Supporting Our Military This Holiday Season
If you would like learn how you can show your appreciation to our Servicemembers and our Military Families during the holidays, please visit OurMilitary.mil.
OurMilitary.mil offers not only offers ideas on how you can show your support during the holidays and beyond but also provides information about our military and our military families who contribute so much to our communities and the tremendous spirit of support for our military that exists throughout the country.
Eligibility and Funding Guidance for Off Base Child Care Fee Assistance
Eligibility and Funding Guidance for Off Base Child Care Fee Assistance
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to review MARADMIN 570/14 - Eligibility and Funding Guidance for Off Base Child Care Fee Assistance. MARADMIN 570/14 supports the child care needs of geographically dispersed Marine families with the cost of licensed or accredited child care programs.
Electronic Health Records and Healthcare Management Software
Last month, Secretary Hagel ordered an extensive 30-day review of the Department of Defense's efforts to achieve the president's goal of creating a seamless health record that integrates Veterans Affairs and DoD data and modernizes the software supporting DoD clinicians and patients.
Following this review, Secretary Hagel directed that DoD will continue near-term coordinated efforts with the VA to develop data federation, presentation, and enhanced interoperability. This near term goal shall be pursued as a first priority.
To achieve longer-term modernization, Secretary Hagel directed that DoD will pursue a full and open competition for a core set of capabilities for healthcare management software modernization.
"Our objective is to provide the best possible health care for our service members with continuous quality care. Our service members and veterans, and their families, expect and deserve a seamless system to administer the benefits they have earned. Secretary Shinseki and I will continue to work closely together to deliver on that promise," said Secretary Hagel.
While these two efforts do not address the problem of the existing VA backlog, which is not driven by health record transfer timelines, they will greatly improve continuity of care and provide more immediate access to standardized and integrated health care data from DoD, VA and private sources for patients and clinicians.
In addition, the under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics will assume direct responsibility for DoD healthcare records interoperability and related modernization programs.
Wow what a winter this has been! I’m sure most of you are just as excited as I am for Spring to arrive. I promise not to complain about how HOT it is!
As the seasons change, there are many things we need to prepare for to keep ourselves and our families safe! From tornadoes to hurricanes and other natural disasters, it’s that time of year to ensure you are ready.
As Marine Corps families, we have to be ready for anything that comes our way. We always dwell on deployment readiness, but “weather” readiness can be just as unpredictable.
Marine Corps Family Team Building has an excellent class that provides useful tips on how to prepare in case of an emergency. This training can help you with specific information about your location, as well as tips on what to pack in your emergency kit, and what documents you should always have ready.
Having experienced hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding and fires, I wish I’d taken this training sooner…I would have been far less panicked and more prepared. And as you all know it seems these natural disasters only happen when my husband was deployed or too far away to get home to help!
Contact your local Marine Corps Family Team Building to take advantage of the Emergency Preparedness workshop and know what to do!
Mrs. Bonnie Amos, Spouse of the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps
DSTRESS LINE has Skype Capability
DSTRESS Line staff not only has call and chat capabilities but they can Skype too! Skype has been used for couples counseling and to talk about the everyday stressors of life. This approach allows couples (even geographically separated couples); another avenue to discuss issues with veteran Marines, former FMF corpsmen with years of experience on 'the green side', Marine Corps spouses or other family members, and licensed behavioral health clinical counselors who have taken Marine Corps-specific training to understand our culture. To set up a Skype appointment, call the DSTRESS Line at (877) 476-7734 or you can click on the DSTRESS Line Red Button on the eMarine Homepage to get more information.
HQ Family Readiness
Navy Chaplains and Confidentiality
Chaplains are available 24/7 to offer you a safe place to talk with complete confidentiality, regardless of your individual beliefs.
to learn more about your right to confidential communications with a Navy chaplain.
Check out the resource page website below for more information.
Military & Family Life Consultant Program.
Need to Talk? Military & Family Life Consultants (MFLCs) are here to listen. MFLCs are available to help Marines, attached Sailors, spouses and children, and staff.
MFLCs can address:
* Deployment and reintegration
* Marriage and relationship issues
* Parenting and family issues
* Communication challenges
* Stress and anxiety
* Sadness, grief and loss
* Daily life issues
Counseling and training are FREE and ANONYMOUS. No records are kept by a MFLC. Exceptions to confidentiality include duty-to-warn cases. Helping you is their priority!
After-hours and weekend appointments are available. Group or offsite meetings can be arranged.
Please see your local Installation Family Advocacy Program website for more MFLC information. Additional MFLC information or brochures can be found at Installation Family Centers, Family Advocacy Program Office, etc.
to read the Feb 2013 Marine Corps Times Article “More counselors for Marines and Dependents”.
to view MFLC Frequently Asked Questions.
Safari (Mac) Users - Access Information.
eMarine subscribers using a Mac and the web browser Safari have reported problems logging into eMarine.
If you are unable to log into eMarine using a Mac and Safari, please download either Google Chrome or Firefox - these free web browers should allow you to access eMarine without any issues.
Additional information if you download Firefox:
If you download Firefox and are still unable to access eMarine from a Mac, try changing the browser settings using these instructions:
1. Open Firefox.
2. Select Tools -> Internet Options.
3. Select the "Advanced" tab.
4. Scroll down to the "Security" section and select the checkboxes for "Use SSL 3.0", "Use TLS 1.0",
5. Deselect the "Use SSL 2.0" option.
6. Click Apply and then OK.
7. Close all open browsers and then try to access the site again.
If you are still unable to access eMarine from a Mac after trying all of the above, please click the Technical Support button at the top right of the page for assistance.
eMarine Tip - Finding a Unit Site!
Family Members - the quickest way to locate your service member's unit is to click on Find a Unit Site and then the Sponsor Search button on the top right of the map! You only need the first name, last name and birthday in MMDD format to search for the unit and subscribe! Use this method if you are not sure what unit your service member belongs to!
eMarine Speaks Many Languages!
Google's website translator now offers instant access to automatic translation of all eMarine sites and pages. Simply select a language from the drop-down menu on the bottom right side of your screen.