HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Anticipating an upcoming deployment? Missing a loved one while they are currently deployed? The Hill Air Force Base Hearts Apart Program, within the Airman and Family Readiness Center, supports spouses and loved ones of deployed service members with activities, outings, monthly newsletters and other resources.
Resiliency is crucial for the health and stability of a military family.
“The military wants to recognize and support our families. This program was designed to do just that during some of the toughest times in a military family’s household,” said Senior Master Sgt. Carrie Morgan, A&FRC Readiness Noncomissioned Officer in Charge. “These events are designed to help families mingle, socialize and stay connected. In addition to having a great time, families will also have the opportunity to speak to someone directly about any issues or concerns they may be facing. The A&FRC is here to support and provide for families during a deployment or remote tour, and the Hearts Apart Program offers us an avenue to do just that.”
On June 2, the Hearts Apart Program offered families a free Boondocks pass. The pass included a $5 game card, unlimited bowling, laser tag, miniature golf, go-carts, batting cages and more. Other events offered throughout the year include cosmic bowling, skating, a fun center outing, a care package event, holiday parties and the couples’ reintegration dinner.
“During these events, our staff takes time to socialize with the families. Through conversations, we have been able to intervene and offer resources that have made some families more at ease. Having the opportunity to speak to the families one-on-one is a huge benefit of the Hearts Apart Program and the events provide us the forum to do so,” said Morgan.
“Whether going through a current deployment or not, the A&FRC is available to support all military dependents. I enjoy leading the Hearts Apart Program because of the interaction I have with these members. It’s quite rewarding being able to provide information that can assist.”
Hoping to get involved? During predeployment briefings, service members provide the A&FRC with contact information for their immediate family. Monthly “Hearts Apart” Newsletters are emailed out to provide information about upcoming events, resources and news.
If you aren’t receiving the emails, or would like additional information about base happenings and resources, a deployed spouses Facebook page is maintained with Hill AFB happenings and monthly copies of the newsletter. This page can be found at www.facebook.com/HillAirForceBaseDeployedSpouses.
Most of the events specialize in families with a currently deployed or remote tour loved one, but the upcoming Couples Reintegration Dinner, on July 18, is available for significant others returning from a deployment or remote tour recently or in the last six months. This free dinner focuses on relationships and quality time after long periods of separation. Registration is required by July 13; call 801-777-4681 to RSVP.
For more information about the Hearts Apart Program and what it has to offer, contact the A&FRC at 801-777-4681.