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47 CSH Update 3 April 2013 Command Messages Spring is here, and in the Northwest that means we start to come out of our Winter grey weather with less rain, more sun, longer days and warmer temperatures. It’s time to start getting out and exploring all the great activities that Washington has to offer. This last weekend, Susan and I took our dogs (Maggie & Destroyer) over to Tolmie State Park in Olympia. You can go out and dig for clams, walk along the water, hike some easy trails through the woods, or just take a picnic lunch and enjoy the view of Puget Sound. We are always busy at work and it seems things just don’t want to slow down. But a short drive in almost any direction can get you into the mountains, out to the ocean, to a lake, in the woods, or up to Seattle for shopping at Pike Place Market. There is something for everyone and this Newsletter is always full of great ideas. So take some time and enjoy the area with Family or friends and you will almost certainly find yourself renewed.

Greetings Americas CSH Soldiers and Family members:

Remember that Easter brings a message of hope and as an Army Family we are in this together.

As always I would like to thank all the Soldiers, Spouses and Family members who continue to stand by and support the 47th CSH and its Soldiers. Together we will continue to place the mission first and continue to look out for one another. No one in the CSH is alone, we are Family and Family takes care of each other.

Thank you for all you do.

COL Ron Krogh Commander 62nd Medical Brigade Rear 47th Combat Support Hospital

March was a busy month for the CSH with many opportunities for service. I am astounded at the generosity displayed by the CSH and its units in helping fellow Soldiers and their Families when in need. This generosity is evident as the Army Emergency Relief Campaign has kicked off. For those not familiar with the AER fund, it is a voluntary fund that is supported by the donations of Soldiers so that in times of unforeseen hardships, Soldiers have a place to go to seek relief. It is all about Soldiers taking care of Soldiers. As everyone prepares for Easter and Spring Break we ask that you keep Safety in mind as you enjoy time with your Family, especially if you will be traveling. I would also like to wish all of our EFMB Candidates Good Luck as they head out to compete for the coveted badge. I’ll see you all at the road-march finish line on 12 April. HOOAH!!

Rainier 7, Americas CSH! CSM Carl Dwyer

Contact Us!

FRG Leaders Contact Information: Amy Parsons (706) 616-1741 for HHD/A Co. and 758th FST Gloria Acosta (253) 682-9636 for B Co, 102nd FST and 250th FST

FRSA Contact Information: Mary Belcher (253) 477-3027 / For your resources and information needs.

Military & Family Life Counselor (MFLC): (253) 363-6978 / For your FREE, confidential counseling (individuals, couples, or family) on single parenting, childcare, financial stability, or stresses of military life.

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On Post Events

Tournament on May 6-24. For more info call 253-9675869. April 30- Newcomer’s Orientation for Soldiers. Spouses are welcome to attend. Call 253-967-3628 / 7166 for details.

Training & Education April 4- May 23 (12-1:30pm) –Scream-Free Marriage, lunch and learn series at Bldg. 2013, Room 102, Pendleton Ave., at the back of the Fire Station (with blinking light). Call 253-967-5901 for more info. Flier. April 13-14 & 20-21 Physical Self-Defense Class for women 13 yrs and older. Flier April 17 – become Financially Fit for Furlough. ACS is offering this class to JBML DoD civilians affected by furlough. Class size is limited, call 253-967-1453 to sign-up. Flier. April 23-25 (9-3:30pm) Personal Growth and Resiliency Class. Call 253-967-9496 to sign-up and for childcare information. More class schedules.

JBLM Community Garden is now open for rental. Located between the Horse Stables and Storage area at Ft. Lewis-North. Details and prices, call Northwest Rec. at 253-967-7744 / 8282. April 6 (5:30pm) Bunco Fundraiser, LCSC Cottage. Flier April 19 (7pm) – Dinner and Solve a Murder Mystery at McChord Club. Flier. April 17 (9-12nn) – Spouses’ Newcomers Resources at McChord Club. Flier. April 17 – USCIS officer will be available for consultation at ACS office in Waller Hall. Call 253-967-3633/7166 to schedule an appt. Flier April 22-26 -Volunteer Appreciation Week. Various activities to celebrate and honor our hard working volunteers. Flier April 20 – Benchpress Competition at Soldier’s Field House April 20-Sept 26 – Northwest Military Masters at Sounders Lanes April 23 (6:30-8:30pm) – FRG Leader’s Forum. Call 253-967-2324 for more details. April 29 – Deadline to register for the Smash Racquetball

April 25 (6-7pm) – Understanding Your Credit. Learn how to improve your credit score and get lower interest rate for your credit card, mortgage, car loan, etc. Register for the class at 253-964-3113 by April 22nd. April 26 (8-3pm) – Parent University, North Fort Chapel. Call 253-967-5901. FREE lunch & on-site childcare for the first 200 registrants. Relationship Workshop Series every Tuesdays from 2pm3:30pm. No registration required. E-5 and below can get FREE childcare voucher for this class. Be sure your child is registered with CYSS and should make your own childcare reservation. For more info, please call 253-968-4843. Flier .

Source: Thurston County  Director of Central Services  Executive Assistant, Auditor’s Office  Public Works seasonal help

Source: ACS, Employment Program  JBLM Leasing Specialist, teacher, medical billing, baby sitting, nanny, tribal casino jobs, career fairs, and more.

Beware of iPhone TSP app This app is not sanctioned by DoD and is designed to get your personal information. Read more

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Kids and Teens

Madigan Update

April is the Month of the Military Child. Purple Up on April 12th to show our support & gratitude to military children for their strength & resiliency. Flier.

April 3 – opening date for the South Sound Clinic, Olympia. Enrollment is currently limited to Active Duty Family Members and military retirees under the age of 65 and their family members. To learn more and to download the enrollment form, go to the Madigan website.

April 1-18 – Poster Contest to give children the opportunity to express their personal experiences and emotions creatively in celebration of the “Month of the Military Child.” Flier

Support flu research. Madigan is looking for volunteers to participate in an Influenza study. Researchers are studying differences between viruses that cause Influenza-like illness in otherwise healthy children and adults, including the response of the immune system, symptoms, severity of illness and duration of illness. Researchers throughout the U.S. hope to collect important information that may guide future diagnosis and treatment. To learn more about the study or find out how you can participate contact or call 253-9683681.

April 4, 11, 18, 25 (1-2:30pm) - Baby Play Group. Open to parents, caregivers and infants (newborn to 12-mos) Flier. April 20 (6:30pm) – Mother/Son Dance at McChord Community Center. Flier

April 27 – America’s Armed Forces Kids Run at Cowan Stadium. Entry is FREE. Read more Sign-up Now for Spring Soccer at Open for ages 2-10yrs old. Flier


EFMP Update

April 19 – FREE admission for Military ID card holders at the Puyallup Spring Fair. More info.

April 6 (10-3pm) – Autism Awareness Day at Barnes & Noble, Lakewood Towne Center. To support families affected by Autism, use this voucher ID:11040383 when you purchase at B&N, online starting April 1st and in-store on April 6th. Flier

April 27 – Dragon Boat Festival in Olympia. Read more

April 2013 EFMP News

Washington Connection is your link to a broad range of federal, state and local resources, where you can apply online for such benefits as cash, food, and medical assistance; child care; longterm care; and drug alcohol treatment.

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Military & Family Benefits What you should know! (…continued from March 6th Community Update)

Licensure Portability for Military Spouses Issue: Frequent moves & difficult licensing procedures = stunted careers for military spouses Strategy:  Focused on majority of occupations favored by military spouses  Reduce employment delay through: − Licensing by endorsement (alternatives to current experience for competency − Providing temporary licenses with minimal documentation − Allow for streamlines approvals Progress Status: 2008 – 1 bill supporting military spouse licensure 2012 – 27 States have passed legislation or executive order, or have accommodating policies.

Removal of Credential Impediment for Separating Service Members Issue: Separating Service Members lose time qualifying for licenses and academic credit Strategy:  Reduce licensing delay through: − Taking account for military training experience towards licenses − Allowing SMs to maintain active licenses − Facilitating endorsement for separating SMs with licenses  Institutions allow for academic credit for military training/experience − Use American Council on Education recommendations Progress Status: 2011 – Individual occupational examples in handful of States 2012 – 20 States have passed legislation Legend:


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PCS Unemployment Compensation for Spouses Issue: Spouses who leave job due to military reassignment do not qualify for unemployment compensation in many states. Strategy: States recognize that a move mandated by military orders is not “voluntary” and the trailing spouse should qualify for unemployment compensation.

Separating Service Members In-State Tuition Rates Issue: Service members pay out-of-state tuition during the first year  As of August 1, 2011, Veterans Affairs pays all in-state public school tuition and eligible fees directly only.  Costs to attend a university as an out-of-state student can be three times that of a resident. Goal: Waive residency requirements if enrolled in school. Status: 19 states currently waive first year residency requirements. Legend:

Progress Status: 2004 – 10 States provided eligibility 2012 – 45 States provide eligibility

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In addition, the National Military Family Association (NMFA) has worked in partnership with the Department of Defense (DoD) State Liaison Office to address the spouse employment barriers to ensure military spouses can pursue their careers regardless of the number of times they have relocate. read more


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47th CSH Family Update  

This family update is sent to provide Soldiers and their Families with information on events, activities, benefits and opportunities availab...