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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 503-97
September 23, 1997

MILITARY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM SITE

The Department of Defense today announced a new DoD Web site designed to assist military members and their families meet the challenges of military life.

Ultimately, the Military Assistance Program Site (MAPsite) at http://dticaw.dtic.mil/mapsite/ will function as an on-line, 24-hour family center, delivering information, training and family support services designed to augment installation family programs. The first phase of MAPsite implementation focuses on relocation and financial management. Each section features check-ups, tips, planners and calculators to make moving and budgeting easier for military personnel and their families.

MAPsite serves as the flagship for a growing suite of interdependent DoD family support Web sites, including the Standard Installation Topic Exchange Service and Defense Outplacement Referral Service. The next component, a Web site for and about military teens, is currently in beta-testing. Child care and employment components are also under development.

For additional information contact Jean Marie Ward, office of Family Policy, (703) 696-1702, ext. 126.