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1ST BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM SOLDIER & FAMILY TOOLKIT

Volume 11 February 2013 Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Events 3

February 25– March 2, 2013 The intent of this toolkit is to provide you with available events, deals, resources, and important information. Please take a few minutes to glance at these resources and visit a few sites!

RESOURCE SPOT LIGHT

Free Tax Prep and Tips 4

Military Child Education Coalition 6

M99 Time! MN Soldiers that deployed in 2012 may qualify for a $120 per month deployed tax credit. The best part is that soldiers do not have to complete their taxes before receiving the credit. Go to www.revenue.state.mn.us to print off the form.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS HOME FRONT EVENTS AND DEALS………………....…………………….....3 TAX RESOURCES........................................………………………….……….4 MILITARY CHILD EDUCATION COALITION………...…..…………..…........6 DEPLOYMENT RESOURCES……………………………………..………….....8 ARMY / NATIONAL GUARD………………..………………....………………9 CHAPLAINS......................………………..…...…………….………………....9 CHILDREN………………………………….…………………………………....9 COUNSELING SERVICES………………………………………….......……….9 COUNSELING / ADDICTIVE BEHAVIOR…………………………………....11 CULTURAL RESOURCES…………………………...……………………….…12 DEPLOYMENT……………………………………………………………...…..12 EDUCATION……………………………………………………………………12 EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE……………………………….…………………12 FAMILY SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE…...…………………………………..12 FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AND CREDIT RESOURCES……………………..13 HEALTH / MENTAL HEALTH…………………………………………………..13 MEDICAL ASSISTANCE……………………………………………………….13 LEGAL ASSISTANCE / ISSUES………………………………………...……...13 MORTGAGE OR RENT ASSISTANCE………………………………………..13 PARENTS OF SOLDIERS…………………....................................………….13 PET CARE…………………………………………………………………….…13 RELATIONSHIPS AND MARRIAGE…………………………………………..14 SPOUSES & SIGNIFICANT OTHERS………………………………...….…….14 STRESS MANAGEMENT……………………………………………………….14 SUICIDE PREVENTION……………………………………………………...…14 TRAVEL……………………………………………………………………….....14 FAMILY ASSISTANCE CENTER MAP………………………………………...15 2


HOME FRONT EVENTS & DEALS www.BeyondTheYellowRibbon.org

Check out the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon website and sign up for exclusive email updates on monthly local Beyond the Yellow Ribbon events and deals. Military Family Winter Weekend When: Feb. 1-3, 2013 Where: Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch, Stewartville About: Weekend includes snowtubing, broomball, horse-drawn sleigh rides, a family craft, movies and time for the family to connect. More Info: Website, flyer and registration Holes for Heroes When: Feb. 2, 1-4 p.m. Where: Medicine Lake About: Free fishing for veterans and military family members includes more than $5,000 in prizes and giveaways! More Info: Flyer Outward Bound Voyageur - Indoor Climbing and High Ropes Course When: Feb. 10, 2013 Where: Not specified About: Outward Bound Voyageur is offering multiple program dates for Post 9/11 Military personnel & families. This program offers Veterans and family members opportunities to re-engage in a healthy atmosphere. More info: Flyer, or call the Brooklyn Park Vet Center at 763-503-2220 Living in the New Normal - MCEC Training When: Feb. 27-28, 2013 Where: Marriott, Minneapolis About: Presented by the Military Child Education Coalition, this two-day training event focuses on the information that is needed to raise community awareness about the issues face by children when a parent is deployed. More Info: Flyer

Outward Bound Voyageur - Winter Weekend When: March 1-3, 2013 Where: Baker Regional Park About: Outward Bound Voyageur is offering multiple program dates for Post 9/11 Military personnel & families. This program offers Veterans and family members opportunities to re-engage in a healthy atmosphere. More info: Flyer, or call the Brooklyn Park Vet Center at 763-503-2220 Outward Bound Voyageur - Indoor Climbing and High Ropes Course When: March 9, 2013 About: Outward Bound Voyageur is offering multiple program dates for Post 9/11 Military personnel & families. This program offers Veterans and family members opportunities to re-engage in a healthy atmosphere. More info: Flyer, or call the Brooklyn Park Vet Center at 763-503-2220 Joint Women's Leadership Symposium When: March 10-12, 2013 Where: Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center, Washington, D.C. About: Largest gathering of women in uniform in the world highlighting professional development, networking and mentoring opportunities. More Info: Website Living and Learning Series for Women Veterans When: April 9, 5 p.m. Where: 207 S. 9th St., Minneapolis About: The second meeting, "The Invisible War," of a four-part series focusing on topics important to women who have served in the military. More Info: Flyer

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TAX PREP INFORMATION 1. Figure out how complicated your tax situation is. There are free online programs available through Military OneSource and the IRS website. These may be best for people with simple tax situations. 2. If you would like to work directly with a tax professional, there are free programs available depending on income and deployment status. Contact your local Family Assistance Center, Family Readiness Support Assistant, or a reputable Certified Public Accountant for more information. Many CPAs do pro bono work, but might not advertise their services. 3. Get organized. The better prepared you are, the smoother the process will go. Find your return from last year. It will be a guideline for this year’s return. 4. Prepare your own State tax forms. If you are not eligible for free State tax prep services, consider using the free service for Federal taxes and doing your own State tax forms. Simple returns will take a few minutes to complete. 5. Beware of same day refund services. Many tax prep services offer same refunds. These refunds are often at interest rates of several hundred percent. By e-filing and signing up for direct deposit, you will often have your refund in less than two weeks. 6. Adjust your withholding. Getting a tax refund is the equivalent of putting money in a zero interest saving account. Instead, make your dollars work for you by lowering your withholding. There are online calculators that can help you do this. 7. Use your refund wisely. The best use of your refund is probably not a new flat screen TV. If you don’t have a rainy day fund, start one. If you have credit card balances, cut up the cards and pay them off. Pay off a car loan and put the monthly payment into savings. 8. Set up a system for next year. Start a file folder for your 2013 Taxes. This will make next year much easier.

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The Miracle Lodge has become the premier facility for retreats for soldiers and their families. Operation Welcome Home got started in 2007 and has now served over 300 families. Here is a list of upcoming military retreats in 2013. These retreats are free of charge for all military. Help spread the word and sign up today. Gold Star Families February 22-24, 2013 Operation Welcome Home Retreat for couples - April 26-28, 2013 Wounded Warrior Weekend May 9-11, 2013 This retreat (Thursday through Saturday) includes a wild turkey hunt with the National Wild Turkey Federation. Military Family Summer Retreat *NEW* - July 12-14, 2013 Operation Welcome Home Retreat for couples - September 13-15, 2013 Project New Hope for combat veterans October 4-6, 2013 For more information, go to: http://miraclelodge.com/militaryatthemiraclelodge.aspx

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DEPLOYMENT RESOURCES WWW.MNVETERANSCOALITION.COM BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS  Recommendations for Children (PDF) www.cfs.purdue.edu/MFRI/resources/public/book_resources_for_children.pdf  Recommendations for Teens and Young Adults (PDF) www.cfs.purdue.edu/MFRI/resources/public/ book_resources_for_teens.pdf  Recommendations for Adults and Families (PDF) www.cfs.purdue.edu/MFRI/resources/public/book_resources_for_adults.pdf  Recommendations for Educators (PDF) www.cfs.purdue.edu/MFRI/resources/public/book_resources_for_educators.pdf POST-DEPLOYMENT AND REINTEGRATION RESOURCES  After Deployment Wellness Resources: www.afterdeployment.org  www.aacap.org/cs/root/facts_for_families/coming_home_adjustments_for_military_families  Military OneSource: www.militaryonesource.mil  Becoming a Couple Again: The Courage to Care: www.usuhs.mil/psy/RFSMC.pdf  Concerned Significant Others Article: www.afterdeployment.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/library/ eLibrary_COS.pdf  Real Warriors, Real Battles: www.realwarriors.net/active/afterdeployment/familylife.php  Operation Healthy Reunions: www.nmha.org/reunions/resources.cfm  Department of Veterans Affairs: PTSD Center: www.ptsd.va.gov  National Veterans Foundation: www.nvf.org  Wounded Warrior Project: www.woundedwarriorproject.org  Adapt Parenting Program, U of MN: www.cehd.umn.edu/fsos/adapt  University of Minnesota Extension- Parenting Education Resource: www.extension.umn.edu/FamilyRelations/components/militaryfamilies.html  Homefront and Deployed Parent: Reunion Checklists: www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING COMBAT STRESS, PTSD OR OTHER STRESS RELATED ISSUES: Take your stress related symptoms seriously and contact your:  Chain of Command - Team leaders, squad leaders, platoon sergeants/leaders, first sergeants, company/battalion/brigade commanders, command sergeants major  Chaplains – Battalion or Brigade Chaplains or local place of worship  Fellow Soldiers - Talk to your friends about your feelings. Oftentimes they are a reality check  Military Family Life Consultants  Military One Source Call 1-800-342-9647, or visit the Web site  TRICARE Counseling - Spouses can go for free. Service members can often share a family member's appointment for marriage counseling  Veterans Administration - or Veterans Centers.  Army Substance Abuse Program - Especially helpful if the Soldier or family member has a problem with alcohol or drugs  Primary Care Managers - Many family practice physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners are quite comfortable treating depression and sleep problems  Community Mental Health Service - They usually have at least one psychiatrist and a variable number of psychologists and social workers on staff as well as behavioral health technicians

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ONGOING RESOURCES & DEALS ARMY / NATIONAL GUARD www.minnesotanationalguard.com www.defense.gov www.armyonesource.com www.militaryonesource.mil www.jointservicessupport.org CHAPLAINS 1/34 ABCT Chaplain: MAJ Buddy Winn 612-227-7825 philip.winn@us.army.mil State Chaplain’s Office: SFC Hickory Smith 651-282-4287 hickory.p.smith.mil@mail.mil CHILDREN www.mdva.state.mn.us/child www.mnchildcare.org

www.ausa.org/family www.guardfamilyyouth.org www.operationwearehere.com/Children.html MN MilitaryTeen Summit and Newsletter: www.btyr.org/teen-panel Minnesota Parents Know: www.parentsknow.state.mn.us After Deployment Adaptive Parenting Tools, U of MN, www.cehd.umn.edu/fsos/adapt Military Kids Toolkit: www.militaryfamilly.org/publications/kids-toolkit Military Child Education Coalition: www.militarychild.org WWW.OURMILITARYKIDS.ORG $500 ACTIVITY GRANT FOR YOUTH DURING A DEPLOYMENT. COUNSELING SERVICES Lutheran Social Services (LSS) Counseling and Family Resources of MN: Director coordinating counselors for units around MN, available Monday through Friday and has a 24 hour crisis line.1.888.881.8261 www.lssmn.org *Support for individuals, families, couples, and children *Specialized Financial Counseling: LSS offers budget, debt management, and bankruptcy counseling so that people can regain control of their finances. Military & Family Life Consultants: Provides non-medical counseling for soldiers and their families, including guidance on reintegration with children following deployment. Cottage Grove: Darlene Wetterstrom 651-212-0943, darlene.wetterstrom.ctr@mail.mil Camp Ripley: Linda Pagenkopf 218-457-0804, linda.pagenkopf2.ctr@mail.mil Military & Family Life Consultant Personal Financial Counselors: Provides financial counseling for soldiers and their families. Cottage Grove: Linda McLain-Sharp 651-294-9500, lmclain-sharp@MFLC.zieders.com Camp Ripley: Soon to be filled.

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ONGOING RESOURCES & DEALS COUNSELING SERVICES CONTINUED‌ Military One Source: 1-800-342-9647 http://www.militaryonesource.com. Provides assistance to soldiers and their families facing a large variety of problems or needs; Provides 6 free counseling visits; Will refer if they cannot provide the assistance needed. MOS provides guidance and assistance with career, crisis, education, elder care, legal, mind, money, moving, parenting, recreation, relationships, special needs, transition and more. Available 24 hours day, 7 days a week. MN Guard Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC): Call 24 hour line at 651-282-4078 Statewide Domestic Abuse 24/7 Hotline at the House of Peace: 1-866-223-1111 Offers temporary shelter for women and children leaving domestic abuse situations. VA OIF/OEF Program & Hotline: 612-467-3757 *Available 7am-5pm, Monday through Friday. Connects OIF/OEF Veterans with local resources. When calling the number, press 2 to be connected to crisis center. VA Regional Office OIF/OEF Coordinator: Duane Kamp 612-970-5249 Provides assistance with VA Benefits - available Monday through Friday. Veterans Linkage Line: 1-888-LinkVet (546-5838) www.minnesotaveteran.org They will provide assistance connecting soldiers and families to necessary resources to obtain help with crisis counseling, veteran’s benefits, healthcare, education, and reintegration. Available 24 hours day, 7 days a week. Catholic Charities of Minneapolis and St. Paul: 612-664-8500 Assist in a large variety of problems and needs, including counseling and financial support. COUNSELING/ADDICTIVE BEHAVIOR Drug Abuse Hotline: 1-800-437-8422 *Available 24 hours day, 7 days a week Drug Information, Treatment and Referral Hotline: 1-800-662-4357 Provides support for people dealing with drug addictions. *Available 24 hours day, 7 days a week National Council on Problem Gambling: 1-800-522-4700: www.ncpgambling.org Confidential hotline for people struggling with gambling, Helps connect people to resources to help them fight their gambling addiction. *Available 24 hours day, 7 days a week

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ONGOING RESOURCES & DEALS CULTURAL RESOURCES The World Fact Book: www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook Culture Gram: www.militaryonesource.mil Free access through the DoD MWR Library. DEPLOYMENT www.ausa.org/resources/familyprograms/Pages/default.aspx www.afterdeployment.org EDUCATION Service Members Education/GI Bill: www.gibill.va.gov MN Military Education Benefits: www.mymilitaryeducation.org Military Child Education Coalition: www.militarychild.org Spouse Career Center: www.militaryonesource.mil Scholarship and programs: www.education4military.com EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE TRANSITION ASSISTANCE ADVISOR: Provides assistance to soldiers with transition issues including employment, Veteran’s benefits, and healthcare. Contact Vince Hokkanen: vincent.hokkanen@us.army.mil or 651-282-4234 Family Medical Leave Act: www.dol.gov/whd/fmla MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: positivelyminnesota.com

DEED Work Force Centers: www.positivelyminnesota.com/JobSeekers/WorkForce_Centers Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR): www.esgr.org ESGR exists to maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service by recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of the law, and resolving conflict through mediation. Their vision is to Develop and promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees. Service members are encouraged to follow “best practices” to keeping their employers aware of their service commitments. FAMILY SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE Minnesota Army National Guard State Family Programs Office: 651-268-8200. Family Assistance Centers: *See FAC Map at the back of toolkit Military Family Care Initiative: www.militaryfamilies.state.mn.us Coordinates free assistance for MN soldiers and families in a variety of ways. Examples include: wood chopping, cleaning gutters, wedding or baby showers, handyman (minor home repairs) etc…

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ONGOING RESOURCES & DEALS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AND CREDIT RESOURCES Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University: http://www.daveramsey.com/fpu/home/ Military Saves: www.militarysaves.org Free Credit Report: Go to www.annualcreditreport.com Energy Assistance Program: www.commerce.state.mn.us 1-800-657-3710 Minnesota Military Family Foundation: Leave a voicemail at 763-544-2255 or email info@minnesotamilitaryfamilyfoundation.org for help. Their mission is to seek funds to financially support deployed Minnesota military. HEALTH / MENTAL HEALTH TriCare: Military Health Care Program: www.tricare.mil Telephonic Counseling 24/7 and other resources www.militaryonesource.mil Military Pathways: Free Mental Health Screening: www.militarymentalhealth.org Exceptional Family Member Program (for disabilities): www.armyonesource.com LEGAL ASSISTANCE / ISSUES Legal Assistance – ***Refer to your Family Assistance Center www.minnesotanationalguard.org/soldiers_and_airmen/legal.php www.military.com/benefits/content/military-legal-matters MEDICAL ASSISTANCE VA OIF/OEF Website: www.oefoif.va.gov Helpline: 1-877-222-8387 VA Medical Center Minneapolis: 1-866-414-5058 www.minneapolis.va.gov VA Medical Center St. Cloud: 1-320-252-1670 www.stcloud.va.gov VA Medical Center Fargo: 1-800-410-9723 www.fargo.va.gov VA Medical Center Sioux Falls: 605-336-3230 www.siouxfalls.va.gov VA Medical Center Superior: 715-392-9711 MORTGAGE OR RENT ASSISTANCE MN Assistance Council for Veterans: www.mac-v.org or Metro area: 612-726-1327, Duluth: 218-722-8763, Mankato: 507-345-8258 If you fear you may be unable to pay your rent or mortgage, call MAC-V. They provide rental assistance and mortgage assistance for veterans in danger of becoming homeless. They cannot make backdated payments on mortgage or rent, so contact them as soon as you see a potential problem. They will also refer you for additional help you may need. PARENTS OF SOLDIERS www.bluestarmothers.org www.operationwearehere.com/Parents.html www.militaryfamily.org PET CARE www.netpets.org/militarypet/foster.php (recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense)

www.guardianangelsforsoldierspet.org

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ONGOING RESOURCES & DEALS RELATIONSHIPS AND MARRIAGE www.militaryonesource.mil www.5lovelanguages.com Strong Bonds Retreats: www.strongbonds.org The Minnesota National Guard Chaplain’s Office is offering you a truly outstanding program. Strong Bonds Retreats begin with teaching effective communication skills, addresses problem resolution strategies that work, reveals how to discover the hidden issues in every relationship, and then moves into caring, fun, and friendship. In addition to the couples retreats the Single Soldier program is designed to help you establish relationship goals and gain essential skills to help you make a good choice prior to picking a partner for life. SPOUSES & SIGNIFICANT OTHERS Military Wives and Women in Uniform: www.cinchouse.com Spouses and Significant Others: www.militarysos.com Military Spouse Magazine: www.milspouse.com www.nationalmilitaryspousenetwork.org STRESS MANAGEMENT www.militaryonesource.mil www.defense.gov/specials/stressawareness SUICIDE PREVENTION 24/7 Suicide Prevention Lifeline (soldier specific): 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Free and confidential support to anyone interested in suicide prevention, treatment, and service referrals -Dealing with suicidal thoughts, feelings of hopelessness or extreme sadness -Concerned about a loved one who may be experiencing these feelings -Experiencing abuse or violence, economic problems, loneliness, relationship problems The hotline is staffed by trained counselors and can refer to support services that can help you. TRAVEL Armed Forces Vacation Club: www.afvclub.com Free & Reduced Stays at Leech Lake Resort: www.andersonsleech-lake.com 15% military discount to all current Servicemembers and up to a free week stay for all Servicemembers within a year of their return from deployment overseas. They offer fully equipped lake homes (whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, Cable TV, wireless internet, fully equipped kitchens) to daily planned children's activities to excellent fishing. See their website for more information. Veterans on the Lake Resort: 1-800-777 7538. www.veteransonthelakeresort.com/ A barrier-free full service resort for veterans and their families. In conjunction with the US Forest Service and the provisions of the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness, Enjoy lake view cabins in Northern Minnesota, inside the Superior National Forest area. MISC‌ Firewood - Free Firewood for Families of Deployed Minnesota Service Members The Adjutant General for the State of Minnesota has authorized the availability of firewood from the Camp Ripley for families of all Minnesota Service Members that are currently deployed (including predeployment and post-deployment). Families are entitled to 2 full cords of wood per year. Contact Mrs. Tami Klucas from the Family Assistance Center at 320-616-3117. This is an ongoing offer.

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