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  • 1. Chapter 8 Resources1. Purpose. The purpose of this chapter is to provide information onavailable resources to assist the Command Family Readiness Team.There are over 100 programs, government, military, local, public, andprivate agencies and organizations available to provide support tomitigate challenges of a Navy Expeditionary lifestyle. This list isnot all inclusive.General Military SitesMilitaryOne SourceDoD-sponsored website containing numerous resources for militaryspouses and families. Requires setting up an account to access theNavy webpages. A toll-free hotline (1-800-342-9647) is available 24hours a day. http://www.militaryonesource.comMilitaryHomefrontMilitaryHomefront is the official Department of Defense web site forreliable Quality of Life information designed to help troops and theirfamilies, leaders and service providers.http://www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil Joint Family Support Assistance Program (JFSAP)JFSAP augments existing family programs to provide a continuum ofsupport and services based on member and family strengths and needsand available resources. The primary focus of support is families whoare geographically dispersed from military installations. Services aredelivered in local communities through collaborative partnerships withFederal, State, and local resources.http://www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil/portal/page/mhf/MHF/MHF_HOME_1?section_id=20.80.500.310.0.0.0.0.0Joint Family Resource Center (JFRC)On-demand counseling, educational materials, and programs provided tosupport command sponsored deployment.http://jfsap.mhf.dod.mil/pls/psgprod/f?p=310:1:2676873042222994Navy Knowledge On-lineOfficial Navy website for Sailor career management, personaldevelopment, leadership development, elearning, and other reverencematerials. Their website is available to authorized family members.https://wwwa.nko.navy.mil USA4 Military FamiliesThe USA4 Military Families is a DoD and State partnership initiativeseeks to engage and educate state policymakers, not-for-profitassociations, concerned business interests, and other state leadersabout the needs of Military members and their families, particularly
  • 2. as those needs intersect with state public policy.www.USA4MilitaryFamilies.dod.milEducation ResourcesNaval Services FamilyLineNaval Services FamilyLine has created their page to highlight thespouse education training modules developed to assist the Navy spousein various areas including: communication, CO/XO spouse education,crisis management, deployment/support groups, entertaining with ease,etiquette and protocol, and spouse mentoring. www.nsfamilyline.org FamilyLine’s Guidelines for the Spouses of CPOsTheir booklet, developed by volunteer support at FamilyLine, isavailable as a resource for the spouses of newly-selected Chief PettyOfficers. It describes the roles and responsibilities of the Chief tohelp spouses understand the increased responsibility of their newChief. http://www.nsfamilyline.org/images/Guidelines_for_Spouses_of_CPOs_2009.pdfCOMPASS (Spouse Mentoring)COMPASS is a standardized Team-Mentoring program developed by spousesfor spouses. COMPASS improves quality of life through education,enabling spouses to understand, experience and meet the challenges ofthe Navy lifestyle. http://www.nsfamilyline.org/compass.htmlUSMC Spouses Learning SeriesThe Spouses Learning Series provides Sailor Corps spouses theopportunity to further their personal and professional growth. Theseries provides skills and educational development in the followingareas: Relationship Building, Personal and Professional Empowerment,Business Management and Leadership, Goal Setting, Self-care, StressReduction, and Life/Work Balance.http://www.mccsmcrd.com/Marine_Corps_Family_Team_Building/Spouses_Learning_Series.aspx Command Spouse Leadership Course (CSLC), Newport RITheir course is an officially funded Navy course which focuses onbuilding an effective commanding officer/spouse team. It provides thededicated time and tools for the couple to discuss, prioritize, plan,and formulate their personal Command Tour Charter.https://www.netc.navy.mil/centers/cppd/cls/Spouse.aspx?ID=2Checklists For Military SpousesA part of the Military One Source webpage, their site provides veryuseful information on a variety of topics, like deployment, formilitary spouses and families.http://www.militaryonesource.com/MOS/FindInformation/Category/Topic/Issue/Material.aspx?MaterialTypeID=9&MaterialID=13174
  • 3. Navy & Sailor Corps Relief Society Spouse Tuition Aid ProgramThe Spouse Tuition Aid Program is open only to spouses residing withthe active duty service member stationed at overseas locations. STAPis administered locally by an NMCRS office overseas.http://www.nmcrs.org/stap.htmlLifestyle Insights, Networking, Knowledge and Skills (L.I.N.K.S.)(USMC)The mission of the L.I.N.K.S. Subcommittee is to act in an advisorycapacity to the Family Readiness Committee (FRC) of the Sailor CorpsCommunity Services Board of Directors on all matters that impact theL.I.N.K.S. program. Their website also provides numerous otherresources for spouses and families.http://www.usmc-mccs.org/links/index.cfmEmployment ResourcesThe Occupational Outlook HandbookA nationally recognized source of career information, designed toprovide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions abouttheir future work lives. http://www.bls.gov/oco/Military Spouse Corporate Career NetworkThe Military Spouse Corporate Career Network, MSCCN, is dedicated toproviding career opportunities and job portability for militaryspouses. http://msccn.org/Military Spouse Career CenterTheir website provides valuable information for military spousesseeking employment. Resources include creating your resume and jobsearch functions. http://www.military.com/spouseFamily Employment Readiness ProgramFamily Centers provide information and referral on employment,education, training, and volunteer opportunities for spouses.http://www.cnic.navy.mil/CNIC_HQ_Site/WhatWeDo/FleetandFamilyReadiness/FamilyReadiness/FleetAndFamilySupportProgram/FamilyEmployment/FamilyEmploymentReadinessProgram/index.htmMilitary OneSource Spouse Training, Education & CareerTheir website provides many employment-related resources includingbenefits, communication, handling job-related situations, managementskills, and other employment information.http://www.militaryonesource.com/MOS/FindInformation/Category.aspx?NoCookieCTI=1&CategoryID=167  America’s Job BankVisit our site and see how we can help you find the job thats rightfor you. Thousands of new jobs are posted daily by employers searchingfor someone like you.http://www.ajb.org/
  • 4. Spouses To Teachers (STT)STT is designed to assess the needs of spouses relative to becoming ateacher. The program provides support to eligible spouses in pursuitof K-12 teaching positions. Spouses to Teachers is represented inCalifornia, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Virginia, NorthCarolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, NewMexico, and Utah.http://www.spousestoteachers.com/index.htmlUSAJobsUSA Jobs is the official job site of the U.S. Federal Government.Their web page provides portals to government sites where you can lookfor jobs; learn about special programs and initiatives; and findinformation on how jobs are classified and filled, governmentbenefits, and much more.http://www.usajobs.gov/Military Spouse Career Center Job Search WebsiteSearch for jobs from their website. Job seekers can search accordingto geographic location and job category.http://jobsearch.spouse.military.com/Military Spouse – Friendly EmployersPart of the Military Spouse Career Center, their website provides alist of military spouse-friendly employers to narrow job searches formilitary spouses.http://www.military.com/spouseMilitary Spouse Job SearchDesigned to enhance the employment opportunities for spouses of USMilitary members with employers committed to hiring military spousesand to connect employers with a talented, global, diverse workforce.http://www.americasjobexchange.com/National Military Family Association – Spouse EmploymentThe information found here is designed to help familiarize militaryspouses with the tools that are available to assist military spousesin their job search. Other family topics provide information ondeployment support, education, family life, military benefits.http://www.nmfa.org/site/PageServer?pagename=home_spouseemploymentTAOnline.comTAOnline.com, one of the very first e-recruiting sites for thehundreds of thousands of job seekers from the military community(active service members, veterans, DoD civilians, spouses, familymembers and others), has successfully placed military talent incivilian jobs for close to decade.http://www.taonline.com/
  • 5. Resources for Military SpousesMilitary One SourceResources to help military spouses obtain information about careers,family, and deployments. Also includes links to official andunofficial websites with information and resources for spouses andfamilies.http://www.militaryonesource.comMilitary SpouseThe Military Spouse Resource Center is designed to assist the spousesof U.S. total force military personnel. Our mission is to provide easyaccess to information, resources, and opportunities related toeducation, training, and employment within the United States.http://www.milspouse.org/Military Spouse MagazineMilitary Spouse is a bi-monthly consumer magazine that is by, for, andabout U.S. military spouses.The content incorporates all aspects of life in the military.http://www.milspouse.com/Family Support & Relocation AssistanceOur goal is to provide a comprehensive resource for Navy spouses andtheir families to access information about the Navy communities inwhich they reside or to which they may be relocating.http://www.cnic.navy.mil/CNIC_HQ_Site/WhatWeDo/FleetandFamilyReadiness/FamilyReadiness/FleetAndFamilySupportProgram/RelocationAssistance/index.htmMilitary Families.comExtensive information and resource website for Family Members of theAir Force, Army, Coast Guard, Sailor Corps, National Guard, Navy, andReserves. http://www.4militaryfamilies.com/navyspouses.htmNavy WivesExtensive information and resource website specifically designed forNavy spouses. Website is hosted by a retired Sailor couple.http://www.navywives.com/Military Front for FamiliesMFF is a place for all who have loved ones serving in todaysmilitary. Our goal is to help military families help themselves.http://mff.4mg.com/Resources for FamiliesNaval Services FamilyLineEstablished in 1965 by and for Navy spouses, FamilyLine has nowexpanded to include Sailor Corps and Coast Guard families. NavalServices FamilyLine volunteers provide assistance, information, and/orreferral in all matters pertaining to the military or its lifestyle.FamilyLines mission is empowering our sea service families to meet
  • 6. the challenges of a military lifestyle with information and resourceassistance.http://www.nsfamilyline.org/http://www.nsfamilyline.org/Ask Military Pay (Defense Finance and Accounting Service [DFAS])Official DFAS website providing responsive, professional finance andaccounting services for the people who defend America means deliveringtimely useful information. Our site allows customers the ability torequest support or provide feedback. Topics cover pay tables, BAHallowances, clothing allowances, separation pay, drill pay, andviewing LES online. http://www.dfas.mil/National Military Family AssociationTheir website provides information on family topics such as deploymentsupport, education, family life, military benefits.http://www.nmfa.orgMilitary Assistance Program CentralAn internet desk guide providing information for families and familyprogram professionals throughout the Department of Defense. Resourcesand information include Chaplains, Commissaries, education, crisisintervention, exchanges, health, housing, and legal services.http://www.dod.mil/mapcentral/index.htmlNavy Life Pacific NorthwestNorthwest area website containing local and regional items andresources of interest. www.navylifepnw.comHealth CareTRICAREWebsite resource for TRICARE and other medical-related issues.http://www.tricare.milUnited ConcordiaWebsite resource for dental care plan.http://www.ucci.comMental HealthAnonymous, on-line mental health screening tool to help individualsassess their mental health.http://www.MilitaryMentalHealth.orgMilitary Severely Injured Center (24/7 support)Provides basic information for severely injured military members andtheir families including 24/7 hotline support. (1-888-774-1361)http://www.military.com/support
  • 7. Handbook for families of wounded Service MembersOur Hero Handbook is a guide to walk wounded Service members and theirfamilies from day one through recovery, transition, and beyond. Theirresource is intended not only for the wounded and their families, butalso for all branches, military units, Family Readiness Groups, andMilitary Treatment Facility personnel. Their resource is a fluiddocument that will change constantly as the processes and resourceschange.http://www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil/portal/page/mhf/MHF/MHF_DETAIL_1?section_id=20.80.500.90.0.0.0.0.0&current_id=20.80.500.90.500.120.120.0.0National and community organizations providing assistance to familiesof wounded Service MemberTheir website provides links to organizations and corporations thathave expressed interest in helping establish Heroes to Hometownsprograms or otherwise assist severely injured Service members andtheir families through their national organizations or through theirlocal points of contact. They can be valuable resources in your localcommunity. Check their web sites to locate local points of contact orcontact the national point of contact for more information on localresources.http://qolsearch.mhf.dod.mil/search/cgi‐bin/query‐meta?v%3Aproject=militaryhomefront&query=Heroes+to+Hometowns+  NRSW Youth ProgramsWebpage with schedules for different youth programs and other MWR/YPresources and information.http://mwrtoday.com/sandiego/families/Identity TheftIdentity TheftOfficial Federal Trade Commission resource on identity theft.http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft// Credit Reporting BureausEquifax: 1-800-525-6285; www.equifax.com; P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241Experian: 1-888-EXPERIAN (397-3742); www.experian.com; P.O. Box 9532, Allen, TX 75013TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289; www.transunion.com; Fraud Victim Assistance Division, P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834-6790RelocationFamily Support & Relocation AssistanceOur goal is to provide a comprehensive resource for Navy spouses andtheir families to access information about the Navy communities inwhich they reside or to which they may be relocating.
  • 8. http://www.cnic.navy.mil/CNIC_HQ_Site/WhatWeDo/FleetandFamilyReadiness/FamilyReadiness/FleetAndFamilySupportProgram/RelocationAssistance/index.htmFinancialNavy Sailor Corps Relief SocietyThe mission of the Navy-Sailor Corps Relief Society is to provide, inpartnership with the Navy and Sailor Corps, financial, educational,and other assistance to members of the Naval Services of the UnitedStates, eligible family members, and survivors when in need; and toreceive and manage funds to administer these programs. The Societyprovides financial assistance to eligible recipients in the form of:Interest-free loans and grants to meet emergency needs: needs-basedscholarships and interest-free loans for educational purposes. Inaddition, the Society offers the following services: Budget CounselingServices, Food Lockers at some locations, Infant Layettes — "juniorseabags" and Budget for Baby Seminars, Thrift Shops, and VisitingNurse Services. http://www.nmcrs.orgNavy Fleet & Family Support ProgramsFleet & Family Support CentersOfficial website of the FFSCs. The FFSC provides numerous counseling,assistance and referral resources for Sailors and their familiesincluding transition counseling, family advocacy, and personalfinancial management.http://www.cnic.navy.mil/CNIC_HQ_Site/WhatWeDo/FleetAndFamilyReadiness/FamilyReadiness/FleetAndFamilySupportProgram/index.htmFleet & Family Support Centers DirectoryList of all FFSCs.http://www.cnic.navy.mil/CNIC_HQ_Site/WhatWeDo/FleetandFamilyReadiness/PhoneDirectory/index.htmDeployment ResourcesDeployment Health and Family Readiness Library!Their library provides service members, families, veterans andhealthcare providers an easy way to quickly find deployment health andfamily readiness information. Within their library you will findaccess to fact sheets, guides, and other products on a wide variety oftopics published by the services and organizations that serve you.http://deploymenthealthlibrary.fhp.osd.mil/Kids Information on Deployment Stuff (K.I.D.S.)The K.I.D.S. website provides deployment information for youth ofmilitary families. The information is categorized by grade groupingsto address specific age/grade groups.www.deploymentkids.com
  • 9. Deployment Health SupportTheir website contains information on preparing for deployment andimproving personal and family readiness. http://fhp.osd.mil/deploymentTips.jspDeployment Support/Readiness Program HomepageThe focus is on both the practical and emotional aspects of readinessincluding financial issues, communication, Fleet Response Planreadiness, and coping strategies. Input from Navy leadership, servicemembers and their families have indicated that the needs and concernsof service members facing deployments, whether single or married, areessentially the same. Therefore, the content is designed toeffectively meet the needs of both single and married populations.http://www.cnic.navy.mil/CNIC_HQ_Site/WhatWeDo/FleetAndFamilyReadiness/FamilyReadiness/FleetAndFamilySupportProgram/index.htmDeployment Support GuideAs a leading publisher of military magazines, AmeriForce Publishingfocuses on four very important aspects of military life: Relocation,military family-life,service in the Reserve or National Guard and deployment issues.http://www.ameriforce.net/deploymentNational Military Family AssociationThe NMFA’s mission is to educate military families concerning theirrights, benefits and services available to them and to inform themregarding the issues that affect their lives and to promote andprotect the interests of military families by influencing thedevelopment and implementation of legislation and policies affectingthem. Their website has numerous deployment and other supportresources.http://www.nmfa.orgMilitaryOne SourceDoD-sponsored website containing numerous resources for militaryspouses and families. Requires setting up an account to access theNavy webpages. A toll-free hotline (1-800-342-9647) is available 24hours a day. http://www.militaryonesource.comAmerican Red CrossARC provides numerous services and resources to the communityincluding first aid and CPR training. http://www.redcross.orgResources for Children and YouthKids Information on Deployment Stuff (K.I.D.S.)The K.I.D.S. website provides deployment information for youth ofmilitary families. The information is categorized by grade groupingsto address specific age/grade groups.www.deploymentkids.com
  • 10. Military Teens On The MoveTheir site was designed with you in mind. Maybe you’ve had to relocatea zillion times. We know how difficult and stressful it can be to haveto move, say goodbye to your friends, switch schools, start over andall that. http://apps.mhf.dod.mil/pls/psgprod/f?p=MYOM:HOME:0VA KidsTheir website has information and activities for kids. Information iscategorized: K-5th grade, 6-12th grade, and a section for teachers andthose wanting to learn about veterans. http://www.va.gov/kids/Student JobsTheir website provides information to older youth on creating resumesand how to search and apply for jobs. Website includes federalgovernment job listing. http://www.studentjobs.gov/Department Of Labor Youth LaborTheir website provides numerous resources for youth and parents ofyouth on various labor-related issues. Website includes activities,general information, and statistics. Although geared toward theparents of youth, older youth will find valuable information they canuse on their website.http://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/youthlabor/ParentsofYoung.htmYouth Rules!Their website provides basic information on employment rules thatapply to youth.http://www.youthrules.dol.gov/teens/default.htmFood and Drug Administration (FDA) For KidsOfficial FDA website with health-related information and activitiesfor youth. http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ByAudience/ForKids/default.htmFEMA for KidsOfficial FEMA website with disaster preparedness information andactivities geared toward kids. http://www.fema.gov/kids/Health Finder For KidsTheir website provides youth information on health- and safety-relatedissues. http://www.healthfinder.gov/kids/Kidd SafetyA youth-oriented website that provides general safety information andeducation. http://www.cpsc.gov/kids/kidsafety/index.htmlCNIC Child & Youth ProgramsNavy Child and Youth Programs (CYP) provide developmental child careand youth recreational programs and services for eligible children andyouth ages 4 weeks to 18 years of age. Programs and services arespecifically designed and operated to meet the unique needs of themilitary mission and Service members and their families.
  • 11. http://www.cnic.navy.mil/CNIC_HQ_Site/WhatWeDo/FleetandFamilyReadiness/FamilyReadiness/ChildAndYouthPrograms/index.htmMorale, Welfare, and RecreationMWR homepage, links to child & youth programs and other programsavailable to military families. http://www.mwr.navy.mil/Child & Youth Programs Home pageNavy Child and Youth Programs (CYP) provide high quality educationaland recreational programs for children and youth. Teams of caring,knowledgeable professionals plan developmentally appropriate programsthat are responsive to the unique needs, abilities, and interests ofchildren. Our staff fosters a sense of independence, trust andresponsibility within each child through understanding and respectfulinteractions. Likewise, through positive relationships, our programsrespect and support the ideals, cultures, and values of families intheir task of nurturing children and youth. We are advocates forchildren, families, and the child and youth professionals within ourprograms and surrounding communities.http://www.cnic.navy.mil/CNIC_HQ_Site/WhatWeDo/FleetAndFamilyReadiness/FamilyReadiness/FleetAndFamilySupportProgram/index.htm Navy Mid-Atlantic Region Child Placement ProgramsNavy Child Development Programs (CDP) support operational readiness,mission accomplishment and retention while assisting militarypersonnel in balancing the competing demands of family life andimproving the economic viability of the family. Navy CDP provideshigh quality, developmentally appropriate Programs in ChildDevelopment Centers (CDC), Child Development Homes (CDH), ChildDevelopment Group Homes (CDGH), and School-Age Care (SAC)/ Youthprograms for children from the ages of six weeks to twelve years.http://www.nsa-norva.navy.mil/mwr/childcare.htmFFSC New Parent SupportThe New Parent Support Home Visitation Program is a team ofprofessionals providing supportive and caring services to militaryfamilies with new babies. Their program offers expectant parents andparents of newborn and young children the opportunity to learn newskills as parents and to improve old ones in the privacy of your home.http://www.cnic.navy.mil/CNIC_HQ_Site/WhatWeDo/FleetAndFamilyReadiness/FamilyReadiness/FleetAndFamilySupportProgram/index.htm NRNW Child Development HomesOur CDH program has over 100 homes throughout the region certifiedby Navy Child Development to provide childcare for children up to 12years of age. They provide the same level of high quality care foundin our on-base centers, but are often able to offer a little moreflexibility in services. CDH providers offer developmental programsand receive training and home visits on a monthly basis.http://www.navylifepnw.com/site/127/Child-Development-Homes.aspx
  • 12. NRNW School-Age CareOur School Age Care (SAC) programs are designed for the working parentto have a safe place for their children to go before and after school,providing them with peace of mind to do their job. These highlystructured recreational and educational programs provide youth withage appropriate before and after school activities as well as holidayand summer day camps for youth ages 5 years (and enrolled inkindergarten) - 12 years.http://www.navylifepnw.com/site/129/School-Age-Care.aspxNRNW Child Development CentersChild Development Centers (CDC) offer center based care for children 0to 5 years of age.http://www.navylifepnw.com/site/126/Child-Development-Center.aspxNRNW Teen ProgramsOur youth programs offer a variety of exciting activities, specialinterest clubs and sports for kids ages 6-17 (18 if still enrolled inhigh school). Their recreation program is different from the SACprogram in that programs are usually a little less structured andprogram hours are limited to after school, early evening and weekends.Kids can participate in activities such as foosball or pool, playingteam sports or spending time on the internet, and chatting withfriends from their last installation. We offer field trips, specialinterest clubs and homework help as well.http://www.navylifepnw.com/site/130/Youth---Teen-Programs.aspxChild and Youth ProgramsUS Naval Sea Cadet CorpsSince 1958 the Naval Sea Cadet Corps has been committed to providingAmerican youth with a drug and alcohol free environment to fostertheir leadership abilities, broaden their horizons through hands-ontraining and guide them to becoming mature young adults. Today, theNSCC has formed partnerships with organizations such as the Foundationfor Teaching Economics and the Flying Midshipman Association to offercadets broader opportunities in areas of leadership and aviation.http://www.seacadets.org/public/Drug Education For Youth (DEFY)DEFY focuses on building youngsters self-image and setting goals.Along the way it raises awareness of the harmful effects of alcoholand other drugs, as well as the dangerous effects of peer pressure tojoin gangs. The structured curriculum offers education, skilldevelopment and physical fitness. DEFY is all about creating positiveexperiences so that kids will choose healthy alternatives instead ofsubstance abuse and gang involvement.http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers‐npc/support/nadap/defy/pages/default2.aspx
  • 13. Other Service ResourcesSailorsSailor Corps Community Services (MCCS)Their website contains useful information about the day-to-dayoperations of MCCS. You will find links to the MCCS Board ofDirectors, Congressional Testimony, Annual Reports, Strategic Plans,Program Policies, Sales Reports, and responses to recent Media Queriesthat will provide you with an insiders perspective on how these veryimportant benefits are provided for Sailors and their families.www.usmc-mccs.orgMCCS Family LifeBeing married to a Sailor is said to be the toughest job in Corps. Tohelp meet the demands of the challenging lifestyle that our familiesexperience everyday, MCCS offers a variety of programs that help buildstrong families. Resources include new parent support program, familyhousing, deployment support, education, Family Readiness Officer,L.I.N.K.S., and CREDO.http://www.usmc‐mccs.org/family/index.cfmKey Volunteer NetworkThe KVN is an integral part of a Sailor Corps unit family readinessprogram and is the primary communication link between the commandingofficer and the unit families for the enhancement of mission readinessand supports the spouses of the unit Sailors by providingcommunication from the command, serving as a source for informationand referral services and by helping foster a sense of communitywithin the unit. http://www.usmc-mccs.org/kvn/index.cfmCoast GuardOfficial Websitehttp://www.uscg.mil/Unofficial USCG Support GroupCoastieChicks.net, an un-official United States Coast Guard supportgroup. Their site is intended for Coast Guard Spouses, but anyoneassociated with the Coast Guard may participate.http://coastiechicks.net/ArmyOfficial Websitehttp://www.army.mil/Virtual Family Readiness Group (vFRG)The Virtual Family Readiness Group (vFRG) web system provides all ofthe functionality of a traditional FRG in an ad-hoc and on-linesetting to meet the needs of geographically dispersed units and
  • 14. families across all components of the Army. The vFRG links thedeployed Soldier, their family, the FRG leader, the unit Commander,the rear detachment, and other family readiness personnel on their owncontrolled access web system to facilitate the exchange of informationand provide a sense of community, using technology to automate manualprocesses and provide enhanced services and communications.www.ArmyFRG.orgMy Army Life TooTheir website contains resources and useful information for Armyfamilies. Families of military personnel from other services deployedwith the Army may find much of their information useful.http://www.myarmylifetoo.com/skins/malt/home.aspx?mode=userNational GuardThe NGB-FP portal is an online community that enables the Guardcommunity to access information on NGB-FP programs, benefits,resources and training. The portal is aimed at increasing supportthrough improved communication for: family members, youth, volunteercore, family program paid staff, service members, school educators andadministrators, other supporting groups.www.nationalguard.comOther Helpful SitesOrder birth, marriage, death certificates (private organization)http://usabirthcertificatebureau.com/Absentee Votinghttp://www.fvap.gov/Better Business Bureauhttp://www.bbb.org/