About Joining Forces
Through partnerships with local organizations in each Kentucky community, military and civilian support is increasing to improve the well-being of all military families. The Kentucky National Guard’s newest mission, Joining Community Forces, strives to maximize the impact of community resources to build resilience and foster a community network that is both sustainable and relevant. Whether it’s through resume building, housing, fitness or even acupuncture, Kentuckians truly excel in caring for Service Members.
Joining Community Forces dives into local populations, from Paducah to Pikeville, in search of groundbreaking efforts being put forth by volunteers and service organizations. Since January, over 100 service groups have gathered in armories, libraries, colleges and community centers to roll up their sleeves and combine their efforts. Each meeting, networks are connecting in an efficient way to provide a central focus and surpass the standards for Veteran support.
Joining Forces began as a national initiative created by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden in 2009. Kentucky National Guard’s Family Programs Office decided this was a perfect fit for their countless efforts in offering family support. The Community Outreach Office officially launched JCF Kentucky in January, with a team comprised of an experienced and diverse group of individuals, the majority of whom have been serving our military families and veterans since 9/11. With the work of ten Family Assistance Specialists and their coordinator, the mission of Joining Community Forces is reaching the entire Commonwealth. JCF is creating a service provider network, consisting of both governmental and non-governmental agencies that support our service members, veterans and their families in geographically dispersed areas.
According to Joan Kivior, Family Assistance Center Program Coordinator, “Community leaders, businesses and individuals coming together to ensure the tradition of serving reaches far beyond the uniform. It’s most definitely a team effort. We’ve worked hard to develop relationships throughout the public and private sector to help our families. There are very few problems we can’t solve one way or another.”
- Tools & Publications\Publications on Community Capacity Building & JCF: FY14 Report on Public Private Collaboration in the Department of Defense 2012-7.pdf
- Tools & Publications\Publications on Community Capacity Building & JCF: 2014 Military Demographics – OSD MC&FP.pdf
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