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Announcing the Virtual Resiliency Campus in AOS Second Life

The Virtual Resiliency Campus in AOS Second Life is an innovative and fun way for Soldiers and Families to build resiliency in the Physical, Emotional, Social, Spiritual, and Family aspects of their lives.Full Story

Army OneSource introduces Money Matters Mobile!

Money Matters Mobile is available now! Access the new financial readiness application through your SmartPhone browser today and begin taking steps to save money, reduce debt and build wealth.Full Story

Joining Forces

On Tuesday, April 12, first lady Michelle Obama announced “Joining Forces,” an initiative to support the unique challenges faced by troops and military Families. Full Story

The Community Covenant

The program is designed to foster and sustain effective state and community partnerships with the Army to improve the quality of life for Soldiers and their Families.Full Story

Helping Families Cope with Deployment Separation Issues

Since the war started in 2001, children have had to deal with one or both parents leaving for a deployment , some even for multiple deployments, but regardless of whether it’s thier first or their 5th, most of these children all have similar things in common – deployment separation issues.Full Story

Education Resource Center
Keeping up with what's important to a child’s education can be tough, but with a little assistance, you can eliminate some of the stress.
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Assistance Dogs for Combat Veterans
Any combat veteran whose service injury has resulted in deafness or a disability is eligible to receive an Assistance Dog.
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Retroactive Special Pay Affected by Stop-Loss
Congresswoman Pingree welcomed a DoD decision to provide retroactive special pay to service members whose contracts were extended due to stop loss.
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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - North Atlantic Division

Hello and welcome to the North Atlantic Division (NAD) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). My name is Connie Morinello and I am the Regional Community Support Coordinator for the entire Division. My job is to help those that decide to deploy and their families before, during, and after deployments. This is a very important responsibility because without the dedication and commitment of these individuals, USACE cannot continue to accomplish its goal of being able to provide vital public engineering services, in order to strengthen our nation’s security, energize the economy, and reduce risks from disasters.

My office is located at Fort Hamilton, also known as “The Army’s Ambassador to New York City”, which also happens to be the only active military base in Metropolitan New York City. The installation sits on the East side of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in Brooklyn, NY, and is embraced by the entire Greater NYC area, mainly because of it’s rich history of providing harbor defense and security to NYC, a major world center of culture and enterprise. For more information on Ft. Hamilton, please visit www.hamilton.army.mil.

There are six Districts, in addition to the Division office (NADO) that make up NAD, and they are as follows:

Each office listed above has a Family Readiness individual, who can assist with questions and offer information on the resources and services available to those that deploy through USACE and their family members. These dedicated individuals are here to help in making your deployment as stress free as possible for you and your family, so please don’t hesitate to contact them, should you feel it necessary to do so.

In addition to the personalized assistance, you will find information on this site which will hopefully be both beneficial and helpful to you. Be sure to check in regularly for new information posted as it becomes available. Feel free to contact me directly at connie.morinello@usace.army.mil with any questions and/or concerns. The NAD Family Readiness program and its dedicated team of professionals are here for YOU!

Deployment Support

See a list of online resources to help and support family members affected by deployment.

Military Families Can Use Sitter Site For Free

The Department of Defense (DoD) is now paying for an Internet service called Sittercity, which helps military families find in-home child care, nannies, tutors, elder care providers, pet sitters and other services in their local communities. Active-duty Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps members and their families, as well as National Guard and Reserve members, can receive a free membership to the service, which usually costs an average of $120 a year. Retirees are not eligible.

Feeding Families One Fed at a Time

Tornadoes. Flooding. Fires. Hurricanes. Financial downturn. Many factors have contributed to an increasingly difficult time for many Americans. It is alarming to know that so many parents are unsure how they will put a simple meal on the table tonight. Sadly, this is reality for many of our neighbors, friends, and families. But there is something all of us can do about it. The annual Feds Feed Families campaign kicked off on 26 May. In the first 30 days, approximately 11,000 pounds of food was collected from around the Department of Defense to feed local families. Read the full article, and visit the DoD Feds Feed Families website to track progress toward the goal.

Free portrait shoots for military personnel

Photographer Cathy McDeremott–Tingle of Avanti Studios is offering free portrait shoots at her Massachusetts studio to military personnel deploying in 2011. For more information, visit her website at www.avantistudios.com or call (617) 574-9424.

Military Discount on Furniture

Fun Creative Furniture supports our military and DA civilians and their families affected by a deployment. They are conveniently located in Queens (Astoria) and the Bronx, and will deliver to additional states aside from NY, for those either residing elsewhere or PCsing. Not all states are included, so please call ahead to confirm.

The store offers a 10-20% discount given to Military personnel/DA civilians and their families who are affected by a deployment.

  • Fun Creative Furniture
    32-78 Steinway Street
    Astoria, NY 11103
    (718) 726-4877
  • Fun Creative Furniture
    3041 Third Avenue
    Bronx, NY 10455
    (718) 993-2533

POC: John Suaza
Email: john@funsofa.com
Website: funsofa.com

Disclaimer: Reference and mentioning herein to any specific business, private organization, manufacturer, appearance of external links on this site, or otherwise, does not constitute or imply its official endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government, Department of Defense, United States Army or United States Army Family and MWR Command. The views and opinions of expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government, United States Army, Department of Defense or United States Army Family and MWR Command, and shall not be used for endorsement purposes.

Quick Tips for Balancing Work and Family

Navigating work and family is hard for everyone. Many times, military families have to handle work and family while planning a permanent change of station (PCS) move or while a parent is deployed. With a little practice and some organization, you can find ways to help you juggle all of your responsibilities. Here are some tips:

  • Decide what is really important. In order to fit all the things you need to do into your schedule, you need to decide what is really important to you. It might be spending more time with your family, seeing friends once a month, or going to the gym a few times a week. When your priorities are clear, you can arrange your schedule to make time for what is important.
  • Cut back on your commitments. When things get too hectic, ease up on some of the non-essential activities you and your family are involved in. Don’t be afraid to say “no” to things that are low on your list of priorities.
  • Make sure that the time you spend with your family and friends is quality time. Let your calls go to voice mail, turn off the TV and computer, stop doing household chores, and really concentrate on your family.
  • Share household and parenting responsibilities as much as you can. You and your spouse might make chore charts to help you identify the tasks you need to do and who has the time and skill to do them. You don’t have to split all responsibilities fifty-fifty, but it does need to feel fair and logical to both of you.
  • Get everybody in the family involved. Teach your children to help in ways that are appropriate for their age and level of development. Even a two-year-old can move clothing from the hamper to the washing machine or do other small tasks and be involved in the chores required to keep the household running smoothly.
  • Focus on communication. Communication is essential for healthy relationships and a critical skill set for couples balancing family and careers. Military couples often have to go the extra mile to keep their relationship strong during separations. Learning to communicate effectively — even during tough times — will help minimize the stress in your life.
  • Develop outside interests. Maintaining a balance in your life means making time for friends and interests that are important to you. A hobby or favorite activity that occasionally takes you away from daily pressures will help make you feel more energized.
  • Rely on your support system. Friends and family can play a key role in helping keep your household running smoothly. When friends offer to help watch your children when you have to work late or cook a meal when your spouse is deployed, take them up on it.
  • Be realistic. Don’t expect that you will always be able to find the perfect balance between work and life or that it will be easy.
  • Give yourself credit for all that you do every day. When you feel overwhelmed, tell yourself that you are doing the best you can to handle everything in your life.

Your Family Support Center can give you information and support on many issues that affect service members and their families. And Military OneSource, a free 24/7 service from DoD, available to all active-duty, Guard, and Reserve members and their families, provides information and referrals plus face-to-face counseling. Call (800) 342-9647 or visit the Military OneSource website.

2011 Operation Purple Camp registration open

Registration for Operation Purple Camp is OPEN! Purple Camp is for kids and teens who are currently experiencing a deployment, have in the past 12 months, or will in the next 12 months.

To register, go to the website, select "our programs" and then "Operation Purple Program" to find your state. Get your application in ASAP before all the spots are filled!

States: Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia; Overseas: Japan

SOFAR offers free counseling services

SOFAR (Strategic Outreach to Families of All Reservists) is a pro bono organization that offers free, confidential support and counseling services to families members of reservists soldiers/veterans of IEF/OEF and DA civilians.

Counselors attend events such as Yellow Ribbons throughout NY (pre-, mid-, and post-deployment), FRG meetings, conduct briefings for various units upon request (e.g., after the death of a soldier), attend holiday parties, co-lead children's groups, and consult family members via phone, as well as provide free, confidential counseling services in private offices around the city.

SOFAR started in Boston/Cambridge, MA, and currently has operations in Michigan and Florida. The organization is also working on opening up a facility in Texas shortly. For more information, visit www.sofarusa.org to download the SOFAR guide.

SOFAR cannot provide services to other states not listed above at this point, but can be reached via email (sofarny@gmail.com) or by phone (212) 561-6702 for assistance.

Mission Serve

Mission Serve is a national network launched last Veteran's Day with the help of First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. Its purpose is to bring civilian and military service groups together to help support troops and Families. The initiative partners the ServiceNation coalition’s civilian-service organizations with veterans groups, military family groups, and active-duty and reserve components of each military branch. These partnerships will more closely integrate service to country with service to community, and will help grow the service movement that is critical to America's future success.

Education Support to the DoD Worldwide

DANTES mission is to support the off-duty, voluntary education programs of the Department of Defense and to conduct special projects and development activities in support of education-related functions of the Department.

Online Academic Skills Course in Math and English, are available to all military (Active Duty/Reserve/Guard), federal civil service employees, and family membersat no charge.

To view a LIST of free Dept of Education online brochures, booklets, fact sheets, worksheets and more go to http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/publications.jsp

More information on the website at - http://www.dantes.doded.mil

OPSEC: What Do Our Cars Say About Us?

There are a number of car license plates that may 'spell out' job functions, job locations, or job-specific programs. This is one indicator that our adversaries may find useful in determining potential targets. The list of indicators goes on - post decals (no getting away from that) with rank (optional for retired persons); service-oriented stickers that indicate job function/location/level of expertise; university/college stickers and parking decals; residential parking decals or cards that hang on the rear-view mirror; bumper stickers indicating which collage/university the vehicle owner (or children) attend; bumper stickers indicating hobby preferences, political inclinations, likes and dislikes, where our elementary, junior high, high school children attend school; stickers that indicate the number and gender of children in the family.

Community Partnerships

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!