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12 aug 2011, this week in mcfp

  1. 1. This Week in MC&FP August 12, 2011 _________________________________ Throughout the 1950s and into the early 1960s, thousands of people from East Berlincrossed over into West Berlin to reunite with families and escape communist repression. In an effort tostop that outflow, the government of East Germany, on the night of August 12, 1961, began to seal offall points of entrance into West Berlin from East Berlin by stringing barbed wire and posting sentries.In the days and weeks to come, construction of a concrete block wall began, complete with sentrytowers and minefields around it. The Berlin Wall succeeded in completely sealing off the two sectionsof Berlin. In the years to come, the Berlin Wall became a physical symbol of the Cold War. The starkdivision between communist East Berlin and democratic West Berlin served as the subject fornumerous editorials and speeches in the United States, while the Soviet bloc characterized the wall as anecessary protection against the degrading and immoral influences of decadent Western culture andcapitalism. During the lifetime of the wall, nearly 80 people were killed trying to escape from East toWest Berlin. In late 1989, with communist governments falling throughout Eastern Europe, the BerlinWall was finally opened and then demolished. For many observers, this action was the signal that theCold War was finally coming to an end.Have a good week and take care.Please note: Some hyperlinks in this text are lengthy, sometimes extending more than one line. Forbest results, cut and paste the entire link into your Web browser.From the DASD, Robert L. Gordon IIIThe Military and Family Life Counseling (MFLC) program, is dedicated to helping service membersand their families deal with the stress of the military life. Military Family Life Counselors (MFLCs) arebehavioral health specialists deployed around the world to offer confidential, short-term, non-medicalcounseling and life coaching to military families. MFLCs are Masters or PhD level, licensed andcredentialed mental health providers who support military families, helping them address a variety ofissues related to military life such as common stress reactions to deployment, relocation adjustment,reintegration concerns, loss or grief, parenting challenges, financial management, and more.Read Mr. Gordon’s full remarks at, has an MFLC helped you? Share your story here, Providing policy, tools, and resources to further enhance the quality of life of service members and their families.
  2. 2. This Week in MC&FP August 12, 2011NewsVA Outlines October Changes in Post-9/11 GI BillThe third round of 2011 changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill will take effect Oct. 1, a Department ofVeterans Affairs official said today. October’s changes allow eligible students to pay for moreeducation and training programs with the GI Bill, Keith Wilson, director of VA’s education service,told reporters today during a telephone conference. Programs not leading to college degrees, includingprograms offered at schools that don’t grant degrees, will now be eligible for GI Bill funding, Wilsonsaid. Flight programs, correspondence training, on-the-job and apprenticeship training also are coveredby the GI Bill, he added. More,‘Military Line’ Works to Boost Financial FitnessA young service member saddled with debt and in need of some quick cash doesn’t have to go far.Lenders offering same-day loans sit outside the gate of nearly every military installation in the nation.But the lure of fast and easy cash can lead strapped troops down a path of steep interest rates and feesthat far surpass their initial loan. In other words, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, saidBrenda Linnington, director of the Better Business Bureau Military Line. Protecting service membersand their families from financial pitfalls such as payday lenders is Linnington’s primary goal atMilitary Line. The program’s mission, she explained, is to increase military members’ financial literacythrough information, education and outreach -- both online and on the ground. More, health plan options for National Guard & Reserve MembersAre you a member or family member of the National Guard or Reserves? Watch this video to see whatTRICARE Options are available to you. Hiring Our Heroes event: Great Falls, MontanaThe U.S. Chamber of Commerce, along with the Montana Employer Support of the Guard and Reserveand Montana Chamber of Commerce, will be hosting the "Hiring our Heroes - Great Falls" job fair, partof the 100-city initiative this year to help veterans and their spouses find jobs. The event is openexclusively to Montana Guard and Reserve members, military spouses, and veterans. Time, locationand other details at, Assists Military Families with Special NeedsArmy Families come in all shapes and sizes and may include a member with special needs, and there isa program dedicated to those individuals. The Exceptional Family Member Program is a mandatoryenrollment program that works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive andcoordinated medical, educational, housing, community support and personnel services to Families withspecial needs, said Susan Moyer, Fort Carson EFMP manager. More, Compact for Education of Military ChildrenAn interstate compact is spurring sweeping improvements to the school transition process for militaryparents and their children, while also making inroads into addressing parents’ education-relatedconcerns, a Defense Department official said. The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity forPage 2
  3. 3. This Week in MC&FP August 12, 2011Military Children affects everything from school enrollment and eligibility to course placement andgraduation, explained Ed Kringer, director of state liaison and educational opportunity for thePentagon’s office of military community and family policy. Since its inception in 2006, 39 states haveadopted the compact, ensuring inclusion of nearly 90 percent of military children and teens. More, Focus Friday: Preparing Children For Deployment (Part 1)Although children’s reactions will vary with their personalities and ages, a parent’s deployment willalmost always be puzzling to children. Parents wonder how the separation will affect their children andhow they can help them through this time. The deploying parent wonders how they can continue to be agood parent while they are away; the stay-home parent worries about handling added responsibility.Part 1 of the series, Preparing Children for Deployment, provides steps and activities that prepare yourchildren for the absence of a parent — no matter what that parent’s branch of service may be. The tipsare designed to help parents and children connect by building trust and cooperation within the family.More, You Legally Prepared for a Deployment?What does it mean to be ―legally prepared‖ for a deployment? Well, being legally prepared helpsprotect you and your family in many ways during a deployment. Getting prepared begins with having aPower of Attorney (POA). A POA is a legal document allowing your spouse or other family member toact on your behalf in your absence. Warriors, Families Deserve Best Care, Chiarelli SaysThe military has made great strides in warrior care over the past decade of war, but much work remainsto be done, particularly when dealing with the invisible wounds of war, the Army vice chief of staffsaid today. Speaking at the Warrior Transition Command’s Warrior Care and Transition ProgramTraining Conference in Orlando, Fla., Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli discussed the challenges posed by thecomplexity of today’s war injuries and the initiatives in the works to improve care for troops and theirfamilies. ―There’s no more important work than caring for our own,‖ the general told the audience.―It’s absolutely critical we do everything we can to assist those service members and families dealingwith [injuries] now and in the future,‖ he said. More, Coverage Closing for TRICARE Young AdultThe opportunity to purchase retroactive TRICARE Young Adult (TYA) coverage expires on Sept. 30.Retroactive TYA provides coverage for young adults back to Jan 1, or the day they became eligible ifthat was after Jan 1. TYA allows eligible adult children to purchase TRICARE coverage after theireligibility for ―regular‖ TRICARE coverage ends at age 21 (or 23 if enrolled in a full course of study atan approved institution of higher learning). TYA-eligible beneficiaries may choose to purchaseretroactive coverage if they’ve had significant health care expenses that weren’t covered by otherinsurance. Once enrolled in TYA, beneficiaries may file a claim for reimbursement of costs for coveredcare. Additionally, young adults in the Continued Health Care Benefit Program (CHCBP) may elect topurchase retroactive TYA coverage and receive a refund for their CHCPB fees. 3
  4. 4. This Week in MC&FP August 12, 2011Commissary On-Site Sale EventsThe Guard/Reserve On-site Sales Program provides the commissary benefit to deservingGuard/Reserve members and their families who live in areas that aren’t close to an existing commissarystore. These sales are not only for the Guard and Reserve – theyre for any authorized shopper.Currently, there are no on-site sales for online ordering. For more information, visit In the next few weeks, DeCA will deliver thebenefit: August 11-13 Guard and Reserve Louisville, Tenn. August 12-13 California National Guard San Luis Obispo, Calif. August 12-14 Guard and Reserve Grenada, Miss. August 13-14 Guard and Reserve Dunbar, W. Va. August 13-14 Guard and Reserve Niagara Falls, N.Y. August 18-19 Guard and Reserve Fort AP Hill, Va. August 20 Guard and Reserve Indian Head, Md. August 20 Guard and Reserve Seal Beach, Calif. August 20-21 Guard and Reserve Moundsville, W. Va. August 26-27 Guard and Reserve Wentachee, Wash. August 26-28 Guard and Reserve Redmond, Wash.Tips of the WeekVarying Your Protein, We all need proteinBut, most Americans eat enough, and some eat more than they need. How much is enough? Mostpeople, ages 9 and older, should eat five to seven ounces of protein foods each day. But what aboutgetting your protein from a variety of foods? Remember, protein foods include both animal (meat,poultry, seafood, and eggs) and plant (beans, peas, soy products, nuts, and seeds) sources. Here aresome tips to help you make sure you vary your proteins. Eat Plant Protein Foods More Often o Try beans and peas (kidney, pinto, black, or white beans; split peas; chickpeas; hummus), soy products (tofu, tempeh, veggie burgers), nuts, and seeds. They are naturally low in saturated fat and high in fiber. Have an Egg o One egg a day, on average, doesn’t increase risk for heart disease, so make eggs part of your weekly choices. Only the egg yolk contains cholesterol and saturated fat, so have as many egg whites as you want. Choose Seafood Twice a Week o Eat seafood in place of meat or poultry twice a week. Select a variety of seafood— include some that are higher in oils and low in mercury, such as salmon, trout, and herring. Nuts and SeedsPage 4
  5. 5. This Week in MC&FP August 12, 2011 o Choose unsalted nuts or seeds as a snack, on salads, or in main dishes to replace meat or poultry. Nuts and seeds are a concentrated source of calories, so eat small portions to keep calories in check.What counts as an ounce of protein foods? One ounce lean meat, poultry, or seafood; 1 egg; ¼ cupcooked beans or peas; ½ ounce nuts or seeds; or 1 tablespoon peanut butter. For more information onvarying your protein, check out the USDA’s MyPlate website at www.ChooseMyPlate.govParenting Tip of the Week, So Your Child Wants a DogDogs can make wonderful pets, but there are several factors to consider when deciding to get a dog ornot. Be sure to consult with a professional – a veterinarian, animal behaviorist, or a responsible breeder– to learn about suitable breeds of dogs for your household and lifestyle. Here are some things toconsider before you get a dog: Realize that dogs require training, socialization, discipline, and healthcare to be good family members. Plan for these before committing to get a dog. Be sensitive to cues that a child is fearful or apprehensive about a dog and, if so, delay getting a dog. Spend time with a dog before buying it or adopting it. Use caution when bringing a dog into the home of an infant or toddler. Source: Centers for Disease Control and PreventionLet’s Move/Childhood Obesity Tip of the Week, Tips to help you eat vegetablesVegetable tips for children: Set a good example for children by eating vegetables with meals and as snacks. Let children decide on the dinner vegetables or what goes into salads. Depending on their age, children can help shop for, clean, peel, or cut up vegetables. Allow children to pick a new vegetable to try while shopping. Use cut-up vegetables as part of afternoon snacks. Children often prefer foods served separately. So, rather than mixed vegetables try serving two vegetables separately. Source: USDAFinancial Tip of the Week, Electronic EE BondsEE Bonds are reliable, low-risk government-backed savings products that you can use toward financingeducation, supplemental retirement income, birthday and graduation gifts, and other special events.Series EE Bonds purchased on or after May 1, 2005, earn a fixed rate of return, letting you know whatthe bonds are worth at all times. See our press release for more information. EE Bonds purchasedbetween May 1997 and April 30, 2005, are based on 5-year Treasury security yields and earn a variablemarket-based rate of return.*E Bonds are the predecessor to EE Bonds and are no longer issued by the U.S. Treasury.Page 5
  6. 6. This Week in MC&FP August 12, 2011You can purchase, manage, and redeem electronic EE Bonds safely through a personal TreasuryDirectaccount.A new program called SmartExchangeSM allows TreasuryDirect account owners to convert their SeriesE, EE and I paper savings bonds to electronic securities in a special Conversion Linked Account intheir online account.NOTE: Paper EE savings bonds can be purchased at most financial institutions or by using our onlinemail-in order form.Key Facts: Buying Electronic EE Bonds o Sold at face value; i.e., you pay $50 for a $50 bond and its worth its full value when its available for redemption. o Purchase in amounts of $25 or more, to the penny. o $5,000 maximum purchase in one calendar year. o Issued electronically to your designated account. Buying Paper EE Bonds o Sold at half their face value; i.e., you pay $25 for a $50 bond but its not worth its face value until it has matured. o Purchase in denominations of $50, $75, $100, $200, $500, $1,000, and $5,000, and $10,000. o $5,000 maximum purchase in one calendar year. o Issued as paper bond certificates. o If you redeem EE/E Bonds in the first 5 years, youll forfeit the 3 most-recent months interest. If you redeem them after 5 years, you wont be penalized.Who Can Own BondsIndividuals, corporations, associations, public or private organizations, and fiduciaries can own paperSeries EE/E Bonds. Effective April 2009, individuals and various types of entities including trusts,estates, corporations, partnerships, etc. can have TreasuryDirect accounts and own electronic savingsbonds. See Learn More about Entity Accounts for full information on the new registration types.You can own U.S. Savings Bonds if you have a Social Security Number and youre a: Resident of the United States. Citizen of the United States living abroad (must have U.S. address of record). Civilian employee of the United States regardless of residence. Minor. Unlike other securities, minors may own U.S. Savings Bonds.Helpful Forms Lost, Stolen, or Destroyed Bonds Claim Form (PD F 1048) Change Existing Information on EE Bonds (PD F 4000) Other forms Source: Department of the TreasuryPage 6
  7. 7. This Week in MC&FP August 12, 2011Military OneSource Tip of the Week, Becoming a New Mother as a Service MemberNothing is quite as exciting as learning that you’re about to become a mother. If you’re a servicemember, make sure you learn about the special programs available to you, such as the The New ParentSupport Program (NPSP).The New Parent Support Program on your installation provides one-on-one support for expectingparents and new parents. This is a free service that offers information, support, and guidance on topicsincluding pregnancy and childbirth, infant and toddler growth and development, and parenting. Theprogram varies by branch of service and by installation, but most offer home visits by trainedprofessionals. Contact the Family Support Center or Family Advocacy Program on your installation formore information. You can go online to for contact information onyour installation.Excerpted from the Military OneSource article, Becoming a New Mother as a Service Member,available at Military OneSource 2011Spouse Tip, How to Become a Family Child Care Provider in Military HousingIf you are interested in becoming a Family Child Care (FCC) Provider in Military HousingIt is important for you to read the governing Department of Defense Instruction 6060.2 (2 Aug 1998Administrative Update): Child Development Programs (CDPs) This instruction provides quality standards foroperating a Family Child Care home-based business and standards that you will have to meet to bequalified to deliver child care services in government quarters (on base).Provision of child care services by a military housing resident (e.g. a family member of aservicemember or a DoD civilian) is a privilege, not a right. This privilege is granted at the discretionof the responsible Installation Commander, or the Defense Agency Director or Commander. Theperson you will work with to become an approved, certified FCC provider will be this military leader’sChild Development Program Director or the Family Child Care Director/Coordinator. These managerscan provide information and opportunities for Family Care providers to achieve home accreditation orto become a Child Development Associate (CDA).What is Family Child Care?Family Child Care is home-based child care that is provided by an individual who is certified by theSecretary of the Military Department concerned (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force) as a qualifiedprovider of services that meet children’s needs at various stages of growth and development. Childcare services are provided 10 hours or more per week per child on a regular basis for compensation asapproved and certified by the responsible commanding officer. As private contractors, FCC providersuse their own contracts between themselves and the parents they serve which describe terms, hours ofoperation, services rendered and fees charged. Their contracts must be maintained for CDPDirector/FCC Director inspection and review. DoD FCC standards are published in DOD Instruction6060.2 (Enclosure 8 --page 38) referenced above. Depending on location, FCCs are also referred to asFamily Home Day Care, Family Home Care, and Family Day Care.Page 7
  8. 8. This Week in MC&FP August 12, 2011What services are delivered by FCC providers?FCC providers deliver age appropriate child care and child development education and activities forchildren ages birth through 12 years old. FCC homes may also used to provide special supportservices, including overnight care, extended hour care, sick child care, infant and newborn care, andcare for children with disabilities.CDP Training and Curriculum Specialists provide FCC caregivers with the training they need to meetDoD standards for service delivery. Additional resources and professional development information isavailable from the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, a division of the National Associationfor the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) [].Who is Eligible to Become a Family Child Care Provider?An individual who meets the following requirements can apply to become an FCC provider: 18 years or older Ability to speak, read and write English Criminal History Background Check in accordance with the Crime Control Act of 1990 Screening of the FCC provider applicant, family members over 12 years old and others living in the potential FCC home Valid CPR and First Aide Certifications (American Red Cross is a good source) Mentally and physically capable of providing child care: free from communicable diseases; able and willing to complete required FCC training (e.g. 24 hours of Annual Training including information on child abuse prevention, identification, and referral procedures; child development and environments; child health, nutrition and safety; health and sanitation; age appropriate guidance and discipline; parent and family relations; applicable regulations and installation policy; position orientation; and business operations).What is the process for becoming a FCC provider?The process varies from installation to installation. Remember, FCCs are independent contractors (e.g.home-based businesses) that join existing military networks of local and regional FCC providers. Toget started, contact your installation or Defense Agency’s CDP Director/FCC Director for local FCCapplication process information. Directors of Child Development Centers (CDCs) on militaryinstallations may also be able to guide you in the right direction. For contact information, visit: help deciding whether you want to own your own FCC home-based business or become a staffmember of a military child development or youth program? A listing of the types of positions typicallyavailable at most installations can be found in the ―Come Grow with Us‖ Fact Sheet and FAQs found at a Military OneSource (MOS) Education and Career Consultant at 1-800-342-9647 or visit theMOS Spouse Career Center at (Career and Education Section/SpouseCareer Center) for career counseling and additional information. Check the web portals for current job openings.Page 8
  9. 9. This Week in MC&FP August 12, 2011Relocation Tip, Be flexibleMoving in the summer months is extremely busy, with June being the busiest moving month of theyear. Your preferred dates may not be available during this time. You will need to be as flexible aspossible and always leave some time in your schedule for unforeseen circumstances. ####Page 9