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News | Sept. 22, 2006

PHP: Providing supportive programs to Airmen

By Julie Couture and Capt. Aron Potter People Helping People

Every Air Force base has an Integrated Delivery System, which is comprised of key base agencies. The primary goal of the IDS, in addition to educating people on how to prevent suicide and where to turn for help, is to reduce stress by providing supportive programs and services. 

At Langley, the IDS is People Helping People. 

The members of PHP include the following organizations: 

-Airman and Family Readiness Center 

-Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program 

-Drug Demand Reduction Program 

-Family Member Programs Flight 

-Langley Chapel 

-1st Fighter Wing Legal Office 

-Family Advocacy Program 

-Health and Wellness Center 

-Life Skills Support Center 

-Military Equal Opportunity 

-1st Security Forces Squadron 

-Langley Housing Office 

-Sexual Assault Response Coordinator 

-School Liaison Officer 

-Officer Spouses' Club representative 

-Command Chief representative 

-1st Medical Group 

-1st Fighter Wing Public Affairs 

Maj. Dean Gould, Air Combat Command and PHP chairperson, said "Stress for military members and their families are often seen in high ops tempo, deployments, permanent-change-of-station moves, adjustment to the military, new marriages and the birth of children. 

By collaborating with other agencies, PHP's prevention programs reduce these stressors by educating families how to manage their stress more effectively."
Wingman Day and reintegration briefings are geared toward helping active-duty members know where to turn for services. Programs like Kids Fest, Walk & Talk and Operation Hero allow parents and their children to have fun, while at the same time build relationships. 

Other programs, such as Heart Link, give spouses of active-duty members a chance to learn the "ins" of the Air Force culture so they can understand and feel a part of the military. 

PHP also focuses on issues facing the entire military population. This year, PHP hosted its first charity golf tournament, and raised nearly $1,300. The money raised went toward Tee it up for the Troops, Inc., which collaborated with the Wounded Warrior Project, assisting the military who have been disabled in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Unfortunately, not all of the activities that PHP develops are fun. The Traumatic Stress Response Team and the Care Team help families and units when there has been a tragedy such as a death; however, the mission remains the same: helping our military and their families by offering programs and support. 

For details, call 225-7630 ext: 51321.
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