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eMarine for Volunteers
[3/28/2014]

Please visit the all-new eMarine for Volunteers Page! The Volunteer page highlights volunteer team efforts from the installations as well as outstanding individual volunteers.

Please click here to visit the page and don't forget to check back for new updates and more information regarding this exciting program!
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
274,000 subscribers and counting!
[12/19/2013]

As of mid-Dec 2013 eMarine has over 274,000 subscribers! THANK YOU for spreading the word and helping your Marines, Service Members, Government Employees and their families see the informational value and the role that eMarine fulfills as a 24/7 one-stop-shop family readiness resource in support of the Unit, Personnel and Family Readiness Program (UPFRP). HQMC Family Readiness Branch thanks each and every MCFTB Trainer and Family Readiness Officer for their continued support of eMarine.
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!
It's cold and flu season - protect yourself!
[12/19/2013]

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention website offers helpful information regarding handwashing. This is a good reminder especially for those that work with children. Visit: http://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/ .
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.
New Sequestration Video Available.
[4/12/2013]

A second video regarding Sequestration has been posted on marines.mil and DVIDS. Copy and paste the URLs (below) into your web browser to access:

marines.mil: http://www.marines.mil/

DVIDS: http://www.dvidshub.net/video/286467/gen-james-f-amos-sequestration-update-2
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.
Mrs. Amos' Weekly Message March 7, 2014
[3/7/2014]

Character Counts!

Marine Corps Family Team Building and Child Youth and Teen Program have partnered to roll out a new training curriculum across the Marine Corps specifically for kids and teens, and young adults. This curriculum is called: Character Counts.

Character Counts is an evidence based framework approach to character education centered on basic values, called the Six Pillars of Character.

The Six Pillars include: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship (TRRFCC). The Marine Corps has certified trainers at most installations to conduct these great educational opportunities for you and your kids.

No matter what your political or religious affiliation, this curriculum is about the universal values we all share. This class in no way replaces parenting, but it does provide a framework to help educators and parents build strong, foundational characteristics in children and teens, and reinforces these important characteristics in young adults.

For more information, please contact your local Marine Corps Family Team Building office or Children, Youth and Teen Center. You can also go to the Character Counts website to read official blogs from Michael Josephson the founder of Character Counts by going to: whatwillmatter.com

Remember, if our Marine Corps kids and teens exhibit these six pillars of character we will have TRRFCC kids!

Click Here for the Character Counts Brochure

Hugs, Bonnie
Mrs. Bonnie Amos, Spouse of the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps
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
Month of the Military Child
[4/8/2014]

I love the month of April because it’s finally Spring! And we celebrate Military Children and their wonderful accomplishments.
April is the Month of the Military Child!

There are approximately 2 million military children, of which 109,420 are Marine Corps children. Each and every one of these children is amazing, talented, resilient and saavy!

Operation Homefront selects a Military Child of the Year from each Service. This year’s Marine Corps Winner is Michael-Logan Burke Jordan.

He is the founder and President of Logan’s Heroes Foundation, which promotes the spirit of volunteerism and helps wounded warriors, first responders, and disadvantaged children.

Michael-Logan will receive his award at the Military Child of the Year Award Gala in Washington, DC on 10 April.

CONGRATULATIONS to Michael-Logan.
Give each and every one of your kids a hug, and tell them how thankful we are that they are OUR Military child.

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

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