Happy Holidays, NDW!

Our FamilyLine volunteers were honored to participate in the 2013 Naval District Washington Holiday Season Greeting. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

New Year’s Resolution: Focus on Education

If your resolution for 2014 is to focus on your education, you should know there are a ton of resources out there to help you achieve your goals.

National Military Family Association Scholarship
The mission of this scholarship program is to help prepare military spouses for meaningful employment and to better contribute to their family’s financial security.

Anchor Scholarship Foundation
For dependants of qualified surface Navy members.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Apply for federal and state financial aid.

Navy Marine Corps Relief Society
A variety of scholarships and education assistance is available to active duty service members and their dependents.

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOCNAV)
Degree programs for Navy Sailors and their spouses.

You can find more information about Education and Scholarships on our Resources page.

New Year’s Resolution: Learn More About Navy Life

Traci, our COMPASS Admin, has been working hard to prepare materials for classes in 2014.

As you contemplate resolutions for 2014, consider joining us at COMPASS to learn more about the Navy lifestyle. Whether you are new to the Navy or a seasoned spouse, there is something for everyone at COMPASS.

New spouses benefit from information and resources provided about moving, finances, deployment, benefits, and more. COMPASS allows new spouses to ask questions in a safe environment, free of judgement and rank. More importantly, COMPASS provides new spouses with a peer network for support and friendship as they begin their Navy journey.

COMPASS is like a refresher for seasoned spouses who are more familiar with the challenges of Navy life but would like to keep up-to-date on changes to policies and programs. Seasoned spouses also have the opportunity to pass along their experiences to new spouses eager to learn. We have all wished there was SOMETHING someone had told us early on in our Navy journey - COMPASS allows us to share those things with other spouses.

January session dates have already been posted. To attend a class in your area, visit www.gocompass.org/ to register.

We are also excited to offer spouses in Great Lakes, Annapolis, and Newport an introduction to COMPASS called “Setting Sail.” This is a three-hour class designed to accommodate fiances and spouses of Sailors attending schools in these areas. Register now!

The Season of Giving

Naval Services FamilyLine is proud to be participating in #GivingTuesday, a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners - charities, families, businesses and individuals - to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.

We hope on this #GivingTuesday you feel inspired to take collaborative action to improve your local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes you celebrate and help create a better world.

Consider designating your CFC Pledge to Naval Services FamilyLine - CFC # 71112. Or, visit our donation page to send a donation by PayPal or snail mail.

Military Family Appreciation Month

Each year the President of the United States recognizes the many sacrifices made by our military families by officially proclaiming November to be “Military Family Appreciation Month.”

Military families exemplify the courage and resolve that define our national character. For their country and their loved ones, they rise to the challenges of multiple deployments and frequent moves—spouses who care and provide for children in their partners’ absence, kids who make new friends and leave known comforts behind. They are the force behind the force, patriots who support their family members in uniform while enriching the communities they call home.

Businesses and organizations around the country use this proclamation as an opportunity to honor our military families with much appreciated discounts and special events. As a community, we also have an opportunity to celebrate each other for our strength, resiliency, and commitment to our country, service members, and fellow spouses. No one knows more than a fellow spouse how difficult - and how amazing - this life can be. Take this opportunity to share your experiences and knowledge with others. Volunteer with a spouse club or organization or join us at COMPASS!

2013 Holiday Mailing Deadlines

The holiday season is quickly approaching and for those of us with loved ones deployed or stationed overseas, the shipping deadlines are just around the corner. To ensure your packages arrive before the holidays, ship parcel post items before November 12th. And remember, all mail addressed to FPO/APO addresses must use the full nine-digit zip code.

For mail addressed to:
APO/FPO/DPO AE zips 090-098 (except 093); AA zips 340; AP zips 962-966
Express Mail: Dec. 17
First-Class Mail (letters/cards and priority mail): Dec. 10
Parcel Airlift Mail: Dec. 3
Space Available Mail: Nov. 26
Parcel Post: Nov. 12

Express mail Military Service: N/A
First-Class Mail (letters/cards and priority mail): Dec. 3
Parcel Airlift Mail: Dec. 3
Space Available Mail: Nov. 26
Parcel Post: Nov. 12

For mail addressed from all shore FPOs (except 093)
Express Mail Military Service: Dec. 17
First-Class Mail (letters/cards and priority mail): Dec. 10
Parcel Airlift Mail: Dec. 3
Space Available Mail: Nov. 26

For more information, visit www.navy.mil.

Thank You!

Thank you to MilitaryOneClickMilitary One Click for inviting us to take part in their monthly Charity Challenge and thank you to our fans and supporters for voting. It was a close race that made for an exciting month here at FamilyLine and we are honored to have been included.

Bravo Zulu to our competition, OutServe and Train a Dog, Save a Warrior, both outstanding organizations serving our military community.

Give Back with MilitaryOneClick

MilitaryOneClickEach month MilitaryOneClick hosts a “Charity Challenge” to bring awareness to military-focused organizations and calls on visitors to help them decide which charity should receive their monthly donation. This month Naval Services FamilyLine is honored to be included in the challenge.

To show your support, visit militaryoneclick.com/give-back-military-charities and vote for Naval Services FamilyLine.

Military Spouse Employment Survey

The Military Officers Association of America is currently seeking military spouses to take part in a Military Spouse Employment Survey. This survey will enable MOAA to identify career development barriers and allow them to share this information with government officials. The survey is anonymous and open to all military spouses - active, reserve, and retired.

Military spouses face many challenges to both employment and career advancement as a result of the military lifestyle. This imperative study will look at the employment pattern of all military spouses, especially related to a spouse’s long-term career trajectory. By adding YOUR voice, we can build a stronger foundation for military spouses’ professional needs, identify any barriers to career development and share YOUR stories with government officials, state, and federal policy makers in order to overcome obstacles and improve the quality of life for our service members and families.

The survey takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and can be accessed at www.moaa.org/milspousesurvey/.

Show Your Support!

Show your support for the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) by wearing Red, White and Blue Friday, Sept. 27!!!

The CFC is the largest and most successful workplace fundraising campaign in the world. Over the past 50 years, the CFC has raised $7 billion to help neighbors in need around the corner, across the nation and throughout the world.

The Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA) is the local campaign for federal employees in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Please consider supporting Naval Services FamilyLine this year.

Naval Services FamilyLine makes it possible to help military families. You can make it possible, too, by designating us through the CFC.
Our designation number is 71112.

Naval Services FamilyLine (NSFL) is THE source for mentoring Sea Service Families since 1965.  Experienced spouses volunteer to mentor others through programs such as the COMPASS course, Command Spouse training, the Guideline series, and the CORE Library.

You can find NSFL support, classes and materials anywhere in the world. Search our website at www.NSFamilyLine.org or call us at 877-673-7773.

An online CFC pledge option is now available for donors through the MyPay website.

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