The end of summer on many bases means a pooch party at the pool. Before draining the water for the season, MWR allows our four-legged family members to enjoy a dip or work on their tan. Check with your local MWR office for upcoming events.
The USAA Educational Foundation offers families a wide range of educational materials on topics important to military families, including this video on cybersecurity.
The Chief Petty Officer board for active duty sailors convened this week and the quotas are out. Over 16,000 First Class Petty Officers are board eligible this year and almost 4,000 will be selected for Chief.
Advancement quotas by rating can be found at All Hands.
The Microsoft Home Use Program (HUP) is an option for Military and Government Employees to purchase Microsoft Office at a reduced rate and is authorized for personal use on a home computer. To get started, eligible service members must visit /www.microsofthup.com and enter in their work email address. Next, click the link that says “Don’t Know Your Program Code? Click Here.” and follow the instructions. The cost to download Microsoft® Office Professional Plus 2013 or Office Home and Business 2011 for Mac is $9.95 plus tax.
Military OneSource provides access to an online tax filing service at no cost to you. The service allows you to complete and electronically file your federal and up to three state tax returns or filings. Your calculations are guaranteed to be 100 percent accurate or the online tax service provider will pay the penalties and interest.
To learn more - and take advantage of this free service - visit ww.militaryonesourceeap.org.
The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) has been serving Sailors, Marines, and their families for 110 years and is probably the first organization you think of when faced with an emergency financial situation. But they also provide free workshops to help new parents plan for the financial impact of a baby. In the “Budget for Baby” workshop, parents will learn about the expenses they should prepare for and where to find the best prices on supplies and necessities, like diapers and formula.
At the workshop, you’ll receive a Junior Sea Bag, which includes layette items like crib sheets, onesies, and a baby blanket handmade by a Society volunteer. The free gift has an $80 value.
Parents will also learn how to develop a family budget and will have the opportunity to sign up for free one-on-one financial assistance and counseling. This class is a great way to meet other expectant Navy and Marine Corps parents.
In the workshop, you’ll also learn how you may receive a visit from a Society nurse after your baby comes home. The nurse can answer any questions you might have about caring for your baby.
Budget for Baby workshops are open to:
- Active duty or retired Sailors and Marines
- Eligible family members with a military ID card
- Surviving spouses
- Reservist on extended active duty of 30 days or more
Visit www.nmcrs.org for more information.
One common misconception among military families is that they need approval from TRICARE to seek emergency care. You do not need authorization for emergency care before receiving treatment. If you are enrolled in TRICARE Prime, TRICARE Prime Remote, TRICARE Prime Overseas, TRICARE Prime Remote Overseas or the TRICARE Young Adult-Prime Option, you must contact your primary care manager within 24 hours or the next business day after you receive emergency care.
If you or a family member experience any of the following symptoms, call 911 or go to the ER immediately:
- Chest pain or pressure
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Sudden or severe pain
- Coughing or vomiting blood
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Sudden dizziness, weakness, or changes in vision
- Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
- Changes in mental status, such as confusion
Urgent care, however, is not the same as emergency care. Urgent Care is used to treat a condition that doesn’t threaten life, limb or eyesight, but needs attention before it becomes a serious risk to health. (i.e. high fever, sprained ankle). In that case you should make a “same day” appointment with your primary care physician, family doctor or urgent care clinic for urgent care services.
TRICARE Prime, TRICARE Prime Remote, TRICARE Prime Overseas, TRICARE Prime Remote Overseas, TRICARE Young Adult-Prime enrollees should visit your primary care manager (PCM) for all urgent care. If you can’t see your PCM, you must have a referral for urgent care. If you get urgent care from another provider without a referral from your PCM, you’ll be using the point-of-service option.
You can learn more about covered services, including emergency and urgent care, at http://www.tricare.mil/CoveredServices/SeeWhatsCovered.
The Defense Commissary Agency used their Facebook page to announce a policy change regarding coupons and special orders. This change will limit special orders for large quantities and limit returns of “unreasonable” quantities to discourage patrons from purchasing items for resale or excessive monetary refunds. The change will also prohibit shoppers from having multiple or split transactions with coupon “overage.”
According to the DECA website commissaries “redeemed nearly 100 million coupons in fiscal 2013 for a customer savings of about $91 million. DeCA ranked sixth among U.S. retailers in coupon redemptions in fiscal 2012.”
Visit the DECA Facebook page for more information at www.facebook.com/YourCommissary.
A recent survey conducted by the Military Officers Association of America and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University revealed that 90% of military spouses are underemployed, meaning that they are more educated or more experienced (or both!) than their current position requires. 45% of respondents reported difficulty in finding work that matched their skill or education level or their schedules. While these numbers are discouraging, there are many resources available to help military spouses find meaningful employment, including the ones listed below.
Career One Stop
Tools to help job seekers, students, businesses and career professionals.
Military Spouses’ Corporate Career Network (MSCCN)
MSCCN is a non-profit organization that offers no-cost services to all military-affiliated spouses, retired military spouses and caregivers to war wounded heroes.
Military Spouse Employment Partnership
MSEP is a targeted recruitment and employment solution for spouses and companies that connects military spouses with employers seeking the essential 21st century workforce skills and attributes they possess.
USAJOBS is the U.S. Government’s official system/program for Federal jobs and employment information.
The Family Employment Readiness Program (FERP) provides workshops to help spouses plan a career, launch a job search, write the resume, learn interview techniques, find information on federal employment, conduct self-assessments, set goals and even take vocational tests. FERP also offers computer tutorial programs to help spouses build technical skills. Learn more about FERP at www.ffsp.navy.mil.