Wednesday, December 21, 2011

1186 Mom's Car Repairs

SOS!! We are reaching out to our 1186 friends to see if anyone can help. One of our soldiers mom needs our help. She came out from Portland to the Yellow Ribbon event in September and her car broke down. Through some miscommunications and a dishonest mechanic she still doesn't have her car back. She is beyond desperate and can not afford to buy another car or pay a mechanic to fix it. So we are asking you to ask your friends and family if anyone can help her get her car fixed. Lets try and give her a little hope and band together and help this Blue Star mother.

We need $400 for the repairs. This is not an official FRG activity. It is voluntary and think of it as one 1186 family member to another. Please send payments (even $10 gets us closer to the goal)to Jessica Morris. You can contact her at 253-255-9013 or email

Jessica Morris
Amy Christensen
Leila Sanders

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Christmas Shoppe

Operation Homefront's Operation Christmas Shoppe registration is in full swing on our web site at . Dead line for registration is December 1, 2011. We have two shoppes that families can register to attend December 12 -20 in Albany Oregon and December 16, 17 and 18 in Pendleton Oregon. Currently registration is really low and we would like to get the word out to families to register and take advantage of this program. Please help us by forwarding information on to your families and contacts.
Thank you
Chrisinte Strawn
Operation Homefront, Oregon
Holiday Program Coordinator

Check out this official site

Military Spouse Employment Website

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

PenFed Foundation

The PenFed Foundation Dream Makers Program offers grants of up to $5,000 to
service members for a down-payment on their first home. The program also
offers similar grants to service members that have not owned a home for the
last three years, or have lost their home through divorce or disaster.

Please see the below link for more information.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Our FRG Activity planned for November 12th has been moved to the ARC located at 3225 State Street Salem, Or 97309. Still in Salem but with a lot more room for us!


Below is a list complied from multiple sources and some have last years dates but it gives you an idea of all the locations that offer special discounts and free items to military families for Veterans Day.

Veterans Day Discounts and Freebies
Restaurants Abuelo’s Mexican Food - Abuelo’s offerings vary by region, be sure to call ahead to see what the discounts or freebies are included.

Applebees - All veterans and active duty military eat free from a limited menu at Applebee’s on Veterans Day.

Chili’s — Veterans and active duty dine for free from a special limited six item menu on Veterans Day.

Golden Corral — Golden Corral Restaurants’ Military Appreciation Monday free dinner will be available on November 15, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Military retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserves are all welcome.

Hooters — All Veterans and active duty eat free. The free entrees must be selected from a special Veterans Day menu.

Krispy Kreme – All active-duty, retirees & veterans get a free doughnut on Veterans Day. Be sure to call ahead to verify your local Krispy Kreme is par-ticipating.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants — Participating McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants offer a complimentary entree to vets from a special menu on a space available basis, online reservations are highly recommended.

Outback Steakhouse — Veterans and active-duty military get a complimen-tary Bloomin’ Onion and non-alcoholic beverage on Veterans Day.

UNO Chicago Grill — UNO is offering a Buy One Get One free offer to Service members or Veterans with a military or veteran I.D. or in uniform or with a photo of themselves in uniform. The Veterans Day BOGO offer includes a free entree or individual pizza, with the purchase of an entree or pizza of equal or greater value.

Texas Roadhouse – Free meal from opening until 4pm. on Veterans Day. Call ahead to your local restaurant for more information.

T.G.I. Friday’s – Veterans and Service members Buy one get one free from Nov 11–14. Contact your nearest location for more details on their Veterans Day BOGO offer.


The Dollar General — Veterans, Service members (Active, Guard, and Reserve), and their immediate families will receive a 10-percent discount with a Veterans Day coupon. The coupon may be found in store circular ads or by asking a sales associate.

Home Depot — Offers a 10 percent discount to all Veterans during Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day.

Lowe’s — All veterans receive the 10-percent discount on Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. The offer is available in stores only and is limited to in-stock and special-order purchases of up to $5,000.

Sam’s Club — Sam’s give away 36,000 collapsible Hugo Canes on Veterans Day to military veterans in need of mobility assistance. Sam’s Club will require membership for this offer, but proof of service may be necessary. – Free ―Veterans Day Honor‖ MP3 album download. The album includes 12 songs by The Bands and Ensembles of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Cabela’s Outdoor Store – Offers their employee discount to all veterans, active-duty military and reserves, law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel November 11-12. Discounts vary from 5% to 50%, depending on the item.

Build-a-Bear Workshop – Members of the armed services including the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Reserve Officer Training Corps, will receive a 20% discount November 11-15 on any one transaction at Build-A-Bear Workshop.

Fashion Bug – 20% off all plus-size and misses clothing purchases with a copy of military ID or spouse’s military ID.

Sports Clips Haircuts - The men’s hair salon chain is offering a free haircut to active military and veterans on Veterans Day.

Foot Locker — Veterans, Service members (Active, Guard, and Reserve), and their immediate families with a Foot Locker Veterans Advantage Card receive a 20 percent discount every day of the year. That offer is good both online and at any store location, including Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Footaction and Champs Sports — even on sale items

Restaurant Freebies

Applebee's Restaurant - Free dinners to veterans throughout Veterans Day November 11th; selections will be from a new Veterans Day menu.

Outback Steakhouse - Free Blooming Onion and beverage.

Golden Corral- Free buffet dinner from 5-9 p.m. on Nov. 15 to anyone who has ever served in the U.S. military Staff.

In celebration of Veterans Day 11 Nov 2010, Subway is showing its thanks with free six inch subs to all Veterans or Active Duty members.

On Nov. 7, McCormick & Schmick's restaurants will offer a free entree to military veterans for its 12th annual Veteran's Appreciation Event. Menu picks include such seafood items as parmesan crusted tilapia, roasted cedar plank salmon and almond crusted rainbow trout. "Our Veterans Appreciation Event has become a tradition that our restaurants look forward to each year," said Bill Freeman, CEO of McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants, in a statement. For more information: www

Krispy Kreme - One free doughnut of any variety.

UNO Chicago Grill- Free entree or individual pizza with an entree or pizza purchase of equal or greater value.

Coushatta Casino Resort - The Louisiana casino and resort is offering a free seven-clans lunch or dinner buffet to veterans or active military.

MarketPlace Grill & Express - Veterans and active-duty military receive free entrees.

Masala Wok - The Northern Virginian restaurant is offering a free entree to veterans.

Hy-Vee supermarkets - The mid-western supermarket chain is offering a free breakfast to veterans. Abuelo's Mexican Food Restaurants - All veterans and active-duty military receive a free entree.

Carolina Burgers & BBQ - In Matthews, NC is offering a free meal to all service members and veterans.

Retail Freebies

Brides Across America - Provides free wedding gowns to qualified military brides.

Lowe's & Home Depot - Extra 10% off to active-duty military members, National Guard and reserve members, retirees, honorably discharged veterans and immediate family members.

Sam's Club - Over 25,000 Hugo canes will be given away to U.S. veterans in need of mobility assistance. Membership is not required, but supplies are limited, so check with your local store. - Free "Veterans Day Honor" MP3 album download. The album includes 12 songs by The Bands and Ensembles of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Cabela's Outdoor Store - Offers their employee discount to all veterans, active-duty military and reserves, law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel Nov. 11-12. Discounts vary from 5% to 50%, depending on the item.

Build-a-Bear Workshop - Members of the armed services including the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Reserve Officer Training Corps, will receive a 20% discount Nov. 11-15 on any one transaction at Build-A-Bear Workshop.

Dollar General - 10% discount for all veterans, active-duty military, National Guard and reserve and their immediate families.

Fashion Bug - 20% off all plus-size and misses clothing purchases with a copy of military ID or spouse's military ID.

Entertainment Freebies

National parks, forests and monuments - Admission is free to everyone on Veterans Day.

Knott's Berry Farm - Free park admission to U.S. armed forces personnel and a guest during Veteran's Month, November 1-26.

Colonial Williamsburg - Free admission Nov. 6-11 for active-duty military, guard and reservists, retirees, veterans and their dependents. San Jacinto Museum of History - Free visits to the Observation Deck, theatre, and special exhibit for veterans, active duty military personnel, and their families.

Historic Jamestown - Free admission to veterans, current Armed Forces members and their family members.

Battleship Cove - Free admission and a special ceremony for veterans, active, duty and reservists.

Vicksburg National Military Park - Free admission for all.

Birmingham Museum of Art - Free admission to the ticketed event "Life and Liberty" on Nov. 10-11 for veterans and active military.

Vulcan Park and Museum- In Birmingham, Alabama is offering discounted admission through November to the park and museum.

Greenbay (WI) New Zoo - Free admission to veterans and their families. Central Florida Zoo - Free admission to the Sanford, Florida zoo with proper ID.

Strategic Air & Space Museum- Free admission for veterans Nov. 11-14 to the Ashland, Neb. museum.

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum - in Oklahoma City offers free admission to veterans and five guests from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Veterans Day.

Natural Elements Spa & Salon - In Chesapeake, Virginia, will provide free services from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to both active duty and retired military Anytime Offers:


All these businesses offer military discounts; all you have to do is ask: Restaurants Arby's A&W Back Yard Burgers Burger King Captain D's Chick-Fil-A Cotton Patch Denny's Dunkin' Donuts Farmers Boy IHOP (20 percent discount with military identification) Java Cafe KFC Long John Silver Pancho's Mexican Buffet Pizza Hut Quizno's Sizzler Sonic Taco Bell Whataburger

Services AT&T California Cryobank Geico Jiffy Lube Meineke Sears Portrait Studio

Travel and Leisure Blockbuster Movie theaters Ripley's attractions and museums Professional Sports teams

Products Apple Computers AutoZone Barnhill's Bass Pro Shop Bath and Body Works Big 10 Tires The Buckle Champs Sports Copeland's Sports Dell The Discovery Channel Store Dress Barn The Finish Line Foot Action Footlocker Gadzooks GNC Goody's Great Party Happy Harry's Home Depot Hot Topic Jockey Lerner Lowes Michael's NAPA Auto Parts New York & Company Pac Sun Payless Shoes Play It Again Sports Pure Beauty Sally Beauty Supply Spencer's Gifts Suncoast Timberland Outlets Wilson's Leather

Cell Phone Service Discount - All Federal employees are able to get a 15% discount on their personal cell phones by calling their carrier and mentioning the "Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 - Discount to Federal Employees Past and Present." You will need to know the military member's supervisor's name, phone number, and full address, so that his/her military status can be verified. Use the following contact numbers: Cingular - 800-319-6393 Sprint - 877-812-1223 T-Mobile - 866-646-4688 Nextel - 800-639-6111 Verizon - 800-865-1825 [Source: VA Frederick Service Office Maryland VSO msg. 26 Apr 2010 ++]

Take a look at Oregon's newest resource This website will find local resources where you live by Oregon county or zip code.

A 24/7 Resource for Military Members, Spouses & Families WWW.MILITARYONESOURCE.COM

Support the Troops Event November 5th

Help us support Oregon’s soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan!
Dinner/Dance/Silent Auction
Saturday, Nov. 5th
7:00 PM
Salem Red Lion Hotel
(I-5/Market Street exit)
Enjoy a buffet dinner, silent auction, and dance to live classic rock and roll with LIQUID ASSETS
All proceeds benefit Operation Homefront, a local, 501c3 organization (
OR BY MAIL: Operation Homefront Oregon 1879 14th Ave SE
Albany, OR 97322
OR Email:

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Career Search Help for Mil Spouses

Go to this new great site for assistance with finding employment if you are a Military Spouse.

The Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) launched on 29 Jun 11 and provides another avenue for military spouses to find employment opportunities with partnering MSEP companies.

Another resource is Military OneSource. For more info call 1-800-342-9647 or It is available to all military spouses.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Portland Trail Blazers - MIlitary Appreciation

I spoke with my contact at the Portland Trail Blazers office this morning. At some point this winter (date is TBA, probably Feb or March) the Trail Blazers will host a Military Appreciation night. I can reserve a block of seats for our FRG and they we will be able to purchase them at a discounted rate. Our name will go up on the big screen, there will be events and special announcements going on about the military throughout the night, and we can have a booth in the concourse area in which we can promote our group and get support from community members!

What I need to know is would anyone be interested in coming to something like this? Your friends and family would also get the discounted rate so you could bring others. Last year I bought military rate tickets. They were $125 dollar tickets and they cost me about $60 just to give you an example. We can choose $5 nose bleed seats, or $50 better seats. It will be up to us. We can sit in one area and choose a rate our group can all afford or purchase all our tickets separately so some can buy cheap and some can buy spendy.... It's up to us. I think it could be a lot of fun so let me know! I will put down a deposit and reserve a section if I get enough thumbs up!

Emergency Preparedness

What you and your family can do to prepare for disasters
Saturday, October 15th 9am - Noon
Camp Withycombe
15300 SE Industrial Way Clackamas OR 97015
Classroom 2116

Thursday, August 11, 2011



17th Annual Emergency Services Expo

Sponsored by the Jefferson Fire District

One of the Largest Safety Events in the State

Saturday, September 10

10:00 - 3:00 pm

Jefferson High School/Middle School Sports Complex


Free bike helmets (while they last) for children who participate in the Bike Rodeo!

(There will be a few bicycles available to use at the bike rodeo.)

The event in the past has included all aspects of public safety education and awareness, including many demonstrations and hands-on activities for kids.

School Supplies for Your Kids from Operation Homefront

I was contacted by Operation Homefront and they have an over supply of school supplies in the Portland area. They would really like to see these get into the hands of our families before they give them out to other charities.

Please contact the OH office and talk with Kathleen if you are wanting some of these supplies for your families. Thinking ahead these also make great stocking stuffer for the holiday parties and kids give aways at the Unit picnic's School supplies are always needed by families year round. - OH # 541-981-2186

Christine Strawn
Battalion FRG Coordinator

Security Jobs

Special Hiring Event for Security Positions

August 24, 2011

WorkSource Beaverton/Hillsboro

241 SW Edgeway Drive

Beaverton, Oregon 97006


Customers that meet company guidelines will be scheduled for interview

Call: your Local WorkSource Office to receive a Referral

Access and egress control, monitor life safety and security alarms, monitor radio channels and CCTV's, coordinate alarm and situation reporting to ERT Leaders and teams, use public address system to activate ERT teams, evacuate buildings, etc.; monitor and callout fire alarms, monitor and callout HPM alarms, provide customer service as necessary, monitor emergency lines, monitor hot work permits, monitor SMS, monitor FMS alarms, inventory post keys, inventory post equipment, document and write reports on shift activities, enforce all Securitas and client policies and procedures. Additional duties and responsibilities may be assigned as determined by Securitas Supervision and Management.

* High School Diploma or GED
* 18 Years of age or older
* Valid Oregon Driver license to drive company vehicles
* DPSST certification (have or obtain, training available)
* Fluent English communication skills for safety and direction
* Intermediate computer skills
* Own reliable transportation to work site

* Prior Dispatch experience
* Customer service experience
* Available to work flexible schedule shifts

HOURS: Applicants should be available for all shifts including graveyard and weekends.

EMPLOYER COMMENTS: "Acceptable Personal Appearance Guidelines: Men: No collar length hair; sideburns must be shorter than bottom of ear; mustaches not lower than corner of mouth; no beards; no earrings; no visible tattoos. Women: Shoulder length hair (or pulled back if longer); no excessive jewelry; one earring per ear; fingernails not extreme in length or color."

Employer will perform background check, drug screen and check DMV report.

LOCATION: Hillsboro OR 97123

Hillsboro International Air Show

If you have ever been to this, you know it is worth it! Lots of fun! Come enjoy the perk of a free ticket!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Free Dental Services/Veterans in WA

Commissary Sale! Springfield Oregon

FREE Tennis Clinic in Salem

Education Opportunity

MOAA Partners on Spouse Employment

MOAA Partners on Spouse Employment

On June 30, MOAA joined 14 other corporations and non-profits in signing a partnership agreement with the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP), whose mission is to promote hiring of military spouses, reduce underemployment and shrink the wage gap between military spouses and their civilian counterparts.

MSEP is an expansion from the Army Spouse Employment Partnership (ASEP), a program launched in 2003 to connect employers with Army spouses. Through ASEP, more than 40,000 military spouses have found employment. The success of ASEP led to the launch of MSEP, as part of Joining Forces.

Today, unemployment is hitting military spouses particularly hard. More than 26 percent of military spouses are unemployed and a 50 percent pay gap persists between military spouses and civilians, according to Robert Gordon, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy.

"We want to bring that employment gap down at least five points by 2013," Gordon said.

More than 200 additional employers are in the queue to apply as a participating employer. Gordon said the goal is to see MSEP employers hire 175,000 military spouses by 2012.

The MSEP online portal provides a dedicated job board, where spouses can browse by state, search for specific positions, or create a profile which will be used to match candidates with relevant jobs. The job postings are not exclusive to MSEP or military spouses, but the positions have been selected by participating companies for their portability.

There are also career counseling resources managed through Military OneSource.

Employers and non profits must apply to be an MSEP partner. Once they are vetted – depending on how many jobs they offer, and where they're located - they are expected to provide data on hires each year.

Watch USO Montgomery Gentry Concert on LIVE webstream

Free Admission to Raceway

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Free Blue Star Flag

This web site offers a free blue star flag to hang up in your house. It was confirmed by another spouse in the unit that the flag arrived much faster than the web site said it would! I ordered one for our house this week. Visit MyBlueStarFlag.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Donate Blood

Free Admission to Pilots Game

Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day

THANK YOU spouses of the Soldiers of the 1186 Military Police Company. You are heroes in your own right for your sacrifices, your support, and your steadfast love of a Soldier. You are appreciated!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Commissary Sale - Portland

Save some money. Shop at the commissary sale in Portland! The Jackson Armory is the one adjacent to the airbase but not accessible from the airbase.  
Portland Air National Guard Base
Jackson Readiness Center
6255 N.E. Cornfoot Road
Portland, OR 97218

Sign your kids up THIS WEEK to attend a great 4-H Summer Camp

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

April is Month of the Military Child

April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces community. The Month of the Military Child is an opportunity to recognize military children and youth for their heroism, character, courage, sacrifices and continued resilience.

Teen Adventure Camps in WA

DoD Teen Adventure Camps are taking place across the country this
summer, including 12 - 13 camps just in Washington State. These events are
being coordinated by Operation Military Kids in each state.

The following link will provide more information on these opportunities.

If you might be interested in volunteering for an event in Washington State,
please contact Kevin Wright, OMK, 253-445-4612.

Robbin Seeberger
State Youth Coordinator, Contractor
WA National Guard Family Programs
Bldg #3 Camp Murray, Tacoma, WA 98430

Office: (253)512-7985
BB: (253) 548-4942
Fax: (253)512-7623
Toll Free: 800-364-7492

Classes in May on Ptld Air Guard Base

Both of these classes will be held at the Portland Air National Guard Base. Register with Mary Bell by e-mail.

Veteran Benefits Field Guide

Job Openings!!! Interviewing Event

TriWest Job Opening

I have information on a job opening as a service rep for TriWest. Let me know if you would like the information.

Operation Homefront Newsletter - April

Street Combat Course for Military Families

Community Resource - Info on getting rid of old meds

Friday, April 1, 2011

Easter Egg Hunt with prizes

Please RSVP with Ana Kuhl by April 9th for this event, or just let me know and I'll RSVP for you. -Amy

Military Ball April 16th

FREE homework help

Military Families Get FREE Homework Help, Career Help

Eligible military families get free homework help, online tutoring and
career help from for Military Families, a program provided by the
Department of Defense. It is available at no charge to military families and
allows K-12, college and adult students to connect to a live tutor online at
anytime for help with homework, studying, test prep, resume writing and

Access to the program is free and unlimited 24 hours a day, seven days a
week. All students worldwide can use the program, regardless of where they
attend school. Eligible military members can get details and create an
account at

For questions or additional details, please contact:

Kara Froman
Account Executive, Military and Federal Programs

Military Family Association accepting nominations for award

FREE OMSI activity for Military families

Coulmbia River Yacht Association

It is that time again. Opening day for the Columbia River Yachting Association will be
May 7, 2011, Saturday. This is one of the ways that the CRYA says thank you to our
troops and veterans and their families for the sacrifices they make for our freedoms.

We are very excited to begin organizing for our 3nd Annual Yacht Trips for the Blue Star
Families. As they have done in previous year’s, Skippers will open their Yachts to
provide a fun day, including lunch and a ride in the parade on the Columbia River.

For those of who have not participated in the past , we have a great time and are looking
forward to it again.

Who: Active Military of any branch, Families of Military, active or deployed. Veterans,
and their Families.
What: opening day of the boating season on the Columbia hosted by the Columbia
River Yachting Association.
Where to board: Various ports along the river
How do I participate? Please either email me names and phone numbers of those
interested and I will contact them with the host Skippers’ name and phone number.
Please let me know how many would be in your party. Send this out to everyone you
know please so we can have a great event!

If you have children that you will be bringing please let me know so we can determine if
each Skipper has life jackets available.
More details to follow

Please contact Judy Hinsley 503-805-3351

FREE Summer Museum Admission

Blue Star Museums is a partnership among Blue Star Families, the National

Endowment for the Arts, and more than 1,000 museums across America. First

launched in the summer of 2010, Blue Star Museums once again will offer free

admission to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial

Day, May 30, 2011, through Labor Day, September 5, 2011. See the map below

for Blue Star Museums that will be participating this summer in each state.

Spouse scholarship for medical training

Operation Homefront and the Saban Family Foundation announce the 2011 Saban Military Wife Educational Scholarship. The scholarship is offered to wives of uniformed service members to attend vocational training programs in the medical field. Applications will be accepted March 1 – May 1, 2011. The scholarships will be awarded to recipients on July 1, 2011. The application is available on the Operation Homefront website.

Good Info to Have: New Car Seat Guidlines


An updated American Academy of Pediatrics policy addressing the use of car safety
seats was released today. The new policy advises parents to keep their toddlers
in rear-facing car seats until age 2, or until they reach the maximum height and
weight for their seat. It also advises that most children will need to ride in a
belt-positioning booster seat until they have reached 4 feet 9 inches tall and
are between 8 and 12 years of age. Several articles on have
been updated to reflect the new policy, including

Car Safety Seats: A Guide for Families 2011 Car Safety Seats Product Listing for
2011 Car Safety Seat Check Up Air Bag Safety

We encourage you to direct parents to these articles for the most up-to-date
information on car safety seat selection and use.

For additional information, please see

Special Military night at the Blazer game April 5th

The Portland Trail Blazers invite you to Historical Outreach Foundation Night at the Rose Garden as we take on the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, April 5th at 7:00pm!

Come out and help support these great causes:

• Save our military history
• Honor our fighting men and women
• Support the renovation of the Oregon Military Museum
• Support the creation of a film documentary on Oregon's own 41st Infantry Division that fought in the South Pacific in WWII

A portion of each ticket purchased through this promotion will go back to support the Historical Outreach Foundation.

Contact Paul Rothschild for ticket information.


Discount on tickers to Blazer games

If you would like to attend a Blazer game at a great discount price please visit this site and enter the promo code Guard1. You can also call 503.797.9600 and let them know you want to buy tickets at a military discount rate for the game on the 2nd, 5th, or 12th of April. The discounts are significant. I used it to buy club level seats and was very impressed at the cost.

Rose Quarter Discounts!!