Welcome to the Utah Community Support page! As the Utah Community Support Coordinator I work to link existing government programs together and create a network of new community partners to support our Active Army, National Guard, and Reserve Soldiers, Veterans, and their Families. Army OneSource is committed to connecting Families with available resources in their State regardless of their geographical location. Being a Military Spouse, I am passionate and committed to serving our Soldiers and their Families, and will work hard to provide up-to-date, accurate information regarding available services! Please feel free to contact me or stop by the Army OneSource booth at upcoming events.
SALT LAKE CITY — Jose Lopez's driver's license wasn't up for renewal, but there he was Wednesday, standing in line at the DMV.
Lopez, a U.S. Marine, opted to renew his license early to take advantage of a new law that allows for his status as a veteran to be printed on the card.
"It's a great idea," Lopez said. "I think every veteran should get it, regardless of whether they have another form of ID."
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For more information from the Utah Driver License Division, click here.
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI Utah’s mission is to ensure the dignity and improve the lives of those who live with mental illness and their families through support, education and advocacy. To learn more about NAMI Utah click here.
NAMI Utah offers the following free courses:
NAMI Family-to-Family is a FREE 12-week education course for families and friends of individuals who have a mental illness. Taught by family members who have lived experience, the course helps families learn how to better support themselves and their loved ones with mental illness. For dates and times click here.
BRIDGES is a FREE 10-week course for individuals with mental illness. It brings people living with mental illness together to empower them with the tools to build bridges of recovery. This class is taught by trained individuals who have personal experience with mental illness. For dates and times click here.
The Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces web site has over 650,000 job postings to choose from!
Free resume classes taught on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at BLDG 131, Osborne Hall, Ft. Douglas, UT. Reserve a spot by calling Chuck Rackham at (801)656-4133.
Our Community Support Coordinators have established key legal and financial partnerships that will help make your life as a member of the Army Family better!
Newswise — July 27, 2011 – This year, the University of Utah (the U.) established a Veterans Support Center to serve as a focal point for student veteran activities and to help them transition into the sometimes unnerving world of civilian life.
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Beginning July 1, Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) Soldiers and their Families will be able to tap into a geographically local military network of support to ensure their well-being and readiness.
“IRR Soldiers and their Families don’t have easy access to military installations,” said Brig. Gen. Leslie A. Purser, Deputy Chief of the Army Reserve. “Through the IRR Affiliation Program, they’ll be able to turn to fellow Soldiers living nearby for information.”
Purser explained that local Reserve units will help connect affiliated IRR Soldiers and their Families with the resources to address their physical and psychological health needs, career issues, and Family concerns. “IRR members are usually coming off of an active duty tour and they aren’t aware of all the programs in place to assist Reserve Soldiers and families. Putting them in contact with a Reserve unit means they get to talk to people who have already successfully integrated their military and civilian lives,” Purser said.
Affiliated IRR Soldiers will be under no obligation to participate in unit training or to maintain contact with the unit. They will only be required to acknowledge the program and their affiliation to a Reserve Component unit, and their understanding that resources and support will always be available to them while assigned to the IRR.
Beginning July 1, IRR Soldiers will be affiliated with Army Reserve units. While several Army National Guard units will also participate in this initial program, the Guard intends to include all its units in the program later this year. No action is needed on the part of IRR Soldiers other than meeting their statutory and regulatory requirement of notifying U.S. Army Human Resources Command (HRC) of any changes to their contact information and personal status. HRC will notify each IRR Soldier of the unit to which he or she is being affiliated.
Beginning December 1, Soldiers separating from the Active Component and entering into the IRR will be affiliated at Transition Points.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Steven Lloyd is a member of the Army National Guard.
But looking for a job in the private sector became frustrating. For months he was unemployed.
“A lot of it (job search) was online,” said Lloyd of Orem. “I went in to a couple of places in person to turn in resumes, did follow up with phone calls. Not many people got back to me. It was just kind of frustrating."
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When a Soldier returns from deployment, he or she has extra money that was saved during the deployment, right' You and your Soldier discussed what you would do with the added income during the deployment, right'
This is not always the case, said Beth Curran, Fort Stewart Army Community Service Financial Readiness Program Manager. She said that many things happen during a deployment, unexpected costs as well as excessive spending can deplete deployment savings account.
"Our biggest push is unrealistic expectations," Curran said. "It's extra money, but it's not millions."
While a Soldier is deployed, he or she or their Family may spend excessively, either out of necessity or the desire to fill a void.
Curran said that there are three kinds of spending - entitlement, emotional and splurge spending.
"For the Soldier, entitlement spending is 'I'm in a combat zone, I deserve to spend it,' or 'It's my money,'" she said. "For the spouse, it's 'I'm here alone, I should be able to reward myself.'"
Financial problems can occur when the Soldier and spouse don't talk about their purchases.
Emotional spending, said Curran, happens when a Soldier tries to "make up" for being deployed, by buying children and/or spouse gifts to try to fill the void of their absence.
"A Soldier may try to make up for being gone, especially with children," said Curran, who as a military spouse herself, is currently going through her fourth deployment with husband Tim. "Soldiers often feel guilt about their children, and buy them everything to try to make up for being gone for a year."
Emotional spending also happens on the spouses' side - trying to use shopping to fill the void left by their Soldier. Also, ordering take out or eating out every night is an expense that adds up quickly.
Splurge spending transpires when a Soldier or spouse anticipates the extra money they receive while deployed. The extra $600-1,000 a month seems like a lot to a Soldier and they plan on spending it on a big purchase, such as a new vehicle.
However, problems may occur if they forget about sudden expenses that may have arisen during the deployment, or the Soldier may not be aware of spending that is happening at home.
"(The Soldier) anticipates that check when they get home, and don't take into account the spending that happened on both sides while they were gone," Curran said.
This can lead to problems in the relationship, and Curran said the only way to keep it from happening is for the Soldier and spouse to talk about their spending during the separation.
Curran said a way to save during a deployment is to allocate money to your Soldier for his or her spending while overseas.
"I do everything by allotment," she said. "I highly recommend two accounts; I always encourage a Soldier to put a couple hundred dollars each month into checking account with checks and a debit card so what he or she does while deployed doesn't affect the Family budget too much."
Curran also encourages paying off debt with deployment money, and also putting some in an emergency savings account in case money is needed unexpectedly.
The best thing to do is to talk about how you will spend and save your money before the deployment, but if that wasn't done, or if what was discussed goes array, ACS Financial Readiness is there to help.
"Do what works for you, but if you are stuck, come see us and we can work with you to straighten out your finances," Curran said. "Financial counselors can help you look at your finances and get a handle on them. The spending that gets us into trouble is the unnecessary purchases - money issues are the cause of a high percentage of domestic violence."
Curran encourages any Soldier or Family Member to come to ACS Financial Readiness for tips, or help with financial security.
"We can help you make a budget, and can work with the Soldier when they are deployed and once they are home," she said.
She also said that ACS Financial Readiness will not contact a Soldier's command unless there is a pay problem, if the Soldier is command-referred, or if there is a lack of support from a Soldier to their spouse.
"We won't judge your spending, we know that sometimes it just gets away from us - life happens," she said. "We want to help you get to where you want to be."
Due to extenuating circumstances, either spending or an emergency that arose, not all Soldiers return from deployment with disposable income. And if you find yourself in a jam, Army Emergency Relief is still available to Soldiers and Family Members who have recently redeployed.
Army Emergency Relief is a zero-percent loan for active servicemembers and their dependents, activated National Guard and Reserve Soldiers and their dependents, retirees and their dependents, and widow(ers) and children of Soldiers who died on active duty or after they retired.
For more information on AER, please go to www.aerhq.org.