In times of trouble, a place for service members to turn

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- With Wednesday's Fort Hood shooting on the minds of many Service Members, Fleet and Family Support Centers on military bases say they're ready to answer questions and address concerns.

"Our primary mission is to make sure sailors and their families are ready to do their jobs," said Kathy Selves, director of the Fleet and Family Support Center at Naval Station Mayport.

That means helping with issues from moving to a new base to budgeting. Selves said that also means being ready to help in times of tragedy.

"We let our commands know we are there to support them," she said.

It's no secret the military is like a big family. Sgt. Robert Trego spent 6 years at Camp Lejeune. He said even though tragedies can happen hundreds of miles away, they still hit close to home.

"It's detrimental - a lot of times you know that person, and you know that family," he said.

He says the Fleet and Family Support Center is the first place he turns to.

"When you have somebody to talk to, it helps a lot," he said.


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