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July Family Connections Newsletter

July Family Connections Newsletter

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July Family Connections Newsletter
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On July 17, the Department o Deense, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Military Savescampaign and many other organizations will observe the rst everMilitary Consumer ProtectionDay. Throughout the month o July, DoD will empower military amilies with ree consumerresources to help them avoid scams and make inormed decisions about nancial productsand services. In addition to everyday scams, service members and their amilies are sometimestargeted due to unique actors o military lie. Rental and moving, credit card, car buying and loanscams are examples o rauds ocused directly on military amilies.On Military Consumer Protection Day, service members will have access to tips on protectingthemselves against scams, as well as the best inormation to make sound decisions in themarketplace, such as where to go to get more inormation or to le a complaint and how to ndconsumer protection resources. Commemorative activities may be held at the installation leveland may include seminars, inormation through social media or ree publications or servicemembers and their amilies. Being aware o the types o scams that are happening is the rst lineo deense. Contact yourlocal FFSCor more inormation.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Did you know the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Oce o Servicemember Afairshas received more than 5,000 complaints rom service members, veterans, and their amilies? These complaint statistics are not just numbers. They represent military members, their amiliesand the impact consumer nancial issues are having on their quality o lie. A copy o the reportcan be ound on theCFPB website.CFPB wants to hear rom active-duty, Guard, Reserve, retirees, amily members and veterans – thewhole military community. You can contact them with questions or complaints about consumernancial products and services by visitingwww.consumernance.gov/ .
“Any informed borrower is simply lessvulnerable to fraud and abuse.”  
– Alan Greenspan
Military ConsumerProtection Day 
JULY 2013
Family Connection is a publication of the Fleetand Family Support Program. The Navy's Fleet and Family Support Programpromotes the self-reliance and resilience of Sailors and their families. We provide informationthat can help you meet the unique challenges of the military lifestyle.If you have questions or comments, contact Timothy McGough at
Visit us online at:
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Change o Address –Online FormsAre youmoving?Report yournew addressonline usingthis consolidated list o change o address orms.
Navy Getaways,Navy Gateway Inns and Suites
Navy Getaways.
Whether planning a amily vacation, a class reunion, retirement, ora weekend getaway, Navy Getaways provides vacation accommodations and excitingrecreational “Getaway” experiences or active duty service members, retirees, Reserv-ists, DoD civilians and their sponsored guests. With 47 sites across the globe, NavyGetaways ofers accommodations at prime locations that vary rom rustic and simple tosophisticated comort. The sites includes over 2,631 RV spots, tent sites, cottages, cabins,townhomes, and resort-style vacation rentals. Most sites also ofer BBQ areas, laundryservice, bathhouses, kids’ play areas, game rooms, community centers, and some evenofer swimming pools!
Navy Gateway Inns and Suites (NGIS).
NGIS is the ocial Priority One Navy lodgingchoice or all temporary duty travelers. I space is available, NGIS also accommodatesthose traveling in a leisure status. With over 24,000 guest beds at military installationsworldwide, NGIS ofers lodging services comparable with commercial hotels or all ac-tive duty service members, retirees, Reservists, DoD civilians, and their sponsored guests.Staying at Navy Getaways or NGIS not only provides great lodging at great prices, butalso ofers the convenience o other base amenities. Guests can take advantage o MWRactivities, ood services, swimming pools, gyms, gol courses, marinas, beaches, movietheaters, youth centers, discounted tickets or area attractions, and other great MWRactivities right outside their doors.NGIS has also partnered with commercial hotels ofering lodging accommodations withrates below per diem while providing sae, secure lodging that meets DoD standards(available or TDY or leisure travel).For more inormation and reservations, visithttp://www.navygetaways.com,http://ngis. dodlodging.net/ , or call 1-877-NAVY-BED (628-9233).
 America the Beautiful
  This pass is your ticket tomore than 2,000 ederalrecreation sites. It coversentrance ees at nationalparks and national wildliereuges as well as standardamenity ees at national orests andgrasslands, and at lands managed by the
Free annual pass for U.S. military to National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands
Bureau o Land Management and Bureauo Reclamation. 
Available to U.S. military membersand dependents in the Army, Navy,Air Force, Marines and Coast Guardand also, Reserve, and National Guardmembers.
Must be obtained in person at aFederal recreation site by showing aCommon Access Card (CAC) or MilitaryID (Form 1173).Additional inormation may be ound athttp://www.store.usgs.gov/pass/military.html.
JULY 2013
Location iseverything whenchoosing where to live
Families have a lot to consider whenchoosing a home at a new installation.For amilies where both spouses havecareers, deciding on where to live takeson additional complexity. Cities withlarge suburban areas like Washington,D.C., andSan Diego, Ca.,can also havecommutes thatdramatically im-pact quality o lie. The job markets in these types o areas can be diverse and localized in par-ticular suburbs. Understanding the localreal estate market and industries is exact-ly why service members and theiramilies should contact the localHousing Service Center (HSC)when moving into anew community. The proessional counselors at the HSCcan help you navigate your new com-munity and will collect your concerns,needs and special situations and turnthem into a solid plan or nding you theperect home in the right neighborhood. This will help contribute to your amily’semployment readiness and consequent-ly, your amily’s overall quality o lie.
Your local HousingService Center (HSC)can help whenmoving into a new community.
 The SpouseEducation and CareerOpportunities (SECO)program launcheda new tool to helpprovide educationand career guidance to military spousesworldwide.MySECOgives spouses o active-duty, National Guard and Reserve
Your résumé: Te key to obtaining an interview 
Most people nd writing a résumé to be a dicult task. Many military spouses andamily members struggle to create a unied résumé that truly highlights all o theirskills and accomplishments in a manner which is understandable to civilian employ-ers. So where do you start? Your localFleet and Family Support Center (FFSC)ofersrésumé writing workshops as well as one-on-one résumé writing assistance at no cost.Consultants are also available to guide spouses and amily members on career plan-ning and job seeking, as well as help prepare or interviews and negotiate job ofers. Inaddition to your local FFSC, ree résumé writing assistance is also available online.
Department of Labor’s Career OneStop’s Résumé Guide
 This comprehensiverésumé guidewill help you:
Identiy the key elements o a great résumé. 
Understand our diferent résumé strategies and select the one that will get yourrésumé noticed.
Market your résumé, online and in-person.
Make the most o the Internet by providing tips on how to increase your onlinepresence and use social media to your advantage.
American Job Center Network Locator
American Job Center Network Locatorprovides a single access point - open 24/7 - orkey ederal programs and critical local resources to help people nd a job, identiytraining programs and tap into resources to gain skills in growing industries. This site,and the nearly 3,000 ederally unded brick-and-mortar employment centers that arepart o the American Job Center Network, provide an easily-identiable source or thehelp and services individuals and businesses need. Many local centers have their ownwebsites, so be sure to check out your local center’s site to determine whether résuméservices are among the services provided.service members access to online educa-tion and career inormation, resources,tools and assessments 24 hours a day,seven days a week at no cost to the user.Spouses can begin to explore their inter-ests, skills, passions, and personality typeto determine the best t or educationand career choices and begin to build aportable and meaningul career path.
New spouse employment readinessresource launched
JULY 2013

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