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  1. 1. http://www.health.mil/blog/10-06-24/Family_Resiliency_Webinar.aspx. This Week in MC&FP July 1, 2011 _________________________________ By the time the Declaration of Independence was adopted July 4, 1776, the coloniesand England had already been at war for more than a year. Thus, to some the declaration of intention,list of grievances and announcement of a new political philosophy might seem unnecessary; the actionsof the colonists were, indeed, self-evident. For the 56 delegates, however, stating the reasons for suchbold action and “laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form,” wasessential. To author Thomas Jefferson, the document was a summary of “self-evident” truths. Hisdraft, edited in late June by John Adams and Benjamin Franklin, was presented to the ContinentalCongress July 2, 1776. Some revisions followed on July 3 and into the late morning of July 4; then thechurch bells of Philadelphia rang to announce the official adoption of the Declaration.On this, the 235 anniversary of that daring act that charted a new course for our nation, please acceptour best wishes for a safe and happy 4th of July. And until next week, take care. Please note: Some hyperlinks in this text are lengthy, sometimes extending more than one line. For bestresults, cut and paste the entire link into your Web browser.A Message to the Department of Defense from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta“Today, I was honored to take the oath of office to become the 23rd Secretary of Defense.I am mindful of the great responsibility the President has entrusted to me, and I will work with you –America‟s men and women in uniform and this Department‟s civilian employees – as I lead theDepartment of Defense in its mission to protect our citizens and our nation‟s interests around theworld. My long career in public service began in the 1960s when I proudly donned the uniform of thiscountry as a young Army intelligence officer. In the decades since, my respect for the military has onlygrown stronger. “Bob Gates, my outstanding predecessor and good friend, has been a tireless advocate for our troopsand their families, and I pledge to be the same. You and your families will always be foremost on mymind and at the top of my agenda.“In the weeks and months ahead, I look forward to visiting with troops and civilian employees of everyrank and hearing your ideas, thoughts, and concerns. As your leader, I will ensure that our nationcontinues to have the best-trained, best-equipped, and strongest military in the world – a force preparedto confront the challenges that face us. As CIA Director, I saw first-hand the tremendous capabilitiesof our military, and I was always impressed by the professionalism and patriotism of the men andwomen of the Armed Forces. 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 July 1, 2011“Our nation is at war. We must prevail against our enemies. We will persist in our efforts to disrupt,dismantle, and ultimately defeat Al Qaeda. The successful operation that killed Osama Bin Laden – amission that showcased American military strength and precision – is a major step toward that goal. Aswe begin the transition in Afghanistan, we must remain committed to working closely with our Afghanand international partners to ensure that it never again becomes a safe haven for Al Qaeda and itsmilitant allies. As we continue our transition out of Iraq, we must cement a strategic relationship withthe Iraqi government, one based not solely on our military footprint there but on a real and lastingpartnership. It is in America‟s interests to help Iraq realize its potential to become a stable democracyin a vitally important region in the world, and to reinforce that responsibility for the future security ofIraq must belong to the Iraqis themselves. “As Secretary of Defense, I will do whatever is necessary to protect America and to meet the needs ofthe men and women who serve in harm‟s way, and the families who support them. Even as the UnitedStates addresses fiscal challenges at home, there will be no hollow force on my watch. That willrequire us all to be disciplined in how we manage taxpayer resources. Throughout my career in publicservice – as a member of Congress, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, White HouseChief of Staff, and, until yesterday, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency – I have focused onachieving that balance. I will continue that approach at the Pentagon. We must preserve the excellenceand superiority of our military while looking for ways to identify savings. While tough budget choiceswill need to be made, I do not believe in the false choice between fiscal discipline and a strong nationaldefense. We will all work together to achieve both.“This July 4th weekend, we celebrate our independence, the freedoms we enjoy, and America‟spromise. My parents, immigrants from Italy, came to the United States to seek a better life. Theytaught me that it was important to give something back to the country they adopted. I will never forgetmy father‟s words: “to be free, we must also be secure.” As Americans come together to commemoratewhat we and those before us have accomplished, and as I take on my new role, my thoughts are withyou and your families. You are making personal sacrifices to preserve our liberty, serving on frontlines around the world. You are fighting to keep America safe. Rest assured that I will fight with youand for you.“May God bless you and the nation we serve.”A Message from Robert M. Gates, As Delivered at the Pentagon, Wednesday, June 29, 2011“To the Men and Women of the United States Armed Forces: Tomorrow, 30 June 2011, I will retire asSecretary of Defense. It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve and to lead you for the past fourand a half years. All of that time we have been engaged in two wars and countless other operations.“It has been a difficult time for you and for your families, from long and repeated deployments forthose in all four services – and the associated long separations from loved ones – to the anguish ofthose of you who have lost friends and family in combat or those of you who have suffered visible andinvisible wounds of war yourselves. But your dedication, courage and skill have kept America safeeven while bringing the war in Iraq to a successful conclusion and, I believe, at last turning the tide inAfghanistan. Your countrymen owe you their freedom and their security. They sleep safely at nightand pursue their dreams during the day because you stand the watch and protect them.Page 2
  3. 3. This Week in MC&FP July 1, 2011“For four and a half years, I have signed the orders deploying you, all too often into harms way. Thishas weighed on me every day. I have known about and felt your hardship, your difficulties, yoursacrifice more than you can possibly imagine. I have felt personally responsible for each of you, and soI have tried to do all I could to provide whatever was needed so you could complete your missionssuccessfully and come home safely – and, if hurt, get the fastest and best care in the world.“You are the best that America has to offer. My admiration and affection for you is without limit, and Iwill think about you and your families and pray for you every day for the rest of my life. God blessyou.”From the DASD, Robert L. Gordon IIIThis past Wednesday marked the official launch of the Military Spouse Employment Partnership –MSEP. What an event! The ceremony inducted 15 new employment partners to a growing list ofcompanies committed to hiring our military spouses. It also publicly and formally recognized the richnature of these important partnerships. With the launch complete, the program is „live‟ and ready tobegin connecting military spouses to rewarding, portable careers from corporate partners seeking atalented and motivated workforce.I‟m also very happy to announce that due to the tremendous response from both veterans and militaryspouses, the Chamber of Commerce has re-opened registration for additional participants for theupcoming Hiring Our Heroes Los Angeles hiring fair on July 10. And as you know, we are extremelyhonored to have Their Royal Highnesses, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchessof Cambridge join us there as part of their visit to the United States. Again, this hiring fair is forveterans and military spouses, so I urge you to register as soon as possible for this once in a lifetimeopportunity! See http://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=971904and http://www.dodlive.mil/index.php/2011/07/military-spouse-employment-partnership-looking-forward/#more-20100From the Office of Family Policy/Children and Youth TRICARE’s ‘Dentist Is In’ – Protect Your Smile with Athletic Mouthguards During Play If you or your child participates in sports or other recreational activities, you know the importance of protective gear. Wearing protective gear is essential for safe play and shielding fragile body parts from severe damage and injuries. One good way to protect your teeth is by wearing an athletic mouthguard during any activity that could cause harm or injury to your mouth. The TRICARE Dental Program covers enrollees for one custom-fitted athletic mouthguard at a 50 percent cost-share, per consecutive 12-month period. Athletic mouthguards help to prevent broken and chipped teeth, cuts inside the mouth and tongue, even nerve damage and tooth loss possible during some activities. Using an athletic mouthguard may also reduce the rate and severity of concussions, experts at the American Dental Association say. Athletic mouthguards absorb some of the shock experienced from a blow to the head, and help to distribute it evenly.Page 3
  4. 4. This Week in MC&FP July 1, 2011 According to the American Dental Association, an athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer injury to their teeth or mouth when not wearing an athletic mouthguard. Even in non-contact sports like gymnastics and biking, athletic mouthguards are shown to help prevent injuries. For more information and the full article by Col. Jeff Chaffin, DDS, Chief, TRICARE Dental Care Branch, see http://www.tricare.mil/mediacenter/dentist_is_in.aspx?fid=106.From the Family Advocacy Program Office Family Advocacy Program Staff, Service Family Advocacy Program Managers Meet MC&FP Family Advocacy Program staff met with the Services headquarters Family Advocacy Program managers. Among other items, representatives from the Clearinghouse on Military Family Readiness at Penn State University, briefed them on the Clearinghouses capabilities; representatives of the Community Circles Strength at Home project in Fresno, Calif., briefed them on the domestic violence prevention program for veterans; and Dr. Mark Feinberg, Penn State University, briefed them on future adaptations of the Family Foundations curriculum to strengthen families before and after the birth of a child. Gordon Meets with Summit Attendees Robert L. Gordon III, DASD (MC&FP) met June 30 with the representatives of the Services at the DoD summit on fatalities related to child abuse and domestic violence. The summit is required by DoDI 6400.06, “Domestic Abuse Involving DoD Military and Certain Affiliated Personnel,” reviewing the reports of the military departments of their annual reviews of fatalities (including suicide) relating to reports of known or suspected child abuse and neglect and domestic violence. These reviews are required by law. Mr. Gordon commended the Services for their efforts in using the reviews to identify ways in which such fatalities can be prevented and for their joint efforts in such initiatives as preventing shaken baby syndrome and the infant safe sleep campaign that showed positive results. Also attending the summit were experts on child fatality review from the Dept. of Health and Human Services and experts on domestic violence from the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.From the Resale and NAF Policy Office Commissary On-Site Sale Events The Guard/Reserve On-site Sales Program provides the commissary benefit to deserving Guard/Reserve members and their families who live in areas that aren‟t close to an existing commissary store. 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 http://www.commissaries.com/guard_reserve_sales.cfm In the next few weeks, DeCA will deliver the benefit: July 9 Guard and Reserve Grissom ARB, Ind. July 9-10 Guard and Reserve Martinsburg, W. Va. July 9-10 Guard and Reserve Williamstown, W. Va. July 11-12 Guard and Reserve San Nicholas Island, Calif.Page 4
  5. 5. This Week in MC&FP July 1, 2011 July 15-17 Guard and Reserve Springfield, Ore. July 16-17 Guard and Reserve Chadron, Neb. July 21-24 Guard and Reserve Chattanooga, Tenn. July 22-23 Guard and Reserve Riverton, Utah July 30-31 West Virginia National Guard McConnelsville, OhioIn the News From the American Forces Press Service – DoD Launches Military Spouse Employment Partnership In an effort to address military spouses‟ employment challenges, the Defense Department today launched a program to expand career opportunities for military spouses worldwide, and to recognize the skills and talents they bring to the employment table. Flanked by military spouses and corporate leaders, top government and military officials unveiled the Military Spouse Employment Partnership during a ceremony at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce here. The partnership encompasses more than 70 employers who have committed to opening their doors to spouse employment. In remarks at the event, Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, lauded military spouses for their service and sacrifice as they juggle households, children, volunteer work and jobs – many times in the midst of deployments. See http://us.mg6.mail.yahoo.com/neo/launch?.rand=assbr7l51k61s#/app/minty/inbox and http://www.dodvclips.mil/?pid=NonZ5ubAD9aNJ57MVkbaWLoZCGJYZFTM From the Family Matters Blog – Spouses Praise New Employment Program Yesterday, I attended the launch of the Defense Department‟s Military Spouse Employment Partnership at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. Through this new program, officials hope to expand career opportunities for military spouses worldwide, and to recognize the numerous job skills and talents they bring to the table. More than 70 employers already have signed on with the partnership, signifying their commitment to increase employment opportunities for military spouses, provide promotion opportunities to deserving spouse employees, ensure pay equity and spread the word about spousal support. See http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=64524 From the American Forces Press Service – First Lady Salutes Troops, Families in Vermont National Guard and reserve members and their families deserve the thanks and support of a grateful nation, first lady Michelle Obama said in Vermont yesterday. As part of her campaign to support military families, Obama spoke to military and other guests at the Vermont Army National Guard‟s Aviation Support Facility in South Burlington. “After meeting so many troops and veterans, after meeting so many spouses and children and parents, I can say with complete authority that you all are absolutely incredible,” Obama told the audience. See http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=64539 From the American Forces Press Service – USO Breaks Ground on Wounded Warrior, Family Center A groundbreaking ceremony here yesterday marked the beginning of construction for the USOs first stateside center that will provide noncritical care and support for wounded, injured and ill service members. The center also will support families and caregivers of the wounded as they transition from inpatient to outpatient care. See http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=64476Page 5
  6. 6. This Week in MC&FP July 1, 2011 From the Family Matters Blog – DoD Program Inspires Kids to Read The day after school let out for the summer, I raced to find activities to fill those long, lazy days of summer for my 2-, 7- and 9-year-old. While I want my kids to relax and enjoy their time off, my 7-year-old, in particular, has a couch-potato tendency that I struggle to contain. If I let him, he‟d be happy to plant himself in front of the TV, remote in hand, and not budge until the fall school bell rings. With that and my ever-shrinking budget in mind, I first searched for free community activities and lucked out by finding a great summer reading program at my local library. My kids simply have to read books, keep track of them on a log, and then can participate in weekly activities and earn small prizes. See http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=64463Tips of the Week Nutrition Tip of the Week – What should I have for snack? Fresh fruit can make a great snack at any time. Not sure how much you should eat? Take a look below for some ideas of fresh fruit with 100 calories or less per serving: Medium apple Small banana Medium peach Medium plum One–fourth cantaloupe Medium kiwi fruit Medium orange One–half mango Medium orange One cup blueberries Sixteen grapes Sixteen strawberries Medium pear For more information on making healthy and nutritious food choices, check out the Commissary‟s website at http://www.commissaries.com/ Parenting Tip of the Week – Consider Camping for Summertime Fun, Memories Is camping a summer tradition in your family? Camping is a fun way to get family and friends together to enjoy the outdoors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following tips to help ensure your camping trip is safe and healthy: Pack healthy snacks, fluids, adequate clothes, and a first aid kit. Put on protective gear, such as helmets, sturdy shoes, and life jackets. Enjoy watching wild animals from a safe distance in their natural surroundings. Put on insect repellent. Protect yourself from the sun. Put on sunscreen, and cover up with clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses.Page 6
  7. 7. This Week in MC&FP July 1, 2011 Are you looking for a place to go camping or rent a cabin? DoD recreational programs are offered through Morale, Welfare, and Recreation. MWR programs provide recreational lodging, to include cabin rentals, beach houses/cottages, and camp sites. Call or visit your nearest MWR office for more information.Let’s Move/Childhood Obesity Tip of the Week Balancing Calories: Enjoy your food, but eat less. Avoid oversized portions. Foods to Increase: Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. Make at least half your grains whole grains. Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk. Foods to Reduce: Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread and frozen meals, and choose the foods with lower numbers. Drink water instead of sugary drinks. See: www.choosemyplate.gov Financial Tip of the Week – How to Plan a Fourth Of July on the cheap How about some good ol‟ burgers? Have yourself an Independence Day blow-out! But youll need to spruce up the menu just a bit to impress some family and friends. How to Prepare a Money-Saving Backyard Barbecue: Buy ground beef in bulk (you can always freeze what you dont use). Head to the commissary or your local grocery store at least a few days early to get the prime pick of the meats. You can always search online for coupons and check your local stores weekly sales flyer. They are likely to have a special on ground beef. If not, hot dogs are always great! Remember, plan your menu around whats on sale. Be sure to cook all meats thoroughly. You can find food safety tips at http://www.foodsafety.gov. Forget about fancy prepared salads you buy at the store. Simply cut up kiwi, wash a fresh watermelon, and open up a few cans of mandarin oranges (but drain the juice first), then mix all the ingredients for an attractive, yet easy-to-make fruit salad. Head to your local market and buy several boxes of their whole grain muffin mix. Its inexpensive and healthy. Your guests will think you made the muffins from scratch, theyre so good. And if youre feeling festive, add some left over fruit from your fruit salad or chocolate chips to the mix. Get out those old-fashioned games from the closet, or if the weather is nice, watch the neighbors fireworks from your deck. Why pay for fireworks if your neighbor already has some?! (Also, check for fire restrictions with your state‟s Department of Natural Resources or maybe go insidePage 7
  8. 8. This Week in MC&FP July 1, 2011 and watch fireworks on television. No need to start a fire.) And if kids are present, pull out the Slip n Slide or let them play in the sprinkler with squirt guns. Remember, keep the party simple so that all you have to worry about is having a good time. This week’s tip is provided by Jennifer Armstrong, National Guard Bureau Family Programs Financial Readiness Program Manager Military OneSource Tip of the Week – Staying Relaxed and Refreshed After Your Vacation You know the great way you feel after a vacation? You feel rested, relaxed, and better about the world yourself because when you take a break from routines, life slows down and you have time for yourself and the people you care about. Things feel less complicated. How can you keep those feelings from disappearing and stay refreshed? Here are some suggestions: Remember to breathe and take mini-breaks. To maintain some of the relaxed feeling from your vacation, take a moment for a few deep inhalations and exhalations several times over the course of the day. Such mini-breaks can help you feel more in control and help you work at a measured pace. Minimize overload at work. One in three Americans feels chronically overworked, according to a Families & Work Institute study. Slipping back into a schedule of overwork is one of the fastest ways to lose the feeling of being relaxed and refreshed. When home, be home. Work time and home time get blurred by email and cell phone calls. In the evenings and on weekends, and especially if you telecommute, tell yourself, “The office is closed.” Set clear boundaries to make your time off more like vacation time again. Get enough sleep. You probably got a little more sleep when you were on vacation, which is one of the reasons you felt rested afterward. Try to find ways to get more sleep now that you‟re home. Take a vacation from the things that make you feel stressed. If care-giving responsibilities are making you feel stressed, for example, try hard to find someone to relieve you occasionally, or look for respite care in your community. Use your time for something rejuvenating, like when you were on vacation. Do the things you love to do even when you’re not on vacation. Follow your vacation rituals throughout the year. Play cards or board games with your kids just like you did when you were on vacation. See more of your friends if that‟s what felt so great about being away. Go for a swim at your installation or neighborhood pool or the local Y if you miss being in the water. Take time to let your mind wander. One of the best benefits of a vacation is the chance to put aside everyday concerns and let your mind get into a free flow. It‟s not only relaxing to let your mind wander, but it often leads to creative ideas. Revisit your vacation through photographs. Looking at vacation photos may help you rekindle the relaxing feelings and experiences you had. Declare a vacation day once a week or once a month. It could be on one of your regular days off. Instead of using this time to do grocery shopping, housecleaning, or yard work, use it to take time for yourself and to be with the people you care about.Page 8
  9. 9. This Week in MC&FP July 1, 2011 Plan your next vacation. That‟s probably one of the best ways to continue feeling relaxed and refreshed! Your Family Center can give you information and support on many issues that affect service members and their families. And Military OneSource, a free 24/7 service from DoD, available to all active-duty, Guard, and Reserve members and their families, provides information and referrals plus face-to-face counseling. Call (800) 342-9647 or access http://www.MilitaryOneSource.com. Spouse Tip – What Military Spouses Want Employers to Know On September 23, 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama called on America’s employers to HIRE MILITARY SPOUSES because they “get the job done.” She said, “After all, hiring America’s vets and military spouses is not just about helping them – it’s about how they can help you. So, I’m not asking you to do this out of the goodness of your heart – do it because it’s good for your bottom line and the success of your organization.” With growing interest since 2003, America‟s Fortune 500 Plus employers – large and small businesses, government agencies and organizations across America – asked the Department of Defense to give them greater access to job-seeking spouses from all Military Services – Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard, including active duty, Guard and Reserve Component spouses. To facilitate their requested “spouse employment connection,” DoD launched a comprehensive Military Spouse Employment Partnership – MSEP – program on June 29, 2011, with more than 70 of America‟s top employers. Subsequently, participating partners quickly expanded their outreach to find, hire, retain and promote military spouses in their businesses and organizations in local communities, across the nation and around the world. Why are top employers recruiting military spouses? MSEP corporate partners recognize that military spouses are: Skilled, diverse, educated, and motivated, with strong work values and work ethics. Young, tech-savvy, mobile employees who are better educated than their civilian counterparts. Proven, successful, productive members of the workforce in key portable career fields, such as healthcare, education, business, finance, information technology, and skilled trades. Take a Look. Military spouses can be a great choice for your next hire. Here are some additional facts that fill out today‟s military spouse profile: 95 percent of the 1.2 million military spouses are women. 85 percent of military spouses report they want or need to work 84 percent have some college, 25 percent have a bachelor‟s degree, and 10 percent have an advanced degree. 26 percent unemployment rate (for example, one in every four spouses is unemployed and looking for work).Page 9
  10. 10. This Week in MC&FP July 1, 2011 Military spouses earn 25 percent less than their civilian counterparts. Military families move 14 percent more frequently than civilian families. Who are current MSEP corporate partners? The number of corporate partners is growing. For a current list, visit: http://www.msepjobs.com/skins/msep/home.aspx?AllowSSL=true What commitments have MSEP corporate partners made? By signing the MSEP Statement of Support, MSEP corporate partners have pledged to: Identify and promote career employment opportunities for military spouses. Post job openings and a corporate HR page on the MSEP Web portal. Offer transferable, portable career opportunities to relocating military spouse employees. Mentor new Military Spouse Employment Partnership corporate partners. Document and provide employment data on military spouses hired. Accomplishing these important goals is not only good for business, it‟s good for military family financial stability, overall military readiness and retention, national security, and the health and well-being of America‟s military and civilian communities. MSEP partnerships are good for military spouses, their families, and America! Visit http://www.OurMilitary.mil to learn more about MSEP partnerships, military spouse portable careers and flexible work options, and the strengths and contributions of military spouses as talented, productive members of America‟s Workforce. Relocation Tip – Start early! Once you get your orders and know the dates you want to move, start the moving process immediately. The sooner you start, the better the chance you‟ll lock in the dates you want. Check out http://www.move.mil/home.htm to assist you with getting started. ####Page 10