Vermont Family Programs aims to provide education, resources, and support through collaboration with federal, state, and local programs to ensure Service Members, families, Veterans, and the community are knowledgeable and resilient while promoting retention and mission readiness.

As many of you may know, I have retired after 38 years with the Vermont Air and Army National Guard. I am so grateful for all the opportunities being a part of these organizations afforded me and it was truly an honor to serve. I am especially grateful to my family for their unwavering support over the years as I believe serving in the military is hardest on them. I simply could not have done it without them. I also thank all the men and women I served with for mentoring and supporting me along the way.


Even though I have retired from the military, I will continue to serve as the Vermont State Family Program Director (SFPD). I am fortunate to be surrounded by very smart, very dedicated people at Family Programs who are here to assist you and your families in any way they can. On the last page of every edition of this newsletter has the names and contact numbers for many of our programs. In addition to all the great programs you have at your disposal, we also have the 24/7/365 Military & Family Support Center to take your calls. These dedicated call specialists can help you connect to the services and/or staff who can help you. They are well versed in the military and community resources available to you including financial, housing, employment, VA benefits and more. I can confidently state that 100% of their calls are followed up on.


We are also constantly updating our Family Programs website: with new information and resources at your fingertips! We continue to evolve so that we are sure to provide relevant services you and your family need, when you need them. Do not hesitate to tell us “How We Are Doing” by completing our brief survey at: - we would like to hear from you.


I am proud to consider myself a retiree from the Vermont National Guard and am proud to continue to serve as your State Family Program Director.

Very Respectfully,

Dave Leonard

Lieutenant Colonel, USA (Ret)

State Family Program Director

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