RI National Guard
Family Assistance Center
Family Matters Newsletter March 2009
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
complicated returns may incur charges if they
upgrade to the H&R Block TaxCut Premium
Service members who are having any financial
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.
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Reintegration and Veteran's
Reintegration and Veteran's Support
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.
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
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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:
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.)
2. The event is free, but registration is required via email to me (participants should
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
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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).
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.”
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.
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
Family Assistance Center.
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
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.
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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
Rhode Island Military
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.
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 .
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Related Links LOCAL NEWS
RI Receives Grant to Support
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
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
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
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
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.
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GetGet info, deal wiBuilders Helping Heroes
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
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
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
9. Make a hug, a squeeze, a loving smile an everyday occurrence.
10. Say the words, “I love you,” at least once a day.
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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