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Defense officials are launching a pilot program in the fall that will help military spouses put together portfolios of education and work experience for possible college credit.
It?s part of the Defense Department?s continuing effort to improve education and career opportunities for spouses, who face issues with maintaining careers through multiple moves with their service members.
The program will help spouses get college credits that can serve as transfer credits to a college or university. These credits ?can really help expedite things and save money,? said Lee McMahon, acting program manager for DoD?s Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program, in an Aug. 18 briefing to DoD?s Military Family Readiness Council.
Defense officials wanted to provide a resource for spouses who are not eligible for the My Career Advancement Accounts program, McMahon said.
MyCAA provides financial assistance to spouses of service members in paygrades E1 to E5, O1, O2, W1 and W2 for up to $4,000 in costs for education, training, licenses and credentialing related to a portable career. But spouses who use MyCAA also are eligible for this pilot program.
The pilot is in partnership with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. The list of colleges and universities that will accept those credits is proprietary to the council and will not be available online, McMahon said.
However, spouses will have access to that list through SECO career counselors, she said, so the first step is to contact a counselor through Military OneSource at 800-342-9647. Counselors will explain the requirements, and look at the list of educational institutions to ensure spouses are not wasting their time, McMahon said.
You can read the rest of the article at Military Times. http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20140830/BENEFITS/308300055/Pilot-program-launch-help-spouses-earn-college-credit
Exchange "Lithium Ship to Store"
In response to a May, 2012 U.S. Postal Service ban on international shipments of electronics with lithium batteries, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service now has a way for overseas shoppers to get those must-have gadgets, gizmo and devices just in time for the holidays. Exchange shoppers simply go to www.shopmyexchange.com and select one of approximately 80 products with a ?Lithium Ship to Store? logo. Once items are selected, the shopper chooses the country and Exchange where they would like the item to be delivered. Customer service associates at the overseas location will contact the shopper via email when the order arrives. Orders may be picked up during regular store hours at the Customer Service desk with a valid ID and a copy of the email/order number confirmation.
United Gives Break To Pet Owners On PCS Moves
United Airlines is making an exception for military families who ship their pets on that airline when making permanent change-of-station (PCS) moves and developed a special process for military families. Under this new policy, military travelers on PCS orders will be able to ship their pets under United?s ?PetSafe? program without having to pay an additional fee to a third-party freight forwarder which typically could add an estimated $1,500 to $4,000 per pet to a traveler?s costs. Military families should contact a United PetSafe desk for details on the special process. To read further about this new pet program, please see: http://www.mmsend57.com/link.cfm?r=180191835&sid=17888828&m=1843980&u=AUSA&j=9301498&s=http://bit.ly/yhFzbz
New Reserve Component Dental Plan
National Guard and Reserve members separating from active duty after an activation of greater than 30 days in support of a contingency operation may now receive the same dental care benefits as active duty Servicemembers. The TRICARE Active Duty Dental Program (ADDP) now provides coverage to these members in the Transition Assistance Management Program (TAMP). For more details about the dental plan change, please click: http://www.mmsend57.com/link.cfm?r=180191835&sid=17888821&m=1843980&u=AUSA&j=9301498&s=http://bit.ly/wIze3i
The new Resilience App features many resources to help Soldiers, Army civilians and family members optimize performance, build strong minds and bodies, and develop better coping mechanisms for traumatic events. The tool emphasizes setting and reaching personal goals within Comprehensive Soldier Fitness. Videos, web links and practical exercises are included in the training and education package. The Resilience App is available for download at the App Store and iTunes. An Android version is expected out sometime in early July. For more about this app or all of the military fitness information you need, from news to workouts, please click http://www.military.com/military-fitness/
The military mortuary at http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/2010-01-05-dover-war-causualties-family-center_N.htm, where U.S. war casualties from overseas are brought home, will open a new facility to serve families who travel there to witness the return of their loved ones' remains. The Center for Families of the Fallen will be staffed by counselors and support specialists who will assist families awaiting the return of their loved ones to the nation's largest military mortuary. Families also will be able to meet with casualty assistance officers who are assigned to them. Officials said the new center will be more convenient both for families and mortuary officials than the space now shared by the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Center at Dover with the base's active duty and reserve wings. To read the complete article, please go to:
With an emphasis on healing through sharing stories, tears and laughter, the American Widow Project (AWP) a non-profit organization is dedicated to military widows, has produced a 75-minute documentary film that gives a candid look into the stories, struggles and perseverance of six military widows. The film is distributed free-of-charge to all military widows and widowers as a key to the healing process. For more information, please visit: http://americanwidowproject.org or call 1-800-AWP-Widow.