Family Connection Newsletter August 2012


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Family Connection Newsletter August 2012

  1. 1. Family AUGUST 2012 connectionContentsNational ImmunizationAwareness Month BackGuard/Reserve On-Site SalesVolunteerism: Creating to Schoola Win-Win Opportunity It’s that time of year again. The first day as well asNavy Chaplain Care Link the first few months can be overwhelming. WithPost-Traumatic Stress:Resources to Help a little preparation, you and your family will be ready to begin the new academic year.Veterans in Crisis Can NowText for Help Check-Ups and ImmunizationsNavy Safe Harbor Review your child’s immunization record to ensure it’s up-to-date. It’s also a great time to have yourFamily Connection is a publication of the Fleet child’s physical, eye and dental exams completedand Family Support Program. before school starts. Remember, students willThe Navys Fleet and Family Support Program need a sports physical or signed release form topromotes the self-reliance and resiliency ofSailors and their families. We provide information participate in sport activities. It’s also a good ideathat can help you meet the unique challenges of to write down questions or concerns you maythe military lifestyle. have for your healthcare provider. Visit TRICARE®If you have questions or comments, contact for more information.Timothy McGough at Visit us online at: School Supplies The cost of clothes, shoes and supplies doesn’t have to bust your budget. Most school websites have supply lists posted. Before going shopping, take a complete assessment of what you have and what you really need. During the month of The Fleet & Family Support August, some states offer a “sales tax holiday,” Homework Help Are you smarter than a 5th grader? Par- which means that certain products will not be Center taxed during a set period of time. Get the most ents can get students off to a great start by helping them establish a homework “bang” for your buck; check to see if your state participates in sales tax holidays. routine and providing a quiet, well-lit place to complete assignments. can help too, with tutoring sessions available to children in grades 1-12. Ask A Scan QR Code to access via “The more that you read, Librarian Online Reference Center is the mobile device the more things you will know. latest integration to offering The more that you learn, a virtual solution with more than 100 the more places you’ll go.” public and academic libraries. – Dr. Seuss continued on page 2
  2. 2. AUGUST 2012Back to Schoolfrom page 1Healthier ChoicesNutrition is an important factor in academic performance. Guard/Reserve On-Site SalesStudies have shown that students who eat balanced break- The Guard/Reserve On-Site Salesfasts and lunches are more alert and earn higher grades. Get Program provides the commissarytips on packing a healthful lunch and making better food benefit to Guard/Reserve memberschoices at and their families who live in areasFrom preschool to college, being present is one of the best that are not close to an existingthings parents can do. Let your child know that you care and commissary store. Check out thecreate an environment where they can express themselves. locations and dates.Make time to talk with them about safety, physical and cyber Let Your Voice Be Heard. Whetherbullying, peer pressure and even their favorite TV show. For your move was good or bad, the Cus-more resources to help you and your child adjust and have a tomer Satisfaction Survey (CSS) is thesuccessful school year, visit your local Fleet and Family Sup- key to improving services. Please take aport Center. few minutes to complete this important survey after your next move. Login toNational Immunization DPS and click CSS or click the link thatAwareness Month was sent via email. Housing Early Application ToolImmunizations (or vaccinations) aren’t just for babies and The Navy’s online Housing Early Application Tool (HEAT) al-school-age kids. National Immunization Awareness Month is lows Service members and their families to apply for housinga time to remind everyone – family, friends, and coworkers at one or more Navy installations before or after receiving– to get caught up on their shots. We all need shots to help Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders. Housing optionsprotect us from serious diseases and illness. include Navy owned or privatized; information about com-Everyone over age 6 months needs a seasonal flu shot every munity/local housing is also provided. Housing applicants areyear. Immunization is a part of a healthy lifestyle. Beneficiaries encouraged to make early contact, complete an applicationcan receive all necessary vaccinations through military treat- and once orders are received, applicants are placed on thement facilities, TRICARE network and non-network providers. housing wait list. For frequently asked questions check outCheck out the TRICARE Media Center for all the latest updates. the YouTube Video or visit U.S. Navy Individual Augmentees IA Discussion Group Schedule Like us on Facebook. View the Fleet-wide list of classes, support groups and events. 2
  3. 3. AUGUST 2012 Transition and Employment Corner Have a Transition Plan for your Family? Don’t just automatically use your military move to return to your hometown. A huge advantage for a military-experi- enced job seeker is that many times, their military move can pay for relocation to the city of their new job. Use this to your advantage when negotiating with potential employers. For a company that might have to pay for a civilian to relocate, this could be the leg up you need. CareerOneStop provides information on salary and ben- efits, career exploration, job searches, and much more.Volunteerism:Creating a Win-Win OpportunityVolunteering provides an excellent transition if you are be-tween jobs, beginning a new career or moving to a new area. Navy Chaplain Care LinkEveryone has valuable talents that can be put to good use. The Navy Chaplain Corps is often where we turn when timesMany organizations pride themselves on hiring from within. get a little tough. How many are aware that you can take aOften volunteers are considered likely candidates for paid “personal care” moment and get acquainted with the chap-positions. Even though there’s no actual paycheck, the pay lain during fair winds and following seas? Providing religiousoffs of volunteering are endless: services and support make up an important part of Navy Chaplain Corps services and programs. However, the pre-NN Keeps you in practice. Volunteering allows you to prac- dominant, day-to-day work of Chaplains is spiritually focused tice your profession and feel vital and connected. care, provided for all regardless of faith orientation; facilitatingNN Gives you purpose and boosts confidence. It’s net- the meeting of ordinary and extraordinary needs; and provid- working at its best; you have the inside track for possible ing advisement to Commanders on moral and well-being job leads. concerns which impact good morale and discipline. Simply put, the Navy Chaplain Corps contributes directly to personalNN Opportunity to learn something new. In today’s world readiness and resiliency. of constant change and new technology, continuous self development is essential. If you have a question or just need to talk, Distance Support for Chaplain and Spiritual Support is available 24/7, 365 days aUse your knowledge and skills to benefit others and yourself. year. Visit and click on TALK toFind local volunteer opportunities at United We Serve and a Chaplain or call 1-877-4-1-TOUCH (1-877-418-6824). Dialyour local Fleet and Family Support Center. the toll free number above and remember to press option 0 when you hear the recording. A Customer Service Repre- sentative (CSR) will come on the line and locate the Chaplain nearest you right away. If calling outside the continental United States, call DSN 510-4-2-TOUCH (510-428-6824). 3
  4. 4. AUGUST 2012Post-Traumatic Stress:Resources to HelpPosttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health problem that can occur Navy Family Accountabilityafter someone goes through a traumatic event like war, assault, or disaster. and Assessment System (NFAAS)These wounds are invisible; you are not alone. Resources to help service mem- NFAAS allowsbers and caregivers are available: Navy personnelAbout Face NN Direct links to support and help. to manage the“About Face” videos feature Veterans NN Always with you when you recovery process fortalking candidly about dealing with need it. personnel affected by a widespread catastrophic event. It isPTSD. We encourage you to learn more PTSD Family Coach Mobile App also helpful in providing commands withabout the disorder and how Veterans Coming Soon! information to support IA family memberswith PTSD were helped by VA treatment. Make the Connection while their sponsors are deployed overseas.Learn about posttraumatic stress disor- Watch the Video and log on to NFAAS.der (PTSD) from Veterans who live with Make the Connection is a publicit every day. Hear their stories. Find out awareness campaign that connectshow treatment turned their lives around. Veterans and their friends and fami- Add JSS to your lies with information, resources, and Mobile NetworkPTSD Coach Mobile App solutions to issues affecting their jssmobile.orgPTSD Coach App can help you learn about health, well-being, and everydayand manage symptoms that commonly iPhone, iPad User… lives. The program is designed tooccur after trauma. Features include: encourage Veterans and their fami- Download JSSNN Reliable information on PTSD and lies to “make the connection” with at the App Store S treatments that work. information and resources, with theNN Tools for screening and tracking your strength and resilience of Veterans symptoms. like themselves. To locate nearby JSS Dial-in Access 24/7?NN Convenient, easy-to-use skills to help resources, take a self-assessment or 1-877-JSS-NOW1 find self-help solutions and more, (577-6691) you handle stress symptoms. visit in Crisis Can Now Text for HelpVeterans and service members contemplating suicide can now text for help Navy Safe Harborthrough the Veterans Crisis Line. Trained professionals will provide free mental Navy Safe Harbor is the Navy’s lead orga-health support, referrals and advice for military members, former service nization for coordinating the non-medicalmembers and their families via text. Veteran Affairs estimates a half-million calls care of seriously wounded, ill, and injuredon its Veterans Crisis Line since it was introduced in 2007, engaging in 31,000 Sailors, Coast Guardsmen, and their families.conversations and saving 18,000 veterans from harming themselves. Confidential Through proactive leadership, Safe Harborcommunication through multiple channels is available 24/7: Veterans Crisis Line provides a lifetime of individually tailored1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, online chat or text assistance designed to optimize the suc-83-8255. Callers in Europe may dial 0800-1273-8255 or DSN 118. cess of the service member’s recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration activities. For more information: call 877-746-8563 or email 4