War In The Gulf

January 23, 1991

Gulf status hot lines

Family members with questions about the status of individual service members may call these hot lines:

* Air Force.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... (800) 253-9276

* Army.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .....(800) 626-1440

* Coast Guard.. .... .. .. .. .. .. . .. .. (800) 283-8724

* Marine Corps.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. (800) 523-2694

* Navy (family only).. .. .. .. .. ..... (800) 255-3808

* Navy (public number).. .. .. .. . (800) 732-1206

Family support hot lines

Immediate family members of service people on active duty may get information on support groups by calling these hot lines:

* Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy.. .. (800) 677-7565

* Army.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. (800) 542-9254

* Army Reserve.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. (800) 874-8451

* Maryland National Guard.. (800) 492-2526

* National Military Family Association.. (703) 823-6632

* Red Cross.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .(800) 677-7565

Other support hot lines

* American Legion Family Support Network.. . (800) 786-0901

A 24-hour clearinghouse number for support services if family members of personnel in the Persian Gulf need emergency transportation, baby-sitting, home repairs, etc. Local American Legion posts will be contacted to supply assistance.

* Army Family Liaison Office.. .. .. .. .. . (800) 833-6622

Provides referrals (with points of contact worldwide) and information on legal and financial assistance, benefits and othergeneral topics, helpful booklets and information on starting a family support group.

* AT&T Company Free FAXes.. .. .. .. .. .. . (800) 222-3111

Provides free FAX messages to service members from the immediate family. You must have the service member's full name, unit, andAPO and Social Security numbers.

* Carroll County Support Group.. .... .. .. 848-8903/848-4127

Donna Jones and Nancy Spaugh run a local non-profit support group for families of service members in the gulf.

* Especially For Kids.. .. .. .. .. .. .. . (800) 735-5437

Century Health Care Corp. offers counseling for children and their parents, as well as children's workbooks about Operation Desert Storm.

* Red Cross of Carroll County.. .. .. .. . 848-4334 or (301) 467-9905

Provides emergency notification services for immediate families of active duty personnel in the Persian Gulf. Messages must be urgent, suchas family births, extreme illness, deaths or other extraordinary family problems.

Some helpful tips

* Donations to Operation Desert Storm.. .. .(703) 274-3561

Monetary donations to the war effort may be sent to: Headquarters, Defense Logistic Agency, Att.: Donations Hotline, Alexandria, Va. 22304-6100.

* Operation Something Home.. .. .... .. . (703) 369-7583

A non-profit group that sends "care" packages to service members on duty in the gulf. The group accepts donations of items, including non-perishable foods, personal hygiene suppliesand leisure time items (such as books, playing cards, pens and paper, etc.); help in packing boxes and money.

* Persian Gulf News Update.. .. .. .. . . (703) 284-3292

Provides current updates on news fromthe Persian Gulf.

* Tax Information.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. (800) 829-3676

Special hot line deals with queries on service families' taxes.

SOURCE: Office of Sen. Barbara A. Mikulsi, D-Maryland

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