The mission of the Family Readiness Support Assistant (FRSA) is to maintain the continuity and stability of Family Readiness Groups (FRGs) as units undergo changes in volunteers and leadership. Operationally, the FRSA provides administrative and logistical support to commanders, rear detachment commanders, and volunteer FRG leaders. Taking the administrative burden off the volunteers allows FRG leaders to concentrate on performing outreach to Soldiers and their Family in the command, thus preserving stability on the home front, during periods of deployment as well as peace time.

Hello Vermont National Guard Families!

I don’t know about you but these last few weeks have been back to back meetings for us here at Family Programs. Normally I would grumble about the amount of time I have been spending out of my office and falling behind on my administrative work...but I have been having so much fun meeting new community partners and learning about their programs.

Today I had a meeting with Efficiency Vermont and learned about all the programs they offer and companies they partner with to help out low income and veteran families. For example: they have Income-Based Assistance which includes bill payment assistance if you’re behind on utility bills, energy bill reduction programs and even mobile home replacement. These programs are available to renters as well as home owners. Make sure you check out their website at to find out more information and to see if you qualify for any of their programs.

Another program that I learned about this week was Vermont Afterschool, Inc and the VT9to26 Coalition for Youth Work and Policy. VT9to26 Coalition works with youth to provide many opportunities for young people to be young and grow into healthy and happy Vermonters. Did you know that Vermont Afterschool, Inc is offering “Afterschool for All Grants”? If you have a project to start or expand afterschool and/or summer learning programs in Vermont that are STEM based or serve adolescents and teens, you can apply for one of these grants. Grant money is being awarded to multiple recipients for up to $50,000 a year for no more than two years. For more info on this grant visit

So, though I like staying in my office where it is warm and chat with my co-workers from time to time, I was very excited to learn about these community partners and the amazing opportunities they are offering people in our community. Are there any other resources out there that you know about that you think we should spread the word about? Let the FRSA team know!
Candice Bryan-Broe ~ Senior Family Readiness Support Assistant ~ Office: (802)-338-3652


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Family Readiness Training Information

Michaela will be offering the following trainings in  May/June (contact Michaela at 802-338-4317 or to request a training date and time). She is available to offer any of her trainings between 9 am and 3 pm on regular work days.  She also has availability most Monday and Tuesday evenings after 5:30 pm.


Overview of Key Caller Role/Phone Tree Caller training

This training will consist of two modules:

• Overview of Key Caller Role discussion points – Purpose of the FRG Phone Tree, Key Caller’s Responsibilities, How to prepare for the role, key caller’s resources and tips for success

• Phone Tree Caller Training goes into the topics listed below in much finer detail. Topics that will be discussed will be How the phone tree works, Privacy & Confidentiality, Sample Script, Dealing with people in Crisis, and Sample phone tree log.


Social Media for Units

This module is designed to give the volunteer a more thorough look into the National Guard Social Media Policy, General OPSEC/Privacy Tips and Social Media Resources.


Customs, Courtesies, Ceremonies, and Traditions

The learner will understand and exhibit appropriate behavior in accordance with proper military customs, courtesies and protocol in daily military life leading to personal satisfaction and a sense of belonging.


Candice will be offering the following trainings in February / March (contact Candice at 802-338-3652 or to request a training date and time). She is available to offer any of her trainings between 9 am and 3 pm on regular work days.  She also has availability most Wednesday and Thursday evenings after 5:30 pm.


Putting It In Perspective

How many times do we over-think things or take issues to a catastrophic level unnecessarily?  During this session, participants will learn to take situations from worst case scenarios to best case scenarios to what makes sense scenarios.  Putting It In Perspective is designed to guide us to more accurate thinking.  Learn to “ease your anxiety and fear or embarrassment” by establishing a pattern of realistic optimism, staying alert to the actual threat and taking advantage of opportunities.


Crisis Intervention

Review the characteristics of a crisis; discuss crisis response procedures; specify what is and what is not the Commander, RDC and FRGs role in a crisis situation.


Avoiding Thinking Traps

This course details the eight major thinking traps that tax our resilience.  Participants will identify the 2 or 3 patterns they fall into and as a group we will figure out strategies that will help you get out of those traps.  Learning what thinking traps are will aid in hold you back from inaccurate assumptions that are so costly to your resilience.

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