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Latest Updates for Military Families

 MAY, JUNE AND JULY ARE THE MOST PATRIOTIC MONTHS OF THE YEAR!

The photos below are full of ideas to help you and your children host a fun and patriotic event for:

Memorial Day   Flag Day   Independence Day    Homecomings


This is a great project for the older children.  Using blue scrapbooking paper cut the rounds with scalloped edges. Print out the center rounds, cut and glue onto the blue rounds.  Glue these to toothpicks and you have some fun, exciting cupcake picks or danish picks.  The little foil picks can be purchased from local Dollar Tree stores or you can make them using scrapbooking paper and curl them with a pencil, glue to toothpicks and you're done.


Kids can help with this project.  Varied sizes of glass vases purchased at thrift stores make great centerpieces with gumballs (orientaltrading.com has a great variety) and flags are available at Dollar Tree Stores for just $1 each or at WalMarts, Hobby Lobby, etc.  Layer the gumballs and insert the flaqs!

Super easy and Super cute!  Bandanas are available at WalMarts and Dollar Tree Stores for just $1 each. Tie them with pieces of 6" length star ribbon and you have an adorable and patriotic napkin ring.

 

Using bandanas for the the garland, and also for the "placemats" a sand bucket filled with garden flowers, and metal buckets or even sand pails with patriotic stickers makes for a fun patriotic table set up.

 

 Sesame Street Connects

Through a partnership with the Department of Defense (DoD) and Military OneSource, the Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, wants to help parents and children communicate with a program called "Talk, Listen, Connect," a bilingual educational outreach initiative designed for military families and their young children to share. The resources that are available for parents consist of a bilingual (English/Spanish) multimedia kit with DVDs starring Muppets from Sesame Street, print materials and American Greeting postcards featuring Sesame Street characters for parents and their children to stay connected. The kit materials are available free online at: http://www.mmsend57.com/link.cfm?r=180191835&sid=17888825&m=1843980&u=AUSA&j=9301498&s=http://archive.sesameworkshop.org/tlc/, or on the Military Families Near and Far website located at: http://www.mmsend57.com/link.cfm?r=180191835&sid=17888826&m=1843980&u=AUSA&j=9301498&s=http://www.familiesnearandfar.org/login/.

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Dempsey: Military Families Take Care of Each Other

Caring about military families comes naturally to the wife of the nation?s top military officer. She?s been an Army spouse for nearly 36 years, and their three children have served in the Army. Since October 1, when Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey became the 18th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Deanie Dempsey?s full time job has been to communicate in every way she can with military families about topics that affect them. Dempsey calls being a military spouse, especially as the wife of the nation?s top military officer, a full-time job. As Dempsey supports the general in his hectic schedule of work and travel and communicates with military families to share her strength and experience, she continues an ancient tradition among military families to look out for each other. To learn more, please go to: http://www.mmsend57.com/link.cfm?r=180191835&sid=17289629&m=1737443&u=AUSA&j=8724393&s=http://1.usa.gov/Av11Ay

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Biden Writes Children's Book on Deployment

Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, has written a children?s book to raise awareness among Americans, particularly children, of military families? challenges during deployment. The illustrated children?s book titled ?Don?t Forget, Nana, God Bless Our Troops? will be released in June. Biden tells the story from the perspective of their granddaughter, Natalie. She traces Natalie?s journey from coping with her father?s absence to finding support from community members, including teachers and neighbors. Biden recalled an evening spent at her granddaughter?s house. She read Natalie a few bedtime stories, and then they said their prayers. ?God bless Mommy and Daddy,? they said together. ?And then, I was turning out the light and Natalie said, ?Don?t forget, Nana, God bless our troops.? To read this article in its entirety, please go to: http://www.mmsend57.com/link.cfm?r=180191835&sid=17289633&m=1737443&u=AUSA&j=8724393&s=http://1.usa.gov/ymsoQs

TriWest Families 'Go Green'

Many beneficiaries with TriWest Healthcare Alliance, the Department of Defense contractor that manages the 21-state TRICARE West Region healthcare program, have chosen in droves to receive their healthcare statements in paperless form, surging past the 1 million mark in August. TriWest's "Go Green" program offers paperless options for referrals and authorizations, and fee statements. For more information, visit the TriWest Go Green webpage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New eMarine Website

III Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Bases Japan are among the first to launch unit pages on eMarine at http://www.emarine.org/, a subscription-based website to provide Marines, family members and commands a safer way to share information. The Marine Corps hopes to have all family readiness officers (FROs) trained to use the site by the end of September, As soon as the site is built by the FRO, the commander can begin to invite Marines and their family members to subscribe on the eMarine website at http://www.emarine.org/. For more information, contact your base family readiness officer and visit the eMarine website at http://www.emarine.org/.

Defense Finance and Accounting Service Revamps Website

Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) officials introduced a redesigned website on 21 April to give the Defense Department?s (DoD) workforce easier, quicker access to the information they need.  The redesigned site at http://www.dfas.mil has a clean, streamlined look with an improved, more intuitive navigation system to help DFAS?s more than 6 million customers, including military personnel, civilian employees, contractors, vendors, retirees and annuitants, access popular features more quickly.  The new site features links across the top of the home page for each category of people DFAS serves.  A ?how to? section composed of links down the left side of the page provides easy access for military customers to find travel pay information, pay tables, information on correcting military records and other services as well.  To read this article in full, please go to: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=63653


The Initiative for Military Families

The Initiative for Military Families is a pace-setting, new program that provides college-level math and science courses for students of military families.  The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) launched the first phase of the Initiative for Military Families (IMF) this school year.  Working in partnership with the Military Child Education Coalition and the Military Impacted Schools Association, NMSI?s goal is to provide a vigorous advanced placement program in math, science and English for high schools serving military bases in the U.S.   Thanks to generous support from Lockheed Martin Corporation, the program was launched in the fall  of 2010 in two high schools near Fort Hood in Texas and two high schools near Fort Campbell in Kentucky.  By this spring, the number of schools had multiplied seven times and the NMSI program was recognized and saluted during two White House events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soldiers Should Update EFMP Records

Soldiers should ensure information for family members enrolled in the Army's Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) remains current by updating their records at least every three years or when health conditions change. When Soldiers who have family members enrolled in EFMP and are nominated for assignments, HRC career managers coordinate with gaining commands and use the information to determine whether medical services are available for the EFMP member. For more information, visit the Exceptional Family Member Program website at: https://www.myarmyonesource.com/familyprogramsandservices/familyprograms/exceptionalfamilymemberprogram/default.aspx


DoD Settles on Cost Index for TRICARE Fee Hikes

According to a briefing on Friday 29 April, the Defense Deaprtment (DoD) plans on connecting future TRICARE fee increases to a medical care cost index, which has typically increased by an average of 6.4 percent a year over the past 25 years, but rose just 3.1 percent last year.  The Pentagon developed a plan which is still pending, where the National Health Expenditure (NHE) Index, produced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, would be used beginning in 2013 to determine annual enrollment fee increases in TRICARE Prime for working-age military retirees and their families.  The idea of linking TRICARE fees to annual increases in average health care costs is not new because Pentagon officials had announced in January that they planned to do this, but until now, had not indicated what medical cost index they would use.  To read this article in its entirety, please go to: http://www.armytimes.com/news/2011/04/military-tricare-fee-increases-042911w/.  For an overview and related data to the NHE, please click: http://www.cms.gov/NationalHealthExpendData/01_Overview.asp


TRICARE Covers Allergy Tests

TRICARE beneficiaries are eligible to receive care for the testing and treatment of conditions relating to allergies. TRICARE covers prescription medication approved by the FDA and allergy treatments administered by allergists, but it does not cover most over-the-counter medications. To see if a medication is covered by TRICARE, use the online formulary search tool at: http://www.pec.ha.osd.mil/ . For more information about allergies, visit the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases website at: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/Pages/default.aspx  or for more information on the allergy services TRICARE offers or how to arrange care, visit the TRICARE website at: http://www.tricare.mil/mybenefit/allergy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert L. Gordon III, Deputy Assistance Secretary of Defense (Military Community and Family Policy)

Support for Special-Needs Families During a Move
For more, visit the blog post of Robert L. Gordon III, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Military Community and Family Policy)

As we all know, moving is integral part of military life. Sometimes when it seems that we?re finally settling in to our new home and community, it?s time to break out the boxes again, say goodbye to friends, and start anew. While frequent moves are just one of the aspects of military life that have helped us learn how to be resilient, moving can still be a frantic and emotion-filled time, and especially so for a military family with special needs.

There are numerous resources that can help our special needs families and the first and most important step to getting help is enrolling in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP).

 

Joining Forces

Joining Forces is a national initiative that mobilizes all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned.  Learn more about MC&FP's support for Joining Forces.

MC&FP Weekly Tips

From tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle for the whole family, to increasing financial fitness through smart fiscal decisions, the Military OneSource and MC&FP Office of Family Policy/Children and Youth tips of the week can help service and family members achieve their goals.

About MC&FP Programs

Communications

The mission of the Office of Strategic Outreach is to ensure that critical and timely information reaches service providers, military leaders, service members and their families. The OC developed and maintains the MilitaryHOMEFRONT, the official Military Community and Family Policy website for program and policy information. The MilitaryHOMEFRONT provides quick access to programs, benefits and policies for service members and their families, leaders, and service providers. Additionally, the OC maintains two popular applications - Plan My Move and MilitaryINSTALLATIONS, and a social networking application called HOMEFRONTConnections. In addition, Regional Joint Services Family Assistance Workshops are conducted for Installation service providers assisting active duty service members and their families and family and community service providers for the National Guard and Reserve. The goals of the workshop are to increase outreach to families, introduce new on-line tools available through MilitaryHOMEFRONT and Military OneSource and share exciting information about new DoD programs and services designed to better meet the needs of families. The OC provides policy support, conducts oversight and generates special initiatives for the Exceptional Family Member Program and the Relocation Assistance Program.

Finally, the OC publishes the MC&FP eMagazine and responds to questions and comments submitted by its readers.

Defense Commissary Agency

The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA), with headquarters at Fort Lee, Virginia, operates a world-wide system of commissary stores as an integral element of the military pay and benefits package for members of the uniformed services on active duty, members of the Reserve Components, retired members, and others authorized by law or regulation.  An income benefit is provided to service members and their families through savings on purchases of food and household products and services, at cost, plus a 5 percent surcharge.  The member-paid surcharge annually provides almost $300 million, which is used to replace, renovate, repair, and maintain existing stores, and purchase equipment.  DeCA operates 252 commissary stores on military installations worldwide and annually conducts more than 150 on-site sales events at Guard and Reserve locations around the nation - taking a limited commissary benefit to those not located near a brick and mortar commissary.  Military families save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices - savings that are worth nearly $4,400 annually for a family of four that consistently shops their commissary.  A core military family support element, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America's military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country. 

Department of Defense Education Activity

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) plans, directs, coordinates, and manages the education programs for Department of Defense (DoD) dependents who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education. DoDEA consists of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) located overseas, and the Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) located in the United States and its territories and possessions. DoDEA operates 192 schools in 14 districts located in 12 foreign countries, seven states, Guam, and Puerto Rico.  All schools within DoDEA are fully accredited by U.S. accreditation agencies. Approximately 8,700 educators serve more than 84,000 DoDEA students.  Visit the DoDEA and Military K-12 Partners websites for more information.

Family Advocacy

The Family Advocacy Program (FAP) is the DoD social services program at every installation with command-sponsored families to address child abuse and domestic abuse in the military community. FAP promotes public awareness and prevention, early identification, reporting, comprehensive and coordinated safety planning and support to victims, and treatment for all family members when appropriate, in collaboration with civilian agencies. The OSD FAP office provides policy and budget support, conducts oversight, and generates special initiatives for Service FAPs. It provides annual aggregate FAP data about family violence in the military community, conducts annual summits of Service reviews of family violence-related fatalities, and, as needed, leads a joint-Service team to assist installations with multiple victim child sexual abuse cases in out-of-home care.

Family Policy and Children and Youth

Our mission is to build the capacity of military service members and their families to successfully master personal and family life responsibilities while meeting the demands of military service. We accomplish our mission by working with the Military Services to develop and maintain a robust network of family support and establishing and monitoring the execution of policies governing family support programs and services. Our efforts encompass oversight for child development programs operating at more than 300 locations worldwide and serving 400,000 children birth through age 18 daily; services and support for geographically dispersed service members and families in all states and territories; youth financial readiness services and tools that promote financial literacy and well-being; education programs that build skills for individual and family life development; and partnerships with federal and non-federal entities to augment support for service members and their families.

Military OneSource 

To weather the demands of military life, service members and their families need ready access to a wide variety of resources and support. In an increasingly technological and mobile world, MilitaryOneSource.com offers support 24/7, telephonically as well as online. (Call Military OneSource at 1-800-342-9647, or visit http://www.militaryonesource.com/). 

Services provided by the Military OneSource Call Center and website include:

  • Military Family Life Consultants
  • Outreach Counseling
  • TroopTube Social Network
  • YMCA Memberships
  • Regional Workshops
  • Joint Family Support Assistance Program
  • Blog with Families

 

Military Promotes Gulf Seafood in its Commissaries

Launching a new initiative to buy more domestic produce, The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) has purchased upward of 30,000 pounds of Gulf seafood in the past few months, by far the majority from the Emeril label.  So far, 72 of the military?s 249 commissaries, which are grocery stores that sell only to military personnel and their families, have begun selling the seafood.  The policy helps the Gulf seafood market which was damaged by the oil spill and is also a step toward increasing and promoting domestic catch nationally.  In doing so, the military apparently has cast aside concerns about the safety of seafood caught in waters tainted by the BP disaster in April.  Military officials acknowledged that some commissary customers have been nervous about the new Gulf seafood offerings because of the oil spill, but it appears customers are becoming accustomed to the Gulf fare.  To learn more, please go to: http://www.mmsend57.com/link.cfm?r=180191835&sid=12495802&m=1249906&u=AUSA&s=http://www.ausa.org/resources/familyprograms/resources/InternetResources/Pages/MilitarySpouseEducationEmployment.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family Global Assessment Tool (GAT) Log 0n Alternate Procedure

The Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program represents the Army?s investment in the readiness of the force and the quality of life for our Soldiers, Family members, and Army Civilians, to provide the critical skills they need to take care of themselves, their families, and their teammates.  Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) has developed an easier method for family members to log on to the Soldier Fitness Tracker to use the Family Global Assessment Tool (GAT).  Family Members must be registered in DEERS and can use their social security number to establish an account. Taking the Family GAT can be done from any computer with an internet connection. To use the Family GAT, please go to: http://www.mmsend57.com/link.cfm?r=180191835&sid=12428551&m=1244520&u=AUSA&s=https://www.sft.army.mil/SFTFamily

 

New Study: NAMI Family Education "Significantly" Improves Coping With Mental Illness

Family-to-Family is a free 12-week self-help course offered by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in which trained instructors who have family members living with mental illness teach coping and supportive skills to other persons with family members diagnosed with major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or other conditions. NAMI's Family-to-Family program, which is offered in some VA facilities, offers concrete, practical benefits and demonstrates the value of free, community-based self-help. The classes combine an instructional curriculum with a support group environment. According to a study published in the current issue of Psychiatric Services, NAMI's Family-to-Family Education program "significantly" improves coping and problem-solving abilities of family members of individuals living with mental illness. To read more about the program, please go to: http://www.mmsend57.com/link.cfm?r=180191835&sid=14114628&m=1404633&u=AUSA&j=5790765&s=http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Family-to-Family&Template=/TaggedPage/TaggedPageDisplay.cfm&TPLID=4&ContentID=32973

 

                                                   

 We know it isn't easy to be a parent these days and when you add a military lifestyle to the mix it can be hard for both the children and their parents.  Our goal with this page is to bring you information that will help military families and their children to cope with all that being a military child entails.  You will find information and links to various organizations that assist children in dealing with deployments, grief counseling along with information for the family to share when it comes time to have some fun.  Recipes, low cost party themes/ideas and other fun family projects will be presented here to help keep the lines of communication open between you and your child (or grandchild!).

 Program Helps Children with Homecomings

At Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., the Army Community Service has taken the popular puppet show “Sgt. Rocky’s Neighborhood,” which prepares children for deployment, at a new level, to help them cope with homecomings, too. Read about this great program in “Reintegration: ACS Puppet Program Prepares Children for Homecoming.”  For more information, click here: http://www.mmsend57.com/link.cfm?r=180191835&sid=11405586&m=1165408&u=AUSA&s=http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=61634

Mental Health Visits Rise as Parent Deploys

Young children in military families are about 10 percent more likely to see a doctor for a mental difficulty when a parent is deployed than when the parent is home, researchers are reporting Monday in the most comprehensive study to date of such families’ use of health insurance during wartime. The study analyzed the health records of 642,397 children ages 3 to 8 with parents in the military. It compared the frequency of health visits from 2006 to 2007 when a parent was deployed with those when the parent was home. The researchers found that the children saw a doctor or other health professional about six times a year and about once every two years for a mental health reason. During deployment of a parent, however, the visit rate dropped by about 11 percent for physical problems but rose by 11 percent for psychological complaints. To read this article in its entirety, follow the link: http://www.mmsend57.com/link.cfm?r=180191835&sid=11405587&m=1165408&u=AUSA&s=http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/08/us/08child.html 

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 Sesame Street DVDs help children at all levels deal with parents deployments

http://www.sesameworkshop.org/initiatives/emotion/tlc/deployments

 

 Military-connected Schools Benefit from Grants

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) awarded more than $38 million in grants this year to public schools serving military children across the nation. Officials awarded the grants to 32 military-connected school districts to boost student achievement and ease the challenges associated with military life, including deployments and frequent transitions. Grant recipients serve about 190,000 students, with at least 37,000 students from military families, and cater to communities near more than 30 military installations. To find out more, go to: http://www.mmsend57.com/link.cfm?r=180191835&sid=11405588&m=1165408&u=AUSA&s=http://www.army.mil/-news/2010/11/07/47778-military-connected-schools-benefit-from-grants/index.html 
 

 

 

Poll: Troops' Kids Feel War Toll

Troubled children add to a growing list of war strain issues that military families, particularly in the Army, are currently struggling with. Six out of 10 U.S. military children have increased levels of fear and anxiety when a parent is sent to war, according to a survey of more than 13,000 military spouses of active duty Servicemembers. The Pentagon’s survey results of the effects of war on children were tabulated early this year and released to USA Today. The survey had a margin of error of +/-4 percentage points. Army documents show that 600,000 active duty Soldiers have deployed once since 2001 and 110,000 have gone twice, and 38,000 have been deployed 3 times. The stress of deployment is a pressing issue for military families and will be addressed at this year’s Association of the US Army’s Family Programs Military Family Forums. To read the complete article, follow the link: http://www.magnet101.com/ls.cfm?r=180191835&sid=6929591&m=771430&u=AUSA&s=http://www.armytimes.com/news/2009/06/ap_military_kids

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INFORMATION FOR MILITARY CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES

 The American Association of School Administrators

Some two million U.S. military children have had one or both parents deployed since 2001. Understanding the challenges facing military families and the resources available to assist military children -- is essential to meeting their unique educational needs. The American Association of School Administrators has released a toolkit on Supporting the Military Child to help school leaders meet the needs of children whose parents are deployed or in transition. This free, online resource is available on the AASA website at http://www.mmsend57.com/ls.cfm?r=180191835&sid=8051126&m=876447&u=AUSA&s=http://www.aasa.org/MilitaryChild.aspx

 

  

Operation Purple Program

Together we're stronger

Urgent!! We need your help to continue the Operation Purple Program for kids who have a mom or dad at war. Click here to donate to our Operation Purple Program.

When you hear "Operation Purple camp" you should think: Kids Serve Too! The National Military Family Association's Operation Purple camps are a time for having fun, making friends, and reminding military kids that they are the Nation's youngest heroes.

The Operation Purple program was created in 2004 to fill a need identified by military parents to "help us help our kids." The mission of the Operation Purple program is to empower military children and their families to develop and maintain healthy and connected relationships, in spite of the current military environment.

Sesame Workshops “When Families Grieve” recently received a nomination for "Outstanding Children's Nonfiction Program.” The film features popular Sesame Street characters and depicts kids who have lost a parent.  Viewers indicate that it often opens the door for discussions regarding their real life situations and encourages their children to express their feelings. Sylvia Kidd, Director of AUSA Family Programs is an advisor to the Sesame Workshop on the Talk, Look, Listen, Connect series. For more information on the Sesame Street Workshop’s initiatives for military families, go to: http://www.mmsend57.com/ls.cfm?r=180191835&sid=10140425&m=1062742&u=AUSA&s=http://www.sesameworkshop.org or to order a DvD go to the AUSA Family Programs webpage at: http://www.mmsend57.com/ls.cfm?r=180191835&sid=10140426&m=1062742&u=AUSA&s=http://www.ausa.org

 

 

 

The official Department of Defense web site for reliable Quality of Life information designed to help troops and their families, leaders and service providers. Whether you live the military lifestyle or support those who do, you'll find what you need.  http://www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil/


 

Whether its help with child care, personal finances, emotional support during deployments, relocation information, or resources needed for special circumstances, Military OneSource is there for military personnel and their families... 24/7/365! http://www.militaryonesource.com/

(items below are courtesy of Army OneSource)

  • Operation: Military Kids (OMK) offers school age military kids fun, educational and recreational activities. Military kids can attend OMK Camps and activities to connect with other military youth, attend Mobile Technology Lab events to learn new skills and use technology to stay connected to their deployed parents. They can also join their state’s Speak Out for Military Kids Speakers Bureau to be an advocate for military kids in their community or throughout the state. To find out more about OMK in your state go to http://www.operationmilitarykids.org/ (opens new window) click on “state information” and click your state to see what programs are offered in your area, or you can email support@operationmilitarykids.org.
  • National Volunteer Week was established by President Nixon in 1974. The Month of the Military Child provides an outstanding opportunity to include recognition of Army children and youth, who give back so much to their communities, in Installation Volunteer Week ceremonies. The Army has partnered for many years with the Points of Light Foundation in support of National Volunteer Week. Information about the Points of Light National Volunteer Week program can be found at http://www.pointsoflight.org/signature-events-and-series (opens new window).
    • Kids – Volunteer at your Garrison through the Promise Passport program! Promise Passport is open to all Army children that are registered with CYS Services! To get involved, contact the Child Development Center Director, School Age Director or the Youth Services Director at your Garrison. Use these volunteer opportunities to get started! (PDF 110KB, 2pp)

    Garrisons:

    US Army logoTo find out more about what is going on at a Garrison near you, visit their web page. On the Find CYS Services Near You page, click on any state or country to link to Garrison web pages in that location.

     

     

    National Guard:

    National Guard logoTo find out more about events near you, contact your National Guard State Youth Coordinator. Find your State Youth Coordinator selecting “Family Program Team” on the “Local Community Resources Finder” page of the National Guard Family Programs site (opens new window). To find National Guard events in OMK States, click on any state from the OMK States Page (opens new window).

     

    Army Reserve:

    Army Reserve logoTo find out more about events near you, visit the Month of the Military Child page of the Army Reserve Family Programs website (opens new window). Personnel may also obtain local/state specific MOMC information by sending and inquiry to arcys@usar.army.mil. To find Army Reserve events in OMK States, click on any state from the OMK States Page (opens new window).

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    The Military Child Education Coalition

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    A 501(c)(3) non-profit, world-wide organization, the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)'s work is focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition. To view the MCEC's Performance Report: Ten Years of Excellence Serving Military Children, click here.

    The Military Child Education Coalition is proud to partner with many wonderful organizations, including  The USAA Educational Foundation.

    In their own words, The USAA Educational Foundation is "a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization that provides consumer information to the military community and the general public..." Click here to find out more about The USAA Educational Foundation.

    For a complete list of the MCEC's partners, click here.

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