July 26, 2005
This forum is to discuss issues that affectthe community.If you have an issue that you wish tosubmit, visit the 22nd Area Support GroupWeb site at
andclick on the Community Action Council link.This link provides you the opportunity toreview issues that have been previouslysubmitted and responded to by postagencies. There is also a form available for you to submit any new issue you would likeaddressed. If you have questions, call 634-5222 or 0444-71-5222 from off post.The command encourages you to identifyyourself when submitting a CAC issue inorder to be able to answer your concerndirectly.Childcare is offered during the CAC at$2.50 per hour, per child for children ages 6weeks through kindergarten from 8:45-11:15a.m. Preregistration is required. Children will be cared for in the Child Development Center,Building 395. Children must be registered withChild and Youth Services CentralRegistration.Call 634-7219 or stop by their new locationin Davis Family Readiness Center.The next CAC is Wednesday at 9 a.m. inthe Ederle Theater.
I have been hearing from manyother people that packages being sent downrange to loved ones are being opened and items removed. I realize that the packages may need tobe opened for customs purposes, but I amcurious to know what is being done to ensurethat items in packages are not being stolenand the packages are getting to the intended
Community Action Council
Worship that pleases God
By Sgt. Sara Wood
American Forces Press Service
Compensation for the survivors of servicemembers who die in combat zones andinsurance coverage for servicemembers will both increase significantly this year, a military pay official said today.An increase in death gratuity benefits from$12,500 to $100,000 already has taken effect,and Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurancemaximum coverage will increase to $400,000starting Sept. 1, said Air Force Col. VirginiaPenrod, director of military compensation.The increase in death benefits took effectMay 11 and is dated retroactively to Oct. 7,2001, Penrod said. This means that survivorsof servicemembers who died between Oct. 7,2001, and May 11, 2005, will receive theincreased benefits, as will survivors of servicemembers who die from May 11 on, shesaid.The increased benefits are for survivorsof servicemembers who die in combat zones,combat operations and combat-relatedsituations, she said. Combat-relatedsituations can include airborne duty, combattraining, demolition duty and trainingexercises, among other things, she said. A policy designating combat areas andsituations was given to the individual servicesin June, and each service is now reviewing
Death benefits, insurance increasefor servicemembers
cases. Payments already have begun, but the process of identifying and paying all eligiblesurvivors could take several months, shesaid.When the increase in SGLI coverage takeseffect Sept. 1, it also will be datedretroactively to Oct. 7, 2001, she said.Survivors of servicemembers who died in acombat zone, combat operations or combat-related situations between the October dateand Sept. 1 will receive $150,000 intransitional insurance, which will bring themto the $400,000 level, she said.In addition to the increased coverage,DoD will pay premiums of $150,000 for servicemembers involved in combatoperations or deployed to a combat zone,Penrod said.The increase of these two benefits cameabout as a result of a 2004 study evaluatingthe adequacy of death benefits for servicemembers, she said. The study foundthat benefits were adequate, but didn’trecognize the unique sacrifice made byservicemembers who die in combatsituations, she said.“There was concern that we weren’trecognizing direct sacrifice of life in serviceto our nation,” she said. “That’s how theincrease was made for those particular situations. “
The 22nd Area Support GroupChaplain’s Family Life Office, in partnership with deployed SETAF and 173d Airborne Brigade chaplains, iswriting a series of devotional articlesbased on the best-selling book, “A Purpose Driven Life,” by Pastor Rick Warren.The intent of these articles is to offer deployed Soldiers and their familymembers a devotional meditationwhich they can use for weeklydiscussion and to hopefully deepen their spiritual connection during the separation.
Chaplain (Maj.) Leon G. Kircher
22nd ASG Family Life Chaplain
“Give me what you’ve got...” –GodOne of the most difficult elements inthe lives of people who believe in God isthe proper or “correct” way to worshipGod.I’ve heard it said over and over, “Youhave to do this during worship, if youdon’t then it’s not ‘true’ worship.”And then, of course, there is theother church down the block that saysyou have to do it their way, read thisversion of the Bible only, cut your hair acertain way, wear only “Sunday clothes”to church and if you don’t you’re branded a heretic and left to your owndevices.It’s all baloney!Pastor Warren hits the nail on thehead when he states that the kind of worship that pleases God has four characteristics.It is
, based firmly on theScriptures and the teachings of theChurch.Secondly, it is
; in other words, you mean what you say andworship God genuinely and sincerely,recognizing that many times the way youworship has more to do with your personality and cultural upbringing rather than a “one size fits all” mentality. God justwants you to be yourself.Don’t try and be someone you’re not – God didn’t make you that way – we’re alldifferent on purpose.The third is that worship must be
. It must engage your mind andsenses and at the same time be done fittinglyand in order. It must not be a thoughtlessseries of “vain repetitions.”Lastly, and one I will spend a little moretime on, is that worship must be
.We can worship God in many ways;through thanksgiving, praise, humility,repentance, offerings of money, prayer, andserving the needy.But real worship costs. It costs your self-centeredness. You cannot exalt God andyourself at the same time. The focus is notyou! It takes time and effort and is notalways convenient, comfortable or entertaining.Those of us in the west, particularly theUnited States, have made worship a show.People expect to be entertained or to receivewords of wisdom from the Bible as if it’s just another self-help book. If they aren’tsatisfied, they just go shopping for another Church that “really ministers to me.”That’s not sacrifice. That makes it allabout you. Worship involves loving Godwhen we don’t feel like it, when we’re tired,when we don’t feel like getting up to go toChurch and do anyway.Or, even if exhausted, you still go work at the shelter because you promised you’d be there.That’s true worship of God, andthat pleases God.Warren closes this chapter with somefine words: “The heart of the matter is amatter of the heart.”Make it a matter of
heart this week!
recipient as a whole. And, if items are stolen, can we bereimbursed for those items, or are thererecommendations for safeguarding items sent in packages. It isn’t fair to the Soldier,or the sender for someone to take these items just because they want them.
Response from the 510th PostalDetachment:
When mailing a packagedownrange, there are certain considerationsto keep in mind.First, make sure it is properly packagedand wrapped. If a customer has any problemswith this, please come to the Post Office andwe will assist you.Secondly, it is standard procedure for thefinance clerks to ask all customers if theywant to insure the piece of mail they aresending. If the item is of high value, this isrecommended. Items mailed downrange dotravel MPS-which is a free service. However,in order to take advantage of the insuredservice, local-rate postage and the insuredfee is applied. This is a small price to pay toensure that you can possibly be reimbursedif anything happens to your mail on its wayto its destination.MPS correspondence is not U.S. mail andno claims will be honored by the U.S. PostalService. MPS mail is a privilege of beingstationed overseas. It allows you to sendmail from APO to APO within theater for free.According to the Unites States PostalService, MPS is not mail, it is personalcorrespondence.Like all mail MPS items are treated likemail and provide the same protection andsecurity against theft and depredation,service standards, search and seizure procedures, and customs requirements.However, no claims will be honored bythe MPS for the loss, miscarriage, or negligenttransmission of correspondence sent without postage.As for mail being received open and rifleddownrange: we at the Army Post Office havenot had any formal complaints of mail arrivingdownrange opened. Please note that it is theresponsibility of the recipient to fill out a PSForm 1510 with their APO downrange in order to initiate any inquiry into opened andmissing mail.Without proper documentation to supportthe fact that mail is being received opened,there is nothing that can be done.
Today my son shut the car door before I pulled my purse out. I called theMilitary Police desk and explained to them I had been locked out of the car. I was told that because there were nochildren or pets in the car it was not anemergency and they could not help me. I was on post at the time, and my cell phone, all my phone numbers, wallet, toinclude military id, bankcards, etc., were inthe car. Essentially I was abandoned on post withmy two children, ages 3 and 5. What optionsdo I have in this situation? An Italian company cannot come on post,to my knowledge, and I had no way of contacting anyone. I did have a spare set of keys, but I live in Grisgnano, which is about a 15 minute drive depending on traffic.I couldn’t call my husband (I do knowmy cell number and my home phone) as he isin Afghanistan again. I couldn’t take a bus, as my money was inthe car, and even if I did, I wouldn’t beallowed back on post, as my identificationwas in the car.This is a situation I do not wish onanyone, nor do I wish to repeat, especiallywith the stress of a deployment and the added responsibility of two small children, I reallydidn’t need the pressure of trying to find myway home while my car was right in front of me.
Response from the Office of the ProvostMarshal:
The Military Police and FireDepartment are not trained to open lockedcar doors for people who have lockedthemselves out.If an emergency arises (small child lockedin the car on a very hot day), the MP/FD willrespond and attempt to gain entry utilizing a‘slim jim.’If the MP/FD is unsuccessful with the slim jim (only one officer has received basictraining with this tool), other more drasticmeasures are employed (e.g., breaking awindow). Again, this is in emergency typesituations.The incident outlined in this CAC issuedid not involve an emergency situation. Thecaller notified the MP desk of the situation(locked out of car) at approximately 6 p.m.She was told in non-emergency situationsthe MP/FD would not respond to attempt toopen the car. The MP Desk did ask if she hadanother set of keys or a friend to call. Shewasn’t abandoned. The caller notified her Rear Detachment and was in her car withinthe hour.There is alternative to calling the MP/FDor Rear Detachment. An Italian towingcompany can in fact come on post (signed inat gate) in the event an individual requires professional locksmith service. The company(Faccine Towing) is located in Longare andcan be reached at 0444-953-280. The chargefor this service is approximately 70 Euro.The Vicenza Dental Clinic will be receivingreserve dentists to help out until the newdentists arrive on post.If for some reason a family member cannotget an appointment and would like to go off- post for dental treatment, they will need togo to the Tricare Service Center (Room 160)in the Vicenza Health Clinic to get a statementof non-availability.Packets are available for clients to fill outfor reimbursement. Overseas reimbursement
Vicenza Dental clinic treatment information update
is 100 percent for everything except prosthetics (I crowns, dentures).However, clients must be enrolled in theUnited Concordia Tricare Dental Program to be reimbursed.The Vicenza Dental Clinic has a list of localdental clinics that have been visited by thecommand.This list is located in the waiting room, or ask the front desk personnel at the dentalclinic and they will assist you.