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Storage of Important Papers During Deployment

April 29, 2009 — Important personal documents must be safeguarded during deployment. While you are gone, important documents such as your will, insurance policies, titles to property and other financial paperwork must be safeguarded during deployment.  However, certain aspects of storing these papers should be considered.1.  Under some state laws, safety deposit MORE

Deployment and Mobilization Readiness

April 29, 2009 — The Family Readiness Center (FRC) is designed to help prepare Families for separation from their Soldiers. The FRC accomplishes this mission by providing a variety of training for Family members, Family Readiness Group (FRG) Leaders, Rear Detachment Commanders, as well as, specialized training for military units.In an effort to prepare Families for MORE

Family Readiness Group (FRG) and the Family Readiness Resource Center

April 29, 2009 — Family Readiness Groups (FRG) are organized to provide mutual support for a unit's Family members. Each Family Readiness Group is affiliated with a specific military unit, Army Reserve National Guard (ARNG) Armory or United States Army Reserve (USAR) Center. The Family Readiness Group forms the third component of the Army's Family support system MORE

Home Security & Crime Prevention

April 29, 2009 — Crime and fear of crime are big problems that influence how you live.  The most important resource we have in reducing these problems are neighbors working together to prevent crime.  This makes it harder for crime to happen and reduces the chance for criminals to victimize you and your Family members. Crime is a local problem and can best be MORE

Mobilization, Deployment, Training and Field Exercise Information Review

April 29, 2009 — Ongoing readiness plays a vital role in today's Army.  An understanding of the structure of the Army's mission is the first step in preparing Soldiers and their loved ones for separation. The following information will begin by addressing several types of separation that are most commonly associated with today's military.  These are:  Mobilization, MORE

Planning for Military Separation

April 29, 2009 — Personal DocumentsWe have discussed why separations occur in the military environment and quickly looked at an inventory of what you may or may not know about the status of your personal affairs. At the conclusion of this material, you may want to organize your personal documents and complete a legal checkup.  What are some of the items you would MORE

Family Care Plans

April 29, 2009 — A Family Care Plan is important for all Families, and is especially critical for single parents and dual military parents.All Sponsors need to have a current Family care plan, because Family does not mean just two parents and 2.5 kids. It means you and the people you provide for and care about.Do you know what a Family Care Plan is? Who needs one? MORE

Separation Issues

April 29, 2009 — Coping with SeparationArmy personnel and their Families know that communication and accurate information remain the key elements in accomplishing of the mission.  This material is designed to prepare you for the emotions and stress related to separation, and to help you recognize that those feelings follow some predictable patterns.  Knowing the MORE

Helping Children Cope With Stress

April 29, 2009 — Knowing the signs and symptoms of your child's coping mechanisms under stress can assist you in better helping them.Children may have sleep disturbances, nightmares, appetite problems, "act out" and test new limits.In very young children, bed-wetting, thumb-sucking, baby talk or demanding a bottle may occur.Older children may pick fights at home MORE

Reduce Stress and Coping Strategies

April 29, 2009 — Here are some ways you can reduce the stress in your life that are useful not only for Family Readiness Group (FRG) leaders and volunteers, but also for other family members experiencing the stress of separation or relocation.  Try different techniques (each for at least 3 days) until you find ones that work for you. Some of the suggested coping MORE

Legal Information Soldiers Need About Wills

April 29, 2009 — A will is a legal document that allows you to determine what will happen to your property (estate) at your death.  In a will, you may choose someone to distribute your property according to your wishes (executor), someone to care for your minor children (guardian) and someone to look after the assets you leave your minor children (trustee).What MORE

Spouse and Child Support

April 29, 2009 — Army Regulation 608-99 requires Soldiers   to provide financial support to their spouses and minor children. This is a punitive regulation; therefore, failure to comply may result in administrative punishment. The amount of support required by the Army when no court order or other oral agreement exists is the Basic Allowance for Housing II (BAH) MORE

Deployment Connections

April 29, 2009 — We now have our joint Family readiness web page active. This site provides the public, Service members, Families and extended family, and friends information related to Deployment/Mobilization. Please note that this is a work in progress and we want the information to be "purple" and generic. For those who need more Service specific information, MORE

H1N1 Flu hotline established; additional resources, flu information

April 29, 2009 — FORT RILEY, Kan. – In response to the public health emergency declaration on the H1N1 flu outbreak, Irwin Army Community Hospital has increased surveillance for flu-like symptoms and set up a hotline (785) 240-4FLU (4358).The hotline is for Family members and retirees with health benefits who are experiencing flu-like symptoms. The hotline helps MORE
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Surgeon general: No cause for alarm with flu

April 29, 2009 — WASHINGTON (Army News Service, April 28, 2009) -- While emphasizing caution, the surgeon general of the Army said there's no reason to be alarmed by H1N1 flu (swine flu)."It's important for you all to understand that there is no cause for panic or alarm," wrote Lt. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker, U.S. Army surgeon general in his blog. "Antiviral drugs are MORE