GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Mr. Jay Velis, Army Community Service Family Advocacy Program specialist, is being recognized for his initiative and can-do attitude in re-energizing the Army Community Service (ACS) Family Advocacy Program (FAP) Emergency Place Care (EPC) program at USAG Bavaria.
Velis has now coached and guided one family to complete all requirements and has been approved as an EPC provider for the Garrison and working with six other families to complete the process. This program is vital to the community and our most precious resource, our military children.
Additionally Velis serves as USAG Bavaria’s Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC) point of contact, a program ensuring that the MFLCs are oriented to the installation, unit leadership and the programs and services available on the installation. These task were critical when the contract recently changed and the garrison had MFLCs from three different contract companies. Velis has integrated all the new MFLCs into the community and has the MFLC program running smooth and efficient.
His extraordinary efforts with these two programs has ensured that if needed families will be available to provide support to a child and family in need and that counseling services are available to our military population.
His biggest challenge to this job was restarting the marketing and recruiting of new emergency placement care families, basically to spark an interest in the community to get involved and make a difference in taking care of our own.
Velis’ professionalism and care for Soldiers, Civilians and families reflect great credit on him, United States Garrison Bavaria and the United States Army.
“I will miss the diligence and professionalism of the community employees, this is a large network of professionals taking care of the Soldiers and Families so that their tour is as pleasant as possible in order to sustain readiness across the installation,” Velis said.
His tour ended and he’s ready for the next assignment.
“This is a great place to live, work and play. There is something for everyone to get a full immersion into the German culture with recreational activities,” said Velis.