Attic Treasures Boutique and Antique Car Show
Have fun and save money at the San Diego Woman’s Club event being held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18 in the Bankers Hill neighborhood of San Diego. For more info, call 619-436-6777.
Military families can win Moonlight subscription
Win a subscription to the 2013 summer season of Moonlight Stage Productions, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive in Vista. Kids, ages K-12, enter the essay contest to write about how it feels to have your parent or loved one return from deployment, and how you are reconnecting as a family. Pick up entry forms at the MCCS Camp Pendleton-ITT Offices or by visiting www.moonlightfoundation.com Winners will be announced at the Sept. 18 evening preview performance of “Sweeny Todd.” You don’t have to be present to win.
Healing & Hiring Fair Set
A Healing & Hiring Fair will be held Tuesday, Aug. 28 and Wednesday, Aug. 29 at the Jacob Center in San Diego. On hand will be Dr. Carolle Jean-Murat, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., a renowned author specializing Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PtSD). For more information on Dr. Carolle, please visit her website at www.DrCarolle.com.
Consignment shop with military in mind
A new consignment shop opened recently in San Diego — Life’s Treasures & Consignment, 2854 Main Street, 619-955-8655 — aims to help newly reassigned and post-deployment families furnish their homes with the items they need. The owner, Eme Iturralde, is a mother of four with three serving in the Navy, Army and Air Force
If you need to sell furniture before a PCS move or are new to the area and need to furnishings and items for your home, they’ve got it all.
Honor Our Troops Upcoming Events
• Drop off donations for the 2012 Summer Care Package Drive: Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Vons in Clairemont Square Shopping Center; Saturday, Aug. 25, Walmart on Clairemont Mesa Blvd. & the 805).
• Family Trust Seminar to learn the basics about family trusts, Saturday, Aug. 25 at VFW Post 3787, 4370 Twain Ave., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Troop Jams at 4th & B, downtown San Diego: Aug. 16 is Filter; Aug. 17 is comedian Tommy Davidson.
• Adopt A Troop. $25 to adopt one troops; $250 for an entire squad; $500 for a platoon. All tax deductible. This helps us get care packages shipped to Afghanistan.
For more about any of these, contact Jennifer at mail@HRTroops.org or visit www.hrtroops.org.
Get on the FastTrac to entreprenurship free
Kaufmann FastTrac, a global provider of learning curricula, offers a new course designed to get interested military veterans started in their own business. The next 10-week class in San Diego runs from Aug. 22 to Nov. 7, 2012, at the San Diego Business Development Center, 880 National City Blvd., Suite 103, National City. The course is free of charge to veterans and space is limited to the first qualified applicants. For more information, call 619-482-6391 or visit www.fastrac.org/veterans.
Military Discount at San Diego Spirits Festival
Get onboard for the 4th annual San Diego Spirits Festival being held Friday, Aug. 25 and Saturday, Aug. 26, Bayside at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego. To get your 50% off military discount, use the code MILITARYPRESS when purchasing tickets online at www.sdspiritfestival.eventbrite.com.
Bonuses For Marines
The Selective Reenlistment Bonus program offers Marines willing to reenlist additional benefits to staying in active duty. The first-term reenlisting Marines are eligible for the SRB program after July 1, 2012, and career Marines after Oct. 1, 2012. This includes any first-term or career Marines reaching their end of current contract between Oct. 1, 2012, and Sept. 30, 2013. The program offers different amounts of bonuses depending on the Marines’ grade upon their date of reenlistment, military occupational specialty they are reenlisting in and the number of months of additional obligated service. No SRB payment will exceed $90,000. For more on military pay and bonuses, visit the Military.com Pay Center.
TRICARE Online lets eligible TRICARE beneficiaries access personal health data captured during treatment at military hospitals and clinics via the Blue Button. Available Blue Button personal health data includes lab results, notes from doctor’s visits (known as encounter notes), problem lists, and medication and allergy data documented in military and Veteran’s Affairs electronic health records. Create an account at www.tricareonline.com.
Nominate your service member
From Aug. 13 to Sept. 11 (Patriot’s Day), Things Remembered will be collecting names of active duty service members to be featured gift recipients during the 2012 holiday season. Nominations can be made by visiting Facebook.com/ThingsRemembered. Three winners per store location will be selected. Shoppers who don’t have a deployed service member to honor this holiday will be able to purchase gifts for each store’s featured members. Any purchase made from Oct. 29 to Nov. 20 and sent to a featured service member — or any other active duty member — will receive a 25% discount on the product and engraving, plus free shipping.
The Patriot Guard Riders make a difference
The Patriot Guard Riders is a diverse group of riders from across the nation. They have one thing in common besides motorcycles; an unwavering respect for those who risk their lives for America’s freedom and security. Their main mission is to attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family. They are there to show sincere respect for the fallen, their families and communities and to shield the mourning family from protestors or groups of protestors.
For more info or to join,visit http://patriotguard.org.
Military absentee voting
2012 is an election year, and if you’re in the military it can be confusing trying to determine if and how you can vote — especially if you’re overseas. Servicemembers, and their families, can request absentee ballots if they’re stationed out of their voting district. For more information, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website at http://www.fvap.gov and talk with your voting assistance representative.
Military advance pay
The purpose of advance pay is to give funds to a member to meet extraordinary expenses incident to a Permanent Change of Station (PCS). It is intended to assist with the out-of-pocket expenses, not typical of day-to-day military living, that precede or exceed reimbursements incurred in a member’s change of duty locations. An advance of pay is not authorized for the specific out-of-pocket expenses covered by advances of other allowances and entitlements, if those advances are used (to include travel allowances and per diem, overseas station housing allowance, basic allowance for housing, and dislocation allowance). The member’s commander has a responsibility to ensure that an advance of pay is used only to help with the financial burden of a PCS. Get more information on Military.com.
ASIS Scholarship for Active Duty Military
The American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) and its Military Liaison Council have established a scholarship to recognize outstanding ASIS military members for their duty performance, community leadership and self-improvement achievements. The scholarship is to help military members pay for certification costs where government funding is lacking. It provides an opportunity for military members who are ASIS members to pursue and enhance career development.
Application deadline is August 10, 2012. To apply, visit asisfoundation.org and click on Scholarships and Awards.
More Sailors eligible for incentive pay
The Navy has expanded the number of ratings currently eligible for Sea Duty Incentive Pay, as announced in NAVADMIN 231/12, released July 30.
Sea Duty Incentive Pay (SDIP) is offered to active-duty Sailors in pay grades E5 through E9 in communities that are undermanned at sea, and provides a monetary incentive for Sailors to extend their assignment at sea or curtail their shore duty to return to sea duty.
SDIP eligible skills are evaluated at least quarterly, and updates are made to provide skilled and qualified Sailors in the exact assignments needed in the Fleet.
Sailors must submit applications for SDIP to their rating detailer. Application procedures are contained in the NAVADMIN. Sailors applying for SDIP-E must submit applications at least 10-12 months prior to their current projected rotation date, and applications for SDIP-C must be submitted at least three months prior to the requested date of early departure.
Sailors and career counselors can learn more about SDIP and access the list of current eligible ratings, payment amounts, and policy guidelines by visiting http://goo.gl/dTA08. Sailors are also encouraged to speak with their command career counselor or command leadership team to learn more about the benefits of SDIP.