Ombudsman Wanted!

Blacklions, my appointment as your Ombudsman will be expiring in a few months, and I am starting the search early for my replacement. I have spoken with the command, and they are open to having dual Ombudsman to help make the transition smoother. I am able to mentor someone into this position, it is a fantastic way to get involved and support the squadron.

Are you the spouse of an Active Duty Sailor and love to volunteer?

Have you thought about becoming an Ombudsman?

An Ombudsman is an official representative of the Commanding Officer and plays a vital role in establishing and maintaining current and accurate communication between the command and its family members.

If you’re interested, please contact me at ombuds@vfa213.com with any questions.

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR SPOUSE PORTAL LICENSING TRAINING

CNIC HQ will host a Family Employment Readiness Program (FERP) Department of Labor Military Spouse Licensure Portal Training on 22 February, 2019 from 1330-1430 EST.

This training will provide a live detail demonstration on how to utilize the Department of Labor site for information to assist FFSC staff and users (spouses) with real time state licensing information per state.

Please see the attached flyer for more information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-TLbeOak0GKckZSSkdNcDJ3dWhiazZYV29WeHZrenFCQ1dN/view?usp=sharing

Visit this link and create an account to register if you don't already have one: http://zeiders.adobeconnect.com/rpr1zt0w3bvk/

DoD's Career Path DECIDE

DoD's Career Path DECIDE - https://www.careerpathdecide.org/

Career Path DECIDE is designed to improve service members' access to information about civilian careers, their knowledge, skill, and ability gaps, as well as available education and professional development opportunities.  Military and veteran students can use Career Path DECIDE to identify the career paths for which they are most qualified, based on their military experience and current education level. They can also determine if these career paths align with their future personal and professional goals, as well as identify specific and actionable steps to improve their qualifications
for a desired career.  Once you have set up a user profile, you can explore Career options from a desktop, laptop, or mobile device.

MSEP Employer, Talent Orchard - Fleet Engineers in Virginia Beach, Virginia


Our MSEP employer, Talent Orchard, has an immediate need for Fleet Engineers (Senior, Mid, and Junior) positions to support facilities in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Please review the attached announcement for more information about the available opportunities.

Talent Orchard LLC is a registered woman-owned small business service provider specializing in full service talent acquisition solutions. We specialize in finding the right job for the right people.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-TLbeOak0GKRWJvd1d4X0oyMUxZY2ZYVk5QdWZKdFNpT2FR/view?usp=sharing

Tax Filing Resources 2019


ALCON,

The IRS will process tax returns beginning 28 January 2019.  DFAS will post W-2s on 11 January for active duty Marines and 22 January for active duty Sailors.  In the past, Region Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic (RLSO MIDLANT) offered in-person tax preparation assistance; however, over the past several years, the demand for in-person tax assistance has decreased as online tax assistance preparation programs (e.g., Military OneSource Mil Tax) have become more popular.  Accordingly, RLSO MIDLANT will not operate a volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) site in 2019.  Below are some no-cost tax filing assistance resources. 

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*Resources for: Active & Reserve military and families in the U.S.*

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--Military OneSource MilTax (http://www.militaryonesource.com/ starting in mid-January): 

+  There is no cost to file a federal return and up to three state returns. Military OneSource (MoS) also provides assistance via phone during from 0700 to 2300 EST.  Visit www.MilitaryOneSource.com or call 1-800-342-9647.

+  To determine eligibility, MoS requires customers to register.  Customers already registered with MoS should log on without issue.  Customers not previously registered must follow these steps to use free tax preparation services through MoS's H&R Block software:  Each customer must use their own profile.  1.  Go to Military OneSource  (http://www.militaryonesource.com/) and click "LOGIN". 2.  Read the DoD Notice and Consent Warning and click "I have read and understood. . ." to continue.   3.  Click "Register Now" link. 4.  Enter in your information and create a username and password by following the site prompts. 

--Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites. IRS-certified volunteers staff these sites. They provide free tax preparation services, including electronic filing. According to the IRS, VITA sites generally serve: people who make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and taxpayers who speak limited English. 

+  To find the nearest site that meets their needs, taxpayers can use the VITA/TCE Locator <https://www.irs.gov/individuals/free-tax-return-preparation-for-you-by-volunteers>  on IRS.gov.  They also can call 800-906-9887. 

--IRS Free File (http://www.irs.gov/freefile):

+  Taxpayers who earned $66,000 or less qualify to use Free File <https://www.irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free> . They can use one of 12 brand-name tax software products offered for free. Some companies offer free state tax return filing as well.  Taxpayers now may also access Free File products using a mobile device in two ways: (1) Use the IRS2Go app, which has a link to the Free File Software Lookup Tool, or (2) use the device's browser to go to www.IRS.gov/freefile <http://www.IRS.gov/freefile>  <http://www.irs.gov/freefile> .  The IRS2Go <https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs2goapp>  free app is available at Apple, Google and Amazon app stores.
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*Resources for: Retired military and families.*
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--Tax Counseling for the Elderly sites. The TCE program offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 and older. They specialize in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues that are unique to seniors. The IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retirees associated with nonprofit organizations that receive grants from the IRS.  Taxpayers can check for the nearest TCE site by using the VITA/TCE Locator <https://www.irs.gov/individuals/free-tax-return-preparation-for-you-by-volunteers>  on IRS.gov. They can also use the AARP Tax-Aide Site Locator <https://www.irs.gov/node/16680>  or call the AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide Program - the IRS's largest TCE partner - at 888-227-7669.

--Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites. IRS-certified volunteers staff these sites. They provide free tax preparation services, including electronic filing. VITA sites generally serve: people who make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and taxpayers who speak limited English. 

+  To find the nearest site that meets their needs, taxpayers can use the VITA/TCE Locator <https://www.irs.gov/individuals/free-tax-return-preparation-for-you-by-volunteers>  on IRS.gov. They also can call 800-906-9887. 

--IRS Free File (http://www.irs.gov/freefile):

+  Taxpayers who earned $66,000 or less qualify to use Free File <https://www.irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free> . They can use one of 12 brand-name tax software products offered for free. Some companies offer free state tax return filing as well. Taxpayers now may also access Free File products using a mobile device in two ways: (1) Use the IRS2Go app, which has a link to the Free File Software Lookup Tool, or (2) use the device's browser to go to www.IRS.gov/freefile <http://www.IRS.gov/freefile>  <http://www.irs.gov/freefile> . The IRS2Go <https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs2goapp>  free app is available at Apple, Google and Amazon app stores.

For taxpayers utilizing in-person services:


What You Need to Meet with a Tax Preparer in Person
*       Social Security cards/individual tax identification numbers (ITINs) and birthdates for everyone to be listed on the return
*       Photo ID
*       All tax statements, such as W-2 forms (from all your employers), 1099 forms (interest, dividends, unemployment), SSA-1099 forms Social Security and/or 1099-R retirement income, etc. For a list of common tax forms, visit our FAQ section below.
*       Health Insurance Forms 1095-A (required), 1095-B (required if available), or 1095-C (required if available).
*       If you are filing jointly with your spouse, you both must be present to file.
*       Education expenses, such as tuition on the 1098-T form.
*       If you itemize deductions, bring your personal property tax and any other itemized deductions.
*       Bank account number and routing number for direct deposit of funds to your account.
*       A copy of last year's tax return (helpful, not necessary)

Very respectfully,

Erica M. Bowden
LTJG, JAGC, USN
Legal Assistance Attorney
Region Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic
757-341-4481

DID YOU JUST HAVE A BABY?

Looking for help or resources after the birth of your child? Check out these links:

Visiting Nurses with NMCRS! : http://www.nmcrs.org/pages/health-education-and-post-combat-support?fbclid=IwAR387iCN7kkTr6jXw-7w1I3ZGDUNZ9GaWTmP89iovB_Pi6U-hA2-sT0jsSo

New Parent Support Program: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/family-relationships/parenting-and-children/parenting-infants-and-toddlers/the-new-parent-support-program?fbclid=IwAR1aDFUvB3LK2knLA3rcjT8dub3Sr0UklC5aiwoLicsBSVePGoY6SpdDrXA

FFSC: https://www.navymwroceanadamneck.com/programs/9d67c894-7f5a-4ffd-8cb1-1b66a9693a2e

Military Spouse Licensure Portal Training

Department of Labor Spouse Portal Licensing Training
Commander, Navy Installations Command Headquarters will host a Family Employment Readiness Program (FERP) D...epartment of Labor (DOL) Military Spouse Licensure Portal Training on 22 February, 2019 at 1:30-2:30 p.m.

This training will provide a live detail demonstration on how to utilize the DOL site for information to assist Fleet and Family Support Center staff and users (spouses) with real time state licensing information per state.

https://www.facebook.com/NavyFFSP/photos/a.324949297742/10157171225742743/?type=3&theater&ifg=1

Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) for School Age Children

Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) NAS Oceana/Dam Neck Annex will be conducting “Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) for School Age Children” at Dam Neck Annex FFSC (2073 Tartar Avenue, Bldg. 585, Dam Neck, Virginia Beach, 23461).  This 7-session program offers participants a wealth of information and skills for parenting children from the ages of 5 to 12.  Learn ways to help your children become more responsible, respectful, and cooperative.  Topics include communication, discipline, mutual respect, and family meetings.  This 7-session program will be conducted on the following Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm:  February 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28, and March 5.  Please call (757) 433-2912 or email Tiffany Croshaw at tiffany.l.croshaw1.ctr@navy.mil for more information and/or to register.

MILITARY COUPLES RESOURCE FAIR - FEB 6 0900 NSN NEX MALL

Good opportunity for Military Couples!

To support military couples, Fleet and Family Support Center Norfolk, along with Naval Station Norfolk and the Norfolk Navy Exchange will present COUPLES CONNECT: A MILITARY COUPLES RESOURCE FAIR.

 The event will take place on Wednesday, 6 February 2019.  The program begins at 0900 and continues until Noon, providing you opportunities to register for prizes, meet NEX vendors and visit tables of local agencies that serve military couples.  You can listen in on a number of guest speakers to hear brief presentations about Building Healthy Relationships, Deployment Support, Marriage and Money, Counseling Resources, and the CREDO program. Those who attend the presentations may win special drawings for prizes from the NEX!

No registration needed.  Flyer attached.  If you have any questions, please contact Margie Russell, Fleet and Family Support Center Norfolk:    Margie.russell.ctr@navy.mil or 757-322-9138.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-TLbeOak0GKWG9nYmNGRHJIRC1uaVBwVmlxVU91el84dVJB/view?usp=sharing

NAVAL SERVICES FAMILYLINES

Naval Services FamilyLine, A Mentoring Lifeline Since 1965. Naval Services FamilyLine is a volunteer-led, non-profit organization dedicated to serving Navy spouses across the country and around the world. Our mission is to "empower sea service families to meet the challenges of a military lifestyle with education, resources and mentoring."

Please see the attached brochure for more information and you can also connect on the website at www.nsfamilyline.org. or give them a call at 202 433-2333.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-TLbeOak0GKUUZWRUhld3pfRDBoNEl1R1I2eGpDQ2FTbGhF/view?usp=sharing

27 FEBRUARY 2019 CORPORATE GRAY JOB FAIR

Point of Contact for the Corporate Gray Job Fair is Ms. Cheryl Cooper, Cheryl@corporategray.com, phone 757 615-7973

You are invited to meet face-to-face with "military friendly" employers at the 27 February 2019 Corporate Gray Job Fair at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, Exhibit Hall D, 1000 19th Street, Virginia Beach, VA. Job fair hours are 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

This Job Fair is especially for transitioning and former military and family members seeking employment. Free and open to
candidates from all services (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard), all ranks (Enlisted and Officer),
and all occupational specialties. Military spouses and civilians welcome.

Business attire recommended. Preregister through Corporate Gray Online to receive the job fair directory before the event, and upload your resume to make it accessible in advance to the participating companies. For tips on attending a job fair, visit http://blog.corporategray.com and search "Job Fair"

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-TLbeOak0GKbkhBY0ZfNThfYmRPdlVfT3huRzNBMmlpZVZF/view?usp=sharing

What To Do in Hampton Roads Event Calendar - February 2019

I am attaching ideas on "What to Do" for the month of February with your family.

As always, we encourage checking websites for more up to date information, as well as checking with ITT and MWR for any available discounted tickets for special events, movies, and more.

Have a great rest of the week and weekend and please be safe!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-TLbeOak0GKYUdueGhDWGY3SlN1aXZMUlF1OHhiaXltQ3Nz/view?usp=sharing

CHKD Donation Wish List

For those of you unaware, CHKD Hospital has a children's ward that houses bed-ridden and sick children. Throughout the year, CHKD allows visitors to come and bring gifts, play games, entertain and talk with these children to pass the time and lift their spirits.

CHKD is no longer allowing non-family visitations due to the flu-season and infection control. With this all being said I am asking for your help, I have attached a list of items that can be donated to keep the kiddos at CHKD occupied this chilly season.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-TLbeOak0GKZDlDNG1GME5YX0R6aFBQcEd4N2xxUEIzY0Jn/view?usp=sharing

NAS OCEANA'S CAREER WEEK 11-15 FEB

NAS Oceana Fleet and Family Support Center is sponsoring a Career Week of employment classes from 11-15 February in Bldg. 531, 1896 Laser Road, NAS Oceana.  Transitioners, military family members and retirees are invited to attend.

2/11    Career Transition Planning      0900-1200
2/12    Job Search Strategies           0900-1200
2/13    Effective Resume Writing        0900-1200
2/13    Job Network Employer Panel      1200-1300
2/14    Interview Techniques            0900-1200
2/15    Federal Employment System       0900-1200

To register or for more information please call NAS Oceana FFSC at (757) 433-2912.

E-KNOWLEDGE SAT/ACT PREP PROJECT

The eKnowledge Donation Project with Commander, Navy Installations enters its 15th year assisting Students and Families. The Project waives the complete $350 course price for the SAT or ACT Prep Programs. The Program works on all devices and computers: iOS, Android, Google, Apple, and PC.

*The $350 program price is paid by the Project partnership and sponsors. There is a fee of $19.99 paid by the student that covers the cost of streaming, student support, customer support, shipping, and materials. All student fees are reinvested to improve the program and reach more families. The Project does not create a profit.

Go to www.eKnowledge.com/CNIC.

See the attached flyer for more information.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-TLbeOak0GKQkZkVjRVT0l6MmxCQ1ZzZGVpb1YxZlFzN2Yw/view?usp=sharing

HAMPTON ROADS HIRING EVENT... MUST REGISTER

Navy Region Mid-Atlantic FFSCs engaged in formal agreement with Futures, Inc. to execute a local direct hire event for military affiliated jobseekers (Transitioning Service Members, Veterans and Military Spouses). This is NOT a traditional job fair. Participation requires registration, resume upload, and
interviews will be conducted on-site with select applicants. There are over 40 employers registered to participate, seeking military affiliated talent to fill over 65 different job vacancies. Please mass promote to all Transitioning Service Members, Veterans and Military Spouses seeking employment.

Additional event info below for reference:

Hampton Roads Military Hiring Event is scheduled for 28 February 2019.

1) Jobseekers MUST pre-register; deadline is 21FEB.

2) To complete the registration process you MUST a) create an account and b) upload a resume. Recommend doing this ASAP and not waiting until the deadline. If you need resume assistance, contact your local FFSC.

3) At any time 30 days prior to the scheduled event, registered jobseekers will begin receiving emails and/or phone calls from the participating employer representatives. Employers with access to the resumes uploaded will select, pre-screen, and call to schedule individual interviews at the event. The participant MUST be prepared to receive those calls, and will need to keep track of who has contacted them for an interview, and at what time on the date of the event that interview will occur.

4) Upon arrival, jobseekers will check in at the registration desk. IF for some reason they aren''t contacted and scheduled for any interviews a week prior, they can contact the Futures, Inc. POC on the flyer.

Can I participate if I didn''t register?

Yes, you can show up to the event on the 28th, but interviews are not guaranteed. The registration team will do their best to see what gapped availability the participating vendors might have, and how that aligns to your skillsets, but without being pre-scheduled by an employer interviews are NOT guaranteed.

Will I be able to access a list of participating vendors in advance of the event?

Yes, but only if you are registered for the event, and have completed your profile (uploaded a resume). A weekly update highlighting the names of participating employers, and positions for which they are recruiting, is emailed to participants. Keep in mind that you do not get to select which employer you would like to interview with. Once your resume is uploaded into the system, participating representatives have access to search the database for matches, and will contact you if they wish to pursue further screening and/or an on-site interview.

If you are in need of resume assistance or interview preparation prior to the event, contact your local FFSC to schedule an appointment.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-TLbeOak0GKNGxqOEV0SWFTeXl1d2pJNURxX3VDbjYyU2w4/view?usp=sharing

HILTON IS HIRING

MSEP employer, Hilton is hosting an information session for spouses interested in their Work from Home Full-time and Part-time Customer Service Representatives positions.

Currently, Hilton is only hiring residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Attached you will find details to attend the session and to join their mailing list for upcoming job opportunities.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-TLbeOak0GKY1NWSWVzVnJ1TmhHXzk2SHZXM1phUXhDVTRR/view?usp=sharing

ONLINE JOB FAIR

FlexJobs is hosting a virtual job fair on Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The point of contact from the organization is Ms. Mika Cross at mcross@flexjobs.com.

Application Mechanism: https://flexjobs.vfairs.com/

TRICARE IN 2019: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Mark your calendars for our upcoming professional development webinar at 11:00 a.m. EST on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 as we partner with the Defense Health Agency for a 'TRICARE in 2019: What You Need to Know' training.

2019 brings a number of important changes and improvements to the TRICARE benefit as well as the Military Health System. This presentation will review important information about TRICARE for 2019, including enrollment requirements, current and upcoming changes to the benefit, and changes to the military health system.

Presenter, Captain Edward Simmer currently serves as the Chief Clinical Officer for the TRICARE Health Plan at the Defense Health Agency in Falls Church, VA. In this role he is responsible for overseeing all clinical aspects of the civilian medical and dental care provided to the 9.4 million beneficiaries of the Military Health System.

For more information go to: https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/event/29427/