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Family Connection Newsletter June 2012

  1. 1. Family JUNE 2012ContentsThe Veterans Retraining Assistance connectionProgramNew Website for the 21st CenturySailor and MarineTransition and Employment Corner U.S. National Hurricane CenterA BackPack Journalist Helps Military (Atlantic) — @NHC_AtlanticYouth Find their Voice U.S. National Hurricane CenterGet Help Finding and Paying for Child (Eastern Pacific) — @NHC_PacificCarePriceless Rewards of Fatherhood STAY The Navy Family Accountability andSchool Talk with DoDEA101 Days of Summer Fun INFORMED Assessment System (NFAAS) is a web-based tool used toFamily Connection is a publication of the Fleet and Through Social Media account for, assess, manage, and monitorFamily Support Program. This Hurricane Season the recovery process of personnel and their families affected by a widespreadThe Navys Fleet and Family Support Programpromotes the self-reliance and resiliency of There are several new ways to stay informed catastrophic event. Log into NFAAS, toSailors and their families. We provide information muster and report your status. If anthat can help you meet the unique challenges of of a tropical storm or hurricane threat in yourthe military lifestyle. area. June 1 through November 30 marks the Internet-ready computer or mobile annual Atlantic hurricane cycle. The Eastern device is not accessible, call the NavyIf you have questions or comments, contactTimothy McGough at Pacific season began on May 15. Although Personnel Command Emergency most hurricanes occur during these time- Coordination Center at 1-877-414-5358 Visit us online at:: frames, they can occur earlier and later in the or 1-866-297-1971 (TDD) instead. Visit year. Operation Prepare for more information. Even with forecasting improvements provid- ing more lead time to warn of approaching Did You Know? hurricanes, changes in a storm’s path can be Command ombudsmen play a major The Fleet & Family Support unpredictable. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) offers several social media sites to help role in crisis response by helping fami- lies prepare. Ombudsmen are trained Center users stay apprised of tropical storm activity. to respond to command situations During the hurricane season, the and family emergencies as well as NHC Facebook page , contains a daily catastrophic events such as hurricanes, tropical weather update for both the Atlantic typhoons, earthquakes and fires. Scan QR Code and Eastern North Pacific basins, to include Do not wait for an emergency to to access via mobile device alerts regarding any tropical cyclone activity. contact your ombudsman. Take a Click icons to join Facebook or follow on minute to add your ombudsman’s Twitter. phone number and email to your list of important contacts. Should you need assistance, your ombudsman is just a call away!
  2. 2. JUNE 2012The VeteransRetraining Assistance Duty program (currently $1,473 per Transition and Employment CornerProgram (VRAP) month). The program must lead to an associate’s degree, a non-college degree, Need help building a resume that or a certificate, and train the veteran for a translates your military skills or tips forThe Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) high-demand occupation. The program that first private sector interview? Looking is now accepting applications. For more for networking opportunities or how toand the Department of Labor (DOL) begin a career search? No matter whereare working together to roll out a new information, click here. you are in the process, Fleet and Familyprogram on July 1, 2012. The Veterans Support Centers (FFSCs) are the bestRetraining Assistance Program (VRAP)offers 12 months of training assistance New Website for the place to start. FFSCs offer FREE programs and services to help you transitionto veterans who meet the followingrequisites: 21st Century Sailor smoothly into the civilian workforce. NN Are at least 35 but no more than 60 and Marine Remember to sign up for the Transition Assistance Program (TAP). This 4-day years old. workshop prepares separating/retiring service members and their families NN Are unemployed. with the skills, tools and self-confidence NN Received an other-than-dishonorable to ensure successful re-entry into discharge. the civilian work force. Learn more The Department of the Navy (DoN) has about these services at your local NN Are not eligible for any other VA launched a dedicated website to serve as Fleet and Family Support Center. education benefit program (e.g., the an additional resource for the 21st Cen- tury Sailor and Marine. The new website, Virtual Resources Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vo- cational Rehabilitation and Employment located at, Turbo TAP offers Assistance). features frequently asked questions, 24/7 access to helpful articles, blogs, and videos to update pre-separation and transition guides, NN Are not in receipt of VA compensation employment, education, relocation and Sailors, Marines and their families on due to un-employability. benefits checklists and more. important policies and programs, which NN Are not enrolled in a federal or state impact today’s force. The programs are The U.S. Chamber of job training program. divided into five areas; readiness, safety, Commerce’s Hiring OurParticipants will receive a monthly pay- physical fitness, inclusion, and continuum Heroes program andment equal to the full-time payment rate of service. RecruitMilitary announced they willunder the Montgomery GI Bill–Active collaborate on 50 hiring fairs for veterans and military spouses from April through December 2012. Stay Organized. Create a personal moving The Military Spouse calendar with checklists, Employment Partnership “Do not go where the path may phone lists, to-do lists, (MSEP) is a comprehensive web-enabled lead, go instead where there is no and links to critical recruitment and career partnership path and leave a trail.” moving processes and solution connecting military spouses -Ralph Waldo Emerson information. Use the to employers seeking a 21st century Plan My Move website to get organized! workforce with the skills and attributes possessed by military spouses. DoD Veterans: View upcoming career fairs. 2
  3. 3. JUNE 2012 NN Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Respite Care, which is specifically designed for Navy families who have children ages birth to 18 identified as Exceptional Family Members, category IV or V. The program provides 40 hours of respite care per month to support the unique child care needs of EFMPA BackPack Journalist families.Helps Military Youth Find their Voice To apply for fee assistance, click here. Questions? Call 1-800-424-2246 orA Backpack Journalist provides workshops and events for military youth to assist email: msp@naccrra.orgthem through the deployment cycle, including reintegration. The program’s trainingis provided in an open classroom setting or mobile lab, and allows youth to expressthemselves and to connect with their parents, family and friends. Curriculum contentsinclude: Basic Writing, Narrative Writing, Photojournalism, Songwriting, Broadcast Jour-nalism, Cowboy Poetry, Film Making and Little Backpackers (activities for ages 8-11).The program hosts events for Child and Youth Programs, Yellow Ribbon Program,YLEAD weekends and CAMPS, weekend retreats that support Military Youth and FRGVolunteer Symposiums. To learn more and get involved, click here.Get Help Finding and Paying for Child Care Returning Warrior WorkshopsChild Care Aware® of America (formerly NACCRRA) is working with the U.S. Navy to help Returning Warrior Workshop (RWW) parents find and afford child care that suits their Schedule and IA Family Events — unique needs. Through fee assistance programs, Click “Links and Navy families are eligible to receive a monthly Resources.” subsidy to help offset the cost of child care in their communities. IA Discussion Group Navy Fee Assistance programs available include: Schedule NN Operation Military Child Care (OMCC), which provides fee assistance for families of View the Fleet-wide list of classes, Sailors who are deployed or attached to a ship. support groups and events. NN Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood (MCCYN), which provides fee assistance for families of active duty Sailors who are unable to access on-installation child care. Families living within 15 miles or 20 minutes of a Navy base must be on the base child development center waitlist before applying for fee assistance. U.S. Navy Individual Augmentees Like us on Facebook. 3
  4. 4. JUNE 2012 101 Days of Summer Fun Blue Star Families Blue Star Museums offer free admission to all military personnel and their familiesPriceless Rewards from Memorial Day, May 28, through Labor Day, September 3, 2012. For museumsof Fatherhood participating this summer, click here!A father’s presence in his child’s life has These parenting practices promote 2012 DoDmany benefits. Research has shown that healthy child development and strength- Summer Readinga healthy father and child relationship en families. For more information contact Programpromotes positive self-esteem, increases your local New Parent Support Program For more informationacademic achievement, and develops Home Visitation Program. click here, or contactstrong character. These children are less your installation library.likely to become victims of abuse, par- Military Teensticipate in risky behaviors or experience School Talk with Adventurepoverty. Strong character traits are oftenthe result of the nurturing and bonding DoDEA Campsthat are formed early in the father and Military teens (14-18child relationship. School Talk is a monthly radio forum years old) will have for the community of the Department an opportunity toFathers who promote healthy social of Defense Education Activity and your participate in adventure camps scheduledand emotional development of children chance to interact directly with DoDEA’s April 2012 through March 2013. These highoften engage in parenting practices that leaders as they discuss topics related energy camps are planned across theinvolve: to educating the children of America’s United States. Each camp offers a unique NN Activities with their children that service members. Listeners can call in or outdoor experience to build leadership, self- allows them to ask questions. email questions/comments. In case you confidence, and NN Engaging in conversation with their miss an airing, on-demand podcasts are teamwork skills. children so that they are able to identify available on BlogTalk Camps have and promote each child’s strengths. or iTunes. funding available Upcoming dates: 5 June: Domestic to assist with NN Consistently giving words of praise Dependent Elementary and Secondary transportation and affirmation. Schools (DDESS) — 3 PM EDT; 12 June: costs. Camps NN Teaching their children age appropri- Europe — 3 PM CET; 19 June: Pacific – 3 for youth with ate ways to express their emotions. PM JST. Tune in at BlogTalk Radio, or special needs NN Showing affection through words or listen by phone at (347) 884-8340. Over- (mental, physical, acts of kindness such as giving a hug, a seas callers can use Skype and email: and emotional) kiss or high five. are also planned in California, Ohio, and New Hampshire. For more information and how to register, click here or here. 4