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  • 1. Family N O V E M B E R 2 0 11ContentsCoaching Into Care connectionReduce Stress with YogaNew Changes Mark Improved NMPSCare for IA SailorsStrengthening Families—Creating aNew NormalMoving During the Holiday SeasonMarch of DimesEFMP Mobile WebsiteNew Webinar for FRG Members andFamiliesChildren and DeploymentGood CommunicationEat HealthyYour WayAmerican Red Cross —Coming Home SeriesNavy-Marine Corps Relief SocietyOperation HomefrontGI Bill Post-9/11 ChangesDoD Schools Seeking Feedback toShape Way AheadEmployment Resources and UpdatesFamily Connection is a publication of the Fleetand Family Support Program.The Navys Fleet and Family Support Programpromotes the self-reliance and resiliency ofSailors and their families. We provide informationthat can help you meet the unique challenges ofthe military lifestyle.If you have questions or comments, contactTimothy McGough at timothy.mcgough@navy.mil. Month of the Military FamilyVisit us online at: Military families are inspirational models of Programs available include: devotion, resilience and patriotism. For their daily N Deployment support for Sailors and their sacrifices in support of Navy missions and every families. American’s freedom, Fleet and Family Support N Personal and family wellness education Centers (FFSCs) salute Navy families. FFSCs offer and counseling. The Fleet & Family Support services to enhance families’ well-being and psy- chological health, provide resources for child and N Emergency preparedness and response. Center youth education and development, and increase N Crisis intervention and response. career and educational opportunities for spouses. N Military and personal career development. Programs and services are currently N Financial education and counseling. delivered from 80 sites worldwide. Find your local Scan QR Code to access via Fleet and Family Support Center. mobile device “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.” –Darwin
  • 2. NOVEMBER 2011Coaching Into CareThe Department of Veterans Affairs to find help for the veteran. N “Coaching” with family members orCoaching Into Care program works friends to help motivate veterans to Coaching Into Care offers veterans andwith family members or friends who receive evaluations/consultations. their loved ones:become aware of their veteran’s post- N Referrals to services for veterans and N Encouragement and informationdeployment difficulties. Coaching into their family members. about evaluations and services.Care supports significant others’ effortsVisit the Department of Veterans Affairs website, call toll-free: 1-888-823-7458, or email: CoachingIntoCare@va.gov for ad-ditional information and resources.Reduce Stress with YogaThe word “yoga” means to join, or iRest may be particularly well‐suited for N Is a self‐administered programunite. Methods include focusing on service members and families because it: after just a few hours of in‐personrespiration, physical movement, and instruction. N Is a non‐pharmaceutical, adjunctiveconsciousness. program that complements any Research has shown that iRest YogaThe iRest military program, based on current treatments they are using for Nidra effectively reduces these symp-the ancient practice of Yoga Nidra, healing. toms of PTSD:is designed to systematically reduce N Develops mental focus on the present N Depressionphysical, emotional, mental, and even moment which helps people avoidsubconscious tension. It can be helpful N Anxietyin the treatment of PTSD. Participants revisiting traumatic life events or wor- N Insomniaare taught to manage disturbing rying about possible future ones. N Chronic painmoods and memories through N Emphasizes the practice ofconscious choices rather than allow- awareness of and acceptance of im- N Chemical dependencying unconscious reactions to answer mediate as well as past experiences, Learn more at thethem. The simple techniques can also and acceptance of life as it is without Integrative Restoration Institutebe used in other aspects of daily life, excessive tension. website or view the video .letting the student of yoga feel more N Quickly establishes a feeling ofmentally and emotionally balancedwhen encountering difficult situations. success in learning a means of self‐regulation. Yoga for Vets Yoga for Vets is a non-profit organization that exists to welcome home war veterans and help them cope with stress of combat through yoga instruction. The Yoga for Vets website lists studios, teachers, and venues throughout the country that offer four or more free classes to war veterans. Learn more at Yoga for Vets. 2
  • 3. NOVEMBER 2011 New Changes Mark Improved NMPS Care for IA SailorsJoint Services Support (JSS) Commander U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) is changing the way the Navy manages its Indi- vidual Augmentee (IA) program to facilitate and streamline the deployment processJSS provides valuable information for deploying Sailors.on benefits, entitlements, events,trainings and more. JSS makes it easy A new website, standardized flight schedules, and revised communication pieces areto stay connected, anytime, anywhere among the many improvements implemented by USFF and its Navy partners in an effortwith online access, mobile device to ease the transition of IA Sailors in and out of the “boots on ground” frame of mind.applications and interactive voice Key adjustments made to improve and standardize the return process include:response. Services are available to all N Sailors can learn about the Navy Mobilization Processing Site (NMPS) prior to arrivalmilitary branches; featuring a com- and can review briefs in advance.munity resource locator by state. Goto the Joint Services Support website. N Warrior Transition Program travel briefings and information sheets are tailored toward the specific NMPS locations and IA assignments. N An Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center (ECRC) liaison detachment has been established in Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) to welcome Sailors and provide necessary follow-on flight assistance and transportation to designated NMPS. N Standardized berthing and destination airports have been secured for each NMPS location. N Dedicated direct flights from BWI to Norfolk reduce overall transit time for Sailors. N Immediate changes have been implemented for Norfolk and San Diego, with similar changes for Gulfport and Port Hueneme forthcoming.Ways to Save: Read the entire article…With the holiday season approaching,create and stick to a set amount with-in your spending plan. Make a gift listto stay on track and start watchingthe sales to stretch your dollar evenfurther. Consider making the giftsyourself, homemade translates that Navy Family Accountability and Assessmentextra personal touch. Learn more at System (NFAAS)Military Saves. NFAAS allows Navy personnel to manage the recovery process for personnel affected by a widespread catastrophic event. It is also helpful in providing commands with information to support IA family members while their sponsors are deployed overseas. Log on to NFAAS at https://www.navyfamily.navy.mil. 3
  • 4. NOVEMBER 2011Strengthening Families—Creating a New NormalNavy families selflessly make sacrifices and endurechallenges as they serve alongside the servicemember. An important indicator of overall forcereadiness is the well-being of its families. The NewParent Support Home Visitation Program (NPSHVP)provides supportive and caring services to Navyfamilies with new babies through the age of threeusing various intervention strategies.In 2012, NPSHVP will integrate the Strengthening Families Moving During the Holiday Seasonframework of the Center for the Study of Social Policy into its overall HealthyFamily Awareness Campaign. Five protective factors are the foundation of this ap- PCS orders to move during the holidayproach. Research has shown that together, these factors buffer risk, build on family season can be challenging, but are do-strengths, and establish an environment that promotes optimal child and youth able. As with every move, preparation isdevelopment. KEY. Those moving with children should continue at least some family traditions,Below are examples of how the five protective factors can impact a family: as this will make the transition easierN Parent Resiliency. Parents who are emotionally and psychologically healthy are on them. Which traditions should be able to resolve conflicts and handle unexpected life challenges kept during the moving process can beN Social Connections. Parents who have supportive and trusting adult relation- the topic of a family meeting. Finding a ships are able to receive spontaneous emotional support and advice that could small Christmas tree, Menorah or Kinara improve their quality of life to put in temporary quarters can keepN Concrete Support in Times of Need. When families are in crisis, having their traditions alive and make this time easier needs met with accessible and tangible resources alleviates anxiety and stress. on everyone in the family. Research points to anxiety and stress to the leading precipitators of domestic Where temporary quarters have a kitch- violence incidents enette, prepared meals from a groceryN Knowledge of Early Child Development. Parents who have basic child store can take the place of elaborate development education are more likely to set age appropriate expectations and holiday dinners and there may still be milestones for their child. Unrealistic expectations often precipitate child abuse leftovers later. Relocating families need and neglect incidents. to give themselves a break and not ex-N Social and Emotional Competency. Children who communicate their feelings pect to do everything they normally do. in an age-appropriate manner seemingly motivate parents to respond appropri- Electronic holiday cards can take the ately to their needs, building healthy parent and child attachment. place of traditional holiday greetings,To learn more, visit www.strengtheningfamilies.net. For additional education and or mailing can be delayed until asupport contact your local Fleet and Family Support Center and ask for your New permanent address is established. CardsParent Support Home Visitation Program specialist. are a great way to provide new contact information to family and friends. Even in the midst of relocating, it’s important to enjoy spending time with family and beginning a new chapter in life together. 4
  • 5. NOVEMBER 2011March of Dimes EFMP Mobile Website Introducing the Exceptional FamilyThe March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and Member Programs mobile website,baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve designed to help military families quicklythe health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant and easily access information aboutmortality. Worldwide, 13 million babies are born early every year, including programs and services via a smartphone,more than half a million in the United States. tablet, or other mobile device with anThe first-ever World Prematurity Day will be held November 17 and will call internet connection. Get Connected!on governments worldwide to reduce death and disability caused by prema-ture birth. Preterm birth, birth before 37 weeks gestation, is the leading causeof neonatal death, and babies who survive an early birth often face the risk of New Webinar for FRG Memberslifelong health challenges. One million babies worldwide die each year as a and Familiesresult of their early birth. CNIC is proud to offer a Family Readiness Groups (FRG) webinar for FRG membersPeople everywhere can support global prematurity prevention efforts by and families. This webinar will highlightgoing to facebook.com/WorldPrematurityDay and joining the virtual cam- the new Family Readiness Groups Stan-paign by updating their Facebook status to reflect a prematurity awareness dardized Curriculum, and will includemessage. topics such as: Establishing an FRG,In the United States, the March of Dimes volunteers are working to renew the FRG Membership Building, Fundrais-federal PREEMIE act, which expands research into the causes and prevention ing, Event Planning and Emergencyof prematurity. Also, it is implementing prematurity prevention programs Response. The FRG webinar will be heldand educational campaigns, and holding awareness events. The Empire State on 7 December at 7 PM EST. PleaseBuilding in New York City and buildings across the country will be lit purple in spread the word! You can register at:November to symbolize hope for a healthy start for more babies. http://learning.zeiders.com.Learn more about healthy pregnancyresources at: March of Dimes orMarch of Dimes (Spanish). 5
  • 6. NOVEMBER 2011Children and DeploymentFOCUS on…Goal Setting. Eat HealthyTimes of major change, suchas moving, starting school, and Your Waydeployment are often good Great recipes,opportunities to set family goals. coupons andChange often prompts us to look tips for healthierat things in a new way and see eating are in thethings that we may wish were current issue of Eatdifferent. Healthy Your WayRead more at: Focus Project. magazine—free at your Commissary. Find fast and simple suppers, gluten-free options and kid-approved veggie dishes. The Fall 2011 digital edition can be viewed on your Internet browser,Good Communication tablet or smartphone. Shop the Com-Healthy relationships begin with good communication. Communication is power- missaries. It’s worth the trip!ful and directly affects our quality of life and relationships. To express what we Learn more at: Eat Healthy Your Waythink and feel without disrupting our and the Commissary website.ability to really listen and respect howothers think and feel greatly contributesto our success at work and at home. Yet,communication is a daily activity thatcan be taken for granted.Effective communication can:N Reduce stress.N Strengthen relationships.N Encourage a cooperative environment.N Increase understanding.Use the power of communication to strengthen relationships at work and at homeby practicing skills that build effective two-way communication. Register for Com- IA Discussion Groupmunication Skills or any of the Life Skills Education trainings available at your local ScheduleFleet and Family Support Center. Life Skills, Life Change! For more ideas, check out View the Fleet-wide list of classes,the Family Matters Blog: Keeping Relationships Healthy. support groups and events. Returning Warrior Workshops (RWW) Returning Warrior Workshop Schedule & IA Family Events — www.ia.navy.mil. Click, Links and Resources. 6
  • 7. NOVEMBER 2011 American Red Cross — Coming Home Series The American Red Cross, with support from Walmart, has developed the Coming Home series for military families to assist with managing the challenges of rein- tegration. The series uses individual and small group discussions to enhance the likelihood of positive reconnections between family members and the successful reintegration of service members. Licensed and specially trained Red Cross mental health professionals will facilitate the sessions. Topics include managing anger, supporting children, building com- munication, reconnecting with others, recognizing PTSD and TBI, and other topics critical to reunion adjustment. The sessions are designed to assist those affected by a military deployment and incorporate all branches of the Armed Forces. Reserve,National Guard, active-duty service members, veterans and their families, including spouses, parents, siblings and significantothers are invited to participate. Workshops include:N Communicating Clearly. N Identifying Depression. N Working Through Anger.N Exploring Stress and Trauma. N Relating to Children.To learn more about this no-cost and confidential program, go to: www.redcross.org and search “Coming Home,” or click here.To register, please email your name, city/state and the workshop you would like to attend to ComingHome@usa.redcross.org.Navy-Marine Corps Operation HomefrontRelief Society Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other support to the families of all service members, with aThe Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society focus on wounded warrior care and transition assistance. This(NMCRS) provides need-based financial includes cash grants — not loans — paid directly to mort-assistance and other services to members gage lenders, auto mechanics, utility companies, doctors andof the United States sea services and their eligible family other providers. Assistance is usually provided within 24-72members and survivors. NMCRS offers financial counsel- hours after receiving pertinent information from the warrioring, no-interest loans, grants, various support services, or family member. All requests should be made throughand referrals to other community-based resources when Operation Homefront’s online application.available. There are no fees for assistance. Operating inpartnership with the Navy and Marine Corps, NMCRSoperates nearly 250 offices ashore and afloat at Navy andMarine Corps bases around the world. Learn more at theNavy-Marine Corps Relief Society website. 7
  • 8. NOVEMBER 2011GI Bill Post-9/11 ChangesBeginning October 1, 2011 students can use the Post-9/11 GI Bill for: Employment Resources andN Non-college degree programs UpdatesN On-the-job and apprenticeship training Military Spouse EmploymentN Flight school programs Partnership (MSEP)N Correspondence training The Military Spouse Employment Partner-N Housing allowance for students (other than those on ship (MSEP) is connecting highly qualified, active duty) enrolled solely in distance learning job-seeking military spouses with employers who are ready andN Books and supplies stipend (students on active duty). eager to hire them. The program has recently expanded to 96 companies and currently has over 54,000 positions to fill. An on-Get the details on the VA website. line job search site along with career and education counseling are available to all military spouses.DoD Schools SeekingFeedback to Shape Way Ahead Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) The Navy Exchange work force consists ofDefense Department officials are inviting military and approximately 27 percent military familycommunity members to share their thoughts on the members, so NEX understands the need forquality and continuity of education in DoD schools and associates to have a portable career. Established in 1998, thetheir suggestions for improvements. Navy Exchange Service Command’s (NEXCOM) ContinuityThis feedback will be used in the development of a new of Employment Program has placed more than 1,300 associ-Department of Defense Education Activity Community ates in positions at an associate’s new duty station. When theStrategic Plan, a document that will help to shape the military member transfers to a new location with a NEX, thisActivity’s way ahead — including mission, vision, guid- program helps ease job transition by providing hiring prefer-ing principles, goals and initiatives — through 2016. The ence and allowing continuity of employment and benefits.current plan expires at the end of this year. Also, the associate’s service date and benefits remain intact as they transition from position to position. Once enrolled inOfficials would like to hear from parents, students, the program, payments can still be made to health, retirementprincipals, staff members, teachers, military leaders, or other benefits the associate has so there is no break instudents and any community member who interacts enrollment. Learn more about employment opportunities at:with the school system, such as child care or health https://www.mynavyexchange.com/, then click on “Work for Us.”care providers. Topics of interest include consistencyof communication from schools, strategies to improve USAJobssupport for students and families through transitions, The Department of the Navy hasand feedback on curriculum, instruction and assessment transitioned its application site toin DoD schools. www.USAJOBS.gov. USAJOBS is the U.S. government’s officialRead more or provide feedback online. source for federal jobs and employment information, with search categories ranging from individuals with disabilities, veterans, students and recent graduates to senior executives. The USAJOBS iPhone/iPad application puts the power of searching for a federal job at your fingertips. 8