COLUMBIA, SC, UNITED STATES
Story by Capt. Jessica Donnelly
This is the role of the South Carolina National Guard Service Member and Family Care (SMFC) directorate.
“We are here to help support our military Families,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Marion Bulwinkle, SMFC director.
The mission of SMFC is to provide resources and assistance to South Carolina National Guard Soldiers, Airmen, and their Families. These resources range from employment and financial help, youth activities, and even disaster relief support.
“This hurricane is a stressful event, no matter what role you play at home or within our organization,” said Grace Parsons, South Carolina National Guard State Family Programs director.
Due to the stresses that come with having a service member away from home, the South Carolina National Guard SMFC directorate is working to contact the Families of those mobilized Soldiers and Airmen, as well as those whose home of record is currently in the potential impact zone of the hurricane to ensure they have the support they need. There is also a Family Assistance hotline that is a toll-free number for South Carolina National Guard Families in need of assistance with hurricane preparedness, and those impacted by disaster, 1-800-317-5553. The number is operational 24-hours a day throughout South Carolina National Guard disaster response efforts and managed by trained Family Assistance specialists.