For more information write to the National Military
Family Association, 6000 Stevenson Ave., Suite 304,
Alexandria, Virginia 22304.
NAVY LEAGUE OF THE UNITED STATES
The Navy League supports U.S. capability to
maintain a strong and viable Navy, Marine Corps, Coast
Guard, and merchant marine.
It also offers members benefits and services on
national and local levels, conducts national educational
programs in support of the maritime force, and monitors
legislation and funding for the sea services.
The Navy League also helps sea service families
through family awareness programs, works with
maritime service recruiters, and sponsors two cadet
programs for youth: the Naval Sea Cadet Corps and the
Navy League Cadet Corps.
Local councils of the Navy League may support
families of service members with legal and financial aid
in times of need and offer help in securing employment
To be eligible for membership in the Navy League,
you must be a U.S. citizen and not on active duty with
the armed forces.
For more information write to the Navy League of
the United States, 2300 Wilson Blvd., Arlington,
FEDERAL CREDIT UNIONS
Federal credit unions are credit cooperatives formed
by organized groups of people with a common bond
who, in effect, save their money together and make
low-cost loans to each other. The loans are usually
short-term consumer loans, mainly for automobiles,
household needs, medical debts, and emergencies.
Credit unions operate under government charter and
supervision. Credit unions serve only their members.
For example Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU)
receives its charter-its authorization to operate-from
the National Credit Union Administration, the federal
regulatory agency responsible for carrying out the
provisions of the Federal Credit Union Act. That charter
states who is eligible for membership in the NFCU.
Each of the nearly 10,000 federal credit unions has such
a charter. Civilian credit unions have similar charters
granted by the states in which they operate.
Visit or call the nearest credit union for more
information on services provided and membership
The Navy today more than ever recognizes the
importance of the Navy family. By taking care of its own
through the various programs it has, the Navy has been
able to increase the morale of both the members and
their dependents. Some of the programs available to
help Navy members and their dependents are discussed
in the following paragraphs.
FAMILY SERVICE CENTER
Navy personnel make career decisions based on
family issues and their quality of life. A significant
correlation exists between quality of life programs,
spouse satisfaction, and recruitment and retention of
qualified people on the one hand, and the discipline,
morale, and readiness of our forces on the other. Thus,
the overall mission of the FSC is to improve Navy
awareness of and access to reliable and useful
information, resources, and services that support and
enrich the lives of Navy and Marine Corps personnel
and their families.
Basic Functions of the Family Service Center
The FSC provides eligible persons with information
and referrals by telephone, face-to-face contact, visual
and printed media, and electronic data transmission.
This is done in a warm and caring manner. These
services require communication with the professional
staff at the FSC and with external resources to maintain
current information and referral points of contact.
The FSC provides programs, workshops, general
military training (GMT), and briefings on personal and
family enrichment that promote effective on-the-job
performance and enable people to achieve a more
satisfying life; development of knowledge and skills that
help people deal effectively with issues before they
become problems; and skills training for command
personnel and representatives to support command
quality of life initiatives.
The FSC also performs interviews to collect
information and make assessments of client needs. This
may include testing and taking of a case history. The
FSC determines whether to help the individual or family
at the FSC for short-term supportive or other counseling
or to make a referral to an external resource. All