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This week in mcfp november12 2010


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This week in mcfp november12 2010

  1. 1.‐06‐24/Family_Resiliency_Webinar.aspx.    This Week in MC&FP Providing policy, tools, and resources to further enhance the quality of life of service members and their families. November 12, 2010 ___________________________________________________________         We wish a hearty “Happy Birthday,” to our U.S. Marines and their families who celebrated 235 years of service on Wednesday, November 10th . From the Halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli and beyond, the Marine Corps family has much to be proud of. And we join our nation in expressing our gratitude to the men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States Armed Forces. In his Veterans Day proclamation, President Obama noted that it’s “not our weapons or our technology that make us the most advanced military in the world; it is the unparalleled spirit, skill, and devotion of our troops.” Thank you for your service! Have a good week and take care. Your MC&FP Team Please note: Some hyperlinks in this text are lengthy, sometimes extending more than one line. For best results, cut and past the entire link into your Web browser. From DoDEA • DoDEA’s 2010 Customer Satisfaction Survey Under Way The survey allows parents and students the opportunity to share their thoughts on DoDEA's operations. A recent DoD blog highlights DoDEA's Virtual High School principal, Terri Marshall, encouraging participation in the survey. See: focus-dodea-releases-customer-satisfaction-survey/ • DoDEA Partnership Staff Attend Education Forum DoDEA Educational Partnership Staff attended the Investment in America Forum Education Initiative at the Pentagon on Nov. 10. The forum works to increase national awareness about the crisis in American education with a goal of motivating all sectors to take action to increase resources for effective education programs. First held in 2002, the objective is to promote cross-sector dialog among public, social, and private leaders. In the past three years, the focus of discussion at the forum has been workforce readiness and education. • WWII soldier Meets With Zama Students for Veterans Day Event Mike Jurkoic considered getting drafted during World War II a stroke of luck. It was 1942 and the 23-year-old had been trying to join the Navy for several years but was always rejected for “being a shrimp.” The Army called him to duty that year after the military lowered its physical standards to
  2. 2. This Week in MC&FP   November 12, 2010  boost the ranks fighting in Europe and the Pacific. See: soldier-meets-with-zama-students-for-veterans-day-event-1.124860#commentsForm-82584 From the Office of Family Policy/Children and Youth • Military OneSource to Offer Family-Focused Webinars In support of Military Family Month, Military OneSource will offer four Webinars. Webinars are Web-based training sessions using teleconference audio and the Internet to deliver an interactive seminar. All times listed are Eastern Time. For more information, see - Health Coaching: What’s it all about? Tuesday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m. - Don’t Bust Your Budget Wednesday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m. - Managing Holiday Stress Friday, Nov. 19, 12 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m. (Eastern Time) - The Sibling Battle Monday, Nov. 22, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, 11 a.m. • College Grants Up For Grabs The Air Force Aid Society plans to award up to 3,000 grants to dependents of Air Force members for their college education through the General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program. Applications for these $2,000 need-based grants are now available from the Society’s Web site. Completed forms must be received by AFAS no later than March 11, 2011. The grant program is open to dependent children of active duty, Title 10 Reservists on extended active duty, Title 32 AGR performing full-time active duty, retired, retired reservists and deceased Air Force members. Spouses of active duty members and surviving spouses of deceased personnel are also eligible. All applicants must be enrolled as full-time undergraduates at an accredited college or university during the 2011-2012 academic year, and are required to maintain a minimum 2.0 Grade Point Average. For more information, see • “Forging the Partnership” Conference Planning Continues If you haven’t done so yet, mark your calendars to be in Chicago April 27- 29, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency for the interagency family readiness conference, “Forging the Partnership.” The conference will bring together professionals from DoD and USDA and will build connections, competency and the capacity of our agencies and programs. Proposals for workshops, computer labs, research posters, and program showcase exhibits were due Friday, November 12, 2010. P a g e   2  
  3. 3. This Week in MC&FP   November 12, 2010  The conference will feature keynote speakers, current youth and family research presenters, interactive workshops and computer labs. For more information, see From Casualty and Memorial Affairs • Fisher House for the Families of the Fallen at Dover Air Force Base Dedicated Secretary of the Air Force, the Honorable Michael Donley, and Air Force Chief of Staff, General Norton Schwartz, Mr. Robert L. Gordon III and other senior leaders, participated in the dedication of the new Fisher House for Families of the Fallen at Dover Air Force Base on November 10, 2010. Kenneth Fisher, the chairman of the board of trustees for the Fisher House Foundation, Inc., hosted the event. . Noted entertainer and Marine Corps veteran, Mr. Montel Williams, served as the narrator for the event. The home consists of nine bedrooms, a common dining room, living room and kitchen and will accommodate up to 24 family members and their accompanying Casualty Assistance Officer, Family Liaison Officer, and support staff. The site also includes a meditation pavilion surrounded by a garden area to provide families a separate, quiet place of reflection. The facility is adjacent to the Center for the Families of the Fallen and staffed with chaplains, mental health professionals and counselors who are available to help families as needed throughout their stay. The Fisher House, Meditation Pavilion, and Center for the Families of the Fallen will be in an enclosed “Campus of Care” ensuring utmost care and privacy are provided to families. For more information, see: From the Office of Community Support for Military Families with Special Needs • “ Supporting Military Family Members with Disabilities” Featured at Arc Convention Isabel Hodge was a guest speaker at The Arc's National Convention on November 4 and 5. She provided information about DoD’s Exceptional Family Member Program, the new Office of Community Support for Military Families with Special Needs, and the challenges military families with special needs members face when they relocate. Each session attendee received a Military OneSource handout detailing available materials and the specialty consultations for military families with special needs. The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. For more information, see: From Resale • Gift Vouchers Extend Holiday Cheer to Commissary Shoppers During November and December, the Defense Commissary Agency reminds anyone who wants to send some holiday cheer to authorized military shoppers that they can do so with gift vouchers. Gift vouchers are available in $25 denominations. Anyone – civilian or military – can purchase them, but only authorized shoppers can redeem them in a commissary. Vouchers are available at commissary customer service areas, cash offices, and from cashiers at full-service checkout lanes. P a g e   3  
  4. 4. This Week in MC&FP   November 12, 2010  • Commissary On Site Sale Events. There are no on-site sales scheduled for this week at Guard and Reserve locations. For more information, visit In the News • From DefenseLINK – Military Family Appreciation Month “Across America, military families inspire us all with their courage, strength, and deep devotion to our country. They endure the challenges of multiple deployments and moves; spend holidays and life milestones apart; juggle everyday tasks while a spouse, parent, son, or daughter is in harm's way; and honor the service of their loved ones and the memory of those lost." See • From the Family Matters Blog – Program Helps Children with Homecomings Just as spouses must prepare for their servicemembers’ reintegration after a year-long deployment, children also need help preparing for mom or dad’s return. See Tips of the Week  • Nutrition Tip of the Week – Meat and Beans? A food group? Yes! What's in the meat and beans group? Meat, poultry, fish, dry beans or peas, eggs, nuts, and seeds are considered part of this group. Dry beans and peas can count as a serving from either the meat group or the vegetable group. Fish, nuts, and seeds contain healthy oils, so choose these foods frequently instead of meat or poultry. For more information on making healthy and nutritious food choices, check out the Commissary's website at • Parenting Tip of the Week – Social Networking Dos and Don’ts Social Networking – with millions of users on social networking Web sites, it’s likely you and/or your children have an account with at least one of the numerous networking sites. While social networking sites can be good for personal and professional use, it is important to keep the following in mind. Do: • Keep sensitive, work-related information off your profile. • Use available privacy settings. • Closely monitor your children's use of the Internet. Don't: • Post any personal identifying information. • Use the same passwords for your online accounts. • Discuss any details regarding your deployed service member's locations and times of deployments. • Let’s Move/Childhood Obesity Tip of the Week – How much physical activity do children need? P a g e   4  
  5. 5. This Week in MC&FP   November 12, 2010  Children and adolescents should do 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day. This may sound like a lot, but don't worry! Your child may already be meeting the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. And, you'll soon discover all the easy and enjoyable ways to help your child meet the recommendations. Encourage your child to participate in activities that are age- appropriate, enjoyable and offer variety! Just make sure your child or adolescent is doing three types of physical activity: Aerobic Activity Aerobic activity should make up most of your child's 60 or more minutes of physical activity each day. This can include either moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, or vigorous- intensity activity, such as running. Be sure to include vigorous-intensity aerobic activity on at least 3 days per week . Muscle Strengthening Include muscle strengthening activities, such as gymnastics or push-ups, at least 3 days per week as part of your child's 60 or more minutes. Bone Strengthening Include bone strengthening activities, such as jumping rope or running, at least three days per week as part of your child's 60 or more minutes. For more information, see • Financial Tip of the Week – Five Ways to Simplify Your Personal Finances Simplifying your personal finances is rewarding through a reduction of stress and clutter. You will have more mobility and flexibility, and if for any reason another individual needs to step in and help you manage your finances, it will be easier. Reduce the number of bank accounts. If you follow the latest changes among high-yield savings accounts, you may have accumulated a collection of bank accounts with small sums of money in most. Consider reducing your banking matrix to only the essential. Recommend keeping one interest-bearing checking account at a convenient location and one online savings account, but you may want to simplify even further by maintaining only a checking account. Merge your investment accounts to one location. Create an automatic investment plan at a brokerage with no minimum investment amount. Better yet, take full advantage of Thrift Savings Plan. When you have number of non-retirement accounts spread out across several brokerages, you have to manage several extra forms to document for filing income taxes. It takes some work and possibly access to a notary public, but it is worthwhile to merge these accounts at your favorite discount brokerage as much as possible. Eliminate unnecessary credit cards. When you check your credit report from ( you may notice you have several inactive credit cards. While canceling older cards could affect your credit score, considering keeping the oldest cards and consolidating your balances and credit limits. You may P a g e   5  
  6. 6. This Week in MC&FP   November 12, 2010  still need to avoid fees when transferring a balance from one card to another, so pay attention to the terms. De-clutter your possessions. It's easy to fill up a house with things you like. There is an argument for getting rid of all but the most essential items. For example, you can clean out your CD and DVD collection by selling them on eBay or Craigslist or by trading them in for gift certificates. Optimize your records. As a result of having too many bank accounts, investment accounts, credit cards, and possessions, you may find you have too much paperwork. Eventually you get around to filing papers, but there is a better system. All that's needed is a scanner and a shredder. After scanning important documentation, organize all your electronic documents and back up your files to an external hard drive or an online service. • Military OneSource Tip of the Week – Quick Tips for Strengthening Family During Deployment When you’re deployed far from your family, it can sometimes feel hard to bridge the distance. Here are some ways to help your family stay connected with you while you're away: Surprise your children with lunchbox notes. Send home a batch of short "I love you" notes for your spouse or your children’s other caregiver to tuck into your children's lunchboxes or under their pillows. Send individual e-mails to your children. For a young child, you can create a Word document with big letters that can be printed. Ask your family members to read your letters aloud at the dinner table. Even when there is no letter, ask them to bring you into their dinnertime conversation. Share what you know. Have a regular "show-and-tell" where you teach your children something new in an e-mail, letter, or on the telephone. And your children can tell you about something new they learned in school, or discovered from a book or a friend. Write a running letter. Start it in the morning and add to it in the evening, if you can. If you do this for several days before you mail the letter, your family will have a better idea of what your life is like. Ask your family members to do the same. You can do this by e-mail too, of course, but it can be extra gratifying for your family to see something in your handwriting. Share a letter. Write the first paragraph of a letter or story, then send it to your family and ask them to add another paragraph. Continue adding to the letter throughout your deployment. Have an ongoing trivia contest. Through e-mail or letters, ask your spouse or children trivia questions and have them do the same for you. This could be trivia about a family pet, a vacation you took as a family, favorite music, or sports that you all enjoy. Think of each other at a regular time each day. Set up a time each day, adjusting for the time difference, when you will stop what you're doing for a moment and think about each other. P a g e   6  
  7. 7. This Week in MC&FP   November 12, 2010  P a g e   7   Your Family Support 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 1-800-342-9647 or access ####