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  1. 1. Weekly Update August 17, 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. Hot Summer Nights Car Show Saturday, Aug 25, 2012, Hot Summer Nights: Car and Motorcycle Show at McChord Club Barnes Blvd. parking lot, JBLM-McChord Field, 4 - 8
  2. 2. p.m.Register your Corvette, Street Rod, Classic Stock, Muscle Car, Truck or Motorcycle to compete for best of show and peoples choice award, to name a few. We will have live entertainment, Food and Beverages available for purchase. For registration forms and more information, call the McChord Community Center at 253-982-0718.3. 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 477-1078.4. 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.5. 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 820-6772.6. 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 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/
  3. 3. GREAT OPPORTUNITIES1. 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).2. 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.org3. 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 (August 7 & 21) 9 am - 12 p.m. Free for members and non-members. Fee-based child care is available upon registration. Register by contacting Kelli McMorris: McMorK@uw.edu or 580-704-9501. Located at the Lakewood Family YMCA, 9715 Lakewood Drive SW, Lakewood, 984994. 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.5. 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. KIDS1. Youth Resiliency Academy Saturday, Aug 25, 2012, Join us August 25, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at ACS Waller Hall and learn about teen communication, how to be a friend (suicide prevention), dating and abuse, youth transitioning to a new norm, bullying and peer pressure and
  4. 4. employment & finances. Call 253-967-9287 for more information or to register.2. Seattle Sounders Camp Aug 20 – 24, 2012, Seattle Sounders Camp runs August 20 through 24 for ages 3 - 16 yrs. For more information call 253-966-CYSS or visit soundersfc.com/youth.3. Youth Resiliency Academy Saturday, Aug 25, 2012, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at ACS Waller Hall and learn about teen communication, how to be a friend (suicide prevention), dating and abuse, youth transitioning to a new norm, bullying and peer pressure and employment & finances. Call 253-967-9287 for more information or to register.4. 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.5. 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 253-967-4694.6. 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
  5. 5.  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. 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 OPPORTUNITIES 1. 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
  6. 6. 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. Learn about FCC at the Aug. 21 orientation from 6 to 8 p.m. at the FCC office in building 2013B. Full-day training classes meet weekdays following the orientation. FCC will provide free child care during the training classes. For more information, call the FCC office at 967-3039. 5. 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. 6. 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 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 the 1 October 2012 scholarship application deadline. Read the Military Advantage Blog for more details located at: http://bit.ly/Mia93A2. Spouse and DA Civilian Resiliency Academy Aug 27 – 29, 2012, Spouse and DA Civilian Resiliency Academy in August is held at the ACS Annex, Bldg. 2166 on JBLM-Lewis Main from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on August 27 - 29. Classes are designed to help strengthen the resiliency of our Spouses by teaching them to look within themselves in order to learn to grow and thrive in the face of challenges and bounce back from adversity. Resilience starts at home and in a networked community that cares. The Spouse Resiliency Academy is strengthening that network. For more details call 253-967-3544.
  7. 7. 3. 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.4. 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.htm5. 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.6. 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. 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.
  8. 8. 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.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.
  9. 9. 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, 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 CAR INSURANCE – Car insurance protects against financial loss in the event of a car accident, theft, or other unforeseen occurrence. However, talking to
  10. 10. your insurance agent can be confusing. Generally, car insurance documents contain a variety oflegal terms that you may not understand and that tend to make you it intimidating. Understandinghow your policy is designed to protect you will help you make informed decisions. Here aresome of the basic terms to help you get a better understanding of your policy: 1. Deductible – This is the amount you are required to pay before your car insurance will take effect to pay for the repair or replacement of your vehicle. 2. Liability Insurance Coverage – This is coverage for damages you cause to others. a. Bodily Injury Liability Coverage – This is mandatory coverage that pays for medical damages and funeral expenses for any people injured or killed in an accident for which you were responsible (or which the operator of your vehicle caused – for instance if you loaned your vehicle to someone). It also pays your legal expenses if an injured party sues you in relation to the accidents. The exception to this coverage is that it doesn’t cover you or other drivers listed on your policy. b. Property Damage Liability – This is coverage for damage you caused to the property of others. Usually this means damage to another vehicle, but it also covers other property such as a lawn, fence or home if you damage it with your car. This does not cover your own car. 3. Physical Damage Coverage – This coverage protects your property in the event of an accident. a. Collision coverage – This type of coverage is for damage to your vehicle when it hits another vehicle or object. This coverage is designed to get your car repaired or replaced. b. Comprehensive coverage – Comprehensive covers your vehicle in the event of damage or loss from something other than a collision. This includes theft, vandalism, nature, and animals. 4. Uninsured Motorist Coverage a. Uninsured motorist bodily injury coverage – If your vehicle is struck by a driver with no insurance, this coverage pays for damages to you or other people in your vehicle. b. Uninsured motorist property damage – This coverage pays in the event your property is damaged by an uninsured or underinsured driver’s action. c. Waiver of Collision deductible – This coverage is available in certain states and only if you have Uninsured motorist coverage. This coverage will pay your collision deductible if the damage to your vehicle is caused by an uninsured motorist. 5. Personal Injury Protection Coverage – This type of coverage provides medical and funeral expenses for the driver or others in the vehicle that is insured in the event of a collision. This includes pedestrians struck by the insured vehicle.
  11. 11. 6. Gap Insurance – This is separate from your auto insurance. Gap insurance covers the gap between what you owe on your auto and its current market value. Ask your insurance agent or company about gap coverage when you shop for a new car. They don’t have to offer it to you, but they must sell it if you ask. **Compiled by Ryki Carlson richarda.carlson@us.army.mil** ACS FINANCIAL READINESS SERVICESLocations: Lewis Main: Waller Hall, Room 400, 2140 Liggett Avenue and McChord Field:Airman and Family Readiness Center, 551 Barnes StHours of Operation: 0700 – 1630, Monday – Friday (OPEN all DONSA days, closed FederalHolidays)Services Available: Confidential one-on-one counseling for Service Members and their spouses(budgeting, debt management, credit counseling, investment education, general financialplanning),Counselors can assist in obtaining and reviewing your Credit Reports, plus assist in clearing upissues 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 CounselorProgram POC: Mary T Cron, AFC, CHC, 253/967-9917, mary.t.cron@us.army.mil 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 learn how to deal with the basics of financial issues seen Financial in everyday life. The classes cover: Understanding Your Awareness for LES, Principles of Personal Finance, Financial Institutions 0830 - Entry Level08/28 and Checking Accounts, Planning & Budgeting, Saving & 1630 Servicemembers Investing, Using Credit Wisely and Buying Insurance. If (Spouses JBLM is your first duty station, these classes are a must welcome) for you. Please Note: This class will be held in Bldg 2400 (Cascade Training Annex) Come and refresh your money management skills in Checking this hands-on learning session. Learn how to keep 1330 -08/21 Account and maintain a checking account register and then 1600 Maintenance balance your transactions with the bank statement to make sure all entries are accounted for correctly. Financial issues in the different stages of life are 0930 - Financial Life08/23 discussed. Learn how to plan for your future and 1130 Cycle Planning what may be important to you as you age.
  12. 12. This session covers the steps to buying a car. Learn 1330 - Car Buying 08/29 how to shop for not only the car but also the loan and 1600 Process the insurance; one size does not fit all. McChord Field Financial Readiness Classes Classes at McChord Field, please call 253/982-2695 to register Date Time Class Description Required briefing for single first term airmen moving 1000 - off base; Discuss pay entitlement, legal and consumer 1130 Ready to Rent obligation associated with tenancy and personal 08/31 1330 - financial obligations. Also discussed are pertinent 1500 laws associated with renting a residence or apartment. Money and Gain a better understanding of where you are financially, 0900 - 08/21 Credit where you want to be, and how to better manage your 1030 Management money. Saving & 0900 - 08/28 Investing Learn the basics of investing. 1030 Basics CLOSURES, HOURS CHANGES, AND CONSTRUCTION1. Army Museum expands hours The Lewis Army Museum is expanding its limited opening to Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. During the limited opening, visitors will have access to the main lobby exhibits, Friends of the Museum gift store, Soldiers of the Pacific Northwest gallery, the Army Family Gallery and the vehicle park. In addition to hosting the museum, this historic building now houses a 15,000 square foot training facility on the once- vacant third floor. For information, call 967-7206.2. Post office opens on Lewis North The 593rd Sustainment Brigade and 22nd Human Resources Company have teamed to offer full postal services to units, service members and families on JBLM Lewis North. Located in Building 12324 at 19th Street and 32nd Division Drive, the Lewis North satellite post office is open to everyone with JBLM access, offering sale of stamps and money orders; standard post office supplies including flat rate boxes, express envelopes and customs forms. It accepts delivery of all categories, including first-class, express and accountable mail. The post office accepts cash or credit cards. Open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed weekends, DONSAs and federal holidays. For information, call 967-5094.3. 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.
  13. 13. AAFES JB Lewis-McChord Movie Schedule PH (253) 967-4329 *recording PH (253) 967-5976 Reel Time JB Lewis-McChord Exchange SAT Aug 18– 1400 Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (PG13) 1900 Savages (R) SUN Aug 19- 1400 Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (PG13) 1900 Savages (R) The theater at McChord Field. Call 253-982-5836 for schedule. 18 AUG 4PM BATTLESHIP PG-13 18 AUG 7PM THE DICTATOR R 19 AUG 4PM GREEN LANTERN PG-13 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/armybehavioralhealth
  14. 14. FOCUS 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.jblmJBLM BOSS http://www.facebook.com/BOSSJBLMJBLM EFMP http://www.facebook.com/efmpJBLMJBLM Family & MWR http://www.facebook.com/JBLMFamilyMWRJBLM Garrison http://www.facebook.com/JBLMgarrisonJBLM Health Promotion www.facebook.com/JBLMHealthPromotionJBLM Outdoor Recreation http://www.facebook.com/SeeYouOutsideJBLMJBLM PAIO Office http://www.facebook.com/JBLM.PAIOJBLM Sports Races http://www.facebook.com/JBLMRaces http://www.facebook.com/pages/JBLM-JBLM Teen Zone Teen_Zone/138033819599124JBLM Warrior Zone http://www.facebook.com/JBLMWarriorZoneLewis-Main Battle Bean Coffee http://www.facebook.com/battlebean http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bowl-Arena-Lewis-Main Bowl Arena Lanes Lanes/117410934969719Lewis-Main Cascade/Heroes Sports Lounge http://www.facebook.com/HeroesSportsLoungeMadigan Healthcare System http://www.facebook.com/madiganhealthMilitary OneSource http://www.facebook.com/military.1sourceMilitary Spouse Magazine http://www.facebook.com/militaryspousemagazineNational Military Family Association http://www.facebook.com/militaryfamily http://www.facebook.com/pages/school-behavioral-School Behavioral Health (SBH) health-joint-base-lewis-mcchord/219746524730115The Bistro at Russell Landing http://www.facebook.com/BistroatRussellLandingTRICARE http://www.facebook.com/tricareTriWest Healthcare Alliance http://www.facebook.com/triwestWashington State Survivor Outreach http://www.facebook.com/sosftlewisServices LOOKING FOR A PHONE NUMBER? Lewis Information (253) 967-1110 Madigan Information (253) 968-1110 McChord Information (253) 982-1110 SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE 1-800-273-TALK DEPLOYMENT TIPS Coping When a Family Member Deploys: The following are suggestions to help you manage the stress when a family member is deployed:
  15. 15.  Take time to listen to each other. Know that deployment will be a painful and frightening time, particularly for children. The more you can communicate with one another, the less long-term strain there will be on the family.  Minimize exposure to anxiety-arousing media related to the war. When children worry about war, let them know that the war is far away. Acknowledge childrens fears, and let them know that parents, teachers and police are here to protect them.  Remember the deployed member is still a part of the family. Keep photographs of your loved one in prominent locations. Get childrens help in keeping a family journal of each days events for the deployed member to look at when he or she returns.  Understand feelings. Emotions such as fear, anger and feeling "numb" are normal and common reactions to stress.  Spend time with people. Coping with stressful events is easier when in the company of caring friends. Ask for support from your family, friends, church or other community group.  Join or develop support groups. Peer-support groups, led by spouses of deployed service members, can be a tremendous aid to family functioning.  Keep up routines. Try to stick to everyday routines. Familiar habits can be very comforting.  Take time out for fun. Take a walk, spend time with your pets or play a game you enjoy.  Help others. It is beneficial for everyone to find ways you and your family can productively channel energy. Helping other families and organizing neighborhood support groups or outings can help everyone involved. 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.comCreate and send a photo book to your soldier through the USO. http://uso.rocketlifeproduction.comProvides internships for military youth inspiring to be a writing or video journalist www.abackpack.journalist.comDeployment Time Resources at JBLM Libraries for Parents and Kids http://www.jblmmwr.com/other_pages/libraries/deployment_time.html