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MFLC resource available to Airmen and families

An Airman from the 819th Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers (RED HORSE) hugs his children Nov. 5, 2018, at the airfields located on Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont.

An Airman from the 819th Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers (RED HORSE) hugs his children Nov. 5, 2018, at the airfields located on Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. The Military and Family Life Counseling Program supports service members and their families with free, non-medical counseling worldwide.

MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. -- Military members and their families face unique challenges. With struggles such as deployment-related stressors, busy work schedules and permanent change of station moves, Airmen and their families may need resources to help through hardships.

The Military and Family Life Counseling Program is one such resource to aide Airmen and families during trying times.

The MFLC Program supports service members and their families with free, non-medical counseling worldwide. Trained to work with the military community, MFLCs deliver valuable face-to-face counseling services, briefings and presentations to the military community both on and off the installation.

“The MFLC program is a great resource for our Airmen to get the necessary care that they need to help with life’s challenges,” said Chief Master Sgt. Ronald Harper, 341st Missile Wing command chief.

MFLCs are an alternative resource for Airmen and families seeking counseling, discussing life issues and simply having someone to talk to. MFLCs keep information private and do not take notes; however, they are required to report situations involving danger to one’s self or others, domestic violence, child abuse or illegal activity.

MFLCs not only directly serve the service member but are also available for immediate family members.

“MFLCs are not only a great resource for military members, but also for families as well,” Harper said. “My own family members have utilized the services of the MFLC program.”

Child and youth behavioral MFLCs are available to meet with military children and their families to discuss self-esteem issues, relationships at home and school, behavioral issues, and changes at home such as deployment, reunion, divorce and grief.

While many resiliency resources, such as MFLC, are available to Airmen and families, making the initial step to seek help is often times the most difficult.

“Take care of yourself; it’s okay to not be okay,” said Harper. “I’ve found myself in instances where I needed help and a Military Family Life Consultant was there for me.”

To reach a Malmstrom MFLC, call 406-750-3605 or for more information, visit militaryonesource.mil.
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