This Week in Military Community & Family Policy 07 May 2010
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National Military Appreciation Month
This week marks the beginning of National Military Appreciation Month. With
Military Spouse Appreciation Day, Armed Forces Day, and Memorial Day all falling
in May, the month serves as a great opportunity to honor our nation’s Service
members and the families that stand behind them. MC&FP would like to extend its
most sincere appreciation to military families for the sacrifices they make each
and every day. To find out ways you can show your support, visit www.nmam.org
and join in the celebration of military families.
Webinar: Trauma, Grief and Loss in Military Children
TIME/DATE: 27 May 2010; 1300‐1430 EST
PURPOSE: Explaining to a child that a parent is deploying, is never an easy task.
Explaining that a parent has changed or died while deployed, is more difficult‐
even for professionals. DCoE's May Monthly Webinar will explore strategies to
confront issues with children facing these difficult situations. A highlight is
our work with the Sesame Workshop in producing "Talk Listen Connect Phase III:
Helping Families with Young Children Cope with the Death of a Loved One."
TO PARTICIPATE VIRTUALLY: For visual, click on
(The link will become live at 1230 EST. For audio, dial 1‐888‐455‐2084 (passcode
FOR RESOURCES ON THIS TOPIC:
For instructions, requirements and trouble shooting for Defense Connect Online
(DCO) and telephone connections during DCoE's monthly webinars, visit
Webinar: U.S. Army Culture, CAF‐BHP – Child Adolescent and Family Behavioral
MILITARY FAMILIES LEARNING COMMUNITY MASTER SPEAKER SERIES
TIME/DATE: May 18, 2010 (10:00 a.m. PST)
PRESENTER: Kris A. Peterson MD, COL, Medical Corps, U.S. Army, Consultant to the
Army Surgeon General for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
COL Peterson will present an overview of available services to support U.S. Army
children, adolescents and families, and will discuss models of care developed to
deliver mental health services.
Release of Change 2 to DoD Instruction (DoDI) 1322.25, Voluntary Education
Programs, 3 MAY 2010
On 3 May 2010, Change 2 to DoD Instruction (DoDI) 1322.25, Voluntary Education
Programs, was released and is currently available at:
http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/ins1.html. The sole purpose of issuing
Change 2 was to reflect the tuition assistance (TA) eligibility criteria for
members of the Selected Reserve and Individual Ready Reserve, which resulted from
the enactment of NDAA 2008 (section 521 of Public Law 110‐181). Please note that
Change 2 to DoDI 1322.25 only addresses this one update. A complete revision of
this DODI, which will contain Change 2 plus many other revisions, is currently
being worked and should be ready for final staffing in the next few weeks. All
of the policies, memorandums, and issuances listed on the DoD Voluntary Education
Website at: http://www.voled.doded.mil/voled_web/voledhome.asp, continue to be
in effect until the complete revision of DoDI 1322.25 is approved and released.
Work‐at‐home scam claims to help troops; Victims “hired” to ship stolen
The Wisconsin Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns consumers that an alleged
Wisconsin‐based military support service, Help4Troops, also known as Work4Troops,
is a work‐at‐home, shipping scam that claims to help American troops overseas.
The BBB has confirmed that Help4Troops is not located at its listed address.
Neither Help4Troops nor Work4Troops is registered with the Wisconsin Department
of Financial Institutions or the IRS, as required by law to conduct business in
Wisconsin. And despite its website’s claim that Help4Troops has been commended by
“the President of the United States, the governor of Maryland, the mayor of
Baltimore, and the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce,” the company is not
known or recognized by the Department of Defense and is not listed in the
National Resource Directory.
To avoid being boxed in by shipping scams like this one, follow these BBB
• Don’t be fooled by attractive advertising. Especially in instances of
charity scams, be cautious of your emotions getting the best of your reason.
Scams like Help4Troops often provide powerful testimonials or success stories to
lure compassionate, unsuspecting victims.
• Check with the BBB. Help4Troops has an “F” rating with the BBB. A full
Reliability Report is available for Help4Troops, and thousands of other
businesses and charities, at www.wisconsin.bbb.org.
• Visit www.ourmilitary.mil to find a listing of charities associated with
the military, including the BBB Military Line, a partnership with the Department
of Defense (DoD) Financial Readiness Campaign that brings BBB services to
military personnel, retirees, DoD civilians and their families.
The attached Word document on the same subject has additional details.
Children’s Medicine Recall
The McNeil Consumer Healthcare is initiating a voluntary recall of the following
children's products; liquid infant’s and children’s Tylenol®, Motrin®, Zyrtec®,
and Benadryl® products. Some of these products may not meet required quality
standards. This recall is not being undertaken on the basis of adverse medical
events. However, as a precautionary measure, parents and caregivers should not
administer these products to their children. Some of the products included in the
recall may contain a higher concentration of active ingredient than is specified;
others may contain inactive ingredients that may not meet internal testing
requirements; and others may contain tiny particles. While the potential for
serious medical events is remote, the company advises consumers who have
purchased these recalled products to discontinue use. See the recall notice at
the link below.
Five DoDEA students participated in the 48th National Junior Science and
Humanities Symposium (JSHS) held April 28‐May 2, 2010, in Bethesda, Maryland.
Natalia Lopez from Antilles High School in PR; Erin Schwartz from Bitburg High
School in Bitburg, Germany; Alexander Gary from Aviano High School, in Aviano,
Italy; Nicole Perry, from M.C. Perry High School in Iwakuni, Japan; and Alexis
Mills from Guam High School, in Guam represented DoDEA at the symposium. The
National JSHS brings together 240 high school students who qualify for attendance
by submitting and presenting original scientific research papers in forty‐eight
regional symposia held at universities nationwide. Sponsored by the research
offices of the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force and the Academy of Applied Science,
JSHS promotes original research and experimentation in the sciences, engineering,
and mathematics at the high school level and publicly recognizes students for
outstanding achievement. JSHS allows high school students the support and
resources to design and conduct original research in the areas of Science,
Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) areas. See the article in the
DoDEA Press Room ‐ http://www.dodea.edu/pressroom/releases.cfm
From AFN ‐‐ Kids Go to Work. Cassie Johannes Elementary school students in
Hohenfels got to experience a little bit of the Army with their moms and dads at
From AFN ‐‐ Coach Makes Exercise Fun. SSG Ray Kokel reports that these days,
kids spend most of their time sitting in front of the TV, the computer, or their
game system. This coach came up with a creative way to get kids out of the
From AFN ‐‐ Displaced teachers find themselves in foreign classrooms. Story by
TSgt Leigh Bellinger. The ash cloud left nearly 900 teachers and staff with DoDDS
Europe stranded. TSgt Leigh Bellinger tells us how schools continued
From AFN ‐‐ Kids Career Day. Story by SPC Trey Harvey. Telling our children
about what we do at work may not always paint the clearest picture for them.
Specialist Trey Harvey shows us what Camp Darby did to bring the job atmosphere
to the kids.
Commissary On‐Site Sales. DeCA is delivering the benefit through on‐site
sales at the following Guard and Reserve locations:
May 14‐15 Kingsley Field Oregon National Guard Klamoth, OR
Armed Forces Beach Volleyball Championships:
The Navy/Coast Guard reigned supreme at the first annual Armed Forces Beach
Volleyball championships held at MCAS Cherry Point, NC this week. Each
Service had 2 teams (Army did not participate) and the Navy men were undefeated
while the Navy's #2 men's team took home bronze. The Coast Guard participates
with Navy in Armed Forces Championships and the CG women were also undefeated in
winning the gold and the CG #2 women's team won the silver.
Beach volleyball will be a new sport in the upcoming CISM Military World Games
which will take place in July 2011 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Initiated in 1995,
the Military World Games are held every four years and have grown from 93 nations
competing that year to a record 101 countries participating in the 2007 games.
The United States will send close to 300 military athletes to participate in the
world games. The CISM motto, "Friendship through Sport", uses the playing field
to unite the armed forces with the ultimate goal of contributing to world peace
David Lloyd, MC&FP FAP Director, presented at the annual meeting of the National
Institute of Child Health and Development research grantees on children exposed
to violence on Friday, May 7.
Financial Tip of the Week
Financial Tips for Couples
Many couples find it very difficult to talk openly about their finances. Money
problems can literally cause a lot of heartache between people, so here are some
ways couples can come together to get their financial house in order:
• Get organized: Gather all important financially‐related documents to a
central location that is equally accessible to both partners.
• Track your spending: Write down where you are spending your money. Re‐
route some of your spending to a savings account.
• Plan to save: Start a savings account to cover expenses like clothes,
Christmas/holidays, and insurance. Plan for future expenses throughout the year.
• Build an emergency fund: You never know when you will need additional cash
so try to have two to three months of living expenses in a readily accessible
savings account or money market account.
• Don’t Go Into Debt, and if you are, Get out of debt: Avoid Credit CARDS.
If you must use them, control your credit card spending and try to pay off any
debts you have. Pay more than the minimum monthly payment.
• Set goals: Decide what you want to do with you money. Write down your
goals and your strategy for achieving these goals. Write a budget.
• Review your insurance coverage: Every year, review your health, life,
disability, renter/ homeowners, auto, and personal liability policies to make
sure you are both adequately covered. To learn more about insurance go to the
National Association of Insurance commissioners Insure U web page.
• How much should you save and/or invest? Save at least 15% of your
earnings. The older you are the higher the percentage has to go unless you think
you can work forever!
Parenting Tip of the Week
When it comes to taking medicines, kids aren’t just small adults. When using
nonprescription medicines, here are some ways to be sure you’re giving your
children the right medicine and the right amount.
1. Read and follow label directions every time. Pay special attention to
2. Use the correct dosing device.
3. Never play doctor. Twice the recommended dose is not appropriate just
because your child seems twice as sick as last time.
4. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care professional before
giving two medicines at the same time to avoid a possible overdose or an unwanted
5. Follow age and weight limit recommendations. If the label says don't give
to children under a certain age or weight, don't do it. Call your doctor.
6. Follow the "KEEP OUT OF REACH" warning.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA has also created a checklist for choosing
over‐the‐counter medicine for children. The checklist can be found at
Military Spouse Tip of the Week
When applying for a job, state in your cover letter or application that you are a
military spouse of an active duty service member who may be eligible for the
Military Spouse Internship Program. Spouses can apply for a federal job by
visiting the USAJOBS website.
Nutrition Tip of the Week
Keep a bag of almonds at your desk for a quick snack during the day. Remember to
just eat a handful, or about 20 nuts, to control the portion size. For more
information on making healthy and nutritious food choices, check out the
Commissary’s website at http://www.commissaries.com/
. Commanders can request support and resources from the Joint Family Support
Assistance Program by calling the Joint Family Resource Center at 1‐888‐256‐9920.
. Military OneSource:
This free 24‐hour service, provided by the Department of Defense, is available to
all active duty, Guard, and Reserve members and their families. Consultants
provide information and make referrals on a wide range of issues, including
financial issues. You can reach the program by telephone at 1‐800‐342‐9647 or
through the Web site at www.militaryonesource.com.
While April 15th has past, Military OneSource (MOS) continues provide free tax
filing services and free tax consultations to military service members and their
families during the tax season. Visit the website or call the phone number above
for more information.
Have a great week. Your MC&FP Team!