CORPS CONNECTIONS SERVING MARINES AND THEIR FAMILIES IN THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION ISSUE 21 • JANUARY – MARCH 2013
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SERVING THOSE WHO SERVE............................................................................................. 4 Marine Corps Community Services enhances Marines’ quality of life and those who support them throughout the National Capital Region and beyond BACCALAUREATE VERSUS VOCATIONAL............................................................................ 6 Finding the right education for you is the most important consideration when deciding to pursue a degree. Bart MacMillan offers information to consider. WHAT IS A SCHOOL LIAISON?............................................................................................ 9 Liz Barnes asks—and answers—this question THE INTERSTATE COMPACT FOR THE EDUCATION OF MILITARY CHILDREN...................... 9 An reference for parents by Liz Barnes EFMP: MANDATORY AND BENEFICIAL.............................................................................. 12 Michael S. Flaherty reminds that the EFMP benefits Marines and their eligible family members CELEBRATING DIVERSITY AT THE MCX............................................................................ 13 A multi-cultural, International potluck brings cultures together by Barbara J. Mitchell TELEPHONE NUMBERS AND HOURS OF OPERATION........................................................ 15
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[WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO]
[FROM THE EDITOR]
Happy New Year from MCCS! We plan to connect with you even better this year as we embrace an online presence at http://issuu.com/mccshh, where you can find this publication and more. First, an overview of articles from our guest writers. Regular contributor Bart MacMillan offers information to consider when deciding between a baccalaureate degree and a technical or vocational education. He lends personal observation, especially when considering an advanced degree. Read his article beginning on page 6. School Liaison Liz Barnes asks— and answers—the question, “What is a School Liaison?” in her article on page 10, followed by a reference for parents on the Interstate Compact on the Education of Military Children. If you have schoolaged children and expect to PCS, assistance is available to help make the transition a smoother one. This MCCS program has aided many families, as the School Liaisons partner with local school districts to the benefit of military children. Another program that benefits military children as well as adults is the Exceptional Family Member Program. EFMP manager Michael S. Flaherty writes about the program on page 12. These articles represent just some of the programs offered to Marines and their families throughout the National Capital Region from the MCCS staff on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. Find out all MCCS has to offer on our website, www.mccsHH.com, follow our Twitter feed, and “Like” us on Facebook. Also check out our publications on issuu. We’d love to know how we can reach you better. Doriann Geller Marketing Officer MCCS Henderson Hall
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[MARINE & FAMILY PROGRAMS]
BACCALAUREATE VERSUS VOCATIONAL: The Right Education for You
ne of the previous writings in this space dealt with the question of selecting a school and degree program that was most suitable. This assumed a goal of an associate’s or bachelor’s — baccalaureate — degree at a brick-and-mortar campus or online school. While it is for many, stories abound of students who spent thousands of dollars for their degrees, yet are jobless and living with parents. There are also rags-to-riches tales of the independently wealthy who did not finish high school. Add to that these “helpful” comments (from people who were probably not the best students in middle or high school): “Who needs algebra to go to the grocery store?” or “Who needs Shakespeare to be an accountant?” All of these are indications that baccalaureate education is not for everyone, and sometimes not the most efficient preparation for the desired job. Referencing my own personal educational experiences, some of my fellow music majors who struggled in theory class often would ask, “Why do I need to do analyze Bach? All I want to do is play my horn.” Justifying the general education and core major requirements of the baccalaureate degree is accomplished well through the multiple intelligence theories put forth by Howard Gardner’s decades of research. Sometimes it is not about a knowledge base, but instead about a critical thinking or conceptual process. There are, however, many professions where it is about building a skill and
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applicable knowledge. A concept that often plays well in the military community is that of the technical or vocational education. Students attend school solely to learn a specific skill set. This is similar to those experiences of service members attending MOS school after boot camp. No one could say to these service members and technical experts that having knowledge of Shakespeare is damaging, but the advantages of this
Marine captain addressing an eager group of NCOs who were considering an officer commissioning program. The first thing he said: “Make sure you pursue this for the right reasons. If you have any enjoyment in your MOS, you will likely lose any chance to actually practice your MOS as soon as you become an officer.” Similarly, the piano virtuoso college professor made to be chairman of the department suddenly finds himor herself not playing the piano all that much after this promotion.
Your plumber’s ability to recite “Othello” may be emotionally gripping but pretty worthless if the drain is still clogged. knowledge to those in baccalaureate programs are often lost on those building skill sets at the vocational/technical school. (Your plumber’s ability to recite “Othello” may be emotionally gripping but pretty worthless if the drain is still clogged!) The music student mentioned earlier faces a major decision: is the only acceptable job in music one that requires only playing the instrument, or is it any job in the profession? Obviously, the potential for employment grows when expanding the reach of the profession. The more narrow the field, the less the educational needs, but the greater the risk of being jobless and living with parents. This could imply that the more education earned, the greater the reward in the job, even if it means taking longer to get to the job. This may be true, but it may also backfire. One illustration of this can be found in the speech of a
Choosing the right type of education should consider some combination of the following factors: 1) potential for employment and advancement; 2) length of required and desired education; and 3) personal and professional satisfaction and happiness. These considerations will vary from person to person, job to job, and at each life stage. The student who understands this stands to gain much more out of the time and expense of the education and training path, finds a wider variety of worthwhile employment options, and is better prepared for the curves that life can offer. Perhaps the best example spanning vocational and academic possibilities could be found in the nursing profession. One who strives to be a nurse does so in part because of the desire to serve patients in need with bedside medical care. The Licensed Practical Nurse can be the first step. The technical training
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Global Campus usually takes no more than a year. The LPN likely finds that job responsibilities are minimal. The Registered Nurse (RN) would be the next step. The education may take another year. The salary and the medical care responsibilities increase. Supervision of LPNs may be necessary. One with a bachelor’s in nursing finds an even greater salary, a wider range of patient responsibilities and an increasing variety of tasks to document and monitor. These may aid research as well as patient care. The nurse with the bachelor’s relies on a partial crew of RNs and LPNs. Now supervising other nurses begins to take time that was once devoted to direct patient care. One with a master’s in nursing works more directly with doctors in medical care and diagnosis while potentially being in charge of an entire crew of nurses. Obtaining a master’s in nursing requires research, writing and publishing. One who holds the nursing master’s degree may be responsible for teaching all nurse ranks and for participating in further research for publication in medical journals. This progression of education, training, knowledge, and responsibility could lead to an exciting career with a rewarding salary and respectable influence in the nursing profession; but what if the initial appeal was the bedside care and patient interaction? The one with the master’s in nursing will be doing little of that, but more supervising the many others who do most of that bedside care and patient interaction. The salary, influence, and variety of responsibilities and personal satisfaction can adjust considerably for the person who moves from vocational/technical to academic/whitecollar professions. Each juncture in any of these educational and employment scenarios offers options and risks to consider, academically and professionally, while “life” happens along the way. The base education office remains poised to offer the informative, objective viewpoint to help understand these needs, consequences and risks involved at each educational and career step. Bart MacMillan is the Education and Career Specialist Personal & Professional Readiness Branch Marine & Family Programs, MCCS Henderson Hall
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[MARINE & FAMILY PROGRAMS]
What Is A School Liaison?
ave you ever wondered if there is someone who can answer your questions about local schools and educational programs? Has there been a time when you received PCS orders and wondered what kind of schools will be at the new duty station? If so, the School Liaison (SL) is your point of contact to find the answers to these questions and more. SLs are your information, resource and referral specialist for military schoolaged (K-12) children’s education. SLs are located at all major Marine Corps installations within Marine & Family Programs and are there to provide you with information that is relevant and
academic success. We are an information and referral service that strives to equip parents to become their child’s best advocate. Additionally, SLs work closely with the Exceptional Family Member Program to provide support to children with an Individualized Education Program(IEP) and/or 504 that provides accommodations. In simplest terms, an SL fulfills the following three components: 1 For parents, SLs provide information
on Local Education Authorities (school districts); recommend educational supports/tutoring resources; link families to other installation family/
Our top priority is to provide parents, students, and educators timely and relevant information to enhance learning, ease transitions, and promote academic success.
applicable to questions you may have. Additionally, within the National Capital Region (NCR), there are numerous SLs representing all branches of the military and providing support to all families and school districts near the installation. The NCR school liaisons work as a team and are all part of the National Capital Region Joint School Liaison Coalition. The purpose of the School Liaison Program is to create connectivity between military parents, schools, and the Marine Corps. Our top priority is to provide parents, students, and educators timely and relevant information to enhance learning, ease transitions, and promote 10 CORPS CONNECTIONS • JANUARY – MARCH 2013
support programs; provide scholarship and college funding options for military children; provide transition support into Kindergarten and out of 12th grade; recommend SAT/ACT prep materials; provide information on school profiles and data; provide connection with a School Liaison at another location; as well as educate parents on legislation such as the Interstate Compact for the Education of Military Children or ‘How To Prepare for A Successful Change of Schools’ for your child. School Liaisons can be especially effective to connect with a family prior to moving to a new location (PCSing). SLs can provide a transition folder/checklist
by Liz Barnes of important items to hand carry to assist with registration at new locations, as well as link the family to the School Liaison at their new duty station thereby allowing the family to learn about local schools at their new location prior to leaving the existing area. This is just one of many ways in which SLs strive to ease transition for our military school-aged children. For schools, the School Liaison provides information on resources for military children to include but not limited to free tutoring/skills reinforcement options; information on military children, deployment cycle and support; linkage to other family programs sponsored by the Department of Defense or individual service branch; as well as resources that can be utilized by school sites. The Educator’s Ready Reference Guide: Understanding the Military Child encapsulates much of this information. 2
3 For the Installation Command, the
School Liaison provides relevant updates on topics/legislation that may impact schools or the education of our military children. Examples would include the Interstate Compact for the Education of Military Children as well as budget cuts that could impact resources and/or class size. For more information or assistance please contact the School Liaison at 703693-8378. Liz Barnes is the School Liaison Family Care & Readiness Branch Marine & Family Programs MCCS Henderson Hall
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The Interstate Compact for the Education of Military Children: A Parent’s Reference
For those with school-aged children, one of the first concerns when receiving PCS orders regards their child’s education. In past years, transition issues occurred because of widely varying policies between states and school systems. These discrepancies led to educational delays, frustration, and an increase in geo-bachelors. The Interstate Compact for the Education of Military Children was created to address the four categories of transitional issues that military families face when transitioning school-aged military children. These include enrollment, placement and attendance, eligibility, and graduation. A brief summation of each area follows. • Enrollment : educational records, immunizations, as well as kindergarten and first grade entrance age • Placement and attendance: placement flexibility, course and educational program placement, absences related to deployment, as well as special education • Eligibility: eligibility for enrollment and eligibility for extracurricular participation • Graduation: flexibility in accepting sending state exit or end of course exams; waiver of course requirements for similar course work; or flexibility in working with sending school district to ensure those who transfer during their senior year can graduate on time. Participation and adoption of The Interstate Compact for the Education of Military Children is a state’s choice. It is not federal legislation and, as such, each state chooses to join the commission and adapts the compact language to fit the individual state’s intent. For this reason, it is important to read your state’s compact language which will provide more details on the above topics. Additionally, each state forms its own commission to oversee the implementation and compliance of the compact. To view a list of the commission members or the compact language for your state, visit http:// mic3.net and click on the “map” option at the top of the page; then click on your state.
The Interstate Compact for the Education of Military Children has accomplished much since its inception by the Council of State Governments in 2008. Its goals to make transitions easier for the children of military families, to ensure military children are afforded the same opportunities for educational success, and to prevent delays in achieving educational goals have already been realized by many military children. As more parents and school staff become aware of the compact, more military school-aged children will benefit from this legislation. For more information on the compact or to attend a detailed brief, please contact the School Liaison at 703-693-8378. JANUARY – MARCH 2013 • CORPS CONNECTIONS 11
Currently, 43 states are members of the Interstate Compact for the Education of Military Children. Additionally, DODEA is an ex efficio member as a federal rather than state entity. While these 43 states cover more than 90% of our 1.2 million military school-aged children, it is desired that all states join as the compact provisions are based on reciprocity. In other words, both the sending and receiving state must be members in order for the provisions of the compact to apply. It is also important to note that the compact applies to public school only and may be utilized by children of active duty members of the uniformed services to include national guardsmen and reservists on active duty orders as well as those who died on active duty. Additionally, veterans who are medically discharged or retire may utilize the compact up to one year beyond separation date.
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EFMP: Mandatory and Beneficial
xceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) enrollment is mandatory for active duty Marines who have family members with special needs. Family members include spouses, children, or dependent parents who require special medical or educational services for a diagnosed physical, intellectual, or emotional condition. As a rule of thumb, if a Marine’s family member is being seen by a specialist or is receiving special education or accommodations, the Marine should complete a DD Form 2792 (and a DD Form 2792-1, if applicable) and submit it to the nearest Marine Corps installation EFMP office. The MCCS Henderson Hall office serves all Marines and their families in the National Capital Area.
critical information and resources related to the EFMP. The MCCS Henderson Hall team offers information about local organizations, support groups, referrals, resource assistance, and non-clinical case management services for families with multiple and complex needs. Additionally, the team offers monthly workshops to share comprehensive information and tools that are geared toward helping military families with special needs children navigate through the maze of medical and special education services, community support, and entitlements. If needed, MCCS Henderson Hall EFMP Family Cases Workers (FCW) are available to attend school meetings with parents to help parents advocate for their children’s special needs.
by Michael S. Flaherty, M.Ed.
for service members and their family members to gather information and resources pertaining to their families’ special needs. The goal of this event is to create a one stop shop for military families to connect with military and community organizations that cater to special needs, childhood development, medical needs, and advocacy. Last year, over 40 agencies were represented at the Joint Services EFMP Fair held at Joint Base MyerHenderson Hall. For more information about the MCCS Henderson Hall Exceptional Family Member Program and the 3rd Annual Joint Services Exceptional Family Member Program Fair, please contact the EFMP staff at 703-693-8906/4172/6510 or visit our web site at www. mccshh.com.
Enrollment in EFMP does not harm one’s military career.
Enrollment in EFMP does not harm one’s military career. The information on the completed 2792/2792-1 is used during the time when a Marine is being considered for a new assignment to ensure that the Marine’s exceptional family member (EFM) can obtain necessary care at the new location. Marines are still deployable according to the needs of the Marine Corps. The MCCS Henderson Hall EFMP has a seasoned team of caring professionals who are more than happy to help with the enrollment process as well as to provide Marines and their family members with 12 CORPS CONNECTIONS • JANUARY – MARCH 2013
Enrollment in the EFMP allows a Marine to apply for the Extended Care Health Option (ECHO), which is a supplemental program to the basic TRICARE program, as well as to receive 40 hours of subsidized respite care per month. The EFMP is an avenue to a better quality of life for Marines and their families. The Air Force will host the 3rd Annual Joint Services Exceptional Family Member Program Fair on April 6, 2013, from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Youth Center located on Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. This annual event is an outstanding venue
Michael S. Flaherty is the MCCS Exceptional Family Member Program Manager at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall
[MARINE CORPS EXCHANGE]
Celebrating Diversity at the MCX
by Barbara J. Mitchell
he Marine Corps Exchange at Henderson Hall employs people from around the globe, leading to a very diverse workforce. To celebrate the many cultures represented in the store, over seventy-one associates, managers, and vendors gathered on August 27, 2012, for a Multi-Cultural International Potluck. Held in the store after closing, the event was highly anticipated, having been suggested by staff members through the Associate Committee. The Associate Committee members divided into seven communities: Africans, Americans, Asians, Europeans, Philippines, South Asians, and Hispanics. Each community set up and decorated a booth to share a bit of history and culture of that region with artifacts, flags, and information. Many who attended were dressed in their native costumes. A welcoming coffee was presented by staff from Ethiopia who offered a hot beverage to guests, which included store personnel and their family members, other MCCS staff, and representatives from the command. The communities prepared food distinctive to their area. There was quite an array of delicacies, with over 20 countries represented. While eating, the associates and their families joined together to share knowledge, food, and laughter. Many said afterward that being able to taste all the different foods was the best part of the event. Each group presented about their home country or area with music, dance, or other customs. There were two dances: a Philippine courtship dance and a Bangladesh dance. One highlight of the event was the discovery of previously hidden talents in fellow workers. Just after the event, an associate shared, “It’s good to show how our culture or our differences become the same.” The plan had been to have attendees vote for the best decorated booth, best attire, and best presentation; but in the end, everyone decided that everything was so great that everyone was a winner. As each community shared with the others, they celebrated not only who they—and we—are as individuals, but came together as a stronger Marine Corps Exchange family.
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