The local YMCA is on board for Operation: Indiana Partners, which offers free membership to deployed military and their families.
The Clay County YMCA joined the program, which started in Indianapolis at the area YMCA's. The YMCA wanted to help the families of military who have been deployed. The "Y" understands the families have emotional and financial stress, and offers families free membership.
Chad Zaucha, Executive Director of the Clay County YMCA, said the program has more than 80 YMCA's across Indiana participating. He said the Brazil YMCA always gave the military free use of the facility, but until now, the family never received help. Zaucha said on March 20, the Clay County YMCA board approved joining Operation: Indiana Partners.
Zaucha said the family of service men and women would receive free membership for one year. He said the family receives a regular membership for any program in the YMCA. Programs such fitness programs, work out room and other activities are available for the family to choose from.
"We want to create a family support network," he said.
"We will provide a social network and help out with stress relief for families."
Zaucha said it is important to support the families of the deployed military and offer them any help to relieve some of the stress they must endure.
He said working out helps to relieve stress and makes participants feel better.
Zaucha said the military personnel, or their spouse, must bring in verification of deployment, such as his or her deployment orders.
He said if the applicant is visiting the area, or on leave, they will receive a free 30-day membership.
If the applicant is pre-conditioning because of upcoming basic training or deployment, the membership is free for eight weeks.
For more information, call 442-6761.