Army Reserve Family Programs
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Army Reserve Family Programs Directorate Seeks Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Issues to improve the well being and quality of life of Army Reserve Families at all levels.
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Resiliency & Reintegation Camp
BGCA Resiliency & Reintegration camps will be hosted at Camp Whitcomb/Mason in Hartland, WI and Camp Walter Johnson in Denton, NC.
These camps are designed to give military youth an opportunity to experience summer camp with their peers. The camp will offer youth curriculum based programs designed to provide our military youth with the necessary skills to build resiliency, practice healthy lifestyles, problem solve and learn family communication skills.
Selected camp sites are accredited by the American Camping Association
Please see the brochure for more information and how to register for the camps.
Military Teen Adventure Camps
Military teens (14-18 years old) will have an opportunity to participate in adventure camps scheduled May 2014 through April 2015 at little to no cost. These high energy, high adventure, and high experience camps are planned across the United States from Washington to New Hampshire and from Colorado to South Carolina as well as states in between. This is the perfect chance for you to experience the outdoors as you never have before!
Camps for youth with special needs (mental, physical, and emotional) are also planned in New Hampshire. Opportunities to camp as a whole Family are available in Kentucky and Washington. There is something for everyone!
2014 Military Kids Camps
Information regarding the 2014 Military Kids Camps funded by the Department of Defense is now posted at 2014 Military Kids Camps.
It will also be linked from the OMK homepage.
Camps are open to military-connected youth, regardless of Branch of Service, who have a parent/loved one in any phase of the deployment cycle; priority given to children/youth from geographically dispersed Families. The Family camps would be especially suited for Families that are experiencing reunion/reintegration.
Contact the listed POC for each camp for specific information for that camp and/or camp registration.
Young Lives, Big Stories Contest
Military children can win big prizes for telling their story.
Operation Purple Camps
Applications for 2014 Camps are now being accepted. APPLY NOW!
The National Military Family Association has collaborated with outstanding camp partners to continue supporting military kids by providing a camp where they connect with other kids just like them. At Operation Purple Camp we embrace being "purple" and bring together military kids from all ranks and services, including National Guard and Reserve components, to a unique and memorable summer camp experience. Click here for more information.
Tips to Get the Most Value from Your Tax Refund
By James Lander, Military Saves Director
Tax time is one of the few opportunities when households receive a sizable amount of money – especially if they are able to take advantage of the earned-income tax credit.
While it may be tempting to spend that money on wants vs. needs, saving your tax refund can protect you from needing to turn to payday loans or high-cost credit later in the year, and can serve as the foundation to grow your savings.
Here are four ways to get the most value from your tax refund:
1. Pay down your debt. Use your refund for some much needed debt relief. Pay off your credit card balance. Alternatively, you can apply your refund toward other debts, like a car loan or a home equity loan.
2. Save for a rainy day. Why not give yourself an even bigger return on your tax refund by putting the money into a share or savings account? It's always helpful to have a savings account to draw from when a major car repair bill, medical emergency or other unexpected expense comes along. That way, you don't have to borrow money and add to your debt-load.
3. Consider your financial goals. Trying to save for a house or car down payment? Hope to contribute to your child's college tuition? Consider applying your tax refund toward these goals. If you don't yet have a set of short-term and long-term financial goals, put one together. You'll be more conscientious about how you spend your refund or any other extra money that comes your way.
4. Save your refund for a chance to win $25,000. This year, instead of taking your refund as one check or direct deposit, use IRS Form 8888 to “split” your refund. All you need is your savings account information OR you can decide to order a U.S. Savings Bond for yourself or someone else (no account information needed!). Learn more at https://www.saveyourrefund.com/
Remember, you work hard for your money and you deserve to enjoy a healthy financial lifestyle. Put some thought into how you use your tax refund. Making smart financial decisions is not always easy, but it will definitely benefit you and your family over the long term.
Need help finding ways to save? Take the Military Saves pledge to make a commitment to yourself to save and receive emails and/or text messages to keep you motivated.
What Do Military Families Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act?
The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, includes a requirement for most Americans to carry health insurance. This requirement is often referred to as “the individual mandate.”
Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act requires individuals to maintain a minimum level of health insurance, known as “minimum essential coverage” (MEC), for themselves and their dependents. Individuals who fail to have MEC may be required to pay a penalty (called a “shared responsibility payment”) when they file their tax returns.
If you are a service member, retiree, family member, or survivor covered by TRICARE, you have MEC. (See full article.)
Safety Slogan Competition
The Army Reserve is excited to announce the new “Safety Slogan” competition. This competition is a chance for YOU to set the stage for Safety in the Reserve Command. The slogan will be used to promote the Command’s commitment to safety.
The winner will receive:
The deadline is 29 April 2014. Click here for details. (PDF)
Army Reserve Battle Buddy App for iPhone, Ipad and Android Smartphones
The Army Reserve Battle Buddy App has been released for use on iPhones, Ipads and Android Smartphones. This user-friendly app provides tools and information needed to assist in suicide intervention and other crisis situations.
This app is organized into two primary areas, "My Buddies" and "My Resources". MY BUDDIES contains quick links and tips to use if you must act or intervene in a crisis. It provides detailed intervention, awareness and prevention information concerning the Army's suicide prevention program and Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program.
MY RESOURCES consists of links and information on programs and services available to Soldiers and their Families. You will find a wealth of information on benefits, entitlements, educational opportunities, financial resources and other information.