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RI National Guard Family Assistance Center Family Matters Newsletter March 2009 Military OneSource It’s Tax Time Again! Military OneSource is pleased to announce that beginning Monday, January 19, 2009; we will once again provide free tax consultation and filing services to military service members and their Families during the tax season. As in the three previous years, users will have free online access to The Service members Civil Relief Act (SCRA) provides the TaxCut Basic program. a wide range of protections for service members. It is intended to postpone or suspend certain civil A brief overview of the program: obligations to allow service members to devote full attention to duty and relieve stress on themselves and Users must register for Military OneSource and log on to the site for access to the online TaxCut their Families. program. A separate logon for the TaxCut site is required. Some of these protections could help service members who face difficulties meeting their mortgage payments. Those eligible for the program are active duty, Whether these protections are available generally Guard and Reserve (regardless of activation depends on when the service member bought the status), spouses and dependent children property in question. That is, did the service member (authorized in DEERS), family members handling become obligated under the mortgage before or after the affairs of a deployed service member, DoD entering active duty? employees working in support roles (Army Community Services, Fleet & Family Services, Many SCRA protections only apply when active duty Family Support Center, Marine Corp Community military service has had a "material effect" on the Services), and severely injured service members service member’s ability to pay. "Material effect" or family members handling their affairs. generally means the service members are less well off financially because of active duty. That could be Participants will have free access to the H&R because they make less money or have more Block Basic TaxCut program. Those with more expenses. complicated returns may incur charges if they upgrade to the H&R Block TaxCut Premium Service members who are having any financial program. difficulties with their mortgages -- or are having any Participants can e-file one state resident return for legal problems -- are strongly encouraged to seek free each federal return that they e-file with TaxCut legal assistance at a military installation right away. A Online. Find out more about the program by locator service can be reached at this Web site: visiting the Military OneSource Tax page and our http://legalassistance.law.af.mil/content/locator.php. FAQs. Military OneSource Emergency Financial Resources: Call anytime: 1-800-342-9647 Access online at militaryonesource.com Mortgage Difficulties and the Service members Civil Relief Act (SCRA) You name it... We can help. Family Matters Newsletter 2 Related Links http://www.operationhomefront. net/Chapter_root/chapter_inde x.asp?Chapter_ID=14 Reintegration and Veteran's Reintegration and Veteran's Support Support-Operation Homefront Operation Homefront To our Military Soldiers, Airmen and Families: if you are in need of any assistance, please click on the link below to be directed to the Operation Homefront website. Please fill out an application for assistance. www.operationhomefront.net/Patriot National Guard Childcare Subsidy Program The National Guard is working to assist spouses and family members with the cost of childcare during deployment. Guard and Reserve members who are in a Title 10 status are eligible to receive a subsidy to use off-post childcare. The subsidy program is coordinated through the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA). The amount of the subsidy is based on total family income, the number of children and type of child care needed. The minimum monthly pay out is $100 per child per month. A call center has also been set up to help Guard members navigate the paperwork and process of receiving the subsidy. For more information on the program visit the National Guard Family Program’s website at: http://www.NACCRRA.org/ www.guardfamily.org or call 1-888-642-2799. military Volunteers Needed For Youth Summer Camp Applications are now being accepted for volunteer staff for this summer’s Operation Purple Camp RI. Volunteers must be over the age of 18, complete an application, interview and background check. Staff positions include camp counselors, bus drivers, medical staff, logistic staff, audio visual and administration staff. Volunteers may work overnight or day shift and may work the entire week or just a few days. Full time technicians may apply for (3) days of admin leave to volunteer at the camp. For more information or to receive a volunteer application contact Laura.firstname.lastname@example.org 3 Family Matters Newsletter Job Fair for National Guard Members Need a Civilian Job or a Better Job? Please register by e-mail: email@example.com Summary of the event: Purpose: As you know, unemployment in Rhode Island is at a record high. Guard members are like many New Englanders who have been hit hard by economic times. ESGR has an opportunity to support military service members by providing an organized venue for employers to have direct access to Guard members. This job fair will include Donna C. Callahan informational briefings for employers to help them understand the applicability and Executive Director transferability of military training to the civilian work environment. Many different industries will be represented. Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Date: Monday, March 9, 2009, from 3:00 pm through 7:00 pm Rhode Island Location: TBD (Rhodes on the Pawtuxet is the desired location) firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note the following requirements: mil 1. Attendees must be current members of the National Guard or a member of a Reserve unit. (This event is not for former Guard members or inactive Guard members who have Veteran status. These groups have access to employment support from the RI Department 401-275-4189 (office) of Labor and Training VETS reps.) 401-474-9110 (cell) 2. The event is free, but registration is required via email to me (participants should 401-275-4306 (fax) include their name, contact phone number, desired job/industry, their military unit, and their commander's name). 3. Spouses seeking employment may accompany a registered Guard member to this event. Get Info, Deal with a Problem, Discover Options Dial 211 2-1-1 is the fastest and easiest way to get information when you need it. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. One call gives you access to resources across your community, whether you need to get help - for you, for a family member or for a friend - or want to help. No more wrong numbers, no more wasted time trying to find the right person to call. Someone at 2-1-1 will help connect you to the services or information you need. Confidentially, for free, in your language. http://www.211ri.org/gallery/ after-school programs, alzheimer's resources, basic needs - food, shelter, child care/health services, consumer protection, counseling, crisis intervention, disability services, domestic violence programs, donating food, clothing, emergency shelter, energy/utility assistance, family counseling, financial assistance, health care/insurance, HIV/AIDS testing, homelessness, housing or rent assistance, job training, legal assistance, mentoring opportunities, parenting education programs, problem gambling, senior services/elder care, substance abuse programs, suicide prevention, transportation assistance, veterans services, and volunteer opportunities. Family Matters Newsletter 4 FRG News Family Readiness January 2009 Open House The Family Readiness open house that included Family members, Soldiers, and Family Assistance Center staff, was a great success. We were able to introduce some new staff members, new programs and find out what is going on in other FRG’s (Family Readiness Groups). www.guardfamily.org MG and Mrs. Bray attended and MG Bray spoke to the group reiterating his support of the Family Please Register Today Assistance Center, (FAC), team and Family Readiness Groups. Maureen Horton, Family It’s Free! Assistance Center Coordinator, discussed the highlights and services offered at the FAC. Marie Kuhn, Military Family Life Consultant talked about the November FRG focus group and what Families want from Family Readiness Groups. Amy Rachiele conducted a roundtable discussion PASSPORT on “what is going on in Family Readiness groups.” NIGHT Fundraising for FRG’s was discussed: i.e. successful Bazaars, craft classes, walk-a- APRIL thons/dance -athons, golf tournaments. Community awareness was addressed, revitalizing the media into recognizing families, 29TH separation, and deployments. Parental involvement, how do we help, train, and recognize the struggles of parents during their child’s deployment. 5:00-7:00 PM New Soldier’s and Family involvement- how do we reach out? Toni Nuttall, Yellow Ribbon Coordinator, introduced the new program and discussed how it AT SCHOFIELD fits into the deployment cycle. ARMORY Valerie Rezendes discussed Military OneSource and its importance. She also displayed many of 705 NEW LONDON the items you can find on Military OneSource web page. Wayne Parker talked about the Guard AVENUE Family Portal and its usefulness to FRG’s. He also registered new users. CRANSTON, RI It is 2009 and we are moving ahead with Family Readiness Programs. We have a great deal of new ideas for connecting Family and friends. Stay tuned for exciting programs to come from the MORE INFORMATION Family Assistance Center. WILL FOLLOW The Family Assistance Center will be open on Tuesday evenings until 9:00 p.m. for your convenience and we will be scheduling different events for those nights. Examples: round table discussions, clubs, trainings, and other types of events. Thank you to those who attended our open house. The Family Program Team Welcomes It’s Newest Member Alan Vieira, a Licensed Social Worker, LICSW, joined the Family Assistance Program Team in January as the Director of Psychological Health. He is available to conduct mental health assessment and referral for pre and post deployment for National Guard members and their families. Mr. Vieira is an active member and participant on the suicide prevention team. He will conduct immediate face-to-face and phone risk assessments and make appropriate referrals to ensure that the Soldier and Families obtain the assistance they need. Mr. Vieira will meet with unit commanders and Soldiers to teach them how to minimize maladaptive psychological reactions to traumatic experiences. 5 Family Matters Newsletter Related Links State Child and Youth Program Military Teens Rock On at Guitar Hero Contest The first RI Military Youth Guitar Hero contest was held this past December, and a great time was had by all! The event was sponsored by the Rhode Island Military Youth Council and held at the Family Assistance Center in Cranston. Competition was tough, but by the end of the night 3 grand prize winners were awarded some terrific prizes. Winner of easy level was Brianna Latendresse, medium level was Michelle Desillier and the winner of hard level was Corey Storm. RI Selected to Host Major General Bray challenges Jesus Rivera at a Operation Purple Camp game of Guitar Hero. For the third consecutive year, the Rhode Island National Guard Child and Youth Program has been selected by the National Military Family Association (NMFA) to host an Operation Purple Camp. This year’s camp will be held August 9-15 at Camp Hoffman in West Kingston. Military youth between the ages of 7 and 17, of all branches of service are eligible to apply to attend this camp. Applications will be available at www.nmfa.org in the early spring. Priority is given to children of service members who have deployed in the last 18 months and to children who have not previously attended an Operation Purple Camp. Operation Purple Camp activities include swimming, boating, archery, arts and crafts, nature studies, sports and games and other traditional camp activities. In addition, the camp focuses on issues that specifically pertain to the Military child. Activities and A camper enjoys exploring a discussion groups are held on deployment and reintegration stress, giving kids the Military vehicle during ’08 tools needed to learn resilience while faced with the these difficult experiences. For Operation Purple Camp RI more information on Operation Purple Camp Rhode Island or other youth activities contact Laura.Paton@us.army.mil Rhode Island Military Youth Council Are you a Military youth between the ages of 12 and 18? Are you motivated by helping others, creating change and speaking out for what you believe in? If so, you should join the RI Military Youth Council (RIMYC)! The RIMYC was formed in order to support the RI’s Military Members, their Families and their Youth. This council Members of the RI Military Youth consists strictly of volunteer members between the ages of 12-18 years old, working Council at the State House during together towards a common goal of identifying, defining and addressing issues that the signing of the RI Military Family contribute to the future of our Military Youth. Covenant. The purpose of the council is to actively involve Youth in events, trips, meetings and training sessions that enhance the quality of life for our Military Youth. The next meeting of the RIMYC is March 10th . 6 Family Matters Newsletter Related Links LOCAL NEWS RI Receives Grant to Support Military Kids Rhode Island was recently selected to become an Operation Military Kids, (OMK) State. This acceptance means that $90,000 is coming our way to improve programming for our Military youth. OMK is a joint collaboration between community organizations with a common goal to support Military kids in our own communities. To learn more about youth opportunities through OMK visit http://www.operationmilitarykids.org LifeSmarts Competition I would like to invite all of you to cheer on our team "The Guard Kidz" at this year's LifeSmarts competition on 6 March at the State House. The first match begins at 9:00 a.m. Our team will be competing against other High School students from around the http://www.lifesmarts.org/ state for a chance to compete at the National LifeSmarts competition. I am very proud to say that our team has been studying diligently and are already doing very well in the preliminary scoring phase. We are the only youth organization in the state to send a team, the rest of the teams are representing High Schools. HOOAH!!! Our team members are: Tim Matchett (Team captain), Michelle Desillier, Nicole Benz, Brianna Latendresse, Gabby Kurtis, and Liz Morse. Woonsocket Fire Department Through the dust and debris at Ground Zero http://www.211ri.org/ Since colonial times, the fire service and firefighters have always been best known for their role in helping others in need. Well, today is no exception. Representatives of the Woonsocket Fire Department, IAFF Local 732 came to the Family Assistance Center in December 2008 bearing gifts. Accepting on behalf of the Family Assistance Center, LTC Darlene Dorego of the RI National Guard was presented with $1,000 in phone cards from Steven Reilly, Union President, Michael Lataille, Secretary/Treasurer and Christopher Oakland, Vice President. I am sure each service member who uses these cards to phone home to their loved ones are extremely grateful for the generous and caring gift these firefighters gave. 7 Family Matters Newsletter GetGet info, deal wiBuilders Helping Heroes Related Links What is the Builders Helping Heroes Program? Builders Helping Heroes is a not-for-profit initiative in which members of the RI Builders Association donate their time, energy and resources to provide construction assistance to veterans with special housing needs as the result of injuries sustained in armed conflicts since September 11, 2001. The program aims to help veterans and the families of those injured or killed in combat operations since that tragic day, adjust to life after being injured. Typical projects range from installing a wheel chair ramp to performing interior renovations to improve accessibility. www.ribuilders.org Who is Eligible to Participate? Military personnel entitled to be awarded the Purple Heart Medal after September 11, 2001 are eligible for assistance from Builders Helping Heroes. Dependent Family members of military personnel killed in action after September 11, 2001 are eligible for construction assistance as well. Construction projects must take place on primary residences in Rhode Island. How Can I Apply? The Builders Helping Heroes Board of Directors, with assistance from the Inter- Service Family Assistance Committee, ISFAC, will consider all applications and will approve projects based on need and available funds. Recipients may or may not participate in any program publicity. To apply, please contact the Family Assistance Center: (401) 275-4057. 10 Ways to Tell Your Children…… I Love You 1. Make your home a place of safety, acceptance and love. 2. Build feelings of self-worth by showing your children how they are special. 3. Offer children opportunities to learn and succeed. 4. Make sure your children eat healthy foods, exercise regularly and get enough sleep. 5. Spend time with your children. Talk, laugh, play and enjoy each other. 6. Protect your children. Make their safety your top priority. 7. Acknowledge, praise and reward your children’s successes. Don’t criticize when they try but fail. 8. Set limits to make children feel secure and to teach them responsibility. 9. Make a hug, a squeeze, a loving smile an everyday occurrence. 10. Say the words, “I love you,” at least once a day. Family Matters Newsletter 8 Everyone Loves A Deal Related Links Here Are A Few Deals We’ve Found For You! Just Click On the Link and Enjoy! http://www.risalutes.com/discounts.asp http://www.restaurant.com/index.asp?pgn=home http://www.wbcn.com/pages/3644649.php http://www.bostonsbigdeals.com/ http://wzlx.com/pages/3644530.php http://cbwma.incentrev.com/ http://www.wicked-deals.com/cc-common/ddindex2.php http://wpro.incentrev.com/ http://www.bradsdeals.com/ Family Program Team Phone Numbers and Email Addresses Name Phone # Email Address LTC Jeannine Vachon 401-480-3257 email@example.com Maureen Horton 401-275-4093 firstname.lastname@example.org YOU NEED IT, Ed Ouellette 401-275-4057 email@example.com WE’VE GOT IT!!! Wayne Parker 401-275-4162 firstname.lastname@example.org Amy Rachiele 401-275-4418 email@example.com CHECK OUT Alan Vieira 508-269-5418 firstname.lastname@example.org Marie Kuhn 401-450-2737 email@example.com THE FAMILY Laura Paton 401-275-4132 firstname.lastname@example.org PROGRAM Toni Nuttall 401-275-4177 email@example.com Valerie Rezendes 401-275-4105 firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE Tina Scully 401-886-0148 email@example.com Click on Family The Military and Family Life Consultant is scheduling educational, support and family Program Tab activities at the Family Assistance Center on Tuesday evenings from 6:30PM – 8:00PM. There are programs scheduled on communication, stress management, parenting and WWW.RI.NG.MIL suicide prevention awareness; support groups for parents of service members and a book discussion, scrap booking and a Family night for Families of deployed service members. If there are any educational, support or Family activities that you would like to have scheduled at the Family Assistance Center, please contact the Military and Family Life Consultant at 450-2737.
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