Family Connection Newsletter July 2012


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Family Connection Newsletter July 2012

  1. 1. Family J U LY 2 0 1 2 connectionContentsPreparing Your Family Care PlanExceptional Family Member Program Happy Anniversaryand School Liaison Officers PartnerBook Shares Family’s DeploymentExperienceFree and Inexpensive Things to DoTransition and Employment Corner Fleet and FamilyeKnowledge Test Prep Software forMilitary, Veterans and Families Support Centers!Called to Serve! The Fleet and Family Support Program is anFree Credit Report integral part of the command and the focal point for Sailor and family readiness. ServicesFamily Connection is a publication of the Fleetand Family Support Program. and resources are provided at centers across the enterprise and worldwide through useThe Navys Fleet and Family Support Program of social media and web based platforms. NN Emergency preparedness and response.promotes the self-reliance and resiliency ofSailors and their families. We provide information For more than three decades now, Fleet and NN Crisis intervention and response.that can help you meet the unique challenges ofthe military lifestyle. Family Support Centers (FFSC) stand ready to NN Military and personal career development. serve.If you have questions or comments, contact NN Financial education and counseling.Timothy McGough at Many FFSC staff members are spouses, NN Family employment programs. Visit us online at: family members and veterans like you; an NN Transition assistance program. extension of your family. Programs are “Fleet, Fighter and Family” focused, consistent and efficient to support Navy readiness. Whether Navy Family you have a question about purchasing a car, Accountability transitioning to your new career, improving and Assessment The Fleet & Family Support communication with your children or how to prepare for your next deployment, FFSC System (NFAAS) NFAAS allows Navy personnel to manage the Center is the best place to start. Assistance is just a drive, call or click way. To learn more, contact recovery process for personnel affected by a widespread catastrophic event. It is also help- your local center or visit ful in providing commands with information Other programs and services include, but are to support IA family members while their not limited to: sponsors are deployed overseas. Watch the NN Deployment support for Sailors and their video and log on to NFAAS. Scan QR Code to access via families. mobile device NN Personal and family wellness education and counseling. “A life isn’t significant except for its impact on other lives.” — Jackie Robinson
  2. 2. J U LY 2 0 1 2Preparing Your Family Care PlanA Family Care Plan ensures provisions are in place to care forfamily members during deployments, reserve mobilizations,normal and extended work hours, temporary assigned duty,weekend duty and more.As PCS season peaks, Sailors are reminded of the importanceof maintaining a current Family Care Plan. Families should worktogether to ensure the plan includes legal, medical, logistical,educational, monetary and religious arrangements for thecare of all family members. Review these plans early and often.Remember to update DEERS with any life changes such as theaddition of a new family member. Be prepared. For assistancecontact your designated Command Family Care Plan Coordi- Book Shares Family’s Deploymentnator or visit Navy Personnel Command. Experience In Don’t Forget, 5-year-old Natalie tries to “be brave” for herself and her younger brother, Hunter, as the family marksExceptional Family Member important events such as holidaysProgram and School Liaison and birthdays without their father. Natalie gets some solace by beingOfficers Partner able to video chat with her dad, and Exceptional Family Member Program also feels the pride of his work when (EFMP) Case Liaisons (CLs) provide neighbors, teachers, church leaders information and referral to meet and others recognize his service. the specific needs of EFMP families. This is the first book by Dr. Jill Biden, Linking families with military, national who has made it her mission to highlight the challenges of and local community resources, CLs military families. She and First Lady Michelle Obama last yearalso provide non-medical case management and assist in started the “Joining Forces” campaign to do just that, and rallythe development and maintenance of Individualized Services all Americans to support the troops and their families. AuthorPlans (ISP). proceeds are to be donated to a USO scholarship fund for theSchool Liaison Officers (SLOs) are responsible for assisting children of injured or fallen service members.military families in addressing educational issues, particularlyduring times of transition and deployment. The challenges Let’s Move It!of a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) can be especially Military Youth on the Move has updatedstressful for families with children who have special needs. its website. It now features tabs for teens,Together, CLs and SLOs will provide information, education pre-teens, and younger kids to help withand services, intended to support and promote parents and/ everything from preparing for college, toor legal guardians as the first and primary advocates for the dating, to making new friends. There is arights and needs of their children. To get connected, contact “Moving Out” section with advice on packing, saying “good-your EFMP Liaison or School Liaison Officer. bye” and keeping in touch. The “Get Help” tab offers advice on dealing with a parent’s deployment, divorce, and bullying. 2
  3. 3. J U LY 2 0 1 2 Free and Inexpensive Things to Do Transition and Employment Corner National Park Service offers FREE OneStops can be vital tools in your annual pass for active duty service career search. Using the web to start a members and their families, granting search is almost second nature; and it access to more than 2,000 national is no different for a career search. Also parks, wildlife refuges, national forests, known as “Employment Commission and other public lands around the Services,” “Workforce Development” nation. Service members can pick up and “Job Centers,” OneStops offer valu- a pass at any national park or wildlife able assistance from career assessments, refuge that charges an entrance fee network opportunities, goal setting, or other selected sites. Members must show a current, valid military identification webinars, job leads, salary information card to obtain pass. While the pass is not available to veterans and retirees, many are to tracking your application status. eligible for other discounted passes, such as the Senior Pass, granting lifetime access Some provide more intensive services to U.S. citizens over 62 for $10, and the Access Pass granting free lifetime access for to include basic skills workshops such permanently disabled U.S. citizens. as computer training; internships, follow-up services and supportive services for veterans and their families. MilKidz Club is all about cool events, free tickets, Learn more about OneStops at and tons of other happenings that all show our mili- tary children some well-deserved appreciation. Blogs are set up to help kids share experiences, post videos Virtual OneStops and photos. It’s free and easy to sign up. USAJOBS Military Spouse Employment Let’s Move! combines comprehensive strategies with com- Partnership mon sense. Learn more about how your family can make Military Spouse Corporate Career healthier choices and get moving. Find tips on healthy eating. Network Discover fun activities you and your family can do together. Read the latest Let’s Move! news. And see what else you can Deployment “Tweet of the Week” do to fight childhood obesity in your community or schools. Receive deployment-related information, resources and tips via Twitter to ease the challenges of deployment. Sign up today to access via your desktop or mobile device. Search for more tweets using “#deploymentsupport.” Returning Warrior Workshops (RWW)U.S. Navy Individual Returning Warrior Workshop Schedule & IA FamilyAugmentees Events — Click “Links and Resources.”Like us on Facebook. IA Discussion Group Schedule View the Fleet-wide list of classes, support groups and events. 3
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