South Carolina National Guard provides support to Families, service members during storm activation




Story by Capt. Jessica Donnelly 

South Carolina National Guard  

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A hurricane looms in the ocean, threatening to make landfall. The South Carolina governor declares a state of emergency in preparation for the storm. The South Carolina National Guard answers the call to support the citizens in this time of need. Who ensures service members’ Families have the support they need during this time?
This is the role of the South Carolina National Guard Service Member and Family Care (SMFC) directorate. “We are here to help support our military Families,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Marion Bulwinkle, SMFC director. The mission of SMFC is to provide resources and assistance to South Carolina National Guard Soldiers, Airmen, and their Families. These resources range from employment and financial help, youth activities, and even disaster relief support. “This hurricane is a stressful event, no matter what role you play at home or within our organization,” said Grace Parsons, South Carolina National Guard State Family Programs director. Due to the stresses that come with having a service member away from home, the South Carolina National Guard SMFC directorate is working to contact the Families of those mobilized Soldiers and Airmen, as well as those whose home of record is currently in the potential impact zone of the hurricane to ensure they have the support they need. There is also a Family Assistance hotline that is a toll-free number for South Carolina National Guard Families in need of assistance with hurricane preparedness, and those impacted by disaster, 1-800-317-5553. The number is operational 24-hours a day throughout South Carolina National Guard disaster response efforts and managed by trained Family Assistance specialists. Read More