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Family Assistance Centers. Departure or Homecoming. The FAC Staff is in place to render help to families and their Service Members as they navigate through coping with life before, during and after a deployment.

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departure or homecoming
Departure or Homecoming

The FAC Staff is in place to render help to families and their Service Members as they navigate through coping with life before, during and after a deployment


The FAC Staff is dedicated to helping the Families and Service Members of ……….

ALL Military branches Active Duty or Reserve

team effort
Team Effort

Taking care of Service Members and their families is an ongoing team effort by

many organizations

minimum fac services
Minimum FAC Services
    • ID Cards (1 ID Machine in Mankato FAC Office)
    • DEERS enrollment
    • TRICARE information
    • Emergency financial assistance
    • Legal information
    • Crisis referral/intervention
  • FAC’s are not limited to these alone, there are many other services that FAC staff have and will help with as needed during any stage of a deployment…
essential community training
  • Military Awareness training
      • What do Military Families Need?
      • How can local resources support military families
      • What are the opportunities for groups to become formally involved in the Yellow Ribbon Program?
      • Who we get involved:
        • Community Leaders
        • Business Leaders
        • Faith Based Leadership
        • School District Leadership

Preparing the community for the leaving or return of local Service Members is as important as preparing their Families.

family training
  • We Teach families how to:
    • Be Empowered
    • Understand what benefits are available
    • How to navigate benefits
    • Where to go for additional assistance
    • Help prepare families and communities before soldier comes home

Minnesota National Guard

14,200 Soldiers

67 Training and Community centers

103 Family Readiness Groups

585 communities

19 States


Military Family Assistance Center Contact:

Mike Farren, FAC Supervisor, MN

8180 Belden Blvd.

Cottage grove, MN. 55016

Office: 651-268-8215

Cell: 612-327-0270


“You make the call, we make the difference.”