Service Member Family Support

The New Hampshire National Guard Service Member Family Support program is established to increase communication among families, Guard members, Units and the National Guard Leadership and increase and maintain NHNG Family Readiness. Through the Family Assistance Support Centers, Family Readiness Support (FRSA and A&FRP) and Youth Coordinator we:
  • Improve family awareness and understanding of the NG structure, its missions, goals, objectives, activities, and initiatives.
  • Develop programs that improve and maintain the quality of life for the Guard member and their family.
  • Inform active service members' families of the existence and nature of benefits and entitlement through all stages of the member’s career.
  • Develop and train Family Readiness Groups
  • Provide essential services to Guard families through all phases of mobilization, and during annual training periods, in designated Family Assistance Locations
  • Encourage family members to participate in Volunteer programs, unit social, recreational and ceremonial events.
Welcome to Family Program portal on the New Hampshire National Guard website!

Family Services

POC: 1LT Jennifer M. Dumark

Family Assistance Center Locations


Family Readiness Support Assistant

Family Readiness is defined as “families being prepared and equipped with the knowledge and tools they need to successfully meet the challenges of the military lifestyle."
Family Readiness Support Assistants or FRSAs assist unit Command by providing feedback on the “state of the unit family". FRSAs assist in the coordination, preparation and execution of reunion and reintegration activities, as well as providing support to the Deployment Cycle Support Program, during SRP's and Yellow Ribbon events. They also help establish and maintain the unit's Family Readiness Group (FRG).
A Family Readiness Group, commonly referred to as an FRG, is a Command-sponsored organization of Soldiers, civilian employees, family members (immediate and extended) and volunteers belonging to a unit. FRG's act as a vital link of the unit in providing official, accurate command information.
The FRG's are made up a Lead, sometimes Co- Lead, Secretary, Informal Funds Custodian, and Key Contacts.  These positions are 100% held by volunteers.  A volunteer can be a spouse, parent, sibling, best friend, or anyone that falls in the Soldiers circle of care and concern.
The FRG's purpose is to assist unit Commanders in enhancing family readiness and encouraging self-sufficiency by providing information, referral assistance and mutual support. The FRG also provides a network of communications among family members, chain of command and community resources. FRG's provide a place for mutual support and assistance as well as a place to build friendships. FRG's provide peace of mind for Soldiers knowing their loved ones have a group of people they can reply on at all times, thus allowing the Soldier to complete his or her job without worry for their family.
The process to volunteer is simple. A few forms to fill out and a training with the FRSA team to understand your new role. If you're interested in taking on a volunteer role for an FRG, you can contact the FRSA team directly, contact the Unit Commander, Family Readiness Liaison or call the Family Program at 1-800-598-0666.


The Child and Youth Program

The Child and Youth Program provides free summer camp, vacation camps, teen leadership opportunities, winter break kits, military youth appreciation certificates, awareness-raising briefings to the community, and Yellow Ribbon event support. If you would like more information please use the contact information above.
Mission To promote and sustain the quality of life, readiness, and resiliency of geographically dispersed New Hampshire military youth and families by providing high quality support services, enrichment programs, and community partnerships that support military youth and families.
Goals· Deliver recreational, social, and educational programs for New Hampshire's military youth that build a sense of belonging and provide opportunities for them to network with other military families in their community. · Provide New Hampshire's military youth with opportunities to build teamwork, develop life skills, leadership skills and ensure they are better able to manage their lives throughout the deployment cycle by fostering resiliency.

POC: Jennifer Hollidge
Child and Youth Program Contractor

Child And Youth Program

Care Coordination Program

The Care Coordination Program is here to proudly serve the members of our armed forces and their loved ones to obtain assistance in a multitude of areas that impact daily life. We assist with providing direct services as well as links to other organizations at no cost to our program participants. Our team of trained, connected and well-resourced Care Coordinators and Personal Financial Consultants are passionate and driven to provide you or someone you may know with the support necessary to sustain a healthy life and maintain mission readiness before, during and after deployment.

Care Coordination Program

Full-Time Support Chaplain Goal:

To provide spiritual leadership and care to National Guard personnel and their families, as well as other Active Duty and Reserve Component personnel and their families within the State and abroad.  The primary purpose of this position is to manage the state National Guard Chaplain Service religious program and to ensure the free exercise of religion for National Guard personnel and their families.  This position is characterized by the high degree of integration into a complete and total program of religious ministries, including workshops, spiritual leadership and care, religious education, and other activities for National Guard personnel and their families.  Ensure the Chaplain Service ministry is performed cooperatively, and executed in a pluralistic environment.  Provide religious and emotional support to the NHNG and Technicians work force across the full-spectrum of operations. Assist the Commanders and Technician Supervisors in ensuring the right of free exercise of religion while simultaneously providing spiritual, moral and ethical leadership for the NHNG and Department of Defense employees. · Educate military families, schools, and community personnel in New Hampshire on the impact of deployment cycles on military families and the resources, support services, and programs available to them.

Full-time Support Chaplain: LTC Steven Veinotte
Resource and Referals: 1-877-598-0666
Phone: 603-227-1560

State Resilience and Wellness Program

The ARNG State Resilience & Wellness Program which also encompasses risk reduction and suicide prevention aims to develop resilient Soldiers and Families through a wide array of resourced, accessible, and effective programs built upon the five pillars of Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness: Emotional, Family, Physical, Social and Spiritual Fitness. This is done while simultaneously minimizing risky behaviors and suicide. The R3SP program provides a comprehensive approach to health promotion at the individual, organizational and community levels. The State Resilience and Suicide prevention program supports the Army's goal of minimizing suicidal behavior by reducing the risk of suicide for Soldiers, Army civilians and Family members through development and integration of local suicide prevention programs, early identification and intervention.

POC: Heather Christiansen
Wellness, Resiliency & Suicide Prevention Program Manager
Phone: (603)-225-1213

State Resilience

New Hampshire Transitional Assistance Advisor

The State Transition Assistance Advisor (TAA) provides consulting services, by “Serving as points of Contact" to assist eligible members and Family members of the Active, Reserve, and Guard components. Focusing on connecting Service Members and Families to benefits and community resources. Veterans and Retirees are also eligible for services.

POC: Todd Kuhlhoff
Tranisition assistance Advisor


Survivor Outreach Services

(SOS) is an Army-wide program designed to provide dedicated and comprehensive support to Survivors of deceased Soldiers.  The Army honors all Survivors, regardless of component or manner of death of their Soldier. The program is a combined effort with the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management (ACSIM) as the proponent: Installation Management Command (IMCOM) works with the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command (FMWRC), the Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Operation Division (CMAOD) and the Army National Guard. SOS has the sole mission of providing continuing support to Survivors: assisting with obtaining benefits and providing social and emotional support. SOS ensures a seamless transition from the short-term support provided by the Casualty Assistance Officer (CAO) and CMAOD to long-term case management for the Survivor.

POC: Elizabeth Santos
Survivor Outreach Services Coordinator
desk:603-227-5130/cell: 603-219-8159


Employment Support of the Guard and Reserve

ESGR, a Department of Defense office, is comprised of dedicated and trained volunteers and staff. We will develop and promote employer support for Guard and Reserve service by advocating relevant initiatives, recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of applicable laws, and resolving conflict between employers and service members.

POC: Mary Lou Paquette     
ESGR Coordinator     

POC: Michael Pacheco
Employment Service Program (ESP)

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