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December 2006 Family News
 Headquarters Department of Army (HQDA) Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) and General Officer Steering Committee (GOSC) Conference Results
 Military Overseas Holiday Mail Dates
 Single Website for TRICARE Information
 Virginia Accepts Other States’ Tests to Meet Education Requirements
 Commissary Scholarship Applications Now Available for Military Children
 Want to Find Scholarships?
 Army Works to Improve Casualty Officer Training
 Military Family Life Consultant Program
 GI Bill Payment Rate
 TRICARE Catastrophic Cap
 Blue to Green Allows Transfer to Army
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November 2006 Family News
 Hiring Heroes Program Helps Injured Soldiers Find Employment
 WIC Overseas Brings Many Benefits to Military Families Far From Home
 Free SAT/ACT Offer Extended
 TRICARE Reserve Select Expands to All Guard and Reserve Members
 Spouses to Teachers Program Expands to Europe
 New Web Resource for Surviving Families of Deceased Soldiers Now Available
 Team Established to Help Surviving Families
 November is Military Family Month
 AER Expands Spouse Education Assistance Program
 New Partners for the Army Spouse Employment Partnership (ASEP)
 New Website Helps Make Military Moves Less Stressful
 USAREUR’s Blue Box Wins Innovative Business Solutions Award
 Introducing New Special Needs Parent Toolkit by Webinars
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October 2006 Family News
 NMFA Selects Eight Army Winners of Prestigious VIP Awards
 Are You Prepared for the Next Disaster?
 Army Emergency Relief Offers Scholarships
 GI Bill Payment Rates Increased
 Facts on the GI Bill Top-Up Program
 Make A Difference Day—28 October
 Army Information Line
 Breakthrough Vaccine for Women
 Freedom Team Salute Honors Service
 Insurance Assists Severely Injured
 American Legion Establishes Hometown Heroes Program
 Army Reserve and VFW Team to Enhance Troop-Support Programs
 New Army Safety Campaign: “Own the Edge”
 Military OneSource Use Exceeds Expectations
 Uniformed Services Family Health Plan
 TRICARE Program Assists Injured Soldiers
 TRICARE Allowable Charges Available Online
 Health Information Privacy Rights
 More Funding for Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
 Teaching Future Soldiers
 Army Soldier Show Accepting Applications
 Congress Addressing Payday Loan Sharks
 Helpful Personal Finance Websites
 Protect Yourself from Identity Theft
 Helping Wounded Troops Return to Work
 “Why We Serve” Campaign Visits Local Communities
 New USO Center Open at Fort Bliss
 Retreats For Couples Affected by Deployments
 Students Asked to Count Stars
 Calling DFAS Will Be Easier
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September 2006 Family News
 Teen Dating Violence and Prevention Toolkits
 America’s Day for Kids
 myPay Offers New Features
 Combat Injury Pay
 Helmets to Hardhats Direct-Entry Construction Career Program
 Reduced Rates on e-Learning
 DoD Issues Report on Predatory Lending Directed at Military and Family Members
 Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation Pilot Helps Curb Payday Lending Abuse
 U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) Call Center
 A New Website for Overseas Voters
 Commissaries Sponsor Family Day—September 25th
 Exchange Online Store Now Sells Uniforms
 America Supports You Freedom Walks to Commemorate Fifth Anniversary of 9/11
 RE/MAX Helps Military Spouses with Careers
 TRICARE Fraud Warning
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August 2006 Family News
-Army Wounded Warrior (AW2) Symposium
-“Our Hero Handbook” Informs Wounded and Families
-Vermont Army National Guard Family Named NMFA Family of the Year
-Program for Soldiers to Earn $1,000 Referral Bonus Expanded
-TRICARE Benefits Enhanced
-TRICARE Overseas Program Standard
-American Legion’s Family Support Network Ready to Help
-Soldiers’ Angels Support Wounded Troops
-MARS Program Still Going Strong
-Group Helps Deployed Soldiers’ Children
-Pilot Program to Allow Montgomery G.I. Bill Transferability to Spouses
-Some Disabled Retirees Due Back Pay
-Online Transition Assistance for Disabled Soldiers and Veterans
-America Supports You: Adopt-a-Chaplain Sends Its 1000th Package
-Virginia’s First Free Tax Weekend
-CNN Webpage Links to Deployment Resources
-Sesame Street DVD Packets Available to Help Families during Deployment
-New Guide Helps Military Children with Deployment
-Updates to Emergency Alert System
-Room Availability at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in Germany for August
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July 2006 Family News
-Family Readiness Group Leader Training
-Virtual Family Readiness Group (vFRG)
-Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) General Officer Steering Committee (GOSC) Meeting
-The Army Spouse Employment Partnership: Meeting the Challenge of Military Spouse Employment
-Army Stands up Casualty Assistance Help Line
-Slight Rise in Military Insurance Rates for Soldiers
-Veterans’ Housing Act of 2006 Helps Disabled Soldiers Adapt Homes
-Free Pre-Kindergarten Now Available to Children of Military in Texas
-TRICARE Mail Order Pharmacy
-Fact Sheets Addressing Various TRICARE Topics
-Virginia Governor Signed In-State Tuition Bill for Military Family Members into Law
-Ready for Hurricane Season?
-Tuition Help for Children of Fallen Soldiers
-Over $300 Million in Military Scholarships
-Exchanges Sponsor Photo Contest
-Spike in Measles Cases in Germany
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June 2006 Family News
-DoD Releases New Online Survivor’s Guide
-Soldier and Family Life Consultants
-New Feature on the Military OneSource Web Site
-Thrift Savings Plan Used as a Recruiting Incentive
-DoD Joint Services Relocation Training/Employee Relocation Conference
-Spouses to Teachers Program
-2006 Mid-Level Guard Family Action Plan Delegates Identified Top Well-Being Issues
-Army Retiree Council Reports Health Care Greatest Retiree Concern
-The Armed Services Blood Program
-Help for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Depression
-Kids of Deployed Military Parents Need Consistency
-AAFES Offers Portability to Military Spouses
-Service Member Opportunity Colleges
-Army Website Offers Transition Assistance
-TRICARE Dental Premiums Rise for Some Retirees
-Virginia Makes In-state Tuition Rates for Military Family Members the Law
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May 2006 Family News
-The GI Bill Application Process
-VIP Nominations Due 19 May 2006
-Take Advantage of Military OneSource Face-to-Face Non-medical Counseling!
-Army Spouse Employment Partnership (ASEP)
-Virtual Family Readiness Groups (vFRGs)
-New DoD Adoption Leave Policy
-Regulations on Gifts to Wounded/Injured Service Members and Families
-Anheuser-Busch Extends Free Park Visits
-Service Members and Their Families Get Online Counseling Referral
-DoD Boosts Military Childcare
-Military Friendly Schools/Scholarships
-DoD Attracts Students With Scholarships
-AAFES Recruits Military Family Members
-SAT/ACT Prep Programs Available
-Group Honors Fallen, Families
-Army Launches Virtual Gateway for Tuition Assistance
-GI Bill Top-Up Program
-DoD Program Supports Employers and Reservists
-"Phishing" Scam Targets Thrift Savings Participants
-Deployment Cycle Support Assists Deployed Personnel and Families
-DoDDS-Europe Registration for 2006-2007 School Year
-Survey Report on the Effects of Multiple Deployments on Military Families
-Passport Fees Eliminated for Some Survivors
-Pharmacy Costs Reduced
-Legal Preparation for Deployment

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April 2006 Family News
-Connecting one Army Family…One Youth at a Time
-Soldier and Family Life Consultants Help Reduce Family Stress
-Fisher House Provides 5000th Hero Miles Ticket
-April 7th Deadline to Nominate Military Times Service Members of the Year
-Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Mid-level Conferences
-Show a Special Military Family You Appreciate Them
-Military Health System Privacy Notice Available
-Beware of Fraudulent Coupons!
-In-State Tuition Bill Sent to Virginia Governor
-Scholarships Available for Wounded Service Members and Families
-What’s New in the TRICARE Dental Program?
-A New Electronic Health Campaign
-Care Teams Offer Support to Families of the Fallen
-Some Military Kids Eligible for a Free Summer Camp Experience
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March 2006 Family News
 The Very Important Patriot Award
 Public Awareness Campaign Against Domestic Violence
 Survivor Benefit Plan Special Open Enrollment Closing in September
 DoD Honored Top Guard and Reserve Family Programs for 2005
 Helping Children Cope with Grief
 Parents as Teachers Helps Military Families
 Scholarships for Military Spouses
 Communicate Your Views on TRICARE Pharmacy Recommendations
 Deployed Childcare Assistance Program
 Military Spouse Fellowship for Accredited Financial Counselor Designation
 TurboTax Available Free to Active, Guard, and Reserve Soldiers Online
 Soldier Consumer Complaints to Better Business Bureau
 Military OneSource
File Size : 64 KB | Source: wa
February 2006 Family News
 Worldwide Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Conference

 Seeking Teen Applicants for Army Teen Panel

 Army Teen Panel Accomplishments

 Army Teen Panel Website

 Commissaries Streamline Returned Check Process

 VA Provides Free Health Care to Combat Veterans

 DECA Scholarships for Military Children

 NMFA Scholarships for Military Spouses

 AER Spouse Education Program Expanded to CONUS

 DoD/VA Committee Works to Ease Issues Facing Survivors

 CinCHouse Holds First Convention for Military Families

 Promotion Points for ACS Classes

 Better Business Bureau Offers Teen Consumer Class

 Your Buddy CJ Helps Military Families with Children Handle Stress

 ACS Volunteers Give $11 Million Worth of Service to the Army

 Survey of Army Families V

 Turbo Tax Available Free on Military OneSource

 Enlisted Spouse Outreach and Training Plan

 Tips Offered for Tax Season

File Size : 81 KB | Source: FMWRC
January 2006 Family News

- Army Family Action Plan Conference and General Officer Steering Committee

- Change to ACS Regulation on FRGs out for Staffing

- Families First Moving Program Delayed

- Traumatic Injury Protection Added to SGLI

- TRICARE Reserve Select Premiums to Increase

- VA Prescription Co-Pays to Increase by $1.00

- Group Helps Pets Through Deployments

- Military Health System Enters New Era

- Post Deployment Family Resources

- Online Site to Locate Rental Housing

- CinCHouse to hold Family-Focused Conference This Month

- Need Vaccine Help?
File Size : 57 KB | Source: FMWRC
December 2005 Family News
 Centers Help Combat Veterans to Cope
 New Post Deployment Support Program
 DoD Updates TRICARE Uniform Formulary
 Impact of New Medicare Plan D on Military Beneficiaries
 Military Body Armor Recalled
 DS3 Now “Wounded Warrior Program” (AW2)
 ACS Volunteer Receives Top Humanitarian Honor
 Pennsylvania Establishes Military Family Relief Fund
 New Army Outreach Website Launched
 New Free Magazine Called “Military Brats”
 Sept. 11th Survivor Shows Generous Spirit
 AAFES New Online Outdoor Superstore
 Accelerated Benefits for High-Tech Training
 Pandemic Flu Website Launched
 USO Initiative Keeps Troops Connected
 “Help Our Troops Call Home” in December
 Military Association Offers Scholarships
 Commissary Goes “Virtual” with Online Gift Packs
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November 2005 Family News

-HQDA Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Conference Dates Changed

-Army Spouse Employment Partnership (ASEP) Welcomed Four New Partners

-FMWRC Hosted Education Summit

-The Army Commander’s Guide to Family Readiness Group (FRG) Operation Released

-The Rear Detachment Commander Online Training

-Hurricane Relief Update

-New Laws Support Military Families in North Carolina

-More Military Children Eligible for Free and Reduced Lunches

-Family Supplemental Subsistence Allowance (FSSA) and Food Stamps

-The Scholarships for Military Children Program

-Soldiers Earn Degrees and Certificates Online through eArmyU

-Tips for Sending Care Packages to Deployed Troops

-New System to Provide ID Cards for Beneficiaries 75 and Older

-Job Protection for Activated Guard and Reserve Members

-DoD Began Reimbursement for Protective Gear

-Military Families Receive Help with Credit Health and Identity Theft

-New Policy Intended to Expedite Benefits for Wounded Service Members

-New Program Recognizes Veterans’ Contributions

-VA Warns of Prescription Scam

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October 2005 Family News


- DFAS Emergency Contact Information

- Some Hurricane Katrina Emergency Contacts For Soldiers and Families

- Army Emergency Relief (AER) Available to Help Hurricane Victims

- Safe Haven Policy Change

- IRS Disaster Relief Toll-Free Number

- Beware of Hurricane Donation Scams

- Gas Shortages Hit Some AAFES Gas Stations

- Army vFRGs Go Live

- Military Child Initiative Supports School Connectedness

- Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

- New Increased GI Bill Rates for 2006

- Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) Payments for Some Rise October 1

- Childcare & Youth Programs Directory

- Free Legal Counsel for Guard Families

- Online Veteran Service Office Resources

- Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Unmet Needs Program

File Size : 70 KB | Source: FMWRC
September 2005 Family News

- Connecting Military Spouses to Jobs

- Increased Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) Coverage

- Guard Bureau Hotline Links Deployed Troops, Hurricane-Struck Families

- VA Launches Website for Surviving Spouses.

- Military Families Donate Blood.

- Some Military Families Not Eligible for TRICARE Prime Overseas

- Flier Miles for Wounded Troops

- Army Volunteer Corps Coordinators Training

- One Year Open Enrollment for Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) Announced

- Update DEERS When a Baby Arrives

- DoD Family Advocacy Policy Meeting
File Size : 66 KB | Source: FMWRC
August 2005 Family News
-Surviving Family Members Get Housing Extension
-News about Military Spouse Preference
-The Department of Defense Victim Advocate and Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Training
-Fort Rucker Army Community Service (ACS) Relocation Readiness Program Reaches Out to Help Families Relocate to Overseas Assignments.
-Army Spouse Employment Partnership (ASEP) launches website with Department of Labor
-Army Family Team Building (AFTB) Latin American (LATAM) Master Trainer Course
-Soldier and Family Life Consultants (SFLC) Gains Momentum
-Multi-Component Family Support Network (MCFSN) Update
-US Army Reserve Command Unveils Army Reserve Family Programs Web Portal.
-US Army Reserve Command Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Conference
-New Help for Severely Injured Vets
-No Pay Cuts with New BAH Guidelines

File Size : 73 KB | Source: da
July 2005 Family News


- S2S School Transition Initiative Benefits Military Students
- Travel on AMC aircraft by dependents of Reservist.
- Building Strong and Ready Families
- How do you children schools stack up?
- Sexual Assault Prevention Site Launched
- Sexual Assault Response Training
- New Book Helps Children Through Deployment
- SCRA: Know Your Rights
- Cold War Certificate Program
- DoD Surveys Servicemembers' Health
- TRICARE Benefits Enhanced for Certain Active-duty Survivors
- Beware of Scams That Target Soldier and Families
- Department of Veterans Affair Bereavement Counseling for Surviving Family Members at VHA Readjustment Counseling Service Vet Centers
- More Transition Assistance for Severely Injured Servicemembers
- Combat Stress Wearing Away at Soldiers Marriages, Divorce Rates up Sharply
File Size : 65 KB | Source: ACS HQ
June 2005 Family News


- Scholarships for Children
- DoD and VA Preparing to Implement Improved Survivor Benefits for Some.
- Panel Ups Health Care Funds
- AAFES Certificates Available
- Are You Smart About Insurance?
- University Offers Scholarships
- GAO Says DoD Must do More to Improve Military Families’ Financial Literacy
- More Military Child Care Coming to Your Community
- Department Of Defense Launches New Military Spouse Career Center Education, Training & Career Services
- House Drops Women on Bill
File Size : 54 KB | Source: ACS HQ
May 2005 Family News


- VA Centers Offer Grief Counseling to Military Families
- New Program to Improve Moving Process
- Free Admission to Anheuser-Busch Theme Parks
- Military Spouse Appreciation Day
- Rear Detachment Commander/Family Readiness Group Leader Critical Task Selection Board
- Army Restores Tuition Assistance, Offers Back Payment
- Operation Purple Summer Camp Registration Ends on May 15
- VA to Hire 50 New OIF/OEF Outreach Counselors
- New Spouse Resource
- America Supports You: The Gold Star Wives
- DOD Preparing To Begin New Sexual Assault Reporting Policy
- New Health Plan for National Guard and Reserve
- National Guard Child Care Assessment
- Army Family Action Plan General Office Steering Committee Meets
File Size : 58 KB | Source: ACS HQ
April 2005 Family News


- Military Taxes
- Spouses to Teachers Program
- A Few Good Recruits
- The Army Volunteer Corps
- Health Care Offered To Reservists
- College Fund for Children of Fallen Soldiers
- New Career Center for Military Severely Injured
- Army Asks For Longer Enlistments
- DoD Offers Subsidized Child Care for All Deployed Troops
- Army Child Care News
- AKO Supports Army Library Program
- New Policy Increases Job Opportunities for Military Spouses
File Size : 65 KB | Source: ACS HQ
March 2005 Family News


- Airport Gate Passes for Military Passenger Family Members
- Anheuser-Busch Offers Free Admission to Its Adventure Parks
- Amputee Seeks Help For Wounded
- American Airlines Extends Special Fares for Servicemembers
- Bush Proposes Death Pay Increase
- Tax Tips: Combat Zone Exclusion Facts
- States Boost Troops' Perks
- Reserve Family Readiness Award Unit Winners Announced
- Denzel Washington Visits Fisher House at Brooke Army Medical Center
- Scam Targets Families of Servicemembers Killed in Action
- Operation Enduring LAMP - Mobilizing the Bar to Provide Civil Legal Help to Military Personnel

File Size : 64 KB | Source: ACS HQ
February 2005 Family News


- FMWRC Family Programs Receives Innovative Excellence Award

- Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB)

- DoD Announces New Policy on Prevention and Response to Sexual Assault

- Reunion/Reintegration Support Program

- Spouse Battle Book Update Committee Needs Your Help

- Operation Child Care

- Changes to Common Access Cards (CAC)

- Families Receive More Support as Military Adjusts to Changing Demographics

- Army Mentorship Strategy

- DOD Adds Post Combat Counseling Session To Diagnose Long Term Trauma

- GAO Studies VA Vocational Rehabilitation Services

- Severely Injured Service Members Joint Support Operations Center

- Walter Reed Army Medical Center Employment and Transition Assistance Consortium Summit

- DoD Launches 'Healthy Choices for Life' Pilot Program

- Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Overseas Program

File Size : 75 KB | Source: ACS HQ
January 2005 Family News


- Reunion/Reintegration Support Program
- Guard Family Team Building Website Up and Running
- Selective Reenlistment Bonus Program Additions
- DOD Sponsors New Initiative To Support Military Families: "USA 4 Military Families"
- New VA Bill Lends a Hand to Spouses, Families, and Wounded
- Military W-2s Make It Easier to Determine Tax-Credit Eligibility
- Guard Triples Enlistment Bonuses
- Housing Allowance Increases
File Size : 51 KB | Source: ACS HQ
December 2004 Family News


- Families of Honor
- Worldwide AFAP Conference and GOSC Meeting Results
- Army One Source Changes Name to Military One Source
- Defense Act Increases Pay and Provides Benefits
- Wal-Mart, VFW Help Troops Stay in Touch With Home Front
- Pentagon Warns Military Bases Not to Sponsor Boy Scouts
- Soldiers’ Mental Trauma Surfacing
- Spouses Receive Special Pins for Contributions to Air Force
- Big Increases for the Reserve GI Bill
- Free Anti-Virus Software Available to DoD Employees
- Special Counsel Upholds Job-Protection Rights for Guard, Reserve
- Mail Your Overseas Christmas Packages Early

File Size : 70 KB | Source: ACS HQ
November 2004 Family News


- Families of Honor
- Army reaches out to 'Kissing Hand
- Having Trouble Getting Your Soldier’s LES or W2?
- Spouses To Teachers Program
- Officials Unveil Employment Initiative for Wounded Vets
- President Signs Tax Relief Bill Benefiting Millions of Families
- National Military Family Association (NMFA) Award Presented to Army Families
- State of Army Family Readiness Survey
- Army Deployment Health and Operational Stress Tiger Team
- Army's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program
- Annual worldwide AFAP conference convenes 15-19 Nov 04
- Army Family Well-Being Executive Council (AFWBEC) Meeting
File Size : 66 KB | Source: ACS HQ

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