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Family Connection Newsletter May 2011

  1. 1. Family M A Y 2 0 1 1ContentsMilitary Spouses Serve Too! connectionMilitary Spouses Virtual Career FairMilitary MovingTRICARE and your MoveAvoiding Rental and Moving ScamsPodcastHousing and Relocating Military SpousesGet Connected! Serve Too!Provider Appreciation DayWe Honor Veterans Military Spouse Appreciation Day honorsAmerican Legion’s Family SupportNetwork (FSN) the husbands, wives and loved ones of ourMorale, Welfare and Recreation service members for their contributionsFamily Fun Fitness Festival and sacrifices. Proud, strong, steadfast andAmerican Wanderer Summer Camp resourceful; military spouses provide balanceFree Admission for Military Families on the homefront.Double Duty: Staying ConnectedWith Your Kids When You Are a Serving as both mom and dad while theDeployed DadWeb-based Counseling Program other parent is deployed, caring for ourExtended wounded warriors and volunteering inQR Code: What is it? communities are some of the countless rolesJapan Earthquake/Tsunami Supportand Resources assumed when called upon. Military spousesDid you Know? are appreciated! They bring calm to chaos and meet each challenge head on. ThankFamily Connection is a publication of theFleet and Family Support Program. you for your commitment. Thank you forThe Navys Fleet and Family Support serving too.Program promotes the self-reliance andresiliency of Sailors and their families. Weprovide information that can help youmeet the unique challenges of the military Military Spouseslifestyle.If you have questions or comments, contact Virtual Career FairJohn Levinson at us online at: Here is an opportunity to meet and interact with employers from your home or anywhere there is Internet access. In conjunction with First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill “The spirit of service and selfless- Biden’s Joining Forces Initiative, Milicruit ness that is seen in the military has partnered with employers to present communities across our country the Military Spouses Virtual Career Fair on The Fleet & Family Support May 6, 2011. Registration is FREE to all military represents what is best about America, and as a Nation, we owe spouses and family members. Go to www. our brave service members and Center to register. their families more than gratitude – we owe them the support they have earned.” – First Lady Michelle Obama
  2. 2. M AY 2 0 1 1Military MovingWe all know how it is with the military;moving becomes a common occur- TRICARE andrence in your life and that of your family. your MoveWhen Permanent Change of Station(PCS) orders are presented, families TRICARE has made moving easier andmust move from one duty station more user-friendly. The “Moving Madeto another. The best way to make a Easy” option allows active-duty servicemilitary move easier, is to be prepared. members and their families to transferThe move can become stressful when their Prime enrollment option to a newa family feels unorganized. There are region with a simple phone call beforemany things you can do to lighten the they move stateside or overseas. Inload. If you establish a timeline of what most cases, using this option eliminatesneeds to be done and when you need the need to submit a new enrollmentto do it, you can greatly improve the form or visit a TRICARE Service Center.moving process. The process is completely automatedThe Fleet and Family Support Center’s and hassle-free. You may still transfer(FFSC) Relocation Assistance Program through military base in-processing,(RAP) can make your move a lot easier. online through Beneficiary Web Enroll-RAP is designed to make the moving ment by downloading and completingprocess run as effortlessly as possible. The links below will also assist with an enrollment application to mail, orPlan on attending a Smooth Move relocation to your new command: visiting a local TRICARE Service Center.Workshop hosted by the FFSC. The Military Installations. Your officialSmooth Move Workshop will address DoD source directory of worldwide Avoiding Rentalmove-related topics such as who payswhat, shipping your personal property installation and state-related military and Moving Scams information, programs, and services.and the sponsorship program. There It provides easy access to fast facts, Podcastwill also be a financial counselor avail- articles, website resource directories,able to answer your questions. Learn to recognize common scams photos, contact information, major that target people who are looking forYou may wish to gain an even greater units, weather and maps. homes to rent or companies to trans-sense of organization by visiting “Pre- Plan My Move. Moving does not have port their household goods.paring for Your Move” and downloading to be a frightening task! Plan My Movethe Relocation Checklist. This will help Listen or Download | Read Transcript provides you with tools to successfullyyou to budget your time and ensure (7:22 minutes) plan your next are not rushing to complete the For further information, go to http://moving process. Remember you can also call the Fleet and Family Support Center with your OnlineCommunity/Podcasts/Avoid- important moving questions! ingRentalandMovingScamsPodcast. aspx#10 2
  3. 3. M AY 2 0 1 1Housing and RelocatingMoving can be stressful, and Housing N Help finding a rental, whether on-Service Centers (HSCs) have resources or help you leave your current home N Advice on selling your home andand smoothly and easily find your buying a new home. N Temporary housing.Housing Service CenterReferral Services N Eligibility determinations and entitle- ments assistance (BAH/OHA/MIHA/Housing Service Centers (HSCs) are TLA/TLE).located on every base and can assistyou with your departure from yourcurrent duty station and arrival at your N A host of resident services such as landlord/tenant issue facilitation, Get Connected!new one. HSCs provide a full suite of home buying workshops, and loaner Family Readiness Groupshousing services: furnishings (at overseas locations). Commander, Navy Installations Com- Find installation HSC contact informa- mand (CNIC) is proud to announce tion and more on Navy OneStop. the release of the long-awaited revised Automated Housing Referral Family Readiness Groups (FRG) Instruc- Network (AHRN) tion, along with the FRG Handbook! Whether you are PCSing from thou- FRGs serve as a wonderful resource sands of miles away or are moving by helping families adjust to the Navy locally, AHRN is your trusted source for lifestyle. They prepare members for finding available housing fast. AHRN is a deployment and homecoming, provide DoD-sponsored site dedicated to serve family support during deployments, military-specific needs, such as home help families adjust to challenges searches based on BAH rates, that target and support one another in times of places that fit your needs and are within personal, unit or area crisis. FRGs also Relocation Assistance your budget. AHRN listings include: welcome and mentor members who Program (RAP) Tip are new to the Navy. Use your luggage. During your N Off-Base Rentals. pack-out, fill suitcases and duffle The new instruction clarifies FRG N On-Base/Military Housing. bags with essential items like member roles and responsibilities and N Shared Rentals. provides commanders with guidance clothing, sheets and towels. Once you receive your household N Temporary Lodging. for interacting with FRGs. The FRG goods, you will quickly spot the Handbook provides a solid foundation N Military For Sale By Owner. to newly forming FRGs, serves as a suitcase holding the sheets and blankets for that first night’s sleep! AHRN is available at all CONUS Navy bases. point of reference to those already in Visit to find your next home! existence, and gives families informa- tion and ideas for establishing and maintaining successful groups. continued on page 4 3
  4. 4. M AY 2 0 1 1continued from page 3For more information about Family ProviderReadiness Groups contact your localFleet and Family Support Center. The Appreciation DayFamily Readiness Groups Handbook is Provider Appreciation Day is a specialavailable for download at http://www. day to recognize child care providers, teachers and other educators of youngOmbudsman Program children everywhere. Celebrated each year on the Friday before Mother’sMany opportunities and services are Day, it offers a unique opportunity toavailable for service members andtheir families such as Operation Purple commend the unselfish dedication, commitment and compassion that We Honor VeteransCamp and the Military Saves campaign. child care providers demonstrate every We Honor Veterans, a program of theYour command ombudsman receives day. Even the smallest gesture means National Hospice and Palliative Careregular updates about programs and so much. Here are some ideas to get Organization (NHPCO) in collabora-shares information through their you started: tion with the Department of Veteransnewsletters and other correspondenceto benefit families. Take advantage and N Get together with other parents to Affairs (VA), invites hospices, statebecome fully aware of all the resources create a surprise for the provider. hospice organizations, Hospice-Veteranavailable to you. Unsure of who is your Partnerships and VA facilities to join N Bring breakfast or lunch for yourcommand ombudsman? Ask your Sailor a pioneering program focused on provider and for the kids.or go to and click respectful inquiry, compassionate N Buy something for your provider’s listening and grateful acknowledgment.“Contact your Ombudsman.” play area. By recognizing the unique needs of For more information, visit America’s veterans and their families, community providers, in partnership with VA staff, will learn how to accom- pany and guide them through their life stories toward a more peaceful ending.” We Honor Veterans provides educa- tional tools and resources in advancing these goals: N Promote veteran-centric educational activities. N Increase organizational capacity to serve veterans. N Support development of strategic partnerships. N Increase access and improve quality. For more information, visit 4
  5. 5. M AY 2 0 1 1CaregiverTop 10 Tips American Legion’s Family Support Network (FSN)1. Ask for help – you can’t do it all. Legionnaires at the post level are ready N The name, address and telephone to provide immediate assistance to ser- number of the caller, as well as the2. Take time for yourself – vice members and their families whose reason for the call, are collected. even caregivers need a lives have been directly affected by N The call is referred to the department. vacation. Operation Iraqi Freedom and America’s war on terror. The Family Support N The department refers the call to a3. Take care of your health – Network can assist with needs such as local post. the healthier you are the groceries, car repair, DIY projects, advice N The local post contacts the fam- better caregiver you and counsel, and perhaps, interces- ily and provides the assistance, if will be. sion with local businesses to extend resources are available, or refers the payment terms. As the nation’s largest family to other local agencies.4. Express your feelings – veterans organization, the American sharing your experiences N In case of financial need, the post Legion is “Still Serving America.” with others can help. provides the necessary funds or How the Family Support Network works: assists the family in applying for5. Talk with professionals. temporary financial assistance, if N The request is received at the toll- free number: 1-800-504-4098. minor children are in the home.6. Watch for signs of burnout - contact your Veterans’ VA Social Worker or Doctor for assistance. Morale, Welfare and Recreation The Navy provides an array of local Fleet and Family Recreation activities7. Take breaks – helps Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) include: you refresh. programs both ashore and afloat. N Entertainment8. Avoid isolation. Service members and their families can take advantage of these and numerous N Crafts & Hobbies9. Give yourself a treat – other MWR benefits offered at Navy N Auto Skills you deserve it. installations worldwide. For more infor- N Tickets & Tours mation, go to Learn about your veteran’s N Outdoor Recreation condition and how it can N Golf & Bowling change over time. N BingoFor ideas and more infor- N Marinasmation, visit N Gaming N Cabins & RV Parks N Navy Flying Club and MORE! 5
  6. 6. M AY 2 0 1 1 Free Admission for Military Familes Blue Star Museums is back for a second year. The National Endowment for the Arts and more than 1,000American Wanderer museums in all 50 states will offer free admission to active-duty militarySummer Camp personnel and their families from Memorial Day,Not only will you reclaim your homefor a few days, but your kids will meet Family Fun May 30, 2011, through Labor Day, September 5, people, broaden social skills and Fitness Festival The Anheuser Busch “Here’s to the He-gain independence with plenty of roes” program will provide membersmarshmallow roasts guaranteed. Ameri- Bring your family and join the fun! The of the military and as many as threecan Wanderer Summer Camp invites 2nd Annual Family Fun Fitness Festival direct dependents with a free single-military youth from across the U.S. to promotes the benefits of a healthy day complimentary admission toexplore our National Parks this summer! lifestyle through fitness, nutrition SeaWorld Orlando, San Diego or San and lots of fun. Defense Commissary Antonio; Busch Gardens Tampa BayAmerican Wanderer Summer Camp Agency (DeCA) has partnered with or Williamsburg; Sesame Place, Watercurrently has openings available for the Base Exchange and MWR to host Country USA, or Adventure Island.middle and high school aged youth family-focused events at more than 100 Click here to register.(11-17 years old) from all branches of commissaries worldwide.the military and Coast Guard during thefollowing sessions: Combined with the World’s Biggest Case Lot Sale, activities will include 5KN Session 1 (June 22-July 5) walk/runs, mini-marathons, aerobicN Session II (July 6-July 19) and fitness demos, health screeningsN Session III (July 20-August 2) provided by the local dietitians as well as exchange sidewalk sales; musicN Session IV (August 3-16) and industry-sponsored nutritiousFor more information and to register food samples, prize giveaways andor inquire about available military discount coupon offers. Due to lastdiscounts/scholarships, visit: http:// year’s success, the festival’s schedule IA Discussion has expanded; beginning mid-April Schedulehtml or contact the American Wanderer and running through mid-June to View the Fleet-wide list of classes,Camp owners/directors, Lyn and Chris accommodate more activities. Check support groups and events.Kimberly at 203-557-3339 or email at your local store for specific dates and Returning information. You can also visit the “Case Workshops (RWW) Lot Sale” section of DeCA. Returning Warrior Workshop Schedule & IA Family Events - 6
  7. 7. M AY 2 0 1 1Double Duty:Staying Connected With Your Kids Joint Services Support (JSS)When You Are a Deployed Dad JSS provides valuable information on benefits, entitlements, events,As a service member and a father, you N How to make your departure easier trainings and more. Making it easy to stay connected, anytime, any-have two very important jobs. How on your family. where with online access, mobilecan you do both while deployed? It device applications and interac- N Ways to reach out to your childtakes real effort to maintain a presence tive voice response. Services are while you are your child’s life while you are away. available to all military branches;On this CD from Military OneSource, N What your spouse can do to make featuring a community resourcefatherhood expert and former Marine, your absence easier on your child. locator by state. Go to http://www. Brott talks about ways to stay N What to expect when you return.close with your child from before you N How to handle specific circum-deploy to after you return. Service stances such as becoming a fathermembers from all branches share their while you are deployed, staying inexperiences. touch with your child when youYou will learn: are divorced or single, how to keepN How your child might react during up with your child’s education, and each phase of your deployment. what to do if you may be feeling combat stress Web-based Counseling Program Extended The TRICARE Assistance Program (TRIAP) has been extended through March 2012. Through the program, TRI- CARE health-care beneficiaries use the Internet and a Web cam to speak “face- to-face” with mental-health counselors around the clock and from anywhere in the United States. People can log on from home to receive short-term, non- medical counseling for situations that may arise from life circumstances such as deployment stress, relationships, personal loss and parent-child com- munications. Download the brochure for more information. 7
  8. 8. M AY 2 0 1 1QR Code:What is it?You have probably seen a QR code ona poster, in a magazine or even on aT-shirt. QR is short for Quick Responseand is also known as mobile tagging. Itis a specific two-dimensional barcodethat allows its contents to be decodedat high speed on your mobile device.Using a camera phone equipped with acompatible QR reader application, youcan have instant access to the informa-tion stored digitally within the code. QRcodes make everything interactive fromcontact information to opening a Webpage using your phone’s browser. FreeQR Code readers are available via your Japan Earthquake/smart phone’s App store. Tsunami Support Did you Know?With a QR Code, Family Readiness pub- and Resourceslications, websites and videos can be To protect your privacy and personalinstantly accessible with a smart phone. The U.S. State Department currently lifted identity information, your Social Securi-This feature can be used to provide the voluntary departure order for Japan. ty Number (SSN) is being replaced withinvaluable information to those that are For families returning to the United a DoD ID Number on all ID Cards. Forgeographically isolated. States, below are resources to assist: more information about SSN removal, visit Family Connection Newsletter N Navy Family Accountability andwill pilot this initiative to appeal to all Assessment System (NFAAS)technology users and improve your N MilitaryINSTALLATIONSaccess to resources. We are excited andwelcome your feedback! N TRICARE or 1-877-451-8659Scan QR Code for the latest edition. N US Navy Judge Advocate N Department of the Navy Human Resources N Department of the Defense Education Activity For more information and resources available to help Navy families affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, click here. 8