Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Veterans or military family members looking for work

Remember that the FRG leaders get regular updates on hiring events, job fairs, and local positions coming open in Oregon for work. Ask if you are in need.

DFAS Scam Alert

The attached form is a new SCAM that is on the streets and affecting Service
members. As you can see from the attachment they have copied the DFAS logo
as well as the Department of Defense logo on the paper so it makes it appear
it's coming from DFAS. However please note that the form is NOT an approved DFAS form. If you receive something that looks like the image below be advised it is a scam

Monday, March 12, 2012


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is easier than ever to apply for. You can even apply online now. Follow THIS link. Your income does not need to be as low as you may think to qualify for benefits if this is something that could help your family through a tough financial time. 1-800-safenet

Oregon Military Assistance Helpline

Oregon Military Assistance Helpline is a new resource in Oregon that offers everything from counseling to helping you find a dog walker. They are truly here to support Veterans, military personnel, and their families. Follow the link to see what they offer.

Local churches want to support you

March 5th I attended a meeting in Clackamas with other volunteers from across the area. Several community church groups (as well as other types of help) were there offering services to you and your Soldier.

Military Support through Rolling Hills Community Church
What they offer:
Connecting with Battle Buddies
Resiliency Teams
Links to resources
Help with childcare, home repairs, etc.
Regular meetings (1st and 3rd Tuesday, 6:330pm)
3550 SW Borland Road Tualatin

City Bible Church
What they offer:
Vet breakfasts
Reintegration classes
Support group
Food gift cards
Bible camps
Chaplain (RET) Terry Schrick

Damascus Community Church
What they offer:
Food pantry
Phil Blake

Good Shepherd Community Church
Contact for Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University
Scott Stuart

Love INC
Furniture and clothing needs
Joan Jones
503-650-0153 (Mon, Wed, Fri 12-3)

Lake Grove Presbyterian Church
Job Seekers
Larry Bowman

Monday, March 5, 2012

AUSA Volunteer Family of the Year Award

The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) is seeking
nominations for the 2012 AUSA Volunteer Family of the Year Award. The award
recognizes an exceptional Family, whose spirit of volunteerism significantly
benefits the Army and as well as their local community. All ARNG Families
are eligible to submit nomination packets. I encourage all of you to ensure
widest dissemination to the force so that our National Guard Families have
the opportunity to be recognized for their selfless service and dedication
to duty.

Email Amy, Jessica, Rayna, or MAJ Bishop (see below) for a nomination packet.

Please contact MAJ Andrew Bishop at with any

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The FRG Team

Amy Christensen, Rayna White, and Jessica Morris are your 1186 MP Co FRG Leadership

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Psychological Health

Winterhawks Game

FREE!!! To service member and guest.

Subject: Welcome Home Winterhawks Game

The Portland VA Medical Center will show its appreciation for service
provided by Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom & Operation
New Dawn Veterans. There is no cost to the Veteran and their guest. Game
is Sunday, March 4, 2012 and the Portland Rose Garden Arena with
registration at 4:00 pm and game time at 5:00 pm

Contact:; (503) 220-8262 ext. 53062 or 1-800-949-1004 for
more information or to RSVP.

Career Fair



RiverWest Acupuncture is holding their Quarterly Give Back Program in
appreciation for our veterans. This is our fourth time of doing this.
Each Give Back Day we've served more patients than the time before, so the
word is spreading. If you are a veteran or you know a veteran that can
benefit from coming to see us, please feel free to pass this on. Thank

Why Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is highly successful in eliminating pain (headaches, neck pain,
back pain, joint pain etc.) relieving stress and anxiety, and helping sleep
disorders, to name just a few things. Following are the details of this
Give Back Day.

Who: Veterans and their family members.

What: Free Acupuncture Treatments

Where: RiverWest Acupuncture

3314 SW Kelly Avenue, Portland, Or 97239

When: Saturday Feb 18, 2011 from 10-4

* Individual treatments from 11 am - 4pm
* Group treatments 10:00 am - 11:00 am

RSVP: Call 503-246-0103 by Thur, Feb 16, 2012

Thank you and we look forward to serving you.

The RiverWest Acupuncture Team

Army OneSource

The Army OneSource Virtual World
Step into a Virtual World

Explore the new Army OneSource Virtual World and stay connected to Family and friends! This virtual environment allows you to collaborate, learn, socialize, host or attend training sessions, and participate in daily events. By using a customizable avatar, a virtual self-representation, participants can access a variety of Army services by simply exploring the virtual world. Army OneSource programs are also at your fingertips in this three-dimensional environment. The Army OneSource Virtual World was built specifically to serve Soldiers and their Families and features each Army Resiliency in their own virtual region.

As part of Army One Source Virtual World, the Virtual Resiliency Campus offers Community members engaging and enjoyable ways to build strength in the five areas of Resiliency: Spiritual, Family, Social, Emotional and Physical.

Army Community
Attend an outdoor conference within the amphitheater
Obtain information regarding Army groups
Access external resources through direct linking to Army-related websites
Participate in real-time training sessions and meetings while immersed within an interactive virtual environment
Spiritual Resiliency
Strengthen spiritual beliefs, principles or values
Resources include a Faith Group Locator, Chaplain Finder and a Meditation Center
Family Resiliency
Families can feel safe in a supportive and caring atmosphere
Resources include meeting rooms, library and information center, and friendly neighborhoods ready for personal in-world Family gatherings or events
Emotional Resiliency
Approaches life’s challenges in a positive, optimistic way
Resources include a Zen Rock Garden, Tai Chi, and meditation platforms
Social Resiliency
Develop relationships that are personally fulfilling
Resources include a coffee shop, disco and lounge, carousel and more
Physical Resiliency
Participate in activities that promote exercise, nutrition, and strength.
Resources include a stadium, interactive cafeteria with a Nutrition game, and obstacle course

The Army OneSource Virtual World regions are open to Army Soldiers, staff, volunteers, Veterans, Family and friends. All you need is an existing Army OneSource login! To get more details, visit the Army OneSource Virtual World today. If you need any additional help and assistance, please use one of the Army OneSource support channels:

Get Live Technical Support by calling 877-811-ARMY
Click the Live Chat Support link at the top of any page on Army OneSource to chat online with a Support representative
Hours of operation for these two support channels are 8AM-8PM EST M-F. Contact Us to send questions, comments or suggestions to us anytime.

Your opinion is important to us! Please remember to send us your feedback so we can continue to make improvements which will benefit you and your Family! We hope you enjoy the new additions.

Shaunya Murrill
Chief, Outreach and Strategic Integration Division
IMCOM G9, Family & MWR Programs


Hope for the Warriors:Scholarship

The Spouse/Caregiver Scholarship ( program identifies, recognizes, and rewards spouses/caregivers for their strength, fidelity, and resolve despite adversity. Scholarships aid in continued education at a reputable, accredited university, college, or trade school for spouses/caregivers as they assume critical roles in the financial well being of their families.

Scholarship awards are $5,000 to be made co-payable to the scholarship recipient's institution for payment of tuition, books and supplies and may be reapplied for up to four years for a maximum of $20,000. The application process is the same for new applicants and renewals.

Next deadline: Application to be postmarked no later than April 2, 2012.

For more information and to apply for a Spouse/Caregiver scholarship, please visit