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Federal Assistance

Through September 30, 2004, the federal agencies most frequently involved in assisting communities reported they had collectively provided about $1.9 billion in assistance in response to the previous rounds (1988, 1991, 1993, and 1995) of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). Interagency coordination has also facilitated the civilian reuse of former military installations to benefit the public through Federal agency-sponsored public benefit conveyances. For more information, see Federal Agencies And Public Benefit Conveyances.

The following programs are available to assist communities with the alleviation of socioeconomic effects that may result from military base closures and realignments. Under Executive Order 12788, as amended, assistance for communities impacted by Defense program changes is coordinated across the Federal Government through the Economic Adjustment Committee (EAC). The Department of Defense's Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) staffs the EAC and its Director is the EAC's Executive Director. Communities are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the following resources, including accessing program information through the provided internet links. OEA staff is available at (703) 604-6020 to address any questions you may have concerning the EAC, federal assistance available to affected communities, or specific local needs that may exist.

Please note that while OEA attempts to provide current information, these programs and their availability are subject to change without notice. Please contact the appropriate agency for the most up-to-date information on current programs.

Resources for Individuals

This section provides service descriptions and contact information for Government programs available to jobseekers, employers, and local governments impacted by BRAC. Each subsection includes descriptions of programs geared to help in a specific area as well as contact information for those programs.

Military Spouses

Military Spouse Resource Center

U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Labor

The Military Spouse Resource Center is a Web site designed and operated to support the career aspirations of military spouse jobseekers, particularly those in the midst of a permanent change of station. This Web site is free and available to military spouses from all Military Departments, veterans, the National Guard and Reserve, and the Coast Guard. The Web site contains over 2,500 information and resource links for military spouses that help with job searching, career planning, training, scholarships, and other educational opportunities. The site also contains specific information regarding local military installations and the communities in which they reside, including childcare and transportation.

Relocation Information

Sponsored by U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Defense

This Web site provides links to resources that will assist military families that are planning to relocate.

Military Spouse Job Search

U.S. Department of Labor

This Web site houses a job search tool that connects military spouses with employers committed to hiring them. Local programs that help military spouses have also been developed through ongoing collaboration between Family Support Centers and One-Stop Career Centers (which are linked to this site).

Eligibility for Military Spouses under WIA

U.S. Department of Labor

Military Spouses may be eligible to receive employment and training services as a dislocated worker under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. To determine eligibility, spouses should contact the local One-Stop Career Center by using the Web site or calling the toll-free helpline 1-877-US2-JOBS: 1-877-889-5627 (TTY). When calling the toll-free helpline, the individual should identify him/herself as a BRAC-impacted worker and as a military spouse in order to find out about additional information and services that may be available.

Unemployment Insurance

U.S. Department of Labor

Spouses who have lost jobs due to permanent change of station (PCS) may qualify for Unemployment Insurance (UI) in a service member’s State. Unemployed military spouses should contact their state UI agency to learn about eligibility and application procedures. State UI agencies' contact information may be located at this Web site.


U.S. Department of Defense

MilitaryHOMEFRONT is the central, up-to-date source for service members and families to obtain information about quality of life programs and services. This Web site includes links to forums on issues relevant to military families.

Military OneSource

U.S. Department of Defense

Military OneSource Web site and helpline provides support and resource information 24 hours a day to help military families from personal to professional areas of life.

  • Stateside: 1-800-342-9647
  • Overseas: 800-342-9647
  • Collect from Overseas: 1-484-530-5908
  • En español llame al: 1-877-888-0727
  • TTY/TDD: 800-346-9188

Deployment Family Support

U.S. Department of Defense

Information on this Web site assists service members and their families in preparing for and coping with permanent military moves. It contains family support links for each of the services, information for children, and tools for locating service members and accessing deployment entitlements.

Military Spouse Career Center

U.S. Department of Defense

This Web site provides career information, advice and family support for military spouses.

Military Family Research Institute

U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Defense

On this Web site, the Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) provides information and insight into the impact of quality of life factors on military personnel and their families. It includes discussion forums and informational pamphlets that help military families adjust to changing circumstances.

National Military Family Association

Nonprofit Organization

The National Military Family Association’s Web site offers specific information and resources that directly impact military families. These resources include information concerning rights, benefits, and services available, as well as news articles, links, and other resources that serve the interests of military families.