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Mrs. Amos Weekly Message 25 July, 2014
[7/25/2014]

School Liaison Officer – School Checklist

This year has gone by so fast!

Just a couple of months ago we were ending another school year, and now half of summer is already over.

For those of you PCSing or transitioning out of the Marine Corps, I’m sure the “to do” list seems endless.

The School Liaison Program has a School Transition Checklist to ensure you have the necessary school records for your child/children in order.
If you need assistance during this transition, please contact your local School Liaison Officer, they are always happy to help in any way they can.

For a listing of School Liaison Officers at or near your installation, or to get more information regarding the School Liaison Program, Click Here.

Safe travels for the rest of the summer and congratulations to all military kids for another successful school year.

-Hugs, Bonnie
Mrs. Bonnie Amos, Spouse of the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps
Electronic Health Records and Healthcare Management Software
[6/9/2014]

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.
Concepts and Programs
[6/9/2014]

The vision of the Concepts and Programs project is to provide political and military leaders with timely, accurate, and relevant information. The Concepts and Programs project is the premier strategic communications vessel the Marine Corps relies on to inform Congress, Office of Secretary of Defense, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Think Tanks about the Corps’ vision.

The Concepts and Programs project can be broken down into four main themes: the Marine overarching operational concept; major programs; Service demographics; and the financial status of the United States Marine Corps. These themes are conveyed through a demure publication, a website, and a mobile application to both political and military leaders with the intent of socializing the Corps’ vision.

To that end, providing the information in the right form, at the right time, in the right place, to the right audience is the mission of this effort.

Find the document at this link: www.usmccp.com
DSTRESS LINE has Skype Capability
[1/30/2014]

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.

Thank you,
HQ Family Readiness
eMarine Tip - Finding a Unit Site!
[4/6/2012]

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!
Military & Family Life Consultant Program.
[4/1/2013]

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.

Click here to read the Feb 2013 Marine Corps Times Article “More counselors for Marines and Dependents”.

Click here to view MFLC Frequently Asked Questions.
Navy Chaplains and Confidentiality
[7/3/2013]

Chaplains are available 24/7 to offer you a safe place to talk with complete confidentiality, regardless of your individual beliefs.
Click here to learn more about your right to confidential communications with a Navy chaplain.
Check out the resource page website below for more information.
Safari (Mac) Users - Access Information.
[1/22/2013]

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 Speaks Many Languages!
[12/21/2011]

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.
Emergency Preparedness
[3/21/2014]

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!

Hugs, Bonnie
Mrs. Bonnie Amos, Spouse of the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps
Lakesha Cole – Marine Corps Spouse of the year
[4/2/2014]

Congratulations to this years Marine Corps Spouse of the Year, Lakesha Cole!

Lakesha is a great example of someone who has excelled on her journey as a military spouse and truly embrace the many challenges we all face as military spouses.

I am honored to share some advice Lakesha has for those spouses who are looking to get involved in their community.

She wants to emphasize that spouses learn their installation. Familiarize yourself with the resources that are readily available and find organizations that provide support for service members and military families.

Volunteering is also another great way to make new friends when you first move to a base. As Lakesha notes, most bases have a thrift shop or gift shop and these places can be a fun way to get to know people and find out what’s going on in the community.

Lakesha credits her Family Readiness Officer for helping her get acclimated to a new area and keeping her family informed about upcoming events by providing information on how to get involved with the unit or other community organizations.

To learn more information about how you can get involved at your installation, please visit eMarine at www.emarine.org, or call your Family Readiness Officer for great volunteer opportunities!
The best to Lakesha as she represents the Marine Corps at the Military Spouse of the Year luncheon, May 9th in Washington, DC!!

-Hugs, Bonnie
Happy Mother’s Day
[5/9/2014]

Happy Mother’s Day

I want to take a moment and send a special Happy Mother's Day wish to all mothers around the globe. I hope you all have a wonderful, restful day with some much deserved pampering!

If you are the spouse of a Marine or Sailor who is currently deployed I hope you know just how much you are loved this day regardless of the miles that separate you.

To all mother's whether you are the mother of a Marine, a deployed mother serving our country, or if you've "adopted" a Marine along the way...please know that our nation is grateful for all you do as a mother in support of this country.

Jim and I are thinking of you and your families this Mother's Day. We have great admiration and respect for your sacrifices.
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!


-Hugs, Bonnie
Mrs. Bonnie Amos, Spouse of the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps


Mrs. Amos Weekly Message 23 May, 2014
[5/23/2014]

Military Spouse Appreciation Day & Lakesha Cole

We recently celebrated Military Spouse Appreciation Day, a day that honored those who have given up so much to live this crazy military life style.

It is our patience, sacrifice, and courage that keeps us moving in many directions all over the world. We’ve been promised adventure and travel and we’ve had our fair share of both.

Congratulations to Lakesha Cole for being named the 2014 Military Spouse of the Year. She is a truly inspiring woman and spouse.

You all contribute so much to the Marine Corps by sharing your time and talents, and for that we are grateful!

Please click here
to see the ALMAR in recognition of Military Spouse Appreciation.

-Hugs, Bonnie
Mrs. Bonnie Amos, Spouse of the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps
Mrs. Amos Weekly Message 30 May, 2014
[5/30/2014]

Holly Scherer & Kathie Hightower

I’d like to share some very exciting news with you regarding two authors from the First Lady of the Marine Corps Recommended Reading List. Military Spouse Journey: Discover the Possibilities and Live Your Dreams, written by Holly Scherer and Kathie Hightower has been selected as one of the top three self-help books by the Midwest Book Awards.

Their book was selected out of 800 other titles!

I am so proud of their accomplishment and so excited that others acknowledge this great book and the positive message it provides to military spouses. Congratulations Holly and Kathie, this award is well deserved!

For more information go to: http://elvaresa.com/scherer-attends-midwest-book-awards/

-Hugs, Bonnie
Mrs. Bonnie Amos, Spouse of the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps
Mrs. Amos Weekly Message 16 July, 2014
[7/15/2014]

On Independence Day, we celebrated a small group of patriots who, in signing the declaration, ignited a revolution that made us free.
Everyday our service members have continued to ensure we stay the 'Land of the Free'.

Jim and I were honored last month to watch as the President of the United States presented one of our own, Cpl Kyle Carpenter, the Medal of Honor.

Kyle dived on an enemy grenade in order to save the life of his friend, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio, during an insurgent attack in the Marjah district of Helmand province on Nov. 21, 2010.

His wounds were extensive and life threatening. To have been where he has been and to be the positive person he is today is truly inspirational.

I hope you enjoyed your Fourth of July celebration with family and friends and kept our brave service members like Kyle in your thoughts.

-Hug, Bonnie
Mrs. Bonnie Amos, Spouse of the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps

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