Thank You From Camp Eggers- MooreMart and Request

Greetings
I thought that you would like to see this e-mail.
If anyone is interested in working with Larnell relative to the proposed
internet café please let me know.
Also, I just became aware of an organization started by a NH resident who is
stationed in the Middle East  that centers on supporting Afghan widows of
the Gulf War. It is called Flying Scarfs
(www.flyingscarfs.com) the organizations focus is helping the widows
develop a trade that will enable them to support their families.
If anyone is interested in this organization a contact e-mail is
joshua.carroll83@gmail.com.
Thanks again for your support of our troops.
/Paul

—–Original Message—–
From: Thompson, Larnell S MAJ NTM-A CJ1
[mailto:larnell.s.thompson@afghan.swa.army.mil]
Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2012 5:58 AM
To: carole@mooremart.org; deb@mooremart.org; ted@mooremart.org;
paul@mooremart.org
Subject: Thank You From Camp Eggers (UNCLASSIFIED)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: FOUO

Moore Mart,

I received your package this morning and ALL of the items where a Big Hit!
You reenergized my faith and love in my country when I opened your box!  I
cannot thank you enough for the joy you placed on these troops faces.

Being deployed in a foreign land is not always easy but knowing people such
as yourself are cheering for us makes this life bearable.  Please don’t
misunderstand me, I love what I do and who I serve, but I’m also human and
long for family.  As a 22 year Air Force Officer, I can only imagine how the
younger service members feel.  This is why I’m so passionate about what I do
and going above and beyond to make them feel comfortable.  I cannot do this
without the kind people back home such as yourself.  You are why we do what
we do and do it with pride. Thank you so much for validating that there are
still agents of our Lord looking out for us when we need it most. I thank
you personally.

Now as far as feedback of items sent and needed, as we say in the Air Force,
everything was on target!

On a separate issue, I’m seeking assistance on a huge morale initiative here
on Camp Eggers.

I’m in the process of opening an Internet Café / library for camp patrons.

This will afford service members the opportunity to communicate with their
love ones in a relaxed atmosphere.

I’m reaching out for your assistance in finding an organization willing to
donate new or used IPads, Tablets or laptops (new/used).  The assets will be
loaned out for use Only in the Internet Café for troops to Skype, Facebook
or Tweet their loves ones back home.  They will not be issued for use
outside the café.

This program will be the first that I know of in this theater of operation.
The idea came about from young service members on camp that could not afford
or did not bring any type of communication device to reach back home.  We do
have a computer room with ten overused desktop  computers without cameras.

The number do not matter, if it’s one it’s one we didn’t have before.  Thank
you in advance for any assistance you could provide to the men and women on
post.

Please sleep well knowing we’re standing guard!

V/r

LARNELL S. THOMPSON, Major, USAF
MWR Director
DSN: 318-237-0928
Address: Larnell S. Thompson, NTM-A/CSTC-A, MWR, APO AE 09356 www.NTM-A.com

SUPPORT AND THANK TO CHILDREN OF OUR MILITARY

     “Purple Up! For Military Kids”

 

Friday April 13th

 

 

 

 

Purple Up goes National!!!!

 

 

We encourage everyone across the state of New Hampshire (and the Country) to wear purple on Friday, April 13th, as a visible way to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices.  It all started here in New Hampshire, now everyone is jumping in with both feet across the Country!  Let’s continue to lead the charge with 100% participation from everyone in our state!  Join us in celebrating NH’s Purple Up Day and spread the word for everyone you know to wear their purple!  Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue.

 

 

The Governor himself will be proclaiming April 13, 2012 as NH’s Purple Up Day in special honor and recognition of our military kids who have sacrificed so much as they continue their daily lives without their parent(s) for a period of time.  Operation Military Kids (OMK) is a program to help bring awareness to the transitions these children must endure through pre-, during, and post deployment.  As part of the OMK initiative, Purple Up Day is a great way to bring awareness across the state and is one small way to show our support for the bravery and strength or these children.  This is not in support of any war, but is in support of our children who sacrifice so much.  This is an acknowledgement of sacrifice that deserves to be recognized!  Please come together, with the rest of the state…stand as one in a wave of purple across the state (and the nation!) to say to these children, “THANK YOU for YOUR service!

 

 

OMK hopes everyone will take this opportunity to appreciate and celebrate these young heroes. For more information:

 

 

http://extension.unh.edu/4H/4H_OMK/documents/PurpleUpflyer.pdf

 

Website connects military spouses with jobs through virtual job fair

WASHINGTON (2/14/12) — Over the past year, veterans and military spouses have been invited to a host of career fairs across the nation that connect dozens of employers seeking to support the military community with hundreds, sometimes thousands, of job-seeking troops and spouses.

While face-to-face exposure is an asset, many career seekers aren’t able to attend these fairs, whether it’s due to distance, finances or life demands.

Hoping to fill this opportunity gap, organizations are forgoing local fairs in favor of online offerings. With the only potential barrier being Internet access, virtual career fairs and other online job resources are steadily gaining popularity.

Milicruit, a sponsor of virtual career fairs, hosted a national career fair in November that attracted about 80 employers and more than 30,000 job seekers.

They’ll host another nationwide virtual career fair for service members, veterans and military spouses Feb. 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST.

In this fair, veterans and military spouses will have access to about 27,000 jobs, Kevin O’Brien, Milicruit spokesman, said. Military career seekers will have the opportunity to meet and interact with recruiters and hiring managers from dozens of military friendly employers.

People should register to reserve their space at this free fair online at http://www.veteranscareerfair.com.

The company also will offer some resume-writing advice in a virtual resume workshop Feb. 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. EST, according to a news release. Employers will be online to review resumes and provide guidance on designing a civilian resume.

Milicruit also has more than 20 regional career fairs planned throughout 2012. People can find out more on the site’s event calendar.

Also aimed at the virtual front, through the Defense Department’s Military Spouse Employment Partnership, employers have direct access to job-seeking spouses, and spouses can connect with long-term employment opportunities. MSEP, launched last year, partners with local, national and international businesses to foster job opportunities.

In a blog last month, Robert L. Gordon III, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy, noted the site’s success. In just six months, the program has partnered with nearly 100 employers. And as of mid-January, nearly 60,000 jobs were listed on MSEPJobs.com. Since June 2010, more than 10,400 spouses have found employment through the MSEP program. Gordon noted the site is undergoing a design overhaul to enhance functionality. The site will have a resume builder function and provide email alerts when the job seeker is matched to a job posting.

“With your help, we will build on this momentum as we move into 2012 to make MSEP an even more effective tool in empowering our military spouses to find jobs and career opportunities,” he wrote.

Connecting veterans and spouses with jobs is one of the primary objectives of the White House’s Joining Forces campaign. Launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, last year, this campaign calls on Americans to better support troops, veterans and their families.

In November, the first lady announced that a range of businesses plan to hire 100,000 veterans and military spouses by 2014. She noted the Veterans Jobs Bank hosts more than 550,000 job postings from military-friendly employers.

“This commitment of 100,000 jobs isn’t about making headlines,” she said in a Joining Forces blog. “These wonderful programs don’t just provide a good opportunity for a press conference. All of these efforts are about upholding our sacred duty to our veterans and their families.”

At the time, 16,000 veterans and spouses had found new positions since Joining Forces launched, the blog said.

More recently, President Barack Obama outlined his Veterans Job Corps initiative to hire veterans to replenish the ranks of the nation’s first responders. He also noted the progress that’s already been made.

“Already, we’ve helped 600,000 veterans and their family members go back to school on the Post-9/11 GI Bill,” he said Feb. 3. “We’ve hired over 120,000 veterans to serve in the federal government, [and] we’ve made it easier for veterans to access all sorts of employment services.”

Additionally, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been steadily working toward its goal of hosting 100 hiring fairs within a year. Last month, the chamber hosted its first military-spouse-only hiring fair, which brought together more than 100 employers and more than 1,000 military spouses.

“As companies large and small have shown, the private sector has enormous capacity to help our troops, veterans and families,” Navy Capt. Brad Cooper, executive director of Joining Forces, recently told me. “The people of this great nation clearly want to help – people want to have impact. Everywhere we’ve turned, and with every company we’ve asked to step up, the answer has been ‘yes.'”

VFW REACTS TO PENTAGON BUDGET PRIORITIES

VFW REACTS TO PENTAGON BUDGET PRIORITIES
Tuesday, February 7, 2012

VFW leaders voice their concerns regarding key veterans’ issues.

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta unveiled the Pentagon’s budget priorities this week for fiscal year 2013, reflecting the Administration’s calls for a leaner, more agile force as the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down. In light of pledges from the Pentagon to ensure that the U.S. military remains a lethal and effective force, VFW leaders voiced their concerns over proposed cuts that could dilute the quality of America’s military and possibly threaten the continued viability of the all-volunteer force.

The Defense Department is expected to request $525 billion as a baseline budget for FY2013, with an additional $88.4 billion for overseas contingencies; $6 billion and $27 billion less, respectively, than FY 2012. Five key strategies for DoD include driving the future military force, which will be smaller and leaner; repositioning with more emphasis on Asia-Pacific and the Middle East; strengthening through better alliances and partnerships; and developing an extremely agile and deadly force, which will be second-to-none in technology and capability.

Some key priorities and choices that could be made over the next five years include:

  • To reduce the active Army from 570,000 to 490,000 soldiers, and the active Marine Corps from 202,000 to 182,000.
  • To reduce the number of Air Force tactical air squadrons from 60 to 54, but maintain the current bomber fleet, as well as the Navy’s 11 aircraft carriers, 10 air wings and big-deck amphibious fleet.
  • To fund a new bomber, increase cruise missile capacity in future Virginia-class submarines, and increase investments in cyber capabilities, special operations, homeland missile defense, countering weapons of mass destruction, and projecting power into denied areas.
  • To provide service members full pay raises in 2013 and 2014, but begin limiting increases starting in 2015.
  • To ask Congress to conduct a comprehensive review of the military retirement system, while grandfathering all current retirees and service members into the existing system.
  • To recommend increases in healthcare fees, co-pays and deductibles for military retirees using a tiered approach, based on their retired pay, as well as create a TRICARE for Life enrollment fee for retirees age 65 and older. Exempt would be medical retirees and survivors of those who died on active duty.

In response to the announcement, VFW leaders said they continue to be wary of plans to change the current military retirement system and potentially saddle military retirees with higher health care costs.

“We are pleased to continually hear pledges from the White House and Pentagon that retirees and those serving in uniform today will be grandfathered under the old system, but our concern is for tomorrow’s recruit,” said VFW Executive Director Bob Wallace. “Asking someone to first donate 20 or more years of their youth in return for the immediate receipt of a modest retirement pay is a contract, which cannot be compared with any civilian occupation or retirement plan. We are concerned, however, that by introducing civilian retirement plans into a military world it has zero in common with, could signal the end of the all-volunteer force. A lot of trial balloons have been floated, so we have to wait for details.”

Traditionally, only eight percent of America’s military men and women serve until retirement age. With already low retention of career service members, the VFW is concerned that too many new proposed incentives for highly-trained and highly-qualified leaders to leave the military early could thin the force to such an extent that the last person standing, not the best qualified, could serve as the next service chief or senior enlisted leader. Plus, too many incentives to leave could also mean a watered down G.I. Bill for veterans.

VFW leaders went on to say that increasing enrollment fees and copayments while reducing services for retirees is a breach of faith with all who choose to serve; a sentiment the VFW has consistently voiced since launching the “10 for 10” campaign against military and veterans’ benefits cuts last summer.

When discussions of an overhaul to the military retirement first surfaced, the VFW polled readers on this blog about their inclinations to serve a full career with watered-down retirement benefits. The results, which can be viewed here, indicated to VFW leaders that such changes would threaten the continued viability of the all-volunteer force by incentivizing the best and brightest to leave early in their military careers.

Your VFW will continue to fight against these proposals, ensuring that America’s military remains strong and sustainable for future generations. Keep posted to this blog for updates.

(Image: Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, brief the press on major budget decisions stemming from the defense strategic guidance at the Pentagon, Jan. 26, 2012. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley.)

VFW National Military Services Celebrates Tremendous Year


 

January 1, 2012 • VFW National Military Services Update

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2011 was a hugely successful year for VFW National Military Services and its programs, which continued to extend support and assistance to service members and their families.

VFW Operation UplinkTM hosted 24 “Free Call Days” for troops stationed overseas for the second consecutive year. Over 1.3 million connections were made by service members to their loved ones by accessing the Free Call Days through MWR Internet Cafes in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. The 2012 Free Call Day schedule is now available, with 24 Free Call Days planned. Click here to view the new schedule.

VFW Unmet Needs continued to provide a lifeline to military families facing unexpected financial hardship. In 2011 the program issued 638 emergency and disaster relief grants totaling $569,000 in assistance. Those figures include 145 rent or mortgage bills that were paid, affording struggling military families the comfort of staying in their homes.

VFW Military Assistance Program (MAP) grew as well and continued to provide an outstretched hand from the VFW to the local military. In 2011 the program issued 287 grants to VFW Departments and Posts to cover expenses associated with hosting morale-boosting events for troops and their families.

A huge part of MAP includes the Adopt-a-Unit program. VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary adopt military units around the world, developing supportive relationships with them before, during and after deployments. There were 260 new unit adoptions in 2011 through the program, which now boasts nearly 2,000 adoptions since 2007.

VFW National Military Services programs made an incredible difference for our troops and their families in 2011. Here’s to making 2012 even more successful!

To learn more about VFW National Military Services and its programs, click here.

CHEER THE UP!

This fall, Cheerios and the USO are partnering to thank military families for their commitment to our country.
Specially marked boxes of Cheerios will feature “Cheer” postcards, which can be cut out so customers can add a message of encouragement. Add a stamp and the pre-addressed card is ready for the postman. The USO will distribute the postcards to families at USO centers.
For every postcard received before November 30, 2012, Cheerios will donate $1 to the USO — up to $100,000 — to help support programs for military families. That donation is on top of a $150,000 gift Cheerios has already made to the USO.