Posts Tagged ‘militaryfamilies’

Military Home Buying & Selling

Monday, March 31st, 2014

By Molly C. Herndon

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcodePermanent changes of station (PCS) make moves frequent for military families. The complexity of buying and selling a home is compounded by deployments, one-earner incomes, and the slow-to-rebound housing market. In fact, the 2012 FINRA Military Capability Study found 38% of military families have mortgages that are underwater.  So how do military families ease the burden of buying and selling a home? Fortunately, many programs are in place to assist service members and their families with this process.

The Service Member’s Civil Relief Act protects active duty service members and their families from foreclosure, termination of leases, and eviction. In the event a service member has been a victim of a wrongful foreclosure that violates the terms of the Service Member’s Civil Relief Act, they should take legal action.

Service members can also qualify for low-interest home loans using VA home loans or other special loans available to military members.

On April 15, Dr. Barbara O’Neill and Personal Finance Manager Barbara Lang will present Military Home Buying & Selling, a 90-minute webinar that will discuss these and many other home buying and selling options available to service members. This session will be worth 1.5 CEUs for AFC-credentialed participants.

To join this session, click here. Here, you’ll also find supporting resources, the PowerPoint Slides, information about the speakers, and connection information.

This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on March 31, 2014. 

VA Rural Health Training’s Benefiting Professionals & Caregivers

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Rural Health Training Blog PicNEW RESOURCE–The Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Rural Health (ORH) is now providing on-demand education credit, thanks to MyVeHU Campus. MyVeHU Campus provides ten interactive broadcasts that focus on rural health, including two that may be of interest to caregivers and professionals entitled, Chronic Management: Meeting the Challenge in Rural Settings and Caregiver Resources for Aging Rural Veterans. These programs focus on getting your veteran the help they need in rural settings, whether it be pain relief or helping with older veterans in areas without up-to-date technology.

In addition to Chronic Pain and Caregiver Resources trainings, professionals can find rural health specific content on:

  • Post Deployment Care Integration for Rural OEF/OIF/OND Combat Veterans
  • Facilitating Co-Managed Care for the Rural Veteran
  • Rural Community Collaborations and Veteran Outreach
  • Cultural Competence and Caring for the Rural Veteran
  • An Introduction to the VHA Office of Rural Health (ORH)
  • RHPI: CBOC Operations and Issues
  • The Rural CBOC PACT Implementation Experience
  • Rural and Veteran Culture – Times of Change Forum

Accessing MyVeHU
If you are new to MyVeHUV Campus, you will need to enroll before accessing any training. You can find step-by-step instructions on how to access the system by clicking here.

For more information on MyVeHU Campus sessions and support staff, visit Rural Health Training.

Factual Friday: March 14, 2014

Friday, March 14th, 2014

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Source: Army Study to Assess Risk & Resilience in Servicemembers, 2013

This post is part of a series of Factual Friday posts published on the Military Families Learning Network blog.

Military Caregiving WEBINAR: Guide to Coping with TBI

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

March 2014 TBI Webinar

Remember to mark your calendars for our Military Caregiving webinar series held Wednesday, March 19 at 11:00 a.m. EDT entitled, A Family Member’s Guide to Coping with Traumatic Brain Injury, presented by Timothy Elliott, Ph.D.

Since March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, the Military Caregiving concentration team will be hosting a free, one-hour professional development webinar on the many issues family members face living with a veteran or service member with TBI.

Dr. Elliott will identify potential problems such as movement, visual impairments, fatigue, memory loss, lack of attention and many more, due to wounded warriors who have experienced TBI. Dr. Elliott will also offer military professionals and families strategies and solutions to these problems so they may begin the journey to ‘creating a new normal.’


No registration is required to join the web conference, simply go to A Family Member’s Guide to Coping with TBI to find connection information and related resources. If you are not on an installation, you may need to install security certificates or use one of the other connection methods.

For more information on upcoming Military Caregiving webinars or the latest caregiving information, connect with us via Twitter or Facebook

Consumer Frauds & the Military

Monday, March 10th, 2014

By Molly C. Herndon

Military Service Members are commonly victims of scams. Deployment, moves, and the inexperience of young Service Members make this group especially vulnerable to unscrupulous business and individuals.

Image by NoveltyCREW

Image by NoveltyCREW (creativecommons.org)

By becoming aware of common scams, Service Members can be better prepared for these practices. The Federal Trade Commission website houses a great deal of resources for military families and Service Members. This site is also the place to submit a consumer complaint about a business.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau also has many resources for Service Members to use to avoid becoming a victim of a scam. This site offers details on VA Benefits scams and information about how the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act grants Service Members additional protection against scams.

On March 20 at 11 a.m. ET, the Military Families Learning Network will present a Personal Finance webinar on Common Consumer Frauds & How to Avoid Them. Dr. Barbara O’Neill will present this 90-minute session worth 1.5 CEUs for AFC-credential participants. Review resources on this topic and join the session here.

This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on March 10, 2014. 

Factual Friday: March 7, 2014

Friday, March 7th, 2014

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The Department of Defense worldwide numbers represent medical diagnoses of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that occurred anywhere military forces are located, including the continental United States since 2000 (Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC), 2014).

This post is part of a series of Factual Friday posts published on the Military Families Learning Network blog.

New Online Stress Course for Military Family Caregivers

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Stress CourseThe Many Faces of Stress for Military Family Caregivers course was designed as a free online course to help family members better understand the multiple ways that providing care for their service member can be stressful and guide caregivers to resources that can help alleviate stress.

To take the course, simply click on the Many Faces of Stress for Military Family Caregivers to begin.

The course introduces and explains the concept of identity discrepancy in a way that caregivers can easily understand. Identity discrepancy is an incongruence or misfit between the responsibilities and tasks that a caregiver has assumed and his or her personal expectations regarding care responsibilities.

While many people tend to believe that specific care tasks are the cause of stress for caregivers, identity discrepancy is often the major source of distress and it can lead to multiple types of caregiver stress. Using a story about Marie and Tony, fictional characters with a realistic caregiving background, the course demonstrates how caregiving changes the relationship between the caregiver and the care recipient creating identity discrepancy, which leads to caregiver stress.

As caregivers move through the course they will be challenged to answer a series of specific questions that will help them identify the types of stress they are experiencing and lead them to resources that will help them. Each caregiver will be encouraged to take at least one action step to alleviate his or her stress.

Course content is based on research and publications by Rhonda J.V. Montgomery, Ph.D. and Karl D. Kosloski, Ph.D. The course was originally developed for the U.S. Army Soldier and Family Assistance Centers (SFAC) but is available online for public use. 

*Note: Google Chrome browser is not compatible for this course system. 

Factual Friday: February 28, 2014

Friday, February 28th, 2014

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*Underemployed, as defined by the parameters of the survey, means “they possess more formal education/experience than needed at their current or most recent position.” 

Source: Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF).

This post is part of a series of Factual Friday posts published on the Military Families Learning Network blog.

Earn AFC CEUs 24 hours a day

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Did you know you can view the recordings of any of our 29 Personal Finance webinars and earn 1.5 Continuing Education Credits by simply taking a short quiz? That’s right. Choose from a variety of topics ranging from the financial implications of divorce to tax issues for military families, take a quiz, score 80% or higher and you’ll receive a certificate of completion.

This allows personal finance professionals to earn CEUs at a time that is most convenient. In addition to the nearly 30 recorded webinars, the MFLN Personal Finance community will continue to produce live 90-minute webinars throughout 2014. We typically host one webinar per month. Our next presentation will be March 4. Tax Planning Updates for Military Families is worth 1.5 CEUs for AFC-credentialed participants.

For more information on how to earn AFC CEUs from the Military Families Learning Network’s Personal Finance webinars, click here.

This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on February 27, 2014. 

What is one thing you think every professional who works with service members & caregivers should know within your area of expertise?

Monday, February 24th, 2014

What is one thing you think every professional who works with service members and military family caregivers should know within your area of expertise? This was the question that the eXtension Military Caregiving concentration area, part of the Military Families Learning Network, asked professionals at Fort Campbell, KY.

eXtension Military Caregiving is creating a new video series on Professionals Helping Professionals, where we sit down with military professionals to get feedback on how to better serve the needs of wounded service members and their family caregivers. In many cases, wounded warriors and caregivers have a difficult time navigating the various systems as they transition from active duty status to veteran status. It’s important for professionals working with this clientele to provide proper education and counseling so as to assist families in creating a “new normal.”

The Professionals Helping Professionals series will present success stories, advice and best practices to help military professionals manage their day-to-day tasks. Click on the video below to learn more about what professionals had to offer at Fort Campbell in our very first video of the series.