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  1. 1. Weekly Update August 24, 2012 Follow us on FACEBOOK: Click the link 5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery SAVE THE DATESSEARS DONATES GIFT CARDS TO ACTIVE DUTY THROUGH IT’S 5TH ANNUALHEROES AT HOME CAMPAIGN AT 11 a.m, August 30, registration opens at 1 p.m. central(11 a.m. Pacific time) to receive one of 20,000 gift cards given away to active duty military.Registration is limited to the first 20,000 eligible individuals, and ends when such number isreached or at 11:59:59 PM Central Time on August 30, 2012. These gift cards go quickly! Thereis no rank restriction. It is one of many ways Sears says Thank You to our military. Gift cards aremailed out and should be received by December 3 if you are a lucky recipient! Good Luck!!OPERATION BABY CELEBRATION: A SALUTE TO CUTE! A baby shower for new andexpecting military/military spouse moms. October 14, 2012 / 12:00 – 3:00 PM at Fisher Pavilion,Seattle Center. All branches of the military from Washington – 250 slots available for moms /moms-to-be . Eligible Moms who delivered after May 1st, 2012 or are due by April 1st, 2013 mayregister. Preference will be given to first time attendees to an OHWA baby shower and ranks E6and below. Ranks E6 and above and those that have attended before will be added to a wait list.After September 15, if the slots aren’t filled, those on waiting list will be added. Moms will enjoy aspeaker, a baby fashion show, refreshments and of course a shower of gifts to help prepare foryour bundle of joy! No babies under 6 months, or Dads. No childcare is available. REGISTERQuestions - contact: Diana.Morrison@OperationHomefront.net COMMUNITY EVENTS 1. ARMED FORCES ACTION PLAN (AFAP) ISSUE SUBMISSIONS: AFAP is a grass- roots program designed to seek solutions to the concerns of the military community. Submit your issues or recommendations for improvement – about entitlements, benefits, ...education, housing, medical and more – to the JBLM AFAP Conference scheduled in October. The deadline to submit issues/recommendations for improvement is Sept. 1. For information about how to submit your issues, please visit http://jblmmwr.com/acs_afap.html or contact the AFAP office at (253)967-9496. 2. Military Mondays at the fair The Puyallup Fair celebrates the U.S. armed forces by hosting Military Mondays. Free gate admission is offered to all active, reserve, and retired military
  2. 2. and National Guard and their dependents, plus disabled veterans, when each shows valid military ID at any gate. Military Appreciation Days are Sept. 10 and 17. The Puyallup Fair will run from Sept. 7 to 23. Military members are welcome to also take advantage of 50 percent off rides at Monday Madness Sept. 10 and Sept. 17 for unlimited rides (excludes Extreme Scream) and one free carnival game for $27.50. Order online at thefair.com before Sept. 6 and pay just $22.50. The legendary rock band Heart performs on the Grandstand Stage Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. On Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m., Big Time Rush with special guest Cody Simpson perform. Tickets for reserved seats are available at www.thefair.com.3. JBLM Family and MWR Do you have gently used home items that youd like to sell? Rent a table or space at the MWR Fall Flea Market Sept. 22 in the MWR Fest Tent! For more info & registration form, call 253-967-6772.4. JBLM Half Marathon Saturday, Sep 15, 2012 at the MWR Tent. For additional information call 253-967-4768.5. Operation Rising Star 2012/Auditions Thursday, Sep 13, 2012, Round 1 is Sept. 20; Round 2 Sept. 27 Finals are Oct. 4 at Heroes Lounge. Must be 18 yrs. to attend. Open to active duty, guard, reserve, family members vocalists. Call 253-477-5756.6. JBLM suggestions welcome Got a better way? Win cash by making a suggestion to save the installation money or improve operations and services through the JBLM Army Suggestion Program. Any JBLM employee (military or civilian) may fill out a suggestion form on the ASP website: https://asp.hqda.pentagon.mil/public/default.htm. For more information call 477-1078.7. Recycle more, smaller items To achieve JBLM’s goal of net zero waste by 2020, installation recycling centers will expand the variety of commodities accepted. For details, check the website at http://www.lewis- mcchord.army.mil/publicworks/docs/JBLMRecyclingInformation.pdf. Due to limited space available in our current recycling center and new focus on expanded recycling opportunities, as of Sunday we began to no longer accept excess or oversized garbage from on base residents at the JBLM Lewis Main Recycle Center. On-base residents however, can request curbside bulk pick-up of oversized or excess garbage by emailing JBLMLeMay@wasteconnections.com or contacting their Equity Residential housing representative.8. JBLM invited to initial Tacoma run JBLM Airmen and Soldiers are invited to Tacoma’s first running of the Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Run honoring the sacrifice of first responders and service members who sacrificed their lives on 9/11. The Sept. 15 run in Tacoma will start and finish at the site of the retired fireboat along Ruston Way on the Tacoma waterfront. Go to http://www.tunneltotowers.org/index.aspx or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbjNgb2y8AU for more information. Event coordinator is Jason Spencer, a Tacoma Firefighter, at 820-6772.9. WEAR BLUE: RUN TO REMEMBER RUNNING CLUB- Each Saturday, "Wear Blue: Run to Remember" meets at Powderworks Park in DuPont, WA, at 9 a.m., to serve as a
  3. 3. living memorial to fallen Service Members. Names of Fallen Warriors from JBLM are read out loud before each run. You can run/walk a 5K or 10K course each Saturday, and support Spouses of Fallen Warriors. For more information please visit their website at http://www.wearblueruntoremember.org/ GREAT OPPORTUNITIES1. RIDESHARE 2012: Considering joining an existing vanpool. There are van groups with availability in Pierce, Thurston, King and Kitsap counties looking for more riders to join an existing group. Want to start a new vanpool? Its easy; it just takes 5 people to start a new vanpool. Pierce Transit has allocated 20 new vans for JBLM employees until they are filled or until the end of March 2013. Link up with your organization’s ETC, they are there to facilitate and answer questions regarding rideshare and ride-matching. Visit and register at www.rideshareonline.com to connect with others going your way and share the ride! Like us on FB www.facebook.com/JBLMCommutes (IMLM-LG/967-7301). MASS TRANSPORTATION BENEFIT PROGRAM 2012: Now that you have made the decision to join a vanpool or start taking the bus to work; did you know that your costs for doing so can be subsidized up to $125.00 per month? In some cases covering the total out of pocket costs? Contact your organization’s Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC) for more details. Like us on FB www.facebook.com/JBLMCommutes (IMLM-LG/967-7301).2. Watch UFC 151 action at no charge Catch UFC 151 action at no charge at Heroes Sports Lounge inside Cascade Community Center Sept. 1. Fights begin at 6 p.m.; doors open at 5 p.m. Cascade Community Center is located in building 2400 on Bitar and S. Division; for more information, call 964-0331.3. JBLM DUTY SHUTTLE: JBLM is making it easier than ever to explore alternate commuting options! The JBLM Duty Shuttle pilot program offers duty-day shuttle service for service members & employees at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Shuttle runs Mon-Fri (excluding holidays), every hour from 07:00-18:00. Service provided by JBLMs Directorates of Logistics and Public Works. For updates and more information: www.facebook.com/JBLMcommutes. Full schedule: http://www.lewis-mcchord.army.mil/pao/JBLMDutyShuttle.pdf (IMLM- LGT/982-2684).4. THE RACE FOR A SOLDIER - GIG HARBOR HALF MARATHON, 2 MILES, AND KIDS FUN RUN, September 23, Fight to stop the Soldier suicide epidemic. The Race For A Soldier - Gig Harbor Half Marathon is our anchor of hope, our way to show support and raise awareness and a chance to raise valuable funds that will ensure more soldiers get the help they need before its too late. When you support this race - whether you run, walk, volunteer, donate, watch or all of the above - you are making a difference in the lives our brave soldiers and their families. You are showing your support and your belief, making this a brighter future for all soldiers, their families and our community. No longer can we wait to act. The race is on and we can win it together! www.RaceForASoldier.org5. MILITARY SPOUSES ACTIVITIES, Lakewood Family YMCA. Refuel emotionally, physically, and spiritually while getting connected to other military Spouses through fun activities and self-reflection. Every first and third Tuesday of the month (September 4th & 18th) 9 am -12 p.m. Free for members and non-members. Fee-based child care is available upon
  4. 4. registration. Register by contacting Kelli McMorris: McMorK@uw.edu or 580-704-9501. Located at the Lakewood Family YMCA, 9715 Lakewood Drive SW, Lakewood, 984996. MILITARY FAMILIES TO GET FREE NATIONAL PARKS PASS. Active-duty military personnel and their dependents will be able to enter every national park for free as part of an effort to thank service members and their Families for the sacrifices they make. An annual pass will be made available to members of the military free of charge at all National parks ($80 value). Military personnel can get the passes at any national park or wildlife refuge that charges an entrance fee by showing their military ID. Each family member will also be able to obtain their own pass even if the service member is deployed . The free pass will be made available for activated members of the National Guard and Reserves, but not for military veterans or retirees.7. FREE ADMISSION TO OVER 1,600 MUSEUMS, NOW TILL LABOR DAY, FOR MILITARY FAMILIES Blue Star Museums says thank you to the troops for the contributions and sacrifices you make for our country. For a list of museums, please check out the Blue Star Museums website.8. Visit Tillicum Village Saturday, Sep 1, 2012, Take in the magnificent scenery during a 50- minute cruise to Blake Island State Park on our way to a four-hour adventure at Tillicum Village Saturday, Sept. 1. Upon arrival, you’ll walk down a path strewn with sun-bleached white clamshells and greeted with an appetizer of steaming clams in nectar broth. Inside the longhouse, watch as whole Chinook salmon are cooked over an alderwood fire on cedar stakes in the traditional style of the Northwest Coast Indian. Your meal is served buffet-style and includes a menu of salmon, warm Tillicum whole-grain bread, new red potatoes, long-grain and wild rice, fresh salad bar and Boehms chocolate salmon dessert. After dinner, you’ll be treated to a spellbinding performance featuring the Tillicum Village dancers. ($90; ages 5–12: $65; 0–4: $15) Register through WebTrac at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/jblmrect rac.html or at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North. Group rates/private trips available. For more information call 252-967-6263. KIDS1. Teen Zone before-school care available The Teen Zone at JBLM-Lewis Main is starting before- school care at 5:30 a.m. until students take the bus to Woodbrook Middle School, Harrison Prep, Mann Middle School and Lakes High School. The service is fee-based; participants must be registered with CYS Services. For more information, call Parent Central Services at 966- 2977.
  5. 5. 2. Registration for next months SKIES Classes Begins Saturday, Sep 1, 2012.3. MILITARY TEENS FREE TRIPS Washington State University, Chelan County Extension and the staff at both Mission and Stevens are offering multiple opportunities this winter and spring for your teen to enjoy free trips ($25 processing fee) and spend the day/weekend with other military youth. River raft trip: spend the day on the river, camp and cook out on the shore at night. You can contact Kevin C. Powers, for further information and to register at kcpowers@wsu.edu, WSU Chelan County Extension, 400 Washington Street, Wenatchee, WA 98801, 509-667-6540 or find us on the web at: http://county.wsu.edu/chelan- douglas/youth/youth/mtac/Pages/index.aspx . For more information: WA.OMK@ad.wsu.edus.4. CYS HIRED! Apprenticeship Program for Teens Teens can bolster college applications with the Hired! Apprentice Program. Teens ages 15-18 earn valuable work experience, and earn $500 at the end of the program, by reporting to work at MWR operations. For more information call 253-967-4694.5. NEW PARENT SUPPORT PROGRAM (NPSP) PARENTING CLASSES The New Parent Support Program on JBLM offers a variety of free parenting classes to all military families. Free child care is provided for each of the sessions by signing up for the class at 253.967.5901.  Common Sense Parenting of Toddlers and Preschoolers: Learn to: 1) Set reasonable expectations based on your child’s age, development, and abilities and 2) Proactively teach your children the behaviors you want them to do. Age of Child(ren) in Home: Older infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Class Length: 7 Wednesdays (2 hrs per session); call 253.967.5901 for next start date/time/location.  The 7 Habits of a 24/7 Dad: Developed by the National Fatherhood Initiative, learn: 1) the value of a father’s involvement in his child’s life, 2) look at your role as a father, 3) how to connect with each child, and 4) how to develop goals for the future with your child. This class is great when you have. Age of Child(ren) in Home: Appropriate for all ages of children. Class Length: 7 days over 4 weeks (2 hrs per session); call 253.967.5901 for next start date/time/location  Dr. Dad: Developed by the National Fatherhood Initiative. You will learn to care for your child when they are well, sick or injured and how to keep them safe. Age of Child(ren) in Home: Appropriate for newborn and toddler age children. Class Length: 2 days; call 253.967.5901 for next start date/time/location.  1-2-3 Magic: You will learn a ‘time out’ type of discipline and how to use variations of it in many different situations. Age of Child(ren) in Home: Appropriate for 2-12 year olds. Class Length: Two sessions; the first is 3 hours and the second is 2 hours; call 253.967.5901 for next start date/times/location  Infant Massage: You will learn how to massage your infant. Bring your baby and learn how to calm, relax and get to know your baby well. You will also learn how to help with digestions and colic. Age of Child(ren) in Home: Appropriate for pregnant moms/dads and infants up to 6 months. Class Length: Three sessions held once a week (1.5 hrs per session); call 253.967.5901 for next start date/times/location.  Stress Free Parenting: Based on the book, The Mindfulness Solution, by Dan Siegel, we explore how mindfulness can help us as parents to think before we respond and deal with our own emotions before interacting with our children. Emotion Coaching will be introduced to assist in helping our children learn to deal with their challenging emotions.
  6. 6. Age of Child(ren) in Home: Appropriate for all ages of children. Class Length: Six sessions held once a week (1.5 hrs per session); call 253.967.5901 for next start date/ times/ location. Becoming Parents Program Workshops: This workshop assists couples in improving on their communication skills, caring for their couple relationship and remembering to incorporate self-care into their lives as parents, particularly when adding a baby to the family. At the end of each session, there is also a section on Infant Care and Development for those who are pregnant or with infants in the home and for those who are interested in the information. Age of Child(ren) in Home: For pregnant families and children of all ages. Class Length: Six to ten sessions (2.5 hrs each) held once a week; call 253.967.5901 for next start date/ times/ location Play Morning: Professionally facilitated play at Raindrops and Rainbows. Information provided on normal growth and development, milestones and safety. Age of Children: All ages. Class Length: Every Friday at Raindrops and Rainbows from 1000 to 1130; no registration required. Baby Play Group: Professionally facilitated play at The Escape Zone. Information provided on normal growth and development, milestones and play. Ages of children: Birth to 1 year. Class Length: Every Thursday at the Escape Zone from 1300 to 1430; no registration required. EMPLOYMENT and VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES1. ACAP: Is sponsoring a Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) lecture regarding transition at McChord Field. This "Marketing Yourself for a Second Career" lecture is intended for senior officers and NCOs about to transition but may also be beneficial to all who mentor soldiers. Spouses are encouraged to attend. The event will be held on Wednesday, August 29, 8:30am - 11:00am at 551 Barnes Blvd, McChord Field. Please contact Ms. Sabrina Rasmussen to reserve your seat 253-982-2948).2. The Fisher House is supported by wonderful people who volunteer their time and talents! If you are interested in volunteering for the Fisher House please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 253-964-9283 ext 10 or FHMAMC@aol.com Current volunteer opportunities can be found and applied for through the VMIS website. Click here for current open positions.3. Earn money at home as a Family Child Care provider Looking for a fun, rewarding job? Become a Family Child Care provider and make a difference in the lives of military children and their families. FCC providers can earn up to $2,000 a month, qualify for subsidies and receive free child care while training and free business resources.4. CERTIFICATION HELP FOR MILITARY SPOUSES through Heroes at Home 2! Need to update certification? Under employed? Heroes at Home can help with the cost. For more information, call (253) 966-7366 or stop by and visit them at Stone Education Center.5. Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Army Continuing Education System will host a combined College & Apprenticeship Fair – Thu., Sept. 6, 2012; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Stone Education Center on JBLM Lewis Main. For the first time, this year’s fair will also include
  7. 7. an opportunity to explore apprenticeship opportunities. Unlike traditional college programs, apprenticeships offer an opportunity to be paid for work performed while learning a new skill, though a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction with preparation to enter a career in the skilled workforce. Apprentices earn a living wage throughout the education process, with periodic raises to reflect increased experience and commitment. Once the apprenticeship is completed, workers receive full journey-level wages and possess a trade certification that is recognized internationally. Representatives from vocational and apprenticeship programs throughout Washington state will be represented, as well as other State Apprenticeship Agencies. Many of these participants will demonstrate their trades for participants during this event. More than 80 academic and education organizations will also be represented. TRAINING and EDUCATION1. 2013 Military Scholarship Application- Each year the Council of College and Military Educators offers fifteen $1000 scholarships for Servicemembers, Military Spouses, and Veterans who are working towards the completion of higher education degrees. The 2013-14 CCME Scholarship Applications must be submitted online at ccmeonline.org/scholarship. This years online application must be completed by 1 October 2012 scholarship application deadline. Read the Military Advantage Blog for more details located at: http://bit.ly/Mia93A2. MYCAA [MY CAREER ADVANCEMENT ACCOUNTS PROGRAM] https://aiportal.acc.af.mil/mycaa (See eligibility criteria and guidelines on front page) Offers up to $4,000 of Financial Assistance for Education, Training, Licenses and Credentials to spouses of service members in pay grades of E1-E5, W1-W2 and O1-O2 serving on Active Duty. Call (800) 342-9647 for Spouse Education, Career, and Employment Counseling Services. Most of the money set aside last year went unclaimed! Ask for additional sources of financial assistance available for all military spouses regardless of pay grade and career status.3. VOW TO HIRE HEROES ACT offers unemployed military veterans, ages 35-60, an additional 12 months of full-time Montgomery GI Bill benefits to use toward education and training for in demand career fields. This program is available to unemployed veterans age 35- 60, regardless of whether or not they still have remaining MGIB benefits. Click the link below to learn more, or be sure to send this to other veterans who may benefit from this program! http://benefits.va.gov/vow/education.htm4. SUPPORT GROUP FOR WOMEN CARING FOR WARRIORS WITH PTSD meets first Tuesday of each month from 5-6:30pm. Looking for resources to help better cope and understand PTSD. Need support from others who care and understand what you’re going through. Please call 253.966.8657 or email JBLMIMCOMDFMWRSFAC@conus..army.mil for meeting location.5. TUESDAY TOPICS RELATIONSHIP WORKSHOP SERIES Presented by the Child and Family Assistance Center (CAFAC) Every Tuesday from 2:00pm to 3:30pm – CAFAC Conference Room, bldg 9923B, room 108, Madigan Annex, Ramp 3, across the hall from 9923A. Watch for signs! No need to register; just show up. Casual atmosphere. CAFAC: 253-968-4843.
  8. 8. EFMP EVENTS and RESOURCES 1. Madigan EFMP Office Move! The Madigan EFMP has moved to the 1st Floor of the Nursing Tower (previously where Child Guidance was located). They occupy rooms 1-28-11, 1-28-14 and 1-28-16. Madigan EFMP phone numbers will remain the same: 253-968-1370 (EFMP enrollments, disenrollment’s, updates) or 253-968-0254 (overseas screening).2. EFMP Enrollments/Updates: EFMP enrollment (Air Force and Army) must be updated every 3 years, or as the condition changes (whichever comes first). DD Forms 2792 (medical) or 2792-1 (educational) are needed to enroll, update or disenroll an Exceptional Family Member. For more info about Army EFMP enrollment dates, forms or process, contact Madigan EFMP: 253-968-0254 or 253-968-1370; for more information about Air Force EFMP enrollment and screening, contact the 62nd Medical Clinic at 253-968-3350. Enrollment forms also available on the ACS EFMP website: http://www.jblmmwr.com/acs_efmp.html3. EFMP Systems Navigator at the Airman & Family Readiness Center (AFRC): Did you know an EFMP Systems Navigator is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm? You can contact Jaclyn Gilley at (253) 982-8860 or stop-in for a visit. The Airman Resiliency Center is located on McChord Field: Bldg. 553, off Barnes Blvd just behind the AFRC.4. Army Community Service (ACS) Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) will host a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, September 13 from 10:30-11:30 am in the ACS Classroom in Waller Hall (Bldg 2140, Liggett Ave, Lewis-Main). The Town Hall Meeting will provide Exceptional Families an opportunity to raise global issues impacting Exceptional Family Members (EFM) on JBLM and Army-wide. The purpose of this forum is to bring to light issues faced by a number of EFMs; we have staff at ACS EFMP in Waller Hall to assist Families with personal concerns Monday-Friday from 7:30 am–4:30 pm. The goal is to compile the issues and determine the appropriate course of action for addressing these issues. JBLM ACS EFMP has worked hard to forge relationships with agencies on and off post to partner in improving the quality of life of EFMs and their families. It is your experiences and voices that will pave the road towards change! We will have a call-in number available to those Family members who would like to participate but are unable to meet in ACS Classroom (details of the call will be available later this month and will be sent through our email distribution list and posted on Facebook). If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact us at (253) 967-9704, jblmimcomdfmwrefmp@conus.army.mil, or stay tuned to our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/efmpjblm.5. SAVE THE DATE Employment, Volunteer, and Education (EVE) Resource Fair, October 10th, Madigan Medical mall, lower level, 9:30 – 3PM.6. Did you miss the JBLM EFMP newsletter? You can access it on-line at http://www.jblmmwr.com/acs_efmp_newsletters.html. If you would like to join our EFMP e- mail distribution list, please e-mail jblmimcomdfmrwefmp@conus.army.mil.
  9. 9. 7. **NOTE: Please contact JBLM EFMP at jblmimcomdfmwrefmp@conus.army.mil if any of the above contacts do not respond within 2 business days. MADIGAN NEWS1. School Physical Dates: Does your child need a physical to participate in sports this school year, attend summer camp or enter kindergarten? please call the TRICARE Regional Appointment Line to schedule your child’s physical. The Department of Pediatrics will be offering several dedicated physical exam dates this summer on Aug, 28, Sept. 13 and Sept. 25. Appointments can be scheduled 6-8 weeks in advance by calling the TRICARE Regional Appointment Center at (800) 404-4506. We look forwarding to seeing you and your family this summer!2. Walk-in services are now available for all service members in the Behavioral Health Clinic at Madigan Army Medical Center, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The Soldier Readiness Service (SRS) located at Madigan Annex has permanently closed. Contact Madigan BH Clinic at 968-2700. The Child and Family Assistance Center (CAFAC) provides behavioral health services for active duty family members including individuals, couples, families, children and adolescents. CAFAC is located in Bldg 9923 at the Madigan Annex. Triage hours are daily from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to assess individual or familys needs and decide the most appropriate services available for their situation. Contact CAFAC at 968-4843. Services are also available through the School Behavioral Health (SBH) program for children enrolled in one of the base elementary schools. Contact SBH at 477-3731.3. Taking Stress Out of Reintegration- The Defense Department (DoD) is working to assist and change the nation’s understanding of the invisible wounds of war, according to Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta. In doing so, the lead has been taken by the Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) for Psychological and Traumatic Brain Injury. DCoE is out in front on recognizing psychological problems among Servicemembers and recently began reaching out to military members and their families through social networking. People often have unrealistic views of redeployment. Communication is key to understanding what the Servicemember wants and needs. Include your Servicemember in the planning process so they can have a say in what is happening. To learn more, please go to: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=1169984. CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: On the 3rd Thursday of each month, the Dept of Social Work at Madigan Army Medical Center hosts a support group called "Caring for the Caregiver." The group meets from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Nursing Tower at Madigan on the Second Floor in the South Waiting Room. The Caregiver Support Group is an open group designed to provide information & support for anyone who is the caregiver of someone with a chronic medical condition. For more information contact Sandra Naputi@us.army.mil (MAMC- DSW/968-2303).5. TOBACCO CESSATION: Join the growing number of ex-tobacco users on Joint Base Lewis- McChord. Call TRICARE at 1-800-404-4506 for a cessation appointment. Also, check out the free cessation counseling, quit tools and promotional materials at "Make Everyone Proud. Quit Tobacco www.ucanquit2.org you can do this - you can be tobacco-free! POC is Ms Hawthorne,
  10. 10. RN-BC, Madigan Army Public Health Nursing for more information please call the following (MCHJ-CLY-P/968-4382).6. Requesting Military Service Records- If you are a veteran or a next-of-kin and need documentation to prove military service, you need to obtain copies of your or your veteran’s DD Form 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. Military personnel records are stored with the National Archives and can be requested through the eVetRecs online system order form. Any requests for military personnel records must be done by the veteran or the next-of-kin of a deceased veteran. The next-of-kin needs to provide an official proof of death. Anyone who is not the veteran themselves or the next-of-kin needs to complete a Standard Form 180 (SF 180). Records are added into the National Archives library 62 years after the service members separation from the military. Records with a discharge date 62 years ago or prior are archived and open to the public. For example, for 2012 records are available from 1950 and earlier. Records with a discharge date after 1950 are non-archival and are maintained under the Federal Records Center program. Non-archival records are subject to access restrictions and need to be accessed through the eVetRecs online system order form. The 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center damaged or destroyed 16-18 million Army and Air Force records for military personnel discharged between 1912-1964. Alternate record sources can often be used to reconstruct these records. (Source: National Archives Veteran Service Records, http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/index.html) WEEKLY FINANCIAL TIPS COUPONS – With the continuing economic situation, it’s more important than ever to keep money for a rainy day. Food is major portion of most of our budgets. With our current nation drought yearly food budgets are projected to increase by over six hundred dollars next year. Here are some tips and tools to make grocery shopping faster, easier and cheaper: 1. Review your budget. Know how much money you have available and accept the challenge to spend less.2. Plan meals. Consider a tool that helps you plan your meals such as, www.mealsmatter.org, www.saymmm.com, or www.eatrealgood.com/meal-planner.html. Planning your meals will reduce impulse shopping. These sites will even create shopping lists for you based on these meals.3. Create a grocery list. Starting with a list can save you money and time.4. Click coupons before you leave home. Look through your Sunday paper for coupons or even your favorite magazines offer opportunities for savings. Visit online websites for coupons such as www.ppgazette.com, www.mygrocerydeals.com, and www.thecouponclippers.com. If you are looking for coupons for organic and natural products, check out www.mambosprouts.com. Don’t forget to visit the manufacturer’s websites for coupons, including meat manufacturers like www.tyson.com.5. Don’t forget your store loyalty cards. Most major stores now offer loyalty cards. Visit your store’s website to see if you can directly download their coupons to your card. Eliminating
  11. 11. the need to cut them out from the weekly newspaper. These sites let you load directly to your store loyalty cards: www.cellfire.com, www.pgesaver.com, www.shortcuts.com, https://ecoupons.upromise.com and www.savingstar.com. You will need to register the first time, but the simplicity of clicking and savings is worth the time.6. Use the peelies, blinkies and tearpads. Peelies are the sticker-like coupons stuck on the product at the store. Blinkies are the coupons from Smartsource machines (red boxes) usually found in the cereal aisles. Tearpads are usually found on product shelves or displays.7. Use your phone. With technology progressing, it only reasonable to presume it would include food shopping. Here are a few applications that can help you save money: a. CompareMe App – An application for comparing and converting prices, price negotiations, bargaining, and verifying the cheapest prices. b. Unit Price Compare App – Similar to CompareMe, but designed for the Android phones. c. Cellfire App – Just search for coupons and add them directly to your loyalty-program cards. d. Verizon Spend Smart – Verizon phone users can register at www.vzspendsmart.com with their loyalty-car information. You can choose coupons on your phone and transfer the saving to your loyalty card.8. Compare prices between store brands and national labels. Look at the cost per unit to effectively compare; store brand items are usually about 27 percent less than national brands. These are usually listed on the shelf prices, if not use a small calculator to figure it out.9. Avoid last minute impulse purchases especially at the checkout for things like magazines and candy bars; ask yourself “Do I really need this?” Area by the checkout counter is prime marketing space look for a register that doesn’t have these items if you are normally tempted to purchase things at this point. **Compiled by Ryki Carlson richarda.carlson@us.army.mil** ACS FINANCIAL READINESS SERVICES Locations: Lewis Main: Waller Hall, Room 400, 2140 Liggett Avenue and McChord Field: Airman and Family Readiness Center, 551 Barnes St Hours of Operation: 0700 – 1630, Monday – Friday (OPEN all DONSA days, closed Federal Holidays) Services Available: Confidential one-on-one counseling for Service Members and their spouses (budgeting, debt management, credit counseling, investment education, general financial planning), Counselors can assist in obtaining and reviewing your Credit Reports, plus assist in clearing up issues listed on the reports. Personal financial management classes are also offered. Applications are also taken for Army Emergency Relief (AER). All services are free of charge. Appointment Line: Call 253/967-7166 to make appointment with a Financial Counselor Program POC: Mary T Cron, AFC, CHC, 253/967-9917, mary.t.cron@us.army.mil
  12. 12. Lewis Main Financial Readiness Classes Classes at Lewis Main, please call 253/967-1453 to register(Classes are held at Army Community Service located in Waller Hall unless otherwise noted) This all day class satisfies the financial topics for the 1st Term Soldiers Mandatory Financial Training. Attendees Financial learn how to deal with the basics of financial issues seen in Awareness for everyday life. The classes cover: Understanding Your LES, Entry Level Principles of Personal Finance, Financial Institutions and09/11 0830 - 1630 Service Checking Accounts, Planning & Budgeting, Saving &09/25 members Investing, Using Credit Wisely and Buying Insurance. If (Spouses JBLM is your first duty station, these classes are a must for welcome) you. Please Note: This class will be held in Bldg 2400 (Cascade Training Annex) Come and refresh your money management skills in this Checking hands-on learning session. Learn how to keep and maintain09/18 0900 - 1130 Account a checking account register and then balance your Maintenance transactions with the bank statement to make sure all entries are accounted for correctly. This session covers the steps to buying a car. Learn how to Car Buying08/29 1330 - 1600 shop for not only the car but also the loan and the insurance; Process one size does not fit all. TSP and The course describes the types of assets that can be utilized09/06 1230 - 1400 Retirement when saving for retirement. It also discusses investment Planning strategies one may follow to secure a comfortable retirement Buy or rent: which option is best for you? Knowing when Home Buying09/13 1300 - 1530 the time is right to buy and understanding home buying Basics basics may save you thousands of dollars. The first part of a two part series, Investing versus Saving Investing 101: will give you insight into making a better financial decision09/20 1300 - 1400 Investing to either invest or save based upon the nature of the goals versus Saving you wish to achieve. The second part of the two part series, the Basics of Mutual Investing 102: Funds will take you through what mutual funds are, how to09/20 1415 - 1545 The Basics of search for them, what to look for, and questions to ask Mutual Funds before getting into investing. Tired of being in debt? Want to make better decisions in Financially Fit: how to manage your money? This 3-hour class will start09/27 1300 - 1600 Debt Reduction with the basics of hands-on budgeting, planning the Strategies paycheck priorities and learning how to achieve your goals. McChord Field Financial Readiness Classes Classes at McChord Field, please call 253/982-2695 to registerONAL Planning for Before making a large purchase, learn how this will affect09/07 1330 - 1500 Large your personal budget and see if you can really afford it. Purchases
  13. 13. This lesson provides simple tools for evaluating your present Budgeting 09/04 0900 - 1030 financial situation, setting up a budget to control personal Basics finances, and planning financial goals for the future. Understanding 09/14 1330 - 1500 Understanding the different types of insurances. Insurance Required briefing for single first term airmen moving off base; Discuss pay entitlement, legal and consumer obligation 08/31 1330 - 1500 Ready to Rent associated with tenancy and personal financial obligations. 09/07 1000 - 1130 Also discussed are pertinent laws associated with renting a 09/29 1330 - 1500 residence or apartment. This lesson explains how to choose the financial services 09/11 0900 - 1030 Banking Basics and financial institutions that best meet your needs. The class concentrates on the Thrift Savings Plan, but also Thrift Savings introduces 401k plans, 403b plans and Individual Retirement 09/21 1330 - 1500 Plan (Military) Accounts (IRAs). Traditional and Roth accounts are compared and contrasted. Money and Gain a better understanding of where you are financially, 09/18 0900 - 1030 Credit where you want to be, and how to better manage your Management money. Saving & 09/25 0900 - 1030 Investing Learn the basics of investing. Basics CLOSURES, HOURS CHANGES, AND CONSTRUCTION1. EXTENDED TRAFFIC INTERUPPTION: Intersection of Rainier Drive and A Street on Logistic Center/JBLM near the Logistic Center Gate will be under construction from 30 July 2012 thru 1 October 2012. Inbound and outbound traffic WILL be severely impacted. ALL inbound vehicles will be diverted onto Belmont Avenue for access to Logistic Center facilities and JBLM. Outbound traffic thru the Logistics gate WILL be restricted to passenger type vehicles and box trucks. ALL tractor/trailer (Semi type) rigs MUST exit via a different JBLM gate. Detour routes and road closures will be clearly marked." For information contact (CENWS-CD-FL-NF/253-584-5937).2. JENSEN FAMILY HEALTH AND FITNESS CENTER WILL CHARGE CHILD CARE HOURLY RATE- Jensen FHFC will offer a fully functioning child care center with child development professionals and age appropriate learning activities. The cost for child care at Jensen will be $4 an hour per child. Hourly care fees are set at Department of Defense level. Parents will be able to make child care reservations and use their deployment benefits at Jensen. (The opening of Jensen Family Health and Fitness Center has been delayed until September ) Child care at Wilson Gym will remain free, until Jensen’s child care center is open. AAFES JB Lewis-McChord Movie Schedule PH (253) 967-4329 *recording PH (253) 967-5976 Reel Time JB Lewis-McChord Exchange
  14. 14. SUN Aug 26– 1400 Katy Perry: Part Of Me (PG13) 1900 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (R) MON Aug 27- THU Aug 30– No Showing FRI Aug 31– 1900 The Dark Knight Rises (PG13) SAT Sep 01– 1400 The Dark Knight Rises (PG13) 1900 The Watch SUN Sep 02– 1400 The Dark Knight Rises (PG13) 1900 The Watch The theater at McChord Field. Call 253-982-5836 for schedule. 25 AUG 4PM MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS PG-13 25 AUG 7PM CHERNOBYL DIARIES R 26 AUG 4PM AUGUST RUSH PG INTERESTING LINKS Military Community and Family Policy Weekly: http://apps.mhf.dod.mil/mcfp/weekly MWR Operations: http://www.jblmmwr.com/other_pages/index/hours.html JBLM Website: www.lewis-mcchord.army.mil/ FOCUS MAGAZINE: www.jblmmwr.com/focus.html FT LEWIS COMMUNITY RESOURCE GUIDE: www.lewis.army.mil/resourceguide/ Exchange hours:http://www.shopmyexchange.com/ExchangeLocations/JBLewis- McChordStore.htm Madigan Website: www.mamc.amedd.army.mil/ Customer Management Services Website: www.lewis-mcchord.army.mil/cms/ ICE Website: http://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=service_provider_list&site_id=957&dep=*DoD CYSS Hours: http://www.jblmmwr.com/pdf/cyss/CYSShours.pdf Operation military kids website: http://www.operationmilitarykids.org/public/home.aspx JBLM OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGESAAFES BX and PX http://www.facebook.com/AAFES.BX.PXJBLM Army Continuing Education System https://www.facebook.com/#!/JBLMArmyEdArmy Family Action Plan http://www.facebook.com/jblmafapCAF-BHO http://www.facebook.com/armybehavioralhealthFOCUS Project http://www.facebook.com/focusresiliencytrainingI Corps http://www.facebook.com/1stcorpsJBLM ACS http://www.facebook.com/JBLMACSJBLM Aerobics Program and Fitness http://www.facebook.com/pages/JBLM-Aerobics-Training Program-and-Fitness-Training/210140972391367JBLM Airman & Family Readiness Center http://www.facebook.com/JBLMAFRCJBLM Army Family Team Building http://www.facebook.com/aftb.jblm
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  16. 16. of trust and commitment to one another that may seem to defy logic. In times of adversity, othersmarvel at the apparent lack of distress observed in their friends or co-workers from cohesivefamilies. This lack of distress should never be mistaken for a lack of concern. During tough timescohesive families communicate a consistent message: "I am here for you."Resilient families see problems as challenges that can be overcome. While its true that thereusually are enough challenges in daily living, resilient families seldom shy away from a challenge. Infact, what other families describe as a problem, resilient families, describe as a challenge. Theytend to believe that they can overcome most obstacles in life. It is not that they feel overlyconfident in their talent or that they have special abilities. Resilient families possess a sense ofpurpose, perseverance and an uncanny understanding that by hanging together they can make theirway.Resilient families hold on to hope in difficult times. Resilient families are known for their sense ofhope, and for even "out hoping" others. One explanation is that they continually find things theycan control when other things are tilting out of control. While some families seem to be naturallyoptimistic, optimism can also be learned.What about your family? Perhaps you see that your family is indeed resilient. If not, consider howyou might put these components into practice. You can also observe families who cope well withcrises and ask them how they fare so well RESOURCE INFORMATION FOR SPOUSES OF DEPLOYED: Build A Sign: www.buildasign.com (CAN ORDER WHETHER DEPLOYED OR NOT) Families can order a Welcome Home or special banner free of charge. May have to pay shipping and handling fee. For pregnant spouses who would like a doula: www.operationspecialdelivery.com Create and send a photo book to your soldier through the USO. http://uso.rocketlifeproduction.com Provides internships for military youth inspiring to be a writing or video journalist www.abackpack.journalist.com Deployment Time Resources at JBLM Libraries for Parents and Kids http://www.jblmmwr.com/other_pages/libraries/deployment_time.html