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1 Presented by Family Program Staff June 28, 2014

2 Trending Issues Financial Employment Crisis Intervention and Referral

3 FINANCIAL Resources for Financial Assistance, including submitting loan applications to the CONG Foundation, Military Family Relief Fund, and Home Front Cares Referral for Financial Assistance to militaryrelated national and community organizations Referral to a Financial Counselor for Budget Planning and Tax Preparation Assistance in understanding Military Pay Help with Pay issues

4 Foundation Foundation applications processed for a total of $123, loans 24 grants Foundation applications processed for a total of $30, loans ($19,062.88) 10 grants ($11,275.49) OUTSTANDING LOANS for $27, for $19, for $49, never made a payment 13 never made a payment 26 never made a payment In the process of writing off $52, in defaulted loans

5 Personal Financial Counselor Buckley AFB: Susan Whitaker at the Airman and Family Readiness Center, she will see anyone with a military ID. Appointments required. O: Fort Carson: The Financial Readiness Program is located at 6303 Wetzel Ave Bldg 1526, Fort Carson, CO Contact Information: Military OneSoure: Telephone-based financial counseling is available at no cost to active duty, Guard, and Reserve members (regardless of activation status), and families located in the continental United States. Call at Mpowered: mpowered is Colorado-based nonprofit resource for individuals and families in Colorado who want to learn about money management and participate in coaching to achieve an individual definition of financial success. Contact Information: or

6 USAA- Free Financial Counseling Deanne Funkhouser, Military Affairs Rep, West Region C: (719) E: Financial Management Presentation (through USAA Educational Foundation) Financial Improvement Team Credit Monitoring/Improvement Deployment Assistance

7 Employment Assistance for Service Members, Spouses and their children On-line employment resources: Hero 2 Hired, Connecting Colorado, ebenefits, and USA Jobs Western Colorado employment resources are Mesa County Workforce Center and community businesses Resume assistance through H2H

8 Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Vision - To foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. Mission Statement - ESGR facilitates and promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service by developing and advocating mutually beneficial initiatives; recognizing outstanding employer support; increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies; resolving potential conflicts between employers and their service members; and acting as the employers principal advocate within DoD. Customers - All Employers, All Uniformed Service members, Families of affected Service members POC Mr. Brent Hamilton Program Support Technician

9 National Guard Employment May, 2014 CONG UNEMPLOYMENT Rates: As of March 2014 Air: TOTAL STRENGTH Reported Unemployed 22 Full-time Students Unemployed = 1.94% CONG AVERAGE Army: TOTAL STRENGTH RATE % 247 Reported Unemployed 46 Full-time Students Unemployed = 5.04%

10 Employment Assistance Are you looking for Employment? Do you need help writing your resume or improving your interviewing skills? We can help you prepare and find your next job. or give us a Call. SSG James Neily Kathleen Dorram

11 National Guard, Veterans, and Family Members Employment Assistance Workshop July at JFHQ Create a Resume or update your existing one Learn Effective Job Search techniques Gain Successful Interviewing Skills Learn to convert military skills sets to civilian terminology Meet and interview with DOL Career Center representatives To Register, contact Kathleen Dorram at or SSG James Neily at You Must Pre-Register to Attend

12 Mission Statement - Our Soldiers, veterans, and families face a number of challenges transitioning from military to civilian life. We have a duty to ensure our Military & Veteran communities have the support they need and deserve. The H2H Employment Application Tool is just one component of the Department of Defense commitment to ensure we keep our promise. Activities - Assist military community members in finding meaningful employment opportunities through the H2H program by providing employment preparation and job referral assistance (resume writing assistance, editing, interview prep, dress for success, etc.) to reserve & guard service members, spouses and veterans. Customers - Soldiers of all components, veterans, and family members can connect with private industry employment opportunities. POC: Laura L Whitehead Employment Transition Coordinator C: A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers. - President John F. Kennedy

13 Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Program

14 JFHQ G1 Education Education Service Specialist of G1 Incentives (GI Bill) Ms. Jinny Cavin, MA Ed CW3 Lori Wasserman GoArmyEd Tuition Assistance Manager Deputy, Personnel Services Education Counselor ESO and GI Bill Manager COM: O: E: E: 5040 Bennett St., Bldg. 8010, Rm 106 Fort Carson, CO Hours: Tue thru Fri

15 Referral to Internal Agency - Chaplain, State Suicide Prevention Manager, Military Family Life Consultant, Director of Psychological Health Referral to Outside Agencies - Military OneSource, Tricare, Veteran Affairs Referral to local civilian community agencies Referral to military-related community organizations Follow-up with each case

16 Director of Psychological Health 140 th Wing Air Guard Army Guard Rebecca Ferren, LCSW Marissa Long, MA, LPC 140 S Aspen St, MS E Sunlight Way, Stop 71 Buckley AFB, CO Buckley AFB, CO Bldg 706 Room Bldg 1000 Contact Info: Contact Info: O: O: BB: C: DSN:

17 Chaplain How the Full-Time Chaplain Team Can Assist You Whether you need help finding the right counselor, are walking through a difficult time financially, or just want to find out about the resources available to you as a member of the Colorado National Guard Family, you have come to the right place. Your Chaplains are here to help you connect with the appropriate resources and work hand in hand with our great team at the State Family Program Office to help you successfully navigate the amazing challenges of life and the great adventures of serving our nation as a member of the Colorado National Guard. Some of the services the Chaplains provide include: Pre-marital Counseling Marriage Counseling Crisis Counseling Grief and Loss Counseling A listening ear in support of the ups and downs of life Referral to programs in support of specific needs Being a point of contact for direct connection to your Brigade or Battalion Chaplain Information on the Strong Bonds Program Community requests for support (see below)

18 Red Cross /7/365, the Red Cross relays emergency communications messages to service members stationed anywhere in the world. Skill-building workshops to help military community identify and cope effectively with unique challenges

19 Military OneSource Visit or call The Military Family Life Consultant program is ending and services will transition back to Military OneSource Are you familiar with Military OneSource Non- Medical Counseling and Financial services? You name it. We can help!

20 Volunteers of America Volunteers of America Back Home Supportive Services for Veteran Families The only VA-funded grant that serves homeless Veterans AND their families (20% of clients are children under 18) Must be homeless or at risk of homelessness Must have a DD214 or proof of Veteran status Must make less than 50% $AMI annually

21 Screening Information (VOA) Phone: Walk-In: VOA Mission Lawrence, Denver Weekly Screenings: WED: 1PM-3PM VOA Mission Lawrence, Denver FRI: 1PM-3PM CRRC Downing, Denver

22 Rocky Mountain Human Services Operation TBI Freedom (assists Service Members and Veterans who have traumatic brain injuries) Eligibility Specialist: Chris Anderson, Homes for All Vets (helps Veterans avoid homelessness or move into safe, stable housing) Eligibility Specialist: Alicia Padilla, Re-Hire (provides funding for employment assistance to Veterans) Eligibility Specialist: Ryan Waechter,

23 CONG Child and Youth Program 400% increase in programming from last year Over 40 programs offered in 2014; more for 2015 Camps, youth leadership club, training & education, sports & recreation, service projects, holiday events and more Serving youth ages 6-18 years Connect with us via Facebook: Search Colorado National Guard Child & Youth Call to be added to our Master Registration List. Only takes 1 minute. Text alerts: to Staff phone: Staff and Website:

24 Family Program Marketing Family Program Marketing Office, Website launched March 2014 Continuously growing to meet Service Member, Family Member, and Command needs Website is your 24/7 civilian gateway to information on the Family Program and related offices (i.e., Chaplain, JAG, SARC)

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