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!!

Spring Luncheon April 16th, 2011 - Reg by April 8th

New Dates for AT and Active Duty Orders

New dates have come down the chain. AT will begin August 31st and end September 30th. Please be ready for updates on all other activities and important events.