WELLESLEY, Mass. – The Massachusetts Military and Family Support Center officially opened its doors with a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 23, 2009. This is the only center of its kind that focuses particularly on the needs of the Guard and Reserve community across the Commonwealth.
Nearly 200 people attended this historic event. The event was attended by Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray, The Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard, Maj. Gen. Joseph C. Carter, Medal of Honor recipient Thomas G. Kelley, now serving as Secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Veteran Services and several other distinguished guests.
The Massachusetts Military and Family Support Center is an information based resource and service center. It provides military personnel, families and veterans from all Armed Forces branches a variety of services in one convenient location to increase awareness of new and existing initiatives and support available. It is also the home of the Massachusetts Family Programs and the Deployment Cycle Support Operations Directorate.
The center provides on-site expertise and assistance for obtaining emergency aid, education benefits, career counseling, military pay resolution, identification card services, legal affairs, social welfare, health care benefits, family counseling and claims guidance, among many other services.
Maj. David Hencke, Deployment Cycle Support Director, stated: “We have again created a place of refuge and resource for all Citizen-Warriors in the Commonwealth, whether they are a Marine, Sailor, Airman, Coast Guardsman or Soldier.”
“We in the State House, both Democrats and Republicans, recognize that we have a responsibility to the men and women in uniform. It’s important as the demands on men and women in uniform and their families change, as missions change, that we have the ability to innovate, adapt and get the job done in meeting the various needs of our families and men and women in uniform. This center will allow that to happen,” said Lieutenant Governor Murray.
“The Massachusetts Military and Family Support Center will serve as a one-stop quality of life and essential care center catering to the needs of Massachusetts Guardsmen, Reservists and their families, as well as providing support to the dependents of active duty military personnel of all conflicts. This is the only center of its kind in Massachusetts focusing exclusively, as it does, on the needs of Guard and Reserve members and their family,” said Maj. Gen. Carter.
After the distinguished guests spoke about the benefits of the new support center, the Massachusetts Inter-Service Family Assistance Committee signed the Memorandum of Agreement. The document ensures that the committee agrees to work together to maximize the family assistance services regardless of military component.
Also present were organizations planning to work with the center to provide military personnel future assistance. Representatives from these organizations included the United Services Organization, Guard Support of Massachusetts, Financial Planning Association of Massachusetts, U.S. Small Business Administration, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Military Life Consultants, Veterans Administration Services, Tricare, Operation HomeFront, Division of Career Services and Massachusetts One-Stop Career Services.
The Military and Family Support Center is located at 14 Minuteman Lane, Wellesley, Mass. and is open to all Guard/Reserve members of all branches.