The Kentucky National Guard Service Member & Family Resilience program is nested within the Army’s Comprehensive Soldier & Family Fitness (CSF2) and was developed by the University of Pennsylvania.
The KYNG Resilience Program fosters the ability to bounce back from adversity and grow in the face of challenges by focusing on benefits of self awareness, self regulation, optimism, mental flexibility and community/family/organizational connection. In addition, empowered by the above and developing strengths in character, we acknowledge and support the five dimensions of strength that support service members and their Families to grow and thrive during adversity.
- Physical: Taking care of the body through nutrition, exercise and adequate sleep plays a key role in the building of Resilience.
- Emotional: Awareness of how to regulate emotions and stress encourage a resilient mindset and the understanding/agreement that asking for help when emotions seem unbearable is not a sign of weakness but more-over a sign of strength.
- Family: Our Families stand behind us during our unselfish service to this great country. They are an integral part of our organization and the health, wellbeing and Resilience of our families are priority.
- Spiritual: Soldiers and Airmen are supported in their understanding of the importance of staying true to their core values, and balancing stressors with things that feed their spirit.
- Social: Connection to the Organization, team, family, and community is a component of building Resilience.
Resilience and Risk Reduction (R3SP) Coordinator
LTC (Ret.) Allen Boone
KYNG’s Resilience Team has reached out to the community and built lasting relationships with organizations that believe-in and compliment the mission of building Resilience skills/toolset in our Service Members and Families. We have created a Resilience Training Assistant-Course (RTA-C) that offers the themes and messages of multiple empowering training programs like substance abuse diversion and Suicide Prevention, along with synchronizing efforts and resources with our community partners. Two examples follow:
Central Kentucky Riding for Hope (CKRH)
is located in the confines of the world famous Kentucky Horsepark. CKRH offers many of their services, facilities and animals free of charge; helping to create a unique training environment for many of our RTA-Cs throughout the year.
Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Center (CHRC)
of Lexington, Ky. CHRC open their doors and the lives of many of their patients to our Service Members. The definition of a mutually benefiting relationship; Soldiers dawn their uniforms on a select training day of each RTA-C, move to CHRC to help participate in and motivate patients during their Physical and Occupational Therapy Sessions. More often than not, Soldiers leave CHRC with a renewed feeling of gratitude, optimistic perspective regarding hope, and new goals for life.