs family members will be taken care of no matter where they go. We strive to have educated commands, sponsors, and key spouses to spread the word about the program and available resources for our families.
For assistance with any of the above information, or if you have any other questions, please feel free to contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center’s EFMP Coordinator at 634-3366. It would be our pleasure to help you and your special needs family members while you live on Kadena Air Base and future duty locations.
One of the greatest challenges facing most individuals is managing finances and planning for the future. The Personal Financial Management Program offers the opportunity to learn the basics of sound financial management via classroom instruction or during individual consultations. From learning to balance a checkbook to planning for your retirement, let the experts at the Airman & Family Readiness Center help you discover how to take control of your financial future.
Budgeting and goal setting are critical to your financial success. Learn to take control of your finances from the basics of budgeting through beginning investment strategies. We can help you with:
• Basic Banking and debit cards
• Budgeting and goal setting
• Investing for Beginners and Thrift Savings Plan
• Understanding your credit
Here is a tool to help you develop a simple budget and work towards meeting your financial goals:
Click here for a simple budget worksheet!
First-Time Home Buying Workshop
This workshop teaches you how to use a realtor, determine which financing programs are best for you, decide which loan package to select, discover how to best qualify for a loan, assess a home’s value, and learn the benefits of home ownership. This class is essential for all first-time home purchasers or individuals seeking to expand their knowledge of the home buying process.
Click here for great information from Housing and Urban Development on Home Buying
If you would like individualized assistance, our staff of experts is available to assist you on an appointment basis. Individual appointments are recommended if you are facing particularly difficult financial problems. Our staff can assist with establishing a basic budget, managing debit cards/checkbooks, repairing credit, buying a car, buying a home, Thrift Savings Plans, and other basic investing information. For an appointment, call 634-3366.
Helpful Financial Management Links
Annual Credit Reports
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Air Force Aid Society
Servicemembers Civil Relief Act
Personal, Family, & Work Life
HeartLink Spouse Orientation
Are you an Air Force spouse that wants to expand your military knowledge? This spouse orientation offers valuable tools to help you successfully adapt to the military lifestyle. We provide a catered breakfast and lunch, guest speakers, games, and assistance with childcare. Bring a friend with you for this day of fun! Registration required.
Good communication is the key to a successful relationship. Learn communication skills and conflict resolution techniques that really work! Couples will be introduced to the “Five Love Languages” and the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP) approach to building a lasting and loving relationship. Registration required.
Programs and Events for Deployed Spouses
Deployed Spouses’ Dinner
This free dinner is held two times a year (June and December). The dinner is open to all spouses and children of a deployed or TDY service member from any service. Child care is available onsite. This is a great opportunity to network and meet other spouses of a deployed service member.
Give Parents a Break
This program is designed to give relief through free childcare while the military member is deployed or TDY for more than 30 days. This program is offered on the second Saturday each month at the Child Development Centers for children 6 weeks to 5 years old and the Himawari School Age Program for children 5 years (in kindergarten) to 12 years old. Vouchers are distributed at the Airman and Family Readiness Center. Please bring a copy of your spouse’s deployment orders. Vouchers must be submitted to the CDC/SAP by noon on the Wednesday prior to the designated Saturday.
Deployed Family Activities
Join us each month for an fun filled deployed family activity. We will offer various activities dealing with the four pillars of wellness to help support spouses through the different stages of deployments. All deployed family activities are open to all spouses and children of a deployed or TDY service member from any branch of service. This is a great opportunity to network and meet other spouses.
This program is designed to boost the morale of the entire family using a visual reminder of loved ones during separation. The Airman and Family Readiness Center will provide personalize pillowcases or T-shirts with photo transfers of both military and family members.
Car Care Because We Care
This is a preventive maintenance program offered in conjunction with the Kadena Auto Hobby Shop. This program is designed to allow spouses of personnel deployed or TDY for over 30 days to take their car in for a free oil change, have all fluids topped off, and have a safety and road inspection completed. Services are free and if any problems are detected, a written report will be given to the spouse. Stop by the Airman and Family Readiness Center with a copy of your spouse’s orders to receive the voucher.
The Airman and Family Readiness Center has worldwide DSN access. We can place a morale call during normal duty hours of 8 am – 5 pm or after duty hours when arrangements have been made. Calls are placed in a private room and kids are welcome. Calls are limited to 15 minutes in duration but you can call as often as needed during the deployment. You are also authorized two 15 minute calls per week from your home. To access the Morale Call operator just dial 632-HOME (4663), tell the operator that you would like to make a morale call.
Free Auto Towing
Free island-wide towing from the Kadena Auto Hobby Shop for all deployed spouses! Spouses need to provide a copy of the active duty member’s orders. Towing is good only between the start and end dates on orders. Service applies to towing of the vehicle to on/off base residences, AAFES Auto Repair, Auto Hobby Shop, or off base auto repair facilities. Towing to an off base auto repair facility may require a wait until the next duty day. Call the Kadena Auto Hobby Shop at 966-7355 to schedule an appointment.
Programs for Re-deploying/Returning Service Members
Returning Home Care Program
Air Force members returning from overseas deployments of 30 days or longer (not to include going to the states to attend school) are entitled to 16 hours of free child care under the Extended Duty Child Care Program. This program is available to active duty members and is designed to help returnees settle back into their home stations. The care must be used within 30 days of returning home from deployment. Service will be provided on a space-available basis. If care is not available when requested, the Family Child Care office will work to have it reserved for a later date. Contact the Family Child Care Program at 634-0514 to schedule an appointment regarding registration and child care providers.
Key Spouse Program
The Key Spouse Program is a formal unit program that offers informal peer-to-peer wingman support to families. Imperatives for revised emphasis on this program is clear: impact of the long war’s TEMPO, force reduction, and the Community Action Information Board feedback shows signs of spouse stress with increases in domestic situations and suicidal gestures and attempts. The Key Spouse Reference Guide below recognizes that everyone on the unit’s team-Commander, Key Spouse mentor, First Sergeant, Key Spouse, and Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) impacts the unit’s culture and contributes to its ability to accomplish the mission at home and abroad. This guide will help you define your role as a Key Spouse and provide information and referral resources that may be tailored to include local information.
Okinawa Area Emergency Evacuation Plan (OAEEP) Program
This program ensures SOFA personnel are prepared for emergency evacuation.
All members separating with more than 180 days of continuous active duty service must receive counseling on DD Form 2648. The counseling must be provided no later than 90 days prior to separation/retirement. Pre-separation counseling consists of providing information, assessment, and referral to separating and retiring members. Topics include, but are not limited to, employment assistance, relocation assistance, education and training, health and life insurance, finances, and veterans’ benefits. Contact the A&FRC to make an appointment or to attend the group session.
Transition Assistance Workshop
The seminar covers career exploration, job search skills, stress management, resume writing, interview skills, appropriate business attire, educational resources, and more to help prepare for life after the military!
VA Benefits Briefing
A Veterans Affairs representative is available for individual appointments every Thursday and Friday at the A&FRC. A group briefing is also available the fourth Friday of the month. Call for an appointment or to reserve the group briefing.
Résumé and Application Review
Transitioning military members and their spouses may bring in résumés and federal applications to be reviewed by a trained consultant. When customers bring in their applications or résumés, an individual appointment is scheduled to discuss the document in depth, which gives the consultants an opportunity to thoroughly review the document and research additional resources that might enhance it.