Some good info here. The facebook link is interesting, too. In celebration of their 30 year anniversary, the Fleet and Family Support Program launched their Facebook and Twitter pages. Here are the links: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Washington-DC/Fleet-and-Family-Support-Program/105861457742?ref=mf Twitter: Navy Fleet & Family (Fleet_Family) on Twitter On July 9, 1979, the first Family Service Center (FSC) opened its doors in Norfolk, Va. FSC San Diego opened its doors shortly thereafter. Today, the Fleet and Family Support Program continues to deliver its core mission with a growing number of programs and services focusing on deployment support, crisis response, career support and counseling for individuals, families and commands. To learn more about the Fleet and Family Support Program, visit the Navy Fleet and Family Support Center by following this link: https://www.nffsp.org/skins/nffsp/home.aspx ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Featured Article Rep. John McHugh, D-N.Y., nominated to become President Obama's Secretary of the Army, appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee last week for his confirmation hearing. McHugh has served in the House of Representatives for 16 years. His district includes Fort Drum, N.Y. Read complete story. Legislative Update - 08/03/2009 Are you ready for the new GI Bill? By now, most of you have heard about the Post-9/11 GI Bill which was signed into law in July 2008. Rivaling the WWII Era GI Bill of Rights, this new bill offers a more robust education benefits program. Effective August 1, 2009, the Post-9/11 GI Bill provides education benefits for servicemembers who have served on active duty for 90 or more days since Sept. 10, 2001. These benefits are tiered based on the number of days served on active duty, creating a benefit package that gives current and previously activated National Guard and Reserve members the same benefits as active duty servicemembers. The Department of Veterans Affairs is currently accepting applications for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Once the VA has received your application they will determine your eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and issue you a Certificate of Eligibility. You can apply using the VA Form 22-1990. The form includes the instructions needed to begin the process. Although the VA is now accepting applications for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, it will not actually go into effect until August 1, 2009. This means that benefits will not be paid for any training or education programs completed before July 31, 2009. For more information, visit: GI Bill Home - (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) ____________________________________________________________________________________________ NCO & NCO Spouse Scholarship In conjunction with AUSA's celebration of The Year of the NCO, and in support of the chapter's mission to encourage members in their efforts to pursue higher education, Grantham University will provide one full, 4-year scholarship to a Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) and one full, 4-year scholarship to the spouse of an NCO from the community of the Greater Kansas City, Ft. Leavenworth, Ft. Riley, and Topeka Chapters of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). Applicants do not need to be a member of AUSA. The scholarship will cover: tuition costs, required textbooks, software, fees and shipping of the course materials. The value of each scholarship is approximately $36,000. For more information, visit Grantham University: Online Application for full, 4-year scholarship to an Army National Guard member in each of the 50 states Read something interesting? Please pass this newsletter along to friends and colleagues in the military community who might find it interesting. Also, tell everyone about militaryhandbooks.com, the ultimate source for FREE military handbooks on the Web: Military Handbooks. Thank you for your support.