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  • 1. Family M A R C H 2 0 1 3Contents connectionAmerican Red Cross, still supportingthe militaryVA establishes ‘Coaching into Care’to help you help your veteran New program to assist returning IA, Meet the challengesdemobilizing Sailors with the medicalreferrals of deployment, bounceSexual Assault Prevention, Response back stronger than everin the Navy Resilience; the new buzz word! What do the FleetHappy Birthday to the Navy Reserve and Family Support Centers (FFSCs) offer to help ourTax time is quickly approaching Sailors and families build resilience? What we have always done: provide education, information andNational Nutrition Month -“Eat right, your way, every day” resources to effectively manage the issues that are inherent to the military life. These services ensure ourTransition, Employment Corner Sailors and families build the resilience to withstandFamily Connection is a publication of the Fleet the demands of the Navy’s increased operationaland Family Support Program. tempo (OPTEMPO), which has resulted in short turn-The Navys Fleet and Family Support Program around times between deployments and extendedpromotes the self-reliance and resiliency of deployments, some lasting more than 10 months. “Resilience is accepting your newSailors and their families. We provide informationthat can help you meet the unique challenges of While this increase in OPTEMPO is stressful for even reality, even if it’s less good thanthe military lifestyle. the most experienced Navy spouse, to a new Navy the one you had before.”If you have questions or comments, contactTimothy McGough at timothy.mcgough@navy.mil. spouse, it can be overwhelming. To help meet this – Elizabeth Edwards challenge, New Spouse Orientation is offered at Visit us online at: FFSCs Navy-wide as well as online. The New Spouse On-Demand Training is a free online course de- lenges of deployment and reintegration, signed to support new Navy spouses who may be to communicate and solve problems geographically isolated and those who are unable effectively and to successfully set goals to attend the FFSC workshop in person. Available together and create a shared family story. 24/7, this curriculum will help new military spouses The Fleet & Family Support familiarize themselves with administrative details, customs, language and resources. Services are offered on select military instal- lations as well as on-line via FOCUS World. Center There are also a number of military and community The Navy and Marine Corp Public Health based programs available to augment deployment Center provides prod- and mobilization support services provided by FFSCs: ucts and topic areas The Bureau of Medicine and specifically for service Surgery created the Families members, families and retirees to effec- Scan QR Code OverComing Under Stress (FOCUS) tively navigate stress and build resilience. to access via Project, which provides resilience Resources for suicide prevention, anger mobile device training to military children and management and post-traumatic stress families. It teaches practical skills to meet the chal- disorder (PTSD) are provided as well. continued on page 2
  • 2. MARCH 2013Continued from page 1 Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) National Military VFW works to support our brave Services unites three men and women and their families. successful, longstand- Add JSS to your Their motto is, “We’ve been there. We Mobile Network ing programs: VFW Operation Uplink, VFW understand.” jssmobile.org Unmet Needs and the These are just a few of the many avail- able resources. For more information, iPhone, iPad User…VFW Military Assistance Program (MAP).These initiatives are just a few of the ways contact your local FFSC. Download JSS at the App Store SAmerican Red Cross, still supporting the militaryWhen you hear “Red Cross”, what comes to with post-deployment reunion. These classes JSS Dial-in Access 24/7?mind: Disaster relief, CPR or emergency con- are available not only to spouses, but also to 1-877-JSS-NOW1tact messages? Yes, the American Red Cross parents, siblings and significant others who (577-6691)(ARC) provides those services, but that is not may not be near a military base or eligible toall they do. The ARC has been supporting the receive deployment related services at a FleetU.S. Military, military families and veterans for and Family Support Center. In fact, some aredecades and their support has never been even offered via the web and are availablemore robust than now. The ARC’s Military in both EnglishServices offers classes to help service mem- and Spanish. Tobers and their families build the resilience learn more visitneeded to cope with the unique challenges the American Redassociated with military life. Deployment Cross website, orServices are offered to help prepare for call your local Red Scan QR codedeployment, to cope during deployment and Cross Office. to access NFAAS mobile website 24/7.VA establishes ‘Coaching into Care’to help you help your veteranAccording to the Navy’s 2012 Behavioral consider reading Tips for Encouraging Your Moving DeductionsHealth Quick Poll, talking to a friend or Loved One to Access Mental Health Servicesfamily member is an incredibly important on the Defense Centers of Excellence blog. Moving every few years gets“stress coping method” for both officers and expensive for active-dutyenlisted members. Knowing what to say Military members trust the people closest members. But if your move isand do is not always easy, so the Veterans to them. Close friends and family members a required permanent changeAdministration (VA) has established a are often the only ones able to recognize if a of station, the Internal Revenueconfidential telephone service for friends Sailor is having trouble navigating the every- Service (IRS) allows you toand families of veterans. Coaching into Care day or extraordinary stress of military life. Early deduct theis a free and confidential coaching service intervention works but Sailors need to know “reasonableto help callers discover new ways to talk where to go for the appropriate help. Learn unreimbursedwith their Veteran about their concerns and what to say and where to get help BEFORE expenses”about treatment options. Before you call, you need it. of relocat- ing yourself and your family. 2
  • 3. MARCH 2013New program to assist returning IA,demobilizing Sailors with the medical referralsA new resource referral tracking service systems (Tricare, Military Treatment Facili-to returning Individual Augmentees ties and the U.S. Department of Veteransand Demobilizing Reservist is now Affairs).available. Sailors will also have medical referralsA Senior Medical Officer and a Resource and assistance tracked at NMPS until allReferral Tracking Manager (RRTM) will medical issues are resolved even if a newassist Sailors in navigating the medical service-related medical issue should arisereferral process upon returning from after departure from NMPS.deployment. When Sailors transfer from Questions regarding the post-deploy-a Navy Mobilization Processing Site ment medical referral process should be(NMPS), they will be provided individual directed to 1-855-NAVY-311 (1-855-628-medical and referral support as needed 9311) or NMPS_REFERRALMANAGER@by the RRTM to navigate the medical NAVY.MIL.Sexual Assault Prevention,Response in the NavyOriginally established in 1994 as the awareness training at each command.Sexual Assault Victim Intervention(SAVI) program, which focused solely Active-duty service members, National Happy Birthday toon victim support, the Navy Sexual As- Guard and Reserve component members who were assaulted when performing the Navy Reservesault Prevention and Response (SAPR) active service and military dependents Today the members of the Navy Reserveprogram employs a holistic approach, 18 years of age or older are eligible for make up almost 20 percent of the Navy’sincorporating prevention in addition SAPR services. The DoD Safe Helpline, Total Force and play a crucial role into a coordinated victim response and hosted by the Rape, Abuse, and Incest everyday operations. Even before Con-support system. National Network (RAINN), provides gress officially created the Navy ReserveThe SAPR program provides a variety 24/7 secure and confidential informa- in 1915, citizen Sailors were serving inof services for victims of sexual assault, tion worldwide three ways: telephone America’s Navy. They have participatedincluding case management, victim helpline (1-877-995-5247), online helpline in every war, conflict and military actionand systems advocacy, emotional sup- (https://safehelpline.org/), and text for since the Revolutionary War. Their ranksport and information and referrals for information (55-247 inside the U.S. and have included five future Presidents, andmilitary and civilian resources. Sexual 011-202-470-5546 outside the U.S.). Trained the nation’s highest military decoration,Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) Safe Helpline advocates can provide crisis the Medal of Honor (MOH), has beenensure that effective victim response is intervention, emotional support and refer- bestowed on 23 Navy Reservists. Join usavailable 24/7. SARCs manage and sup- rals to both military and civilian resources on Sunday, Mar. 3, in wishing the Navyport all cases, oversee and train SAPR in your area, information on military Reserve a happy 98th birthday. See aVictim Advocates (VAs), train key SAPR reporting options, and information for video and learn more about the historypersonnel and support prevention and family and friends of victims. of the Navy Reserve. 3
  • 4. MARCH 2013 Tax time is quickly approaching Taxes aren’t due until Monday, Apr. 15, Employment, Transition Corner but it is never too early to prepare, espe- Fastest growing jobs cially if your spouse is deployed. Now is The new Transition Goals, Plans, Success the time to begin gathering the required (GPS) workshop helps service members documents and forms. This will ease the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance/ select a career path (education, entrepre- process and ensure your tax filing goes Electronic Filing (VITA/ELF) Offices neurship, or employment) and develop as smoothly as possible. Here are some are open on most military bases a personal transition plan. Many service resources to assist: around the world. Volunteers, who members already have the training and have been trained by the IRS, pro- Military OneSource has teamed up experience for the job they desire while oth- vide income tax return preparation with H&R Block to provide online tax ers may choose to pursue a new career field and electronic filing for both state preparation services for eligible military that requires additional education or training. and federal returns. families. You will be able to save and Before you set off on a career path or career file your 2012 Federal taxes and up to If you don’t know what special change, find out which fields and industries three state returns using the H&R Block considerations apply to active-duty are hot and have growth potential. At Home Basic Tool free of charge, service members visit the IRS’s web- The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is a fed- if you are eligible under the current site and review Publication 3, “Armed eral agency that measures a variety of labor guidelines. Forces Tax Guide.” activities in the economy. On their website you will find employment predictions for National Nutrition Month - hundreds of jobs, determine whether a job “Eat right, your way, every day” field is growing or declining and identify education requirements for a particular Every year during the month of job. This information can help you make March, the Academy of Nutrition informed decisions about your career path. and Dietetics sponsors the National A breakdown of occupations is found in Nutrition Month (NNM) to increase the BLS article “Occupational Employment awareness and focus attention on Projections to 2020.” the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound For additional information contact your eating and physical activity habits. FFSC Career and Transition Support Coun- For more information on NNM and selor. Find the FFSC nearest you! to find valuable, credible and scien- tifically based information on food and nutrition, visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.U.S. Navy Individual Returning Warrior Workshops (RWW)Augmentees Returning Warrior Workshop Schedule & IA Family EventsLike us on Facebook. — www.ia.navy.mil. Click “Links and Resources.” IA Discussion Group Schedule View the Fleet-wide list of classes, support groups and events. 4