Family April 2012 TimesApril is Month of the Military Child Growing up in a Military family offers some challenges, but it also provides some special rewards and pride for their parents’ service, she said. About half of Military children, or 1.2 million, have had a parent deploy. ―It’s essential to recognize that Military children make significant contributions for the country while their parents are away on long deployments,‖ Arsht said. ―Despite multiple moves throughout their school years, Military children are resilient and self-confident. They have strengths admired by many – especially their parents.‖ Kick-off ceremonies and special activities will be held across the world at many Military installations, schoolsThe Department of Defense, Military services and and local communities throughout the April Month of thecommunities around the world once again are set to Military Child. Arsht encourages families to participate.recognize the importance of Military children whoseparents serve their country.The month-long recognition, first celebrated in 1986, isespecially important today as resilient families managelong separations, said Leslye A. Arsht, deputy undersecretary for Military Community and Family Policy.―Our Military children are proud of their moms and dadsfor their brave defense of our great country,‖ Arsht said.―The Month of the Military Child events and activities letus show the youngest members of our Military family –the children – how proud we are of their contributions,too. Our Military children are unsung heroes. This is ourchance to thank them for being so supportive of theirparents.‖ In This Issue Director’s Corner…………………..……......…2 Newcomers’.....………………………..……….2 ACS Directory...…….….………………………2 AER Campaign….....…..…………...….............3 AFAP/ AFTB/Vets…...……..…………………..4 Diet/Sexting…..…..……………………………5 FAP/SOS………………………….....................6 AVC/ERP………...…….....................................7 SOS/EFMP.……………….................................8 Pets………….…………………………….........9 Relo/FRP …..…….……………………….......10 Calendar..……………………………………...11
Director’s CornerI would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Fort Hamilton for showing your support forthe AER Campaign in the month of March by either participating in Karaoke Night at the FortHamilton Community Club or for mailing in your monetary donation. You may continue to donatethroughout the month of April and through May 15 th.To contribute to the AER campaign checks are being accepted at Building 137C, Suite 1C orcontact the AER Officer at 718-630-4462. Our goal this year is $20,000.00.Please don’t hesitate to pay us a visit, if you have any Family concerns, our staffis dedicated to assisting the Command with maintaining the readiness ofSoldiers, their Families and the Fort Hamilton Military Community. Carmen Carmen E. Borrero, ACS Director ACS PROGRAMS & STAFF New to Ft. Hamilton? ACS Director Family Advocacy Would you like to learn more Carmen Borrero Vincent DiMaira 718-630-4457 718-630-4460 about your new community? Army Emergency Relief 718-630-4754 Financial Readiness 718-630-4754 Come to our Army Family Front Desk/Information Newcomer’s Orientation! Team Building & Referral John Mapes Magda Lawrence 718-630-4498 718-630-4754 Army Family Action Plan Lending Closet John Mapes Madeline Pastorella 718-630-4498 718-630-4754 Army Volunteer Corps Relocation Readiness Joseph Gamez Madeline Pastorella 718-630-4756 718-630-4462 Deployment Readiness Sexual Assault & Madeline Pastorella Victim Advocacy 718-630-4462 Vincent DiMaira Employment Readiness 718-630-4460 April 26, 2012 Joseph Gamez 718-630-4756 Survivor Outreach Services Beginning at 8:30 a.m. 718-630-4754 Exceptional Family Held at the ACS Conference Room Member Program Bldg. 137-C Poly Place, 1st Floor Vincent DiMaira 718-630-4460 Call Maddy to Reserve Your Seat (718) 630-4754
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Army Family Action Plan Fort Hamilton Army Family Team BuildingArmy Family Action Plan (AFAP) Army Family Team Building (AFTB) is a familyIs a program designed to give Soldiers, training and readiness program that providesFamily members, retirees, DoD civilians, and participants with an understanding of Army cultureteens an opportunity to voice their concerns and the skills and resources they need to becomeand suggestions on how to improve life and self-reliant, self-sufficient members of the militaryliving conditions for all members of the Fort community. AFTB helps members of the ArmyHamilton Family. Family adapt to Army life, manage change and embrace challenges. AFAP…Voice of the Army Family The AFTB mission is to educate and empower members of the military community to develop skills and behaviors that strengthens self-reliance, promote retention and enhance readiness. AFTB Army Community Service strives to provide pro-active, forward thinking Army Family Action Plan support for todays families and ensure the Bldg. 137C, Poly Place strength of tomorrows Army. Phone: (718) 630-4498 Program Manager: John Mapes To inquire about AFTB classes Please contact: John Mapes at 718-630-4498 Felton Veterinary Services Ft. Dix Veterinary Treatment www.feltonvets.com Facility (718) 388-1172 (609) 562-6636 Hope Veterinary Services Pc Paws and Claws Veterinary Hospital www.hopevet.com www.bregmanvetgroup.com (718) 852-4219 (718) 782-8387 Banfield the Pet Hospital Battery Park Veterinary Hospital www.banfield.net www.dvmhospitals.com (718) 448-5558 (212) 786-4444 (Manhattan) Windsor Terrace Veterinarians Central Brooklyn Veterinary Center (718) 431-8950 www.centralbklynvet.com Carroll Gardens Vet Group Pc (718) 338-9600 www.thegardenvet.com Vincent George Veterinarian (718) 875-7007 (718) 444-5151 Brooklyn Veterinary Group Veterinary Hospital www.brooklynvetgroup.com www.fifthavenueveterinaryhospital (718) 331-7775 (718) 748-1066
No Time to CookArticle from www.jillianmichaels.comJILLIAN SAYS: These suggestions depend a bit on whattype of oxidizer you are, but here you go:Breakfast: Snack-sized containers of low-fat Greek or low- chance of getting this at a market like Whole Foods). Buyingfat plain yogurt (varieties with no high-fructose corn syrup!), food like this is a bit more expensive because conveniencea Health Valley Granola Bar, Arrowhead Mills Instant doesnt come cheap, but its quick, easy, and healthy. If Im inOatmeal, fruit, dry whole-grain toast, or high-fiber cereal a hurry, I like to pick up grilled chicken breasts, salmon orwith skim milk. Each of these ideas will take less than three halibut fillets, or turkey breasts, all precooked — I toss aminutes of your time. portion in a plastic container and run out the door with it. You can even buy veggie side dishes — grilled vegetables, forLunch: Ideally, you would take some time the night before or example — brown rice with shrimp, and so on.on the weekends to prepare healthy foods to pack and carry,but if that just isnt realistic for you, try the following options. At the end of the day, your choices are going to come downBuy prepared salads at your supermarket. I like to get chicken to what is more feasible for you. Ive given you many options,Caesar, tuna niçoise, and seafood salads at Trader Joes to involving varying amounts of money and time, but I urge youhave on hand when I need to run out the door. Another to find the time to plan your meals for the week and cookthought is a sandwich — make sure the bread is whole grain healthy on the weekends. This way you will knowand the meat is organic and not processed (look for fresh, EXACTLY what is in your food — salt, fat, calories, and solow-sodium deli meat). Avoid high-fat condiments like mayo; forth.choose mustard (its naturally low in fat) instead. Frozen entrées are a quick and calorie-controlled option, butSnacks: Try nuts, fruit, low-fat cheeses, whole-grain crackers the downside is that theyre usually processed — meaninglike Kashi, low-fat yogurt, and hard-boiled eggs. You could theyre FULL of salt and preservatives. If you absolutely canteven buy a Kashi, Luna, or Clif bar to eat on the run. cook a meal and want frozen meal options, there are a couple brands that do pass the health test for me — if you choose anDinner: This entails a similar effort as lunch, in that you need entrée from Amys or Kashi, you know youre in good shape.to buy precooked foods at the deli counter in the supermarket Both brands are much lower in sodium than others. I hope— but always ask for organic meat (you might have a better this helps you make some healthy choices!What Is Sexting & What Can Parents Do About ItArticle from www.about.com Sexting is sending sexually explicit messages via cell phone or instant messenger. As technology has advanced and cell phones have the capability to record and send photos and video, the practice of sending suggestive and explicit pictures has increased, especially among teens. A joint study by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and CosmoGirl suggests that 20% of teens (ages 13-19) and 33% of young adults (ages 20-26) have shared nude or semi-nudepictures of themselves either via text or by posting online. Teen girls are slightly more likely to do this than boys and 11% of theyoung teen girls (ages 13-16) admitted to sending suggestive photos of themselves.The best approach to talking about sexting is to take a non-judgmental and informational approach. Keeping the dialogue openleaves room for your kids to talk with you rather than hiding things away. Remember that the word "sexting" was coined by thepress. Kids may have a different name for it. Try some simple conversation starters to break the ice: •Have you heard about this sexting thing? Do you know anything about it? •I was watching TV/reading the news the other day and saw a story about some kids who got in trouble for sending [use your own word here - suggestive, sexy, naked, etc.] pictures to friends. Did you hear about that? •Can we talk about the types of things you and your friends like to share online? I want to make sure youre taking care of yourself and looking out for your friends, as well.Rather than leading the conversation, make sure you listen to your tween/teen. They may not agree with you about what is andisnt appropriate and may have some compelling reasons why. Helping them think about the possible consequences of theirbehavior and also the type of image theyd like to represent to the world is one way to encourage them to come to their ownconclusions.
Master Resiliency Training for FamiliesMRT for Families will provide the missing link, teaching Soldiers and Families to become more resilient infive aspects of total fitness: physical, emotional, social, spiritual and Family strength.MRT promotes an Army of balanced and healthy Soldiers, Families, and DoD civilians whose total fitnesswill help them thrive in a high-tempo era of persistent conflict. Army leaders believe an emotionally andphysically healthy force will result in a reduction in rates of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder,anxiety, indiscipline, domestic violence, alcohol abuse, suicide and absences without leave. MRT marks a new era for the Army Family by comprehensively equipping and training our Soldiers, Familymembers, and Army Civilians to maximize their potential and face the physical and psychologicalchallenges of sustained operations. We are committed to a true prevention model, aimed at the entire force,which will enhance resilience and coping skills enabling them to grow and thrive in todays Army.Resiliency Training helps families plan for challengesto inquire about Resiliency Training for families, call John Mapes at 718-630-4498
FAP Program Survivor Outreach ServicesSexual Assault Prevention Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) is an Army program developed to better serve the Surviving Families of the Fallen by keeping them connected to Sexual assault is a crime. Sexual the Army for as long as they desire. SOS provides assault can happen to males and long-term support, resources and emotional females of all ages. Sexual assault is connections. intentional sexual contact, SOS is available to all Survivors, Survivors being characterized by the use of force, the spouses, children, parents, siblings, and friendsphysical threat of force, or the abuse of grieving the loss of a Soldier. SOS coordinates with Military, Non-Governmental Organizations and the authority when the victim does not or local community to create a support network.cannot consent. Rape, nonconsensual sodomy, and indecent assault are all In order to provide continued support and better understand the concerns and experiences of our forms of sexual assault. Surviving Families of the Fallen, we reach out to Families through support care meetings, phone If you are a victim of a sexual assault, calls, and letters to capture those concerns and experiences to assist our service delivery. please contact the ACS assault response coordinator at 718-630-4460 If you would like more information or need or 347-452-4302 24/7 assistance, please call 718-630-4754 Military & Family Life Consultant Family Advocacy ProgramThe Family Advocacy Programprovides education and awarenesstrainings on family violence, childabuse/neglect, spouse/partner abuse, NEED TO TALK?reporting procedures, and available Military and Family Life Consultantsresources & services on and off the Help with the Stress of Military Lifeinstallation. Deployment Relocation Adjustment To access the Reintegration Concerns Loss or Grief Parenting Challenges Financial ManagementFamily Advocacy Relationship Issues Workplace StressProgram pleasecontact: Military Family Life Counselors (MFLCs)Vincent DiMaira are mental health specialist whoat 718-630-4460 provide confidential, short-term, non-medical counseling to Military Families. To access MFLC services please call: (718) 757-9408
Army Volunteer Corps Lend a hand….make a difference Why Volunteer? Meet new people Become Active in Your Community Gain New Job Skills Keep Busy Feel Good About Yourself Enhance Job Opportunities Gain Experience Learn New Skills Explore New Interests Network Develop Essential Life Skills TO REGISTER please call (718) 630-4756 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgAdult Career Skills Training Are you looking for a Job? Do you want help preparing yourself against the competition? Do you need assistance in preparing your resume? Sign up for the following classes: Making the most out of a Career Fair Translating Volunteer Experience into a Resume Secrets to Resume Success Workshop Federal Employment and the Federal Resume Networking 101 Labor Market Information Interview Skills & Dress for Success Career Plan Development To Schedule an appointment, please call Joseph Gamez at (718) 630-4756
Toxic and dangerous foods for pets Caffeine Caffeine is generally highly toxic to pets, having negative effects on both the cardiac and nervous systems. Side effects can include vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal heart rhythms, tremors, seizures, and possible death. Grapes and raisins An unknown toxin in grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure and ultimately lead to death. Symptoms of this poisoning can include hyperactivity, vomiting, diarrhea, and irregular heartbeat. Nuts An unknown toxin in nuts can have negative effects on the nervous, digestive, and muscular systems of yourArticle from www.webvet.com pet. Symptoms can include muscle tremors, weakness, an upset stomach, vomiting, depression, inactivity, and stiffness. Particularly avoid Macadamia nuts.Pets and poison is a growing concern among pet Onionsowners. Household poisons are not the only thing that Onions, along with garlic and chives, are all part of thecan harm your pets. Many common household foods and same species of plant—the Allium species. Alliumdrugs can also be toxic to your pets. The following are species plants contain sulfur compounds that can causefoods that can be toxic or poisonous to your pets. stomach irritation and possibly result in damage to red blood cells causing anemia. This is referred to as AlliumAvocados poisoning.Avocados contain a toxin known as persin. Persin isfound in various parts of the avocado and avocado trees Some human medicines(eg, leaves, rind, etc). This toxin is known mostly to While some human medications are prescribed for petscause vomiting and diarrhea. Birds and small pets seem by veterinarians, others can be highly toxic andmost affected by the negative side effects of consuming fatal. Acetaminophen, which is contained in Tylenol andavocado. other similar products, for example, can be fatal to cats. Always consult with your veterinarian before givingBeer human medication to a pet.Not just beer…all alcohol. Depending on how muchalcohol your animal ingests, it can lead to vomiting, Xylitol (artificial sugar)diarrhea, depression, difficulty breathing, coma, and Xylitol is a sweetener used in many products includingpossible death. mouthwash, chewing gum, toothpaste, and various foods. Because it is toxic to pets, products containingChocolate xylitol should not be given to your dog or cat.Chocolate contains a compound called theobromine thatis toxic to pets. If enough is ingested, your animal can Lilly Plantssuffer from vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal heart rhythms, All portions of the lilly plant are poisonous to cats whentremors, seizures, and possible death. Cocoa mulch ingested. Just a nibble of the leaf, petal or stem can causecontains theobromine; the ASPCA advises dog owners to irreversible kidney failure despite extensive medicalavoid using this fertilizer around unsupervised dogs, and treatment.dogs with indiscriminate eating habits since it can betoxic if ingested. Other foods that can be toxic to your pet: Apple Seeds, Chives (see "onions," above), Fruit pits,Candy especially those of apricots, peaches, plums, nectarines,Chocolate is the most common candy that is toxic to pets, and cherries, Garlic (see "onions" above), Moldy foodsespecially to dogs, cats and ferrets. Any candy Mustard seeds, Potato leaves and stems, Rhubarb leavescontaining the sweetener xylitol can also be toxic to pets. Salt, Tea, Tomato leaves and stems.
Relocation Program eSponsorship Application & TrainingFinancial Readiness Program Training Sponsors to Assist Relocating Financial Education Seminars Service Members & Their Families Presented by CHASE Finance Disaster Preparation Sponsorship Training Available on the following dates: April 18th at 1730 Hrs - 1830 hrs. June 20, 2012 Class held at the September 17, 2012 ACS Conference Room Building 137C, 1st Floor Location: ACS, Bldg. 137C at 1300 – 1400 To Reserve a Seat Call (718) 630-4462/4754 For more information contact Madeline Pastorella 718-630-4754/4462 Waiting Families Exceptional Family Have a Deployed Service Member? Member ProgramJoin Waiting Families Support Group for fun, outings & support! The Exceptional Family Member Prospect Park Zoo Program(EFMP) is a mandatory enrollment April 21, 2012 program that works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and coordinated medical, educational, Meet at ACS, Bldg. 137C housing, community support, and personnel services to Families with special needs. For any questions concerning the Exceptional Family Member Program, please contact Vincent DiMaira, Family Advocacy Program Manager at 718-630-4460 To enroll your Family Member in EFMP, please contact Ms.Brenda Shea, Please call to reserve your seat!! Occupational Health Nurse at Ainsworth Contact: Madeline Pastorella Clinic, phone number Phone: 718-630-4754 718-630-4907/4417/4611. ACS Bldg. 137C, 1st Floor