The American Red Cross office is in Building 8640, the Reynolds House, just behind the Warrior Way Commissary parking lot. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For routine information about volunteering, classes or to initiate a Red Cross message, call 254-287-0400.
The Red Cross provides 24-hour emergency communications services to assist military personnel and their Families with messages regarding births, deaths or illnesses affecting the immediate Family, grandparents or persons who took the place of a parent; health and welfare reports; as well as reports on Family or financial problems. Call the 24-hour toll-free number at 877-272-7337 or local number 254-287-4745 for this assistance.
The Red Cross also provides access to emergency financial assistance when AER is unavailable. To access possible financial assistance, call the 24-hour toll-free number at 877-272-7337.
The Red Cross Volunteer Office is in Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center. It is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Volunteers serve in the various hospital clinics and wards, drive the Care mobile, assist Family members at the Fisher House and can obtain free volunteer dental assistant training. For information about volunteer opportunities, call the Volunteer Office at 254-288-8144 or the main office at 254-287-0400.
The Mid-Tex Chapter of the American Red Cross in Belton/Killeen provides classes in First Aid, CPR, Water Safety, Lifeguarding and Babysitting, Disaster Assistance due to a fire or other type of disaster, as well as Volunteer opportunities. For more information, call 800-497-4280.
RELOCATION READINESS BRANCH
FMWR’s Relocation Readiness Branch offers relocation assistance services and resources to eliminate the stress associated with relocating.
Programs include Fort Hood Welcome CDs, The Lending Closet, Sponsor-A-Spouse, Unit Sponsorship, International Spouse Support, Group Waiting Families Program, Relocation Counseling World-Wide Welcome Packets and SITES and PCS Move on the Go. The branch is in the Rivers Building, Building 121, 761st Tank Battalion Avenue. For more information, call 254-287-4471.
The III Corps Reenlistment Officer is in the Copeland Soldiers Service Center, Building 18010. Each division and major subordinate command has its own Retention Services Office and staff of career counselors. They stand ready to provide reenlistment information and career counseling. For more information, call 254-287-0138/4401. III Corps Reserve Component transition can be reached at 254-287-7111.
The retirement services office provides counseling and assistance to retirees, widows, widowers, survivors and Family members concerning rights, benefits and privileges and prepares the active-duty Soldier and Families for retirement. Fort Hood sponsors an annual Retiree Appreciation Day. For more information, call 254-287-5210.
SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION AND RESPONSE PROGRAM
This program reinforces the Army’s commitment to eliminate incidents of sexual assault through a comprehensive program that centers on awareness and prevention, training and education, victim advocacy, responsible, reporting and follow-up.
A 24-hour Victim Services Hotline, 254-702-4953, is available for victim support and for reporting sexual assault incidents. The report may be restricted or unrestricted, based upon the victim selected option. For more information about this program, visit your unit Equal Opportunity Office or visit Rivers Building 121, 761st Tank Battalion Avenue, or call 254-288-3941.
Commercial Transportation: Taxi service between Fort Hood and the Killeen/Copperas Cove areas is available. Free shuttle bus service is available on post.
The Fort Hood Area Thrift Ship is a local nonprofit organization that donates funds back into the military and surrounding communities and is open to the public. Volunteers are always welcome.
The shop is in Building 50003 on Clear Creek Road between the Clear Creek Post Exchange and Fort Hood National Bank. Sales hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first and third Saturday of each month. Consignment hours are 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; and 10 to 11:45 a.m. the first and third Saturday of each month. Call the Thrift Shop manager at 254-532-2948 for more details or to volunteer at the shop.
Fort Hood has some of the best training opportunities in the Army. The post has ranges to support armored and aviation training. Simulation centers on Fort Hood provide a cost-effective and realistic approach to train Soldiers for all contingencies. To learn more about training opportunities or schedule your training event, check out the training link on Fort Hood’s website.
UNIT FUNDS/PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS/FUNDRAISING
Units may apply for unit funds and Army level requirement funds. Private organizations desiring approval from the Garrison Commander to operate on Fort Hood must submit their constitution and bylaws for review and approval. Any organization interested in conducting a fundraiser event (bake sales, car washes, etc.) outside its immediate organizational area must obtain approval from the manager of the proposed location and then request approval of the date/time from the Fundraising Event Office in Building 194, Room 114, 37th Street. For additional information, call 254-287-0014.
UNITED SERVICES ORGANIZATION
The USO operates a full-service facility where Soldiers and Families can enjoy multimedia entertainment, big-screen televisions, refreshments and historical display. The newly renovated USO facilities are directly across from the III Corps Headquarters.
WARRIOR COMBAT STRESS RESET PROGRAM
The Warrior Combat Stress Reset Program is designed to help address these common and normal reactions to war experiences. The emphasis is on helping to calm your mind, body and spirit after returning from war. Combat puts Soldiers in an environment where a constant state of vigilance (hyper-arousal) is beneficial to saving one’s life. We are committed to the idea that with education, the development of new and effective coping and self-regulation skills, and time-limited intensive counseling, we can help provide initial emotional relief for many returning Soldiers and prepare them for full recovery.
This program is designed for those Soldiers who are committed to an intensive and structured program of treatment and whose goal is to further their careers with continued service in the U.S. Army. The program is structured as a three-week intensive program focused on reducing hyper-arousal and reactivity. Reducing these core symptoms of combat stress and post-traumatic stress disorder allows other treatments to be more effective. It also provides tools for preventing future trauma. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 254-288-4746.
WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN (WIC) – FORT HOOD
WIC is a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers and young children eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy. Nutrition education and counseling, nutritious foods and assistance with access to health care are provided to low-income women, infants and children through the special supplemental nutrition program, popularly known as WIC. Recent changes to the WIC program have improved the food and variety of items. For more information, visit the WIC office in Rivers Building, Building 121, 761st Tank Battalion Avenue, or call 254-532-8680.