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					6A                                                                                   PARAGLIDE                                                                                   Dec. 4, 2008

Servicemember Civil Relief Act:                                                               College scholarships for ‘Our Future’
Now covering cell phones                                                                       by Amanda Filipowski
                                                                                                Picerne Military Housing
                                                                                                                               amounts up to $5,000 for
                                                                                                                               the spouse of an active-duty
                                                                                                                               Soldier at the installations
                                                                                                                                                                 Housing, to support the
                                                                                                                                                                 spouses and children of
                                                                                                                                                                 active-duty          Soldiers
                                                                                                 Applications for the 2009     listed above. Applicants          assigned to Picerne Military
by Capt.                         Residential Lease: A ser-    to terminate a vehicle           Our Future Scholarships         may be in any stage of the        Housing installations at
James F. Ingram                vicemember may termi-          lease under the SCRA             and 2009 educational grants     educational process. Grant        Forts Meade, Bragg, Polk,
XVIII Abn. Corps LAO           nate an existing residen-      upon      receiving     PCS      are now available on the        recipients will be notified       Rucker, Riley and, in 2009,
                               tial lease if he or she        orders to Fort Bragg.            Our Family for Families         by June 30, 2009.                 Sill. Families do not have to
  The       Servicemember      receives         permanent       Cell Phones: The most          First Web site, www.our-          Applications and all nec-       reside in on-post housing in
Civil Relief Act is a com-     change of station orders,      recent addition to the      essary paperwork for both         order to qualify for scholar-
prehensive piece of legis-     or deployment orders of        SCRA is relief from cer-           Applications for the Our      the Our Future Scholarship        ships or grants. Check out
lation      enacted      by    at      least    90   days.    tain cell phone contracts.       Future Scholarships are due     and educational grants            the Web site for more infor-
Congress designed to           Additionally, this relief        A Soldier stationed            Feb. 27, 2009. The $40,000      must be complete and post-        mation about the scholar-
assist     servicemembers      covers any spouse or           within     CONUS        who      scholarship will be awarded     marked by the due date in         ship and grant programs.
with various legal obliga-     additional dependent or        receives       deployment        to each qualifying high         order to be considered.             The foundation is commit-
tions and responsibilities     the servicemember who is       orders of more than 90           school senior attending a       Awards for both the schol-        ted to supporting military
complicated by their mili-     on the lease. However,         days, or who receives PCS        four-year university or col-    arships and grants are for        Families in the pursuit of
tary duties. The stated        some orders that are with-     orders to another location       lege. The foundation will       use beginning in the fall of      higher education, institut-
purpose of the SCRA is to      in a certain distance of the   within CONUS, may ter-           select 10 children of active-   2009.                             ing a tradition of communi-
“enable servicemembers         previous duty station,         minate or suspend their          duty Soldiers at Forts            Applications and more           ty service and encouraging
to devote their entire         such       as    permanent     cell phone contract if they      Meade, Bragg, Polk, Rucker,     information can be found          professional career paths
energy to the defense          change of assignment           can show their ability to        Riley and in 2009, Fort Sill,   on the foundation Web site        through education, intern-
needs of the Nation and        orders, may not qualify        satisfy or utilize their cel-    Okla., to receive the schol-    at www.ourfamilyforfami-          ships and mentoring pro-
to provide for temporary       for this protection. Thus,     lular service will be mate-      arships based on merit and Interested indi-   grams and has awarded
suspension of judicial and     servicemembers who per-        rially affected by the           need. Recipients of a schol-    viduals may also call (401)       more than $1.5 million since
administrative proceed-        manently change from           deployment or PCS move.          arship will be notified         932-3873 for more informa-        2006.
ings and transactions that     one unit to another, but       Additionally, the cellular       March 27, 2009.                 tion.                               It also serves to further
may adversely affect the       remain at or near Fort         service provider may not           Applications for 2009 edu-      Our Family for Families         the primary mission of
civil rights of service-       Bragg should get addi-         impose an early termina-         cational grants must be         First was created by John G.      Picerne Military Housing
members during their           tional clarification before    tion fee, nor charge a reac-     received no later than May      Picerne, president and CEO        — putting military Families
military service.” The         attempting to invoke this      tivation fee if the Soldier      29, 2009. Grants are given in   of      Picerne       Military    First.
protections afforded by        relief.                        elects to suspend service,
the SCRA range from lim-         Vehicle      Lease:   The    rather than terminate it
iting interest rates on pre-   SCRA allows Soldiers to        entirely.                       Services available to Fort Bragg Wounded Warriors
service debts, to provid-      terminate vehicle leases         Strangely, the cell phone       Soldier, Family Assistance Center — This office is located on the fifth floor of the
ing additional time to file    under certain circum-          provision does not appear       Soldier Support Center on Normandy Drive. This SFAC provides a warm, relaxed environ-
income tax returns under       stances. Servicemembers        to cover PCS changes            ment where Soldiers and their Families can take time out to watch TV or a movie, use the
certain circumstances, to      who receive deployment         from within CONUS to            Internet, make a phone call or just enjoy a cup of coffee. For more information, please call
postponing appearances         orders of 180 days or          OCONUS.                         643-6653. The Solder and Family Assistance Center offers the following services:
in civil court proceeding.     more may terminate a             These are just a few of         n Information and referral
  The relief available to a    vehicle               lease.   the basic protections             n Outreach coordinator
servicemember depends          Additionally,       service-   afforded by the SCRA to           n Child and youth services
on the nature of the obli-     members        who     have    servicemembers          who       n Financial counselor
gation, and often, when        leased a vehicle while on      entered agreements when           n Legal services
the obligation arose. For      active duty may be able to     they were already on              n Chaplain
instance, some protec-         cancel their lease if they     active duty. There are            n Education
tions, such as the six per-    receive       Outside    the   countless other forms of          n Army Career and alumni program
cent interest cap on pre-      Continental United States      relief that servicemem-           n Army Wounded Warrior Program
service debts, only apply      PCS orders. This includes      bers may be able to avail         n Military benefits
to obligations incurred by     orders from a duty station     themselves of depending           n Traumatic Servicemembers’ Group Life
a servicemember before         in the continental U.S. to     on the nature of the obli-      Insurance
coming on active duty in       OCONUS,          or    from    gation and when the ser-          n Army substance abuse program
the military. However,         OCONUS to CONUS.               vicemember came on                Fort Bragg Fisher House — The Fisher House is a home away from home for Soldiers
certain provisions extend        For instance, a Soldier      active duty.                    and their Families undergoing medical treatment at military treatment facilities. A small
to         servicemembers      who leased a vehicle in          Soldiers at Fort Bragg        fee of $10 per day is requested, but can be waived. The Fisher House is conveniently locat-
regardless of whether the      North Carolina while sta-      are strongly encouraged         ed less than a mile from Womack Army Medical Center. The homes have full service
obligation arose before or     tioned at Fort Bragg could     to familiarize themselves       kitchens and laundry facilities. The rooms have private baths and each room has an enter-
after he or she came on        terminate a vehicle lease      with the SCRA and con-          tainment center with Internet access. For more information, call 432-1486.
active duty.                   upon       receiving    PCS    sider it as a potential           Womack Army Medical Center Ombudsman program — This program is designed to
  Residential leases, car      orders to Italy or Hawaii.     option whenever their           assist Soldiers and Families. This office is located on the first floor in the administrative
leases and cell phone con-       Also, a Soldier moving       military duties impair          special staff section. For more information, call 907-8191/8595.
tracts are examples of         from Hawaii to Fort            their ability to fulfill a        The Warrior Transition Battalion Family Readiness Group has the following programs:
obligations that may           Bragg could terminate an       legal or contractual obli-        Families in Transition group — This group of caregivers for WTB Soldiers meets month-
extend for months or           agreement originating in       gation.                         ly in the Solder, Family Assistance Center.
years, yet may become          Hawaii. However, it is           Additionally, questions         Traumatic Brain Injury support group — Any caregiver of a Soldier who has TBI can
worth little or nothing to     important to note that         about the applicability of      join this group. They meet twice a month. For more information, call 907-8748.
a servicemember who            vehicle leases entered in      the SCRA in a specific sit-       WTB Family Support Group — For more information, call 396-6768.
changes duty stations or       foreign countries may not      uation, or on how exactly
gets             deployed.     be covered by this provi-      to invoke its protections
Thankfully,       following    sion.                          can be addressed by legal
recent       Congressional       For example, a Soldier       assistance offices at Fort      The Paraglide is online at
amendments, the SCRA           who leased a vehicle in        Bragg.                
now addresses all three of     Italy while stationed in
these situations.              Vicenza would not be able

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