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									Innovative Research, Extension, & Academic
Programs Supporting Military Families, Youth,
      Service Members and Veterans

     Military Culture and Curriculum Planning Meeting
                    Fort Leavenworth, KS
                      8 November 2010
                   Agenda

• A Snapshot of the U.S. Military in 2010
• NIFA’s Military Youth and Family Initiatives
• The DoD – USDA Partnership
  – Key Objectives
  – Benefits & Lessons Learned


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A Snapshot of the U.S. Military in 2010
      Active   National
                        Reserves Total
          Duty      Guard
Army      547,400   358,200   205,000   1,110,600
Navy      328,800             65,500    394,300
Marines 202,100               39,600    241,700
Air Force 331,700   106,700   69,500    507,900
Coast
          49,954              10,000    59,954
Guard
Total                                   2,314,454

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Overseas Contingency Operations




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             Walk a Mile …
•   Frequent training exercises
•   Long duty days
•   Weekend duty
•   Frequent relocations
•   Family separations
•   Distance from extended family
•   Financial strain
•   Frequent military deployments & backfill
•   Risk of death and/or serious injury
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                   States Most Highly Impacted by Deployments

                        WA
                                                                                                                         NH
                                                MT                                                                              ME
                                                              ND                                                    VT
                                                                          MN
                       OR
                                      ID                      SD                     WI                                              MA
                                                                                                                    NY
                                                WY                                              MI                                   RI
                                                                                                                             CT
                                                                              IA                               PA
                            NV                                  NE                                                         NJ
                                                                                                     OH
                  CA                                                                   IL     IN
                                           UT                                                                             DE
                                                     CO                                                   WV VA
                                                                   KS                                                     MD
                                                                               MO              KY

                                                                                              TN               NC
                                      AZ                             OK
                                                NM                             AR
                                                                                                            SC
             HI                                                                               AL      GA
                                                                                      MS
                                                                               LA
                                                                TX

                                 AK                                                                          FL
                                                                                                                               Legend

                                                                                                                              States with the
                                                                                                                              highest rates of
                                                                                                                              deployments among
                                                                                                                              all components,
Alabama , California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri,             including Reserve &
New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington                          Guard
Military Life Strengths

   Highly trained
   Well traveled
   Excellent health care
   Tightknit Community




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Potential Impacts

   Divorce
   Alcohol and drugs
   Family violence
   Suicide
   Physical injury / death
   “Invisible Wounds”


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Over 2 decades of partnering,

  – USDA NIFA (formerly CSREES)
  – Military Services
  – Office of the Secretary
     of Defense, &
  – Land Grant Universities


  to provide quality military Family support,
    program evaluation, and research
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DoD – USDA Partnership mission
To advance the health, well-being, and quality
 of life for military Service members, families,
        and their communities through the
    coordination of research, education and
               extension programs.
Partners     MC&FP



      Air
                       Army
     Force


             Navy &
             Marines
•No Changes




              By the Numbers
     • 95 Active Army Installations and Guard & Reserve
       using Operation READY
     • 75 Extension staff working on Texas Army Bases (Fort
       Hood, Fort Bliss, & Fort Sam Houston)
     • 23,769 military youth enrolled in 4-H clubs (worldwide)
     • 107,731 youth involved through Operation: Military Kids
     • 101 4-H Military Club/OMK Grants awarded to states
     • 1,298 military youth development professionals trained
        Partnership Project States, including CCTTA, 2011-13

                      WA
                                                                                                               NH
                                              MT                                                                      ME
                                                         ND                                               VT
                                                                    MN
                     OR
                                    ID                   SD                   WI                                           MA
                                                                                                          NY
                                              WY                                        MI                                 RI
                                                                                                                   CT
                                                                       IA                            PA
                          NV                              NE                                                     NJ
                                                                                             OH
                CA                                                             IL     IN
                                         UT                                                                     DE
                                                   CO                                             WV VA
                                                              KS                                                MD
                                                                         MO            KY

                                                                                      TN             NC
                                    AZ                         OK
                                              NM                         AR                         SC
           HI                                                                         AL     GA
                                                                               MS
                                                                         LA
                                                          TX

                               AK                                                                   FL


                                                                                                                      Legend
                                                                                                                    Partnering states

                                                                                                                    University Passport
Child Care and Youth Program Training and Technical Assistance States: Alaska, California,
Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Vermont,                   Child Care TTA
and Washington
  Lead Institution:

• State highly impacted by deployments with
  no installation
• Military Family Research Institute

Coordination of overall partnership with DoD,
 NIFA, partnering universities, and others

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    Additional Leads
•   Kansas State
•   North Carolina State
•   Penn State
•   Ohio State
•   Washington State
•   University of Arizona
•   University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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 Key Objectives
• Improve community capacity to support
  military families

• Increase professional development and
  workforce development opportunities

• Expand and strengthen programs in family
  readiness, child development, & youth
  development
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Community Capacity Building
TARGET     Local communities and leaders

GOAL       Build greater awareness of challenges
           faced by military families and build local
           support
PROGRAM    Communications & Outreach
EXAMPLES
           PROJECT Y.E.S.

           Military Community, Family & Youth
           Extension Programs
Military Community, Family & Youth Extension Program
                     Sub-awards
  •   Youth Fitness Programs
  •   Database for Child and Youth Report
  •   Health Literacy Education
  •   Basic Meal Preparation
  •   Personal Work Life Skills
  •   Community Gardening
  •   Heart Link & Key Spouse Program Support
  •   Out-of-School Connections
  •   Training and Materials for Youth Camps
  •   Adventure Camps
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Strengthening Family, Child & Youth Development Prgms

TARGET       Military Helping Professionals

GOAL         Enhance and strengthen programs particularly
             through research-based efforts
EXAMPLES     Exceptional Family Member Program reviews:
             Benchmark study, Autism Spectrum, Medicaid
             Family Readiness Clearinghouse

             Engaging Faculty Expertise:
                - Sabbaticals, colloquia
                - Program evaluation, military family
                research, program &curricula development
Workforce & Professional Development
TARGET     Potential employees (including mil spouses)

GOAL       Recruit and retain talent to work in MC&FP
           related fields within the military

EXAMPLES Internship Program

           Child Care Training & Technical Assistance

           Centers of Excellence for Child & Youth Prgrms

           Joint Family Readiness Conference
              (25-29 April 2011)
           University Passport Program
                       Benefits
   DoD & Components                  USDA, LGUs, CES
• High quality workforce to    •   Engaged faculty
  meet demand                  •   Curriculum development
• High quality curriculum      •   Increased participation in
  and materials                    4-H and family
• Faculty expertise for            educational programs
  research, strategic          •   New resources
  planning, and evaluation     •   Enhanced collaborations
• Enhanced quality and         •   Multi-state projects
  capacity to serve military
  families
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 Lessons Learned
• Military Command Structure
• Try not to surprise your partners
• Recognize that each of the partners (NIFA, DoD,
  Universities) bring different strengths
• Become familiar
   – Research on unique needs of military families
   – Doing the same programs with same people
     won’t work
   – Know what others are doing in support of
     military families
    Related Links
•   http://militaryfamilies.extension.org
•   www.4-hmilitarypartnerships.org
•   www.networkofcare.org
•   www.militaryonesource.com
•   www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil
•   www.defense.gov



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          Thanks & Q&A
Brent Elrod
National Program Leader – Military Support
  Programs
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
202.690.3468
belrod@nifa.usda.gov



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