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Question:
Are there special rules about working with local merchants and others to sponsor welcome home events for unit personnel returning from a deployment?

Answer:
Local merchants can be very generous and supportive of their military neighbors, but you should check with your local military community leaders about any laws and regulations that apply. For example, there are restrictions in place regarding gifts and fundraising practices that all Family Readiness Group (FRG) members need to be aware of.

Question:
What does membership in the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) offer?

Answer:
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is an independent, nonprofit organization operated exclusively to benefit members of the uniformed services—active duty, former and retired, National Guard and Reserve—and their families and survivors by playing an active role in military personnel matters and especially proposed legislation affecting the career force, the retired community, and veterans of the uniformed services. While most members tend to be retired officers, membership is open to active duty, retired, National Guard, reserve, former commissioned officers and warrant officers of the following uniformed services: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Auxiliary memberships also are available for surviving spouses of deceased officers. In addition to supporting issues that preserve military personnel matters and entitlements, MOAA membership benefits include access to a wealth of information and resources relevant to military personnel, their families and retired service members, discounts on selected services and products, as well as enjoying the camaraderie of other military members through monthly meetings and periodic conferences.

Question:
What emergency contact numbers should I be aware of?

Answer:
The most obvious emergency contact numbers to have readily available are the local police, fire, ambulance, and perhaps the local hospital emergency room numbers. These numbers are accessible in most community phone books. Your local Army Community Service (ACS) can also provide them for you. In CONUS, "911" is the number to call for true emergencies. Find out what the equivalent emergency number is (if any) if you live overseas. Several other numbers that may be helpful to have on hand in the event of an emergency are: your Family Readiness Group (FRG) leader or an FRG contact, your Soldier's unit number (or Rear Detachment Commander’s number, if your Soldier is deployed), the number(s) for a close friend or relative - which could be very useful in the event that you become incapacitated and someone else needs to contact a friend or family member on your behalf.

Question:
What is "Toastmasters?"

Answer:
Toastmasters International is an organization that allows its members to improve their public speaking and communication skills by speaking to groups and working with others in a supportive environment.

Question:
What is the Army Volunteer Corps?

Answer:
The Army Volunteer Corps (AVC), implemented in April 2004, encompasses all volunteers and organizations using volunteers in the Army community. The purpose of establishing the AVC is to connect volunteers and formalize the Army’s commitment to volunteers, improving support for volunteers, creating a corporate identity, and linking all volunteers to the Army. While the AVC serves to link all volunteers, it does not supersede organizational identity.

Question:
What is the National Association for Uniformed Services?

Answer:
The National Association for Uniformed Services (NAUS) is a non-profit organization for veterans, founded in 1968. Its primary purpose is to support a strong national defense; and to promote and protect the interests and promised benefits earned by members of the uniformed services for themselves, their families and survivors and those of all American citizens with common interests. Membership includes Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, Retired and Other Veterans, their spouses, widows/widowers, other family members and survivors, and all grades and ranks - both enlisted and officer from all seven branches of the uniformed services including: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Question:
Where can I find out about local organizations (e.g., Boy Scouts; Girl Scouts; athletics; club teams; social activities)?

Answer:
There are several resources that can help you find out what extra-curricular activities there are in your community. One source is a local phone book. Another place to check for information is at your local library or religious facility. For children's activities, check with schools, the Child and Youth Services Center in your military community or the local YMCA.
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