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A newsletter for the Parents And Wives of the Soldiers of the 2nd 238th AVN (Wildcat PAWS)

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2/238th Family Events INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Spotlight

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The friends and family of the 2/238th gathered with their soldiers for a family day feast and educational session in March. In a brief amount of time, a wealth of information was provided regarding families’ assistance and preparedness. Topics ranged from the various services available through the Family Assistance Center, TRICARE insurance, financial counseling, family and personal counseling, deployment support, casualty assistance, and dealing with the media and special events. Contacts: Kristen Arnett, Family Assistance Center & Early TRICARE -502-607-1108 or kristen.arnett@us.army.mil Ethel Curtis, Personal Financial Counselor -800-372-7601 or ethel.m.curtis@healthnet.m Virgil Hayes, Military Family Life Consultant Chaplain Bill Draper - 502-607-1729 or bill.draper@us.army.mil 1LT Christopher Winburn, Casualty Assistance Office - (859) 293-4144 or Christopher.winburn@us.army.mil David Altom, Public Affairs—502-607-1562 or david.altom@us.army.mil Families braved the heat July 15 to gather for BBQ and spouse flights. Several soldiers were recognized for their hard work and achievements, including PV2 Moreno / FRC Thomas: Certificate of Achievement for Annual Training CW2 Stevens: ARCOM (Honor Graduate CBRNE) 1LT Tharp: ARCOM (Distinguished Honor Graduate Flight School) CW3 Kimberlin received a special honor for his service to the unit


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Spotlight— The year 2012 has proven to be one of SPC Dakota (Cody) Collins’ most challenging years. But he’ll be the first to agree— without challenges there’d be no growth. A guard member for four years, Cody survived a traumatic car wreck in January and has remarkably surpassed doctors’ expectations. Not unusual for anyone who knows Cody.

SPC Dakota Collins receives an award from Col. Ferguson at last summer’s Family Day Event.

Free time is now spent in the gym strength training, since he’s “off profile.” A 15 Tango, his next goal is to obtain an upslip so “I can get back into the air.” Future plans include nursing school. “I’m so thankful to my nurses. I’d like to offer others who may be in a similar situation, the same care that was given to me. “

a lot of his time helping his “momma,” his number one fan. “I’d say the best thing about the guard is how helpful everyone is. When I was in the hospital everyone was amazing. They even offered to help take care of my Momma because I couldn’t. That meant a lot.”

Originally from Denver, Colorado, Dakota now lives in Lawrenceburg. He spends

Mark your calendar now 2/238th Strong Bonds Weekend, Feb. 1-3 Join your fellow 2/238th married couples and attend the Strong Bonds Marriage Weekend, February 1-3, 2013! The Strong Bonds program has offered to give the unit first priority for registration, so we can attend as a group! This will be a great opportunity for us to get to know our unit couples better and spend some quality time with our spouses. Strong Bonds offers a great get-away with valuable tools and resources to help support strong relationships and resiliency. The Strong Bonds mission is to increase soldier and family readiness through relationship education and skills training. The unit-based, chaplain-led program has been in existence since 1997. Since then, the program has held more than 1,300 training events and more than 30,000 couples have been trained. Hotel, food and training are all paid for by the National Guard, and a date night is encouraged Saturday night. The only expense incurred is travel to and from the conference, and any expenses you choose during non-training periods. Strong Bonds is not necessarily an event for marriages in jeopardy. Any couple can attend and will benefit from the training. The tips and tools presented will help strengthen and benefit any marriage. And what couple wouldn't benefit from a weekend together?! Online registration will open in October and instructions will be sent via email. Once registered, please let your FRG leader know so the group can know who’s coming. Strong Bonds also offers singles weekends, and family weekends. Visit www.strongbonds.org for more information on the program. WILDCAT

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Family events important to unit bond Big thanks to all who attended the Family Day activities during our recent July drill. It is always a pleasure coming together as a unit and spending time with friends and loved ones. We extend an invitation to all friends and family of soldiers in this Unit and welcome the opportunity to strengthen and educate the members of our FRG. We have some excellent opportunities on the horizon, including a “Strong Bonds Event” for our unit couples in February. Lodging and meals are paid for, and I encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity. Registration will open in October. Other Strong Bonds Captain James Caniff events are ongoing throughout the year, and provide a great opportunity to learn and spend quality time with your spouse, family, or other singles. Find out more at www.strongbonds.org. We’re looking forward to our next family day of good food and entertainment scheduled for December. Details are soon to follow; we hope to see all of you there.

Museums offer discounts, free admission Twenty-four Kentucky museums are participating in a program that provides free admission to their facilities for active duty military personnel and their family members. Known as Blue Star Museums, the organizations are among 1,500 total across the United States participating in the program, a collaboration of the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and the museums. Free admission to participating museums is available to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through

Coming Soon!!

Labor Day 2012.

Unit Outing!!

Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly.

The Medevac Unit is plan-

See listings of participating venues across the U.S. at the Blue Star Museums website. http://www.nea.gov/national/ bluestarmuseums/ index2012.php

ning a family outing in Gatlinburg! Preliminary plans are to rent a house for a weekend this fall. Details coming soon!!

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Bills support National Guard Several bills benefitting Kentucky veterans and families of the Kentucky National Guard were signed into law this spring. Among the new laws are the following (with bill number and sponsors):

DRILL DATES 6-8 August 2012 IWQ / WHFRTC (MUTA 6) (Monday – Wednesday)

HB 121 – Rep. Fitz Steele, of Hazard – Creates a new section of KRS Chapter 2 to define “Prisoner of War and Missing in Action flag” and requires that any such flag either purchased or displayed by a public institution be manufactured in the United States.

14-16 September 2012 CSM Challenge / Hidden Valley (MUTA 5)

HB 221 – Rep. Rick Nelson, of Middlesboro and Rep. Tanya Pullin, of South Shore – Provides veteran's designations on operator's licenses.

21-26 October 2012 Platoon Level ATX / MEDEVAC Ops / London, KY (6 ADOS)

HB 224 – Rep. Pullin – Allows money in the military family assistance trust fund to be used for the Kentucky National Guard Adoption Assistance Program.

3-7 November 2012 SRP I and OCIE Showdown / CLS (MUTA 10)

HB 256 – Rep. Tom McKee, of Cynthiana and Rep. Mike Denham, of Maysville – Establishes the Iraq/ Afghanistan War Memorial Committee for purposes of establishing the Iraq/Afghanistan War Memorial, and establishes the Iraq/Afghanistan War Memorial Fund to be administered by the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. HB 369 – Rep. Dennis Horlander, of Shively – Ensures police officers receiving the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation Program Fund salary supplement shall continue to receive the supplement when called to active duty with the United States Armed Forces. HB 379 – Sponsored by Rep. David Floyd, of Bardstown – Increases the number of military family assistance trust fund board members from six to seven, requires the appointment of a member of the Kentucky National Guard to the board and staggers terms for appointed board members.

Adoption Benefits now available for Guard Families New state legislation now provides adoption benefits to members of the National Guard. The adoption benefits measure was the first major initiative to emerge from the Military Spouse Task Force established last October by First Lady Jane Beshear. After hearing the concerns of military spouses, Beshear formed a panel of spouses with the goal of enhancing the quality of life for military families.

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The task force has set up a Facebook page to disseminate information to military spouses across Kentucky. The need to provide adoption benefits for National Guard families came up during a luncheon for military spouses hosted by the first lady at the governor’s mansion last fall. The Department of Defense provides $3,000 to active duty service members for costs associated with adoption, but not to National Guard members.

The issue moved quickly as legislation was introduced in the General Assembly before the end of last year. Beshear testified on behalf of the measure earlier this year, and both chambers passed the bill, HB 224. Under the bill, members of the Kentucky National Guard can be reimbursed up to $3.000 from the state’s military family assistance trust fund for adoption agency fees, legal fees, medical costs and court costs. Guard families can receive up to $5,000 for adopting a child with special needs.


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Employment priority given to military spouses Many companies are pledging priority to military spouses and veterans in the hiring process. Even better news—the vast majority of these jobs are in the area of customer support and telemarketing, which can be accomplished from home. Many other jobs are in contact centers located near military installations, and offer family-friendly scheduling, growth opportunities and the ability to transfer seamlessly from one center to another. Jobs like these are a blessing to military spouses, who must balance the everyday challenges of life with military-related demands. Flexible work hours offer a better work-life balance, especially when spouses are deployed and children are at home. Check out the Defense Department’s Military Spouse Employment Partnership at https:// msepjobs.militaryonesource.mil/. MSEP is a partnership with more than 100 private-sector companies that have committed to a focused effort on military spouse employment.

VRAP offers training assistance In an effort to reduce Veteran unemployment, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 was passed and signed into law last November. Included in this new law is the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) for unemployed 35 to 60 year old Veterans, which began July 1, 2012. VRAP offers 12 months of training assistance to 99,000 unemployed Veterans who are at least 35 years old but no older than 60. Eligible participants will receive up to 12 months of training assistance at the full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill–Active Duty program (currently $1,473 per month). DOL will offer employment assistance to every Veteran who participates or applies to the VRAP program. If you want detailed information - You can learn more about VRAP at http://benefits.va.gov/vow/education.htm To signup - Please visit: http://gibill.va.gov/benefits/other_programs/vrap_email_signup.html You will be prompted to provide us your first name, last name, and email address. Once submitted you can expect to receive six to seven emails about VRAP, including notification on when applications open. If you have any technical problems with the link or the image please email 225D.VBACO@VA.GOV for support. Detailed information on VOW and VRAP is also available at http://www.benefits.va.gov/VOW Help spread the word by sending this information on to the Veterans in your military community. For further employment assistance, contact: COL (R) PHILIP K. MILLER Employer Support Specialist (Contractor) Military Personnel Services Corporation Work: (502) 607-1532 Cell: (859) 227-4777 philip.k.miller@us.army.mil papakilo6@insightbb.com

SFC (R) TIM STINNETT DoD Contractor, IIF Data Solutions KYESGR Work: 502-607-6055 Cell: 859-612-9233 Fax: 502-607-1264 Timothy.stinnett@us.army.mil

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September 6 – 9, 2012 Rupp Arena ● Lexington, KY

Don’t miss Fully Charged, the all-new surge of circus entertainment from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey where megawatts of thrills explode off of the arena floor with breathtaking dare-devilry, superhuman stunts and never-before-seen performances that energize Children of All Ages! Patrons can arrive an hour before show time for the All Access Pre-show – free to all ticket holders – where they can meet performers and animals, learn circus skills and enjoy a taste of the performance before the show even starts. MILITARY PERSONNEL (Active, Reserve, Retired) & FAMILIES save $7 per ticket. Go to http:// rupparena.com/groupSales/PDFs/2012/Circus_MILITARY.pdf for a MILITARY Ticket Order Form. Get your order in early for the best seats - orders are being accepted NOW and tickets will be processed in the order received beginning July 19, 2012. Tickets for orders placed prior to August 28, 2012 will be mailed. Tickets for all orders placed after August 28, 2012 will be available at the WILL CALL window. NO DISCOUNTS after September 5, 2012. For more great Military discount offerings, please click http://rupparena.com/groupSales/ military.php. Your password to enter the site is military, and it is case sensitive. Call Jana Hatton, Group Sales Manager at (859) 233.4567 x3292 for more information!

The Derby City

For more information go to www.derbycityqd ma.com or contact: President Derby City QDMA: Pete Blandford, 502-553-8230, blandford_peter @bellsouth.net DERBY CITY QDMA: QDMA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Federal ID #57-0941892

and Central KY Branches of the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) will sponsor the second annual Military Youth Deer Hunt in support of our local troops of Kentucky. MISSION: The primary mission of our youth deer hunting program is to provide a safe and rewarding hunting opportunity to the children of our deployed troops. Without our help, these children may miss the chance to enjoy the hunting experience because their mother or father is away protecting our freedom. It is our WILDCAT

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chance to give back to those who give so much! OUR GOAL: It is our goal to provide a quality hunting experience for the children of our deserving service members. We are planning for approximately 30 children ages 10 thru 15 to participate. Each child will be paired up with an experienced mentor whose responsibility will be to provide a safe yet rewarding hunting experience. In addition to participating in a safe and rewarding hunt, each child will: • Attend KDFWR hunter education and receive a certificate

of completion • Receive a youth hunting license and deer permit • Develop marksmanship skills in both archery and modern firearms • Attend seminars on whitetail biology, hunter ethics and field care of deer • Experience the deer camp environment • Participant in games that revolve around wildlife education and hunting skill development WHEN: 11-14 October, 2012 WHERE: YMCA’s Camp Piomingo, located inside the 2600 acre Otter Creek Park in Brandenburg KY. Hunting will be in nearby counties on private lands and FT Knox.


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Advanced Training at Grissom Air Base

Today's children face a great deal of stress academic performance, heavy scheduling, high achievement standards, media messages, peer pressure, and family tension. Without healthier solutions, they often cope by talking back, giving up or indulging in unhealthy behaviors. This Webinar will provide participants on overview of information to support the development of youth and help them to build the positive traits needed to bounce back from challenges and manage stress.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana recently received a portion of a national grant to serve children of military families in our area. We invite you to join the Big Brothers Big Sisters family by enrolling your child. Our Military Mentoring Program will help children of military families overcome the unique challenges they face. START SOMETHING “BIG” FOR YOUR CHILD! The program “matches” local volunteer Big Brother and Big Sister mentors with children from the ages of 7 to 16 years old. Volunteers spend time one-on-one with a child. Having a “Big” can help your child cope with the particular stresses of being a military child. A Big is not a replacement for a parent deployed or away from home. Instead a Big provides your child additional support by giving them a structured friendship with a caring adult in a safe, supportive way. HOW DOES IT WORK? Bigs and Littles spend time together a few times a month enjoying everyday activities. They can attend sporting events, go to the movies or go to the park. Through these everyday activities, your child will create lasting memories! In addition, Bigs and Littles meet in a school or community center each week to read together, go over homework, play computer games, go to the gym or just talk. Visits take place only at a partner site. Your child will have fun and focus on academic success at the same time!

Dr. Ginsburg is a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine. He lectures widely to national and international parent and professional audiences. His most recent books are, "Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings," published by The American Academy of Pediatrics and "Letting Go with Love and Confidence: Raising Responsible, Resilient, Self-Sufficient Teens". View Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg's webinar (6/21/12), Resilience in Action, by clicking here http://breeze.bgca.net/ p2gza6clunh/.


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2/238th hats, t-shirts & sweatshirts Get ‘em while you can! Order long-sleeved t-shirts or sweatshirts for fall/winter. And, the hats are new!! Please return your order form and payment to Steve Hartman ASAP. Make checks or money order payable to 2238th FRG. No cash please! Questions? Contact Steve at 502-545-8011 or Robin at 502-545-0672.

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