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Family Programs

Family Programs

The Wyoming State Family Program Office offers local training that can assist with everything from legal questions to life organizational skills to helping units set up a Family Readiness Group.

Family readiness can be defined as the level of preparedness families and their service members have to function effectively in the military. Our Family Readiness branch, through proactive education and support programs, promote self-reliance and enhance individual and family wellbeing.

In order to help facilitate family readiness the National Guard promotes proactive education by providing continuous training, resources and support to families and their service members throughout their military career to help families adjust and thrive in the military.

Family Assistance Centers

The Wyoming National Guard has five regional Family Assistance Centers around Wyoming. FACs are critical links for families, service members, veterans, and the community. FACs provide a primary entry point for assistance for ALL service members, regardless of branch of service. Among the information and referral services offered are: crisis intervention, legal, financial resources, TRICARE, DEERS, and community outreach.

Northwest Specialist

Big Horn, Hot Springs, Park, Washakie

Trudy Zaffarano-Anderson
307-286-9992

Southwest Specialist

Lincoln, Sublette, Sweetwater, Teton, Uinta

Bill Hoopes
307-286-9993

Southeast Specialist

Albany, Carbon, Goshen, Laramie, Platte

Erin Waszkiewicz
307-286-9991

Central Specialist

Converse, Fremont, Natrona, Niobrara

Tami Riggs
307-630-6966

Northeast Specialist

Campbell, Crook, Johnson, Sheridan, Weston

Cindy Lutonsky
307-630-7647

Family Readiness Support Assistants (FRSAs)

The Family Readiness Support Assistants are an integral part of the Family Readiness Program. FRSAs provide a direct link between soldiers, families, the Family Readiness Group (FRG), and community resources. The FRSA plays a key role in assisting the efforts of Commanders and FRG volunteer leasers in the their support of Soldiers and their families. Operationally, the FRSA provides administrative and logistical support to commanders, rear detachment commanders and volunteer FRG leaders.

Taking the administrative burden off volunteers allows FRG leaders to concentrate on performing outreach to soldiers and their families in the command, thus preserving stability on the home front, especially during periods of deployment. The FRSA is a liaison to the command, ensuring that timely and accurate information is being received by all families and that any issues that may come up are handled at the lowest level.

FRSAs serve as the commander’s soldier and family readiness, reunion, reintegration, and resilience experts in all aspects relating to guard families so they are supported and prepared to thrive through all phases of the deployment cycle and activations.

If you are interested in Volunteering for a Family Readiness Group, please call 307-772-5197.

Child & Youth Programs

The Wyoming National Guard Child and Youth Program provides resources, training, and leadership opportunities to establish the social, emotional and academic needs of youth who are impacted by a family member’s service.

Did you know there are over 5,000 military children living in Wyoming? Out of these children, about half are children of Wyoming National Guard service members. Most of these children and families do not live near an installation, and live in all 23 counties.

Military children endure a great deal of change as a result of a parent’s military career. Our program provides many areas of support, programming, and community training to best enhance the resiliency and strengths that these children possess. Care of military children sustains our fighting force, and strengthens the health, security, and safety of our nation’s families and communities. Overall our goal is to help youth and families be resilient and ready for anything!

Airman and Family Readiness Centers

The Wyoming Air National Guard Family Program is dynamic by nature and strives to meet the goals for each squadron assigned within the organization. Scalability, flexibility and quality service delivery are internal goals for this program. Emphasis from respective Commanders reflect program application. Some of the Core Competencies surrounding the ANG Family Program are:

  • Readiness: personal, professional and family to include financial, transition (TAP), work life programs, employment and education resources
  • Deployment cycle support
  • Information / referral and resources
  • Volunteer communication/direction and guidance
  • Community outreach
  • Wounded warrior support

Survivor Outreach Services

Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) is here to provide long-term support for Survivors of Fallen Soldiers. It doesn’t matter as to how, where or when the Soldier passed away, the help is available. SOS can help with acquiring any information that a Survivor may need or want access to. The Coordinator can also work with Survivors of Retirees or other services. The purpose of the program is to ensure the Survivor remains a part of the US Army and has a central point-of-contact for as long they desire.

Transition Assistance Advisor

The TAA Skyline Team primarily support uniformed service members and their families by ensuring they understand the services available through the Veteran Affairs and the military health system. Additionally, TAAs coordinate resources for these members and their families with the myriad of service programs provided by the VA, DoD including TRICARE, Veterans Service Organizations and other supporting agencies.

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP) is a Department of Defense (DoD) effort helping National Guard and Reserve service members and their families connect with local resources before, during, and after deployments. Service members and their families attend Yellow Ribbon events, where they access information on health care, education and training opportunities, financial services, and legal benefits. The DoD works in conjunction with federal partners, including the Small Business Administration and Departments of Labor and Veterans Affairs, to provide up-to-date and relevant information to National Guard and Reserve service members and their families.

YRRP is intended to assist you at any stage: pre-deployment, deployment, demobilization, reintegration, and beyond. Events are designed to address the unique needs and challenges of National Guard and Reserve members and their families during the deployment cycle. It connects the geographically dispersed population of the Guard and Reserve with local services and resources providing support where it’s needed most; closest to home.