The Family Liaison Officer, or Ombudsman, is a communication link between the commanding officer and family members. Ombudsmen are mainly Information and Referral Specialists who help command family members gain the assistance they need -- this is especially relevant for deploying commands. Normally the role of ombudsman is filled by a military spouse, so keep in mind that they are not professional counselors or social workers, but can assist you with finding the help and services you need.
Navy and Coast Guard families are both served by Ombudsman programs while the Army Family Liaison Office serves all Army Soldiers, civilians and families of active Army, the Guard, Reserves and Retirees.
The Marine Corps Family Readiness program provides resource information and training in addition to support services to enhance a Marine's personal and family readiness. A Marine must ensure their personal and family affairs are in order so that they will remain fully focused on the mission, whether in garrison or in combat.
Contact you local Family Resource Center to find out how to contact your command's Ombudsman or Family Liaison.
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