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eMarine for Volunteers

Please visit the 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!
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.
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.

Thank you,
HQ Family Readiness
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!
Mrs. Amos' Weekly Message - 19 Sept 2014

Changes to Marine & Family Programs

I wanted to share with everyone some changes that are coming to Marine & Family Programs. As the operations in Afghanistan come to a close, the services offered by Marine & Family Programs must reflect the decreasing size of the Corps and change in mission.

The wonderful people at Marine & Family Programs have not made these changes lightly. They’ve taken the time to listen to the concerns and needs of Marines and their families, and assure me that while services may be reduced in size, they will not be reduced in the value they provide to Marine families. Although Marine & Family Programs will be reducing some staff across Marine Corps Family Team Building (MCFTB) and Children, Youth and Teen Program (CYTP) Centers, and reducing operating hours, manpower and number of facilities across Semper Fit & Recreation, these programs will continue to serve the core needs of Marine families.
Marine & Family Programs have listened to concerns of Marines and families to identify the programs that are critical to mission readiness. They have succeeded in protecting many core programs, ensuring these services will continue to be available in the future. They have also expanded the Behavioral Health and Personal and Professional Development programs, while remaining committed to the prevention of sexual assault.

The Marine Corps, and Marine families, are excellent at adapting to any situation life throws at us. We must continue to uphold these values as the needs of the Corps and our Marines change. This is also a fantastic opportunity to serve our Corps and each other. Volunteering is a great way to lend a hand to any programs in your area that might need a little extra support.

For more information on these changes, and how you can lend your support, visit

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

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

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.

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!

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

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

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, 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

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.

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

Mrs. Amos Weekly Message 23 May, 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

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:

-Hugs, Bonnie
Mrs. Bonnie Amos, Spouse of the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps
Mrs. Amos Weekly Message 16 July, 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
Mrs. Amos Weekly Message 25 July, 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
Mrs. Amos Weekly Message 01 August, 2014

It’s that time of year again, where we are moving to new duty stations, making new friends, and getting ourselves established in our new surroundings.

L.I.N.K.S., also known as Lifestyle Insights, Networking, Knowledge and Skills, is basically a Marine 101 training course. It’s a great program that can get you on your way to acclimating to your new environment!

If you’re new to the Marine Corps, this is a great opportunity to learn about benefits, deployments, investing in your community, and many other topics. If you have a new neighbor, grab them and come on out to a L.I.N.K.S. class. At the end of each class there’s also a celebration in true Marine Corps tradition!

For more information on class schedules, please contact your FRO or local Marine Corps Family Team Building office.

Mrs. Bonnie Amos, Spouse of the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps
Mrs. Amos Weekly Message 18 August, 2014


I love hearing from volunteers who share the many reasons they enjoy volunteering.

Volunteering is one way to meet new people, especially after a move to a new duty station. It also gives people a chance to give back to an organization they admire.

My favorite stories are from volunteers who tell me how they personally benefited from someone else's generosity and kindness and now they want to pay it forward; that is the Legacy of Service that makes Marines and their families exceptional!

If you have never volunteered or it has been a while I invite you to contact a Volunteer Coordinator at your local installation and find out how you can be part of that 76%. Volunteer with a friend, your spouse or as a family.

To locate a Volunteer Coordinator at your installation go to, click on Featured Links, and then scroll down to Volunteer Opportunities, or contact your Family Readiness Officer.
For all the countless hours donated on behalf of the Marine Corps and in support of Marines and their families, my sincerest thank you for all that you do!

Hugs, Bonnie
Mrs. Bonnie Amos, Spouse of the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps
Mrs. Amos Weekly Message 22 August, 2014

Hiring our Heroes Job Fairs!

If you’re looking for a job, Hiring our Heroes has released their calendar for the remainder of the year!

Hiring our Heroes is an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that helps veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find employment opportunities.

Visit the Hiring our Heroes website for great tips on how to prepare if you plan on attending one of their fairs. Go to:

If you can’t attend a fair in person, Hiring our Heroes can still help you find employment through one of their virtual job fairs. You can utilize their digital employment tools online, as well as reach out to local veteran organizations or military family groups.

The website also has a resume engine to strengthen your resume and job search strategies. During the fairs, they also have workshops designed specifically to help you write a resume.

Don’t miss out on one of these great job fairs. Best of all, they are FREE!

Good luck to you as you start your job search.

-Hugs, Bonnie
Mrs. Bonnie Amos, Spouse of the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps
Mrs. Amos Weekly Message 29 August, 2014

Spouse Ambassador Network

Maintaining a successful career as a military spouse can often be difficult.

The Department of Defense, in collaboration with a select group of Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) non-profit organizations worked together in order to support military spouse career opportunities.

The Spouse Ambassador Network’s mission is: to educate, empower and mentor military spouses to encourage career fulfillment by promoting and sharing resources while facilitating effective relationships with local and national stakeholders.

The network comprises of more than 200 organizations that have committed to hiring military spouses.

Military spouses can also receive career counseling and advice from master’s –level certified career counselors for advice.
For more information go to

-Hugs, Bonnie
Mrs. Bonnie Amos, Spouse of the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps
Mrs. Amos Weekly Message, 5 Sept 2014

Children & Deployments

If you’re a parent who is experiencing an upcoming deployment, you may find yourself with many unanswered questions and concerns.
Marine Corps Family Team Building has many classes to help you and your children before, during, or after a deployment.

Some tips they’ve provided include: One of the best ways to prepare your children is to communicate with them by being honest, and remaining calm while talking to them about the upcoming deployment. Also, keeping a routine is essential. Activities such as games, schooling, bed times, are important to keep regular. Keep in mind that children also take their cues from you! Listen to their concerns, and be available when they are ready to communicate.

For more tips, opportunities to share your deployment experience with other spouses, and opportunities for your children to engage in fun activities, please visit your installation Marine Corps Family Team Building Office, or go to, click on services, and click on MCFTB Program.

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


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