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  1. 1. Family July 2012 TimesMilitary families get free passes to national parksArticle from www.armymwr.comYORKTOWN, Va. (Army News Service) From AlcatrazIsland to Zion National Park, Soldiers and their familiescan visit more than 2,000 national parks, wildlife refuges,national forests, and other public lands around the nationthis year, without paying entry fees.Beginning Armed Forces Day, May 19, active-dutyand activated Guard and Reserve service members can pick up the new military version of the "America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal RecreationLands Annual Pass." Military members and their dependents can pick up their own pass at any national park or wildlife refuge that charges anThe pass will be accepted at National Park Service, U.S. entrance fee or other selected sites. They must show a validFish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau military identification card to obtain their pass. The pass is alsoof Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Army available to dependent family members of active-duty personnel.Corps of Engineer recreation sites that charge entrance orstandard amenity fees. With the pass, those entry fees Where there are entrance fees, the pass covers the owner and will be waived. accompanying passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle at recreation sites that charge per vehicle. At sites whereThe pass is part of the "Joining Forces" initiative to per-person entrance fees are charged, it covers the pass ownersupport service members and their families, said Dr. Jill and three accompanying adults age 16 and older. There is noBiden. entry fee for children 15 and under."First Lady Michelle Obama and I started the Joining For more information on the pass, please visit:Forces initiative last year as a way to honor, recognize and http://store.usgs.gov/pass/support our veterans and military families," Biden said."This effort is a wonderful way to give something back, (A White House "Joining Forces" news release contributed togiving our military men and women and their families a this article.)chance to reconnect with their loved ones, experience thebeauty of this country, and simply have a little fun."At a ceremony May 15 at Colonial National Historical In This IssuePark in Yorktown, Va., Secretary of the Interior Ken Director’s Corner………………..……..……...2Salazar, Director of the National Park Service Jon Jarvis Newcomers’.....………………………….....….2and Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) Jo- ACS Directory...…….………………………...2Ellen Darcy distributed the first passes to one member AFAP/AFTB/MRT……...…...……..…………3from each of the militarys five branches. FAP…………...…..…………………………...4"Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to our servicemen and FRP………..…....……………………..............5women who make great sacrifices and put their lives on Safety……...……...……...................................6the lines to protect our country and preserve our freedom," EFMP/SOS/MFLC.………………...................7Salazar said. "In recognition of their contributions and AVC/ERP………...…………………...............8service, we are putting out a welcome mat for these brave Relo/Mob/Dep….………………….............9/10men and women and their families at Americas most Calendar..…………………………………….11beautiful and storied sites."
  2. 2. Director’s Corner Carmen E. Borrero, ACS Director ACS PROGRAMS & STAFF ACS Director Family Advocacy New to Ft. Hamilton? Carmen Borrero Vincent DiMaira Would you like to learn more about your new community? 718-630-4457 718-630-4460Army Emergency Relief Financial Readiness 718-630-4754 718-630-4754 Army Family Attend Our Newcomer’s Front Desk/Information Team Building & Referral Orientation! John Mapes Magda Lawrence 718-630-4498 718-630-4754Army Family Action Plan Lending Closet July 26, 2012 Starts at 8:30 a.m. John Mapes Madeline Pastorella 718-630-4498 718-630-4754 Army Volunteer Corps Relocation Readiness Joseph Gamez Madeline Pastorella 718-630-4756 718-630-4462Deployment Readiness Sexual Assault & Location: ACS Conference Room Madeline Pastorella Victim Advocacy 718-630-4462 Vincent DiMaira Bldg. 137-C Poly Place 718-630-4460Employment Readiness Joseph Gamez Survivor 718-630-4756 Outreach Services 718-630-4754 Exceptional Family Member Program Vincent DiMaira Please Call Maddy to 718-630-4460 Reserve Your Seat (718) 630-4754
  3. 3. Master Resiliency Training (MRT) Module 2 Unit 1 Activating Event, Thoughts & Consequences 17 July 2012 --1300 hrs at the Army Community Service Center 137 C Poly Place, 1st floor-- Fort Hamilton. Join us as we continue the MRT series of training. It’s not too late to join our class. Open to all Military, Family Members and DoD Civilians.Call 718 630-4498 or e-mail john.e.mapes2.civ@mail.mil to reserveyour seat or get information.Army Family Action Plan Army Family Team Building Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Is a program designed to give Soldiers, family members, retirees, DoD civilians, and teens an opportunity to voice their New to Military Life? concerns and suggestions on how to improve life and living conditions for all Ever wonder why we do members of the Fort Hamilton community. what we do? To inquire about AFAP classes, please Join our AFTB Class! contact John Mapes @ 718-630-4498 July 03, 2012 at 11am-1230pm Location: ACS Conference RoomAFAP…Voice of the Army Community Building 137C, 1st Floor Army Family Action Plan Bldg. 137C, Poly Place Phone: (718) 630-4498 To sign up please contact: Program Manager, John Mapes John Mapes at 718-630-4498
  4. 4. Jillian Michaels: Put theBrakes on Emotional Eatingwww.everydayhealth.comA bad day at the office soothed by a pint of creamy icecream. Nightly boredom in front of the TV solved by a bag ofcrunchy pretzels. Stressful family events managed with says. "Make a list of hobbies you love and people you can turnheaping plates of gooey pasta. Whatever the cause, millions to. Reach out to those people and establish the ability toof people struggle with emotional eating, which is defined as call them at any time so they can be a support system for you.‖eating because of an emotion, not hunger, every day. Expertsestimate that 75 percent of all overeating is fueled by Ask for help. To avoid emotional eating, you ultimately haveemotion. to keep yourself accountable. But that doesnt mean you have to go at it completely alone. Find a diet buddy to confide in, orOn a recent episode of Daily Dose With Jillian Michaels, reach out to loved ones, and ask them to cover for you whenJillian advises Antoinette, whose sons Leukemia diagnosis you need a little time to yourself for your favorite stress-has led her to self-medicate with food. Twenty pounds later, busting healthy activity, such as exercising, reading a goodshes asked for help on how to curb emotional eating. book, or getting a quick mani-pedi.Throughout all the family stress, Antoinette reports thatlosing weight has been tough, and sticking with a diet has "Do what you need to do to survive, to take care of your son, tobeen nearly impossible, sound familiar? Try Jillians top tips take care of your daughter, to take care of your husband,"for putting a stop to emotional eating and getting back on Jillian suggests. "And that means leaning on other people.―track with your health. Know your triggers. If you cant stay away from chips andWrite a list of alternatives. The No. 1 piece of advice Jillian salsa or your favorite cereal, dont keep it in the house. Youreoffers to emotional eaters: Focus on feeling good with more likely to overindulge in your favorite comfort food whensomething or someone thats not food. When shes feeling its easily available. If your family cant live without the triggerdown, Jillian says she turns to uplifting activities, such as foods that send you spiraling, keep them in a cabinetriding her horse, walking her dog, or even just relaxing and thats separate from your day-to-day foods — out of sight, outwatching a favorite TV show. "I have these behaviors that I of mind.turn to, that I find pleasurable, that are going to help distractme from feeling scared, upset, emotional, or anxious," she Analyze your hunger. When youre about to reach for that second serving, put the brakes on and stop to think. Are you Family really hungry, or tempted to overeat because of boredom or stress? If the answer is emotion, the next step is to ask yourself Advocacy whats really missing from your life. Figure out which emotion is driving your eating, and take steps to solve it. Program Take a hike. If youre bored eating, some sort of activity is usually the answer. Pry yourself away from the kitchen and go for a brisk walk instead. If youre feeling lonely, call that friend who you asked to help keep you accountable. If you regularlyDedicated to Spousal & Child eat to reward yourself, try a larger goal to keep you on track long-term, such as a massage, a movie ticket, or a longAbuse Prevention, Education, weekend away.Prompt Reporting, Investigation, Recover one day at a time. Busting long-standing habits is& Intervention difficult, but not impossible. Each day youre able to resist overeating out of emotion, mark an "X" on your calendar.To access the Family Advocacy Youll be less likely to break the streak if you have a visual reminder of how far youve come. If you do slip up, dont beatProgram, please contact Vincent yourself up about it. Instead, take a step back, and create a planDiMaira at 718-630-4460 that will see you through next time.
  5. 5. Financially Helping Your Adult ChildrenArticle from www.moneymanagement.orgFinancial Readiness ProgramHelping someone obtain his or her financial goals can be veryrewarding, especially if you are helping your own child.When your adult child asks for financial help, they can bedifficult to refuse, however, you need to be careful. Everychild (even those within the same family) is different, andyou’ll need to assess each situation individually. If yournormally responsible child needs help, that can be a verydifferent situation than a not-yet-independent adult child Cosigning does not equal ownershipneeding financial help yet again. It is a common misperception that cosigning a secured loan entitles you to ownership. However, if you cosign a loan for aIf you feel that your normally responsible child needs help vehicle and your name is not on the title, you are not entitled tobecause of an emergency situation, you may consider ownership of the vehicle. This is true even if you are the oneassisting them, especially if you and your spouse are in making payments.agreement. Be very clear with your child about the kind ofassistance you are providing, as well as the terms of that The decision to cosign a loan for someone comes down to this:assistance. If you offer a loan that must be repaid, discuss Are you willing to pay the debt? If you are not willing to assumeloan terms prior to giving any money. totally responsibility, you should not agree to sign for the loan. There are other options—you could offer assistance in aHowever, if you find that your adult child needs help yet different way, one that may help your adult child get back on hisagain because he or she isn’t financially responsible, or her feet in a more responsible way.providing them financial education rather than money isgoing to help them more in the long run. Try to talk with yourchild about developing a long-term financial plan as well aspossible solutions to their short-term problem. Constantlyproviding your child with the money they request will notteach them financial responsibility.Be especially careful if your child asks for help cosigning aloan. Cosigning a loan carries many risks and very littlereward. In fact, many financial experts believe that youshould never put your name on someone else’s loan. As aparent, however, it can be hard not to help your own child. Ifyou have been asked to cosign a loan, understand the risksbefore you sign on the dotted line.You are responsible for the debtIf the primary borrower does not pay the debt as agreed, forany reason, the creditor will hold you responsible. You shouldnot assume that the lender will pursue collecting from theprimary borrower if the borrower in unresponsive. In mostcases, collectors will seek payment from the person whooffers the best chance of recovering the money, which islikely to be you, and if you do not pay, you could be sued.Your credit report may suffer For more informationAny late payments made by the primary borrower will appearon your credit report. This is true even if you were unawarethat late payments were being made. In addition, the cosigned Please call 718-630-4754loan could change your debt-to-income ratio, making itharder to qualify for future credit.
  6. 6. Take 5 for SafetyEnjoy Fireworks-Safely!Article from www.safety.army.milInformation & ReferralThousands of Americans enjoy shooting fireworks every obey all local laws; always keep water handy; only useyear, and while fireworks-related injuries are on the decline, fireworks as intended; never relight a dud; read all warningeveryone should remain vigilant when handling pyrotechnics. labels; and never use illegal or homemade fireworks.According to the U.S. Fire Administration, hospital ―We have a multitude of safety tips and resources availableemergency rooms treated approximately 8,600 people for on our website, www.fireworkssafety.org,‖ said Apel. ―Whatfireworks-related injuries during 2010. Of those injuries, 73 I always like to stress to folks is have a designated shooter,percent occurred between June 18 and July 18. An estimated use common sense, and remember alcohol and fireworks do1,200 ER visits were associated with sparklers, 900 with not mix.‖firecrackers and 400 with bottle rockets. ―Parents need to teach their children fireworks safety just likeThough fireworks are readily available in many states, they teach them other safety lessons around the house,‖ saidSoldiers, Family members and Civilians must ensure they are Ralph Apel, spokesperson for the National Council onbuying legal fireworks and understand the hazards associated Fireworks Safety. ―When using sparklers, individuals shouldwith handling explosives. be 12 years old or older.‖The USFA reports that two out of five people injured in 2010 ―There’s nothing wrong with enjoying fireworks at yourwere under the age of 15, and even a seemingly harmless home with friends and Family as long as you do so safely,‖sparkler burns at about 2,000 F. said Lt. Col. Spencer Ashford, director, U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center Ground Directorate. ―But sometimesOfficials at the NCFS offer the following tips for a safe, it’s a good idea to err on the side of caution and let the prosenjoyable fireworks display: only shoot fireworks outdoors; handle the fireworks show.‖ Free Event Free Event Independence Day Celebration Independence Day Celebration Fort Hamilton Army Base Fort Hamilton Army Base Sunday July 1st Sunday July 1st Register today via the website! Register today via the website! www.hamiltonmwr.com www.hamiltonmwr.com
  7. 7. PreventionSexual assault is a crime. Sexual assault is defined asintentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force,physical threat or abuse of authority or when the victimdoes not or cannot consent. Sexual assault includes: Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult things anyone can go through. In its commitment toRape - Sexual intercourse by force and without consent. the Families of the Fallen, the United States Army has developed a comprehensive SurvivorNonconsensual Sodomy - Oral or anal sex by force and Outreach Services (SOS) Program.without consent. The mission of the Survivor Outreach ServicesIndecent Assault - Unwanted, inappropriate sexual (SOS) is to provide long-term support to Familiescontact or fondling. of our Fallen Soldiers by offering assistance with any concerns or issues, providing information onCarnal Knowledge - Sexual intercourse with a child services and programs, and connecting Families tounder age 16. outreach organizations both inside and outside the Department of Defense.Attempts to commit these acts. If you would like more information, please callIf you are a victim of a sexual assault, please contact the 718-630-4754ACS Assault Response Coordinator at 718-630-4460 or347-452-4302 24/7. Military & Family Life Consultant Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) NEED TO TALK? Military & Family Life Consultants Help with the Stress of Military Life EFMP is a mandatory enrollment program that works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated medical, educational, housing, community support, and personnel services to Families with special needs. Military Family Life Counselors (MFLCs) For any questions concerning the Exceptional are mental health specialist who Family Member Program, please contact Vincent DiMaira, Family Advocacy Program Manager at provide confidential, short-term, non-medical 718-630-4460 counseling to Military Families. To enroll your Family Member in EFMP, contact To access MFLC services please call: Nola Francois at Keller Army Community Hospital (718) 757-9408 at West Point. 845-938-6881
  8. 8. Walt Disney World’s Armed Forces Salute 2012 (Travel must be completed by September 30. 2012) Active Duty and Retired U.S. Military, including members of the U.S. Coast Guard, and active members of the National Guard, or Reservists, may purchase 4-Day Walt Disney World Armed Forces Salute Tickets for themselves and up to five (5) family members and/or friends. *4 Day Military Ticket w/ Park Hopper Option only $138.00 *4 Day Military Ticket w/ Water Park Fun and More Options only $138.00 *4 Day Military Ticket w/ Park Hopper & Water Park Fun & More Options only $165.00 Purchase your tickets at Sector NY MWR, Fort Wadsworth 718-354-4407, D01-MWRSECNY@uscg.mil. Military ID cardholder must purchase the tickets and must be present at ticket activation. Complete eligibility requirements available at MWR. All tickets sold are final, no refunds are available. Available only for Disney World in Florida. While the “Salute” Ticket offers four days of Theme Park visitation, the Water Park Fun & More option allows the Guests to choose one of the following for each Fun visit: “One (1) visit to DisneyQuest® Indoor Interactive Park *One (1) visit to Disney’s Wide World Of Sports® Complex (valid only on events days; some events require an additional admission charge). The Water Park Options can extend your stay, they do not count against your theme park visitations unless used the same day. Block Out Dates for WDW Block Out dates July 4th, 2012, tickets will not be valid at Magic Kingdom. To visit the Magic Kingdom during the block out dates, you must order the standard military discounted tickets. Employment Readiness Program Army Volunteer Corps Employment Readiness Offers: Lend a hand….make a difference Meet New People Job Search Assistance Become Active in Your Community Resume Development Gain New Job Skills Career Planning Feel Good About Yourself Vacancy Listings Enhance Job Opportunities Gain Experience Job Search Training Network Computer & Internet Access Volunteer Today! To Schedule an appointment, please callTO REGISTER please call (718) 630-4756 Joseph Gamez at (718) 630-4756
  9. 9. PCS Financial Tips forMilitary FamiliesArticle from www.saveandinvest.orgRelocation ProgramWhether your family is planning for a PCS move now or in afew years, questions about finances undoubtedly will arise.The following tips can help you plan financially for your nextmove.Get on the same page. Start by talking with your spouse about percent of military personnel live off-base. As you create ayour family’s finances. These steps can help you initiate a budget detailing expected income and expenses at your newdiscussion that is productive and may help prevent potential duty station, be sure to compare current and future Basicfinancial difficulties. Allowance for Housing (BAH) to determine how much house you can afford. Use the BAH Calculator from the DefenseClose out and transfer accounts. Make a list of all your Travel Management Office to find out your specificfinancial accounts. Note which accounts can be transferred allowance.and ones that need to be closed and reopened in your newlocation. Take advantage of the move as a way to shop for Save those receipts! Be sure to keep all your receipts and putlower rates on some financial products (e.g., homeowners’ or them in a central place—including expenses that don’t qualifyrenters’ insurance). for reimbursement—because they may qualify as tax deductions. Pay off your bills immediately.Pay all your current bills. To avoid negative impact on yourcredit, be sure to pay all close-out bills such as electricity, Get answers to your questions. As you plan your move,water, etc., before leaving. Provide all organizations with a financial questions may arise, such as whether to buy or rent aforwarding address as there may be unpaid bills that will home. The Foundation’s Money and Mobility publicationfollow you. includes a chapter dedicated to PCS moves, complete with resources, worksheets, checklists and the Make a MovingCompare the value of your housing allowance. Sixty-five Fund worksheet to help you plan. Military Youth on the Move box, so label each one as you go. http://apps.mhf.dod.mil Relo/Mob/Dep Program Plan for the trip. Dont forget to keep out a few things that Getting packed can be a lot of hard work youll need along the way. Whether youre driving or flyingand kind of frustrating if you feel like youve done it a million to your new home, youll want to have books or magazinestimes before. If youve moved before, you probably have a handy, some entertainment like CDs or your MP3 player, andgood idea about what worked and what didnt last time maybe something to do like a travel size video game.around. Use your own ideas, and check out some of the tipsbelow for some helpful information. Make a separate box or bag for your first few nights at your new installation. It might take a while for you to get Get organized first. Sort through your room and closet to into your permanent home and to get fully unpacked, so keepfigure out what you want to keep and what you are ready to a few important things in a box or bag that you can easily getgive away or get rid of. Make a trip to the installation thrift to like pajamas, a toothbrush, a pillow and blanket, and thestore, relief society, church or charity and donate those old book you are reading.clothes and games youre no longer interested in. Helpful Tips Separate things into piles when you pack. You dont want Get involved. Ask your parents how else you can help withto put your sports equipment with your video games or your the move. Maybe you can help plan a garage sale or help afavorite dress with your gym shoes. Make sure the things you younger sibling with packing.put into boxes go together and cant harm one another. Make packing as enjoyable as possible. Invite some friends Get markers and label your boxes. When its finally time over to help, play some music, and laugh about some of yourto unpack at your new home, its nice to know whats in each old clothes and music youve still got around.
  10. 10. Waiting Families Relocation Program eSponsorship Application & Training Spouses Support Group 3rd Saturday, Monthly Training Sponsors to Assist Relocating Service Members & Their Families Sponsorship Training Available on the following date: September 17, 2012 NYC Aquarium Location ACS, Bldg. 137 July 21, 2012 1300 – 1400 hrs. 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Meet at ACS, Bldg. 137C, 1st Floor Please call to reserve your seat!! For more information contact Phone: 718-630-4754 Madeline Pastorella 718-630-4754/4462 Loan Closet Mobilization & Deployment Need to borrow something? Immigration & Naturalization Visit our Lending Closet Assistance:Dishes, pots, pans, & baby strollers, sleeping mats, & more! Provided to Active Duty, eligible reservists, retirees & Family Members. This service offers information on Immigration and Naturalization policies, procedures and forms. Fort Hamilton Army Community Service Due to the high demand of this Relocation Readiness Program service, appointments are preferred. Bldg. 137C Poly Place To schedule an appointment call 718-630-4754 (718) 630-4462
  11. 11. Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday1 2 3 4 5 6 7 AFTB –Training Happy ACS HOURS ACS HOURS 0830-1630 0800-1630 0800-1630 ACS Conf Rm. 4 th of July!! Computer Lab Computer Lab 0800-1600 0800-16008 9 10 11 12 13 14 ACS HOURS ACS HOURS ACS HOURS ACS HOURS ACS HOURS 0800-1630 0800-1630 0800-1630 0800-1630 0800-1630 Computer Lab Computer Lab Computer Lab Computer Lab Computer Lab 0800-1600 0800-1600 0800-1600 0800-1600 0800-160015 16 17 18 19 20 21 ACS HOURS Master Resiliency ACS HOURS ACS HOURS ACS HOURS Waiting Families 0800-1630 Training 0800-1630 0800-1630 0800-1630 NY Aquarium Computer Lab 1300-1400 Computer Lab Computer Lab Computer Lab 1300-1600 Meet 0800-1600 ACS Conf. Rm. 0800-1600 0800-1600 0800-1600 @ ACS Conf. Rm.22 23 24 25 26 27 28 ACS HOURS ACS HOURS ACS HOURS Newcomer’s ACS HOURS 0800-1630 0800-1630 0800-1630 0830-1130 0800-1630 Computer Lab Computer Lab Computer Lab ACS Conf Rm. Computer Lab 0800-1600 0800-1600 0800-1600 0800-160029 30 31 ACS HOURS ACS HOURS 0800-1630 0800-1630 Computer Lab Computer Lab 0800-1600 0800-1600