The Inter-Service Family Assistance Committee (ISFAC) is a state level committee comprised of military, state and federal government, veteran service organizations, and private sector companies/organizations that meet quarterly to join forces and align resources in support of Ohio troops & military families.
Each meeting includes time for military units and organizations to discuss their particular struggles & successes with an eye on illuminating areas where support is needed. This is followed by an opportunity for every attending support organization to respond to the calls for support. Organizations may introduce or follow up on an initiative which they believe is supportive to the military population. Open networking time follows this exchange to allow for direct coordination and introductions. While the above discussion and exchange is the structure of the meeting, the key concept is the facilitation of building a trusting relationship between military units and the organizations.
To support, offer assistance, and act as a conduit to resources for all Ohio service members, Veterans, and military families.
To connect the military community with national, state, regional and local community resources as well as volunteer support opportunities.
Raise awareness of military family needs
Build collaborative relationships with partner organizations
Sync resources and services to effectively address identified needs
History of ISFAC
The Ohio ISFAC program orginated as a collaboration between the Governor's office and The Adjutant General for Ohio in 2005. The Adjutant General's support energized the program, provided relevance, and helped communicate the need to the community.
In 2008, ISFAC efforts to align resources at the level most local to units, their families, and Veterans evolved into six Regional Inter-Service Assistance Committees (RISFACs). These regional committees venture to generate local partnerships that include leadership from local military units, family readiness volunteers, local governmental & non-governmental agencies, volunteer organizations, and local chapters of Veteran Service Organizations. Ohio’s geographically dispersed Troop & Family Assistance Centers (TFACs) were already “in the business” of developing & leveraging resources for troops & families on a local level. These TFACs became the key facilitators of RISFACs.
In 2020, Ohio National Guard Family Programs went through a significant change in personnel. Contracted Family Assistance Specialist were replaced with T5 Federal Technicians, Soldier and Family Readiness Specialist (SFRS). Four Regional SFRS manage Family Assistance Centers in North Canton, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Mansfield. The Regional SFRS are the key facilitators of RISFACs.
The Ohio ISFAC is well established and is an optimal platform to coordinate a collective military-community support system for Ohio service members, military families, and veterans. ISFAC involves partners with statewide and national reach including our senior military, state agencies, federal agencies, Veteran Service Organizations, and large non-profit organizations. In order to expand the capability of the program and provide a true network of support, the full participation of state government, community agencies, and military leaders is critically essential.