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Ombudsman Update



2. FREE BREAD MINISTRY'S SCHEDULE ONLINE AT WWW.VGC.ORG
3. AMERICAN RED CROSS BABYSITTER'S TRAINING THIS SATURDAY 8/20 - NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER!
4. STILL NOT TOO LATE FOR WALK-IN SCHOOL/SPORTS PHYSICALS: 8/30 & 9/1
5. NEW PROGRAM FOR HOME-SCHOOLING FAMILIES: MEET FOR FRIDAYS IN THE MURPHY CANYON PARK
6. NAVY-MARINE CORPS RELIEF SOCIETY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS!
7. LIKE TO SING? CONSIDER THE MILITARY SPOUSE CHOIR
8. HELPFUL TIPS FOR ORGANIZING "BACK-TO-SCHOOL" SPENDING
9. AREA ID CARD LAB INFORMATION & HOURS OF OPERATION
10. NEW PROGRAM TO HELP COMBAT MILITARY FINANCIAL FRAUD (TAPS)
11. NEW EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION FOR VETERANS WITH DISABILITIES

2. GREAT WEBSITE: Keep current with the FREE BREAD distribution by the Bread Ministry at www.vgc.org. Check the website frequently for the most current schedule. This program distributes free bread to military families at 8 area distribution points. For information on specific schedules and other information, visit www.vgc.org

3. AMERICAN RED CROSS BABYSITTER'S TRAINING THIS SATURDAY - NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER! A few spots are left for the Naval Medical Center Pediatrics Department's class for teens, 11-15 years old, who are interested in learning the information and skills to provide safe and responsible childcare. Develop skills in leadership, professionalism, basic care, safety, safe play, and first aid. There is an $18 fee for the participant's manual, Babysitter Training pin and American Red Cross certification. Call (619) 532-6912 to register.

When: Saturday, August 20th from 8 am to 3 pm
Where: Naval Medical Center/Balboa, Bldg. 5 (near Chapel), Classroom 1

4. STILL NOT TOO LATE FOR WALK-IN SCHOOL/SPORTS PHYSICALS: On a FIRST-COME/FIRST-SERVE basis, military dependents with valid ID, can visit:

- Chesterton Community Center, 7427 Linda Vista Road, on Tuesday, 8/30 from 0900-1400 OR
- Murphy Canyon Chapel, 3200 Santo Road, on Thursday, 9/1 from 1200-1600.

Bring:
1. Military ID
2. Immunization Yellow Cards (shot record)
3. Any school physical forms

Parents must be present for immunizations. No appointments needed. For more info, call (619) 532-8225.

5. NEW PROGRAM FOR HOME-SCHOOLING FAMILIES: If you live in the Murphy Canyon area and home-school your children, you can take advantage of "Park Days" and meet kids and parents in similar situations. The group meets on Fridays, from 2 pm - 5 pm, at the playground next to the Murphy Canyon Chapel, 3200 Santo Road. For more information, visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SAH_SD or email Sandi at bsmheckel@earthlink.net.

6. NAVY-MARINE CORPS RELIEF SOCIETY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: Help the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society "take care of our own." A small investment of your time can make a big difference in someone's life! As a Volunteer for NMCRS, in just 3 hours a week, you can help people in need, develop or improve marketable skills, and make new friends.

Volunteer opportunities include:
- Greeting Clients & Receptionist
- Casework & Basic Budgets (Training Provided)
- Teaching Budgeting for Baby
- Public Speaking
- Volunteer Managemeent
- Working in Thrift Shops
- Office Administration and Publicity

Volunteers are REIMBURSED FOR CHILDCARE & MILEAGE! For more information, contact Lydia at (619) 238-1060 or email schultzl@sdiego.nmcrs.org.

7. LIKE TO SING? Consider joining the Murphy Canyon Military Spouse Choir. For more information, email Donna at dconwell@insite.org or call (619) 230-0005. The Murphy Canyon Choir was established in February of 2005 - and is still looking for members! Rehearsals also allow choir members to make friends and be creative. CHILDCARE IS PROVIDED AT REHEARSALS! Rehearsals are held every Wednesday from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the Murphy Canyon Chapel, 3200 Santo Road. Also, MARK YOUR CALENDARS - the final choral performance is scheduled for Sunday, September 25. The performance will be free and open to all audiences. Location to be determined.

8. HELPFUL TIPS FOR ORGANIZING "BACK-TO-SCHOOL" SPENDING: Back-to-school time is one of the major spending promotion times by retailers and credit card issuers alike. Be aware of advertising promoting indiscriminate credit based spending for back-to-school supplies. Because credit cards have the basic message of: SPEND, credit card use in this country continues to increase. So also has the amount of debt carried by cardholders and the various fees increased. Try these TEN GREAT SPENDING TIPS for better value in your back-to school shopping.

- Make a list of what is needed by category ; i.e. clothing, books. etc., sports, or music.
- Plan ahead. Start watching for store sale flyers, flea markets, garage sales, clearance sales, etc.
- Establish a spending-plan and timetable for purchases over several weeks or months.
- Comparison shop with at least five different sources for the best values.
- Consider not buying all the needed clothing initially because if it gets even wear, it may all need replacing at the same time. Spread out these purchases over many weeks. Allow some flexibility so as to take advantage of sales and true bargains.
- Avoid using credit cards to spend income not yet earned. They are too expensive (users either pay interest or an annual fee, or both, for the convenience). Some credit card issuers routinely promote indiscriminate spending, which so often can result in overspending.
- When it comes to trendy items for school clothes or school supplies, encourage children to become independent and not "go-with-the-flow" demanding all of the latest product tie-ins, from the summer's hottest movies, for example. Fads often lose their steam after school starts, often because nearly every other child has them.
- If there are several children in your home with back to school needs, you may want to consider setting aside money each month of the year for this expense to avoid having to divert money away from other expenses.
- Use layaway plans for clothing, supplies, etc. whenever possible and practical.
- Purchase previously used text books, lab tools and supplies, etc. when possible.

For information about "Mending Spending," monthly budgeting guidelines, and warning labels and sleeves for debit and charge cards, visit www.icfe.info. The site also includes helpful sections on increasing savings, using credit wisely, plus "How to set up and implement a Spending Plan" (with a one page work sheet) for personal and/or family finances.

9. AREA ID CARD LAB INFORMATION: Check out www.psasd.navy.mil/west for access information for ALL area ID Card Labs. Here is just a sample of the information you can get on the website...

- NASNI ID LAB: Walk-in hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday from 7:30 am - 9:30 am; Wednesdays from 8:30 am - 10 am. Appointments available 10 am - 3:30 pm daily. Make your appointment online by visiting www.psasd.navy.mil/west/northisland.asp and clicking on Family and Member Identification Cards.

- NAVAL STATION ID LAB: Hours are Mon/Wed/Fri from 7:30 am - 3:45 pm; Tuesdays from 9 am - 5:30 pm; and Thursdays from 9 am - 3:45 pm. Walk-ins are seen during the first two hours of each day, appointments are after the first two hours. Visit www.psasd.navy.mil/west/det_navalstation.asp for more info, make an appointment by clicking on Family and Member Identification Cards.

- NAVAL MEDICAL CENTER (BALBOA) ID LAB: For more information, call (619) 532-7097 or visit http://www.psasd.navy.mil/west/det_balboa.asp. Hours are Monday through Friday, 7 am - 3:30 pm but they are closed on Wednesdays from 7 am - 8:15 am.

- MIRAMAR ID LAB: Hours are Mon-Thurs from 8 am - 4 pm and Fridays, from 8 am - 3 pm. Appointments are made for active duty from the 11th - 31st of the month and dependents from the 16th - 31st of the month.

- MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT ID LAB: Hours are Mon - Fri from 7:30 am - 3:00 pm, with walk-ins only - no appointments.

- PENDLETON ID LAB: Hours are Mon - Fri from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm. The last appointment time is 3:15 pm.
http://www.psasd.navy.mil/west/

Other ID Card Labs are located around San Diego, check out the website for more info.

10. NEW PROGRAM TO HELP COMBAT MILITARY FINANCIAL FRAUD (TAPS): A recent report highlighted concern by Congress and the Department of Defense about the financial conditions of military personnel and their families, especially with the heightened deployment rate to Iraq and Afghanistan.

In numerous cases, servicemembers have become targets of predatory lending and other deceptive financial schemes. Financial difficulties can negatively affect morale and readiness as well as servicemembers' credit history and military career.

The CA Dept of Corporations provides California military personnel with a new weapon to combat financial fraud and predatory lending: California Troops Against Predatory Scams (California TAPS). TAPS is an education and outreach program designed to provide our troops with valuable information and tips to help combat military financial fraud.

The campaign will serve as a starting point for our troops when faced with important investment decisions. It will provide information on current scams and facts on different financial products. TAPS can help troops confirm if a sales person and company are properly licensed and registered by contacting Corporations toll-free consumer resource center at 1-866-ASK- CORP (275-2677). For further information or to obtain a complaint form, please visit Corporations' Web site at www.corp.ca.gov or call our consumer resource center toll-free at 1-866-ASK-CORP (1-866-275-2677).

11. EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION FOR VETERANS WITH DISABILITIES: Veterans with service-related disabilities looking for business opportunities need look no farther than the U.S. government -- and more specifically, the Defense Department (DoD). DoD, the federal government's biggest buyer of goods and services, is working to dramatically boost the contracts it awards to small businesses owned by service-disabled veterans.

DoD currently awards about $500 million in contracts every year to businesses owned and operated by veterans with service-related disabilities. But the goal is to increase that amount more than tenfold -- to $6 billion-within the next five years. Boosting contracting opportunities for service-disabled veterans reflects the nation's recognition of their service and sacrifices.

To help get the word out, DoD and the Small Business Administration have launched a website to ite to help educate service-disabled veteran-owned businesses about government contracting and subcontracting opportunities. In addition, they're encouraging business owners to join the Central Contractor Registry, used to award DoD contracts and subcontracts. For more information, visit www.acq.osd.mil/sadbu/programs/veterans/index.htm or www.sba.gov
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