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Military Family Appreciation Month to be celebrated in November  [ back to top ]
Fort McCoy will hold a number of activities during Military Family Appreciation Month in November to honor and recognize military personnel and their family members. The Fort McCoy Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation is sponsoring the activities to support the Army Family Covenant, which helps strengthen Soldiers and their families.

The specials will run throughout November and will be available as long as supplies last. They include:
     • A free gift bag at Army Community Service, building 2111, and an opportunity to sign up for an MWR goodie bag in the Community Activity Center, building 2000.
     • Rent one, get one free offers are available at the Recreation Center, building 2000, for a movie, and at the Automotive Skills Center, building 1763, for one hour of bay use. Both of these offers are limited to four per family during November.
     • MWR car-wash tokens will be sold as buy five get three free. This will be limited to two per family throughout November.
     • McCoy’s, building 1571, will offer a bowl one game, and get one free on Sundays Nov. 15 and 22, which includes free shoe rental. Authorized personnel participating in the bowling special also will be eligible to purchase a pizza/soda special.

For more information about these activities, call the MWR Event Line at 608-388-7400.


Holiday Giving Program accepting nominations through Nov. 18  [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Religious Support Office (RSO), building 2675, again will coordinate a Chaplain’s Holiday Giving Program.

The Chaplain’s Holiday Giving Program assists the Fort McCoy community in celebrating the holidays through sharing with others, said Garrison Chaplain (Col.) Steven Colwell. An Angel Tree program for children’s Christmas/Hanukah gifts also will be coordinated between the RSO and the Post Exchange.

Monetary donations for food have been adequately covered for 2009 through the generous giving of the Catholic and Protestant Chapel congregations on post.

People in the Fort McCoy community can donate year-round to help support military personnel on post through a special benevolence fund, Operation Helping Hand.

Supervisors/leaders are requested to nominate military/civilian members (no contractors) of their section to receive the food vouchers and Angel Tree gifts, Colwell said.

Nominations are requested by Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Ornaments for the Angel Tree will be available shortly after Nov. 18. Nominators must include the child’s age and sex, along with gifts the child might like to receive.

Post Exchange (PX) shoppers can choose an ornament and purchase a gift for that child by Thursday, Dec. 10.

For this purpose only, anyone can purchase a gift at the PX, building 1538, and receive a 10 percent discount. Gifts turned into PX Customer Service by Dec. 10 will be wrapped for free and placed under the tree.

For more information, call the RSO at 608-388-3528.


Tree Lighting event set for Dec. 3 at McCoy's  [ back to top ]

A Tree Lighting event will be held Thursday, Dec. 3 at McCoy’s, building 1571, at Fort McCoy. The event will run from 4-6 p.m. and is open to the public.

Activities available at the event will include entertainment by Child, Youth & School Services children, pictures with Santa Claus, Santa’s Gift Shop, Kids Crafts and Activities, free cookies, hot chocolate and coffee (while supplies last) and door-prize drawings.

Attendees who are in the Family Focus program are eligible for Family Focus Bonus Franks.

Sponsors include Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Monroe County Publishers, CASE Construction, First Bank of Tomah, Hiliker Tree Farm and the Fort McCoy Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) program. No federal endorsement is implied.

For more information, call the MWR Event Line at 877-864-4969 or visit the Web site http://www.mccoymwr.com.


Health Benefits season under way, continues through Dec. 14  [ back to top ]
The 2009 Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Open Season is under way and will continue through Monday, Dec. 14. New enrollments/changes in enrollment will take effect Jan. 3, 2010.

FEHB enrollment or changes must be made online at the Army Benefits Center-Civilian (ABC-C) Web site (https://www.abc.army.mil). Personnel who wish to speak to a counselor at ABC-C should call the toll-free number at 877-276-9287.

Personnel in the Fort McCoy service area with FEHB concerns can contact the Fort McCoy Civilian Personnel Advisory Center at 608-388-2722.

Updates about the health, dental and vision programs can be viewed at the Office of Personnel Management Web site at http://www.opm.gov/insure.


Combined Federal Campaign to accept donations through Dec. 15 [ back to top ]

The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) in the Fort McCoy community is under way and will continue through Tuesday, Dec. 15.

CFC is the only authorized campaign held in the federal work force. Funds support a number of programs, including arts/humanities, education, health, youth development, employment, crisis intervention and more, as well as local organizations.

For more information about available programs, visit the Web sites http://www.badgerlandcfc.org or http://www.cfctoday.org, the official Web site of the National CFC Committee.

Key people are being appointed for each directorate/organization at Fort McCoy. McCoy participates in the Badgerland CFC.

Donations can be made in the form of cash, checks or allotments. Contributions may be tax deductible.

For more information in the Fort McCoy community, contact the organization’s points of contact, or call Scott E. Griffith at 608-388-5872/4669.


AER scholarships available for students, stateside spouses  [ back to top ]
The Army Emergency Relief (AER) program offers college aid for dependent children and spouses of Soldiers (active duty, retired or deceased).

The Maj. Gen. James Ursano Scholarship Program is for dependent children of Soldiers who are full-time students at an undergraduate, technical or vocational institution accredited by the Department of Education.

Funds may be used for tuition, books, fees, supplies or school room and board. The scholarships can be awarded annually for up to four academic years. Students may reapply each year.

A student applying for the 2010-2011 Academic Year (AY) must be under the age of 23 for the entire AY. The applicant must be an unmarried dependent child of an active-duty or retired Soldier or a Soldier who died in either status.

The AER Stateside Spouse Education Assistance Program (SSEAP) is for spouses of active-duty and retired Soldiers, and widow(ers) of Soldiers who died either on active duty or in a retired status, and are residing in the United States. This program does not apply to second undergraduate or graduate degrees.

SSEAP scholarship awards are based on financial need and are awarded annually for up to four academic years to attend post-secondary school full time as undergraduate-level students. Funds are to assist with academic expenses at the attending university/school and are disbursed equally between the fall and spring semesters or quarters to assist with tuition, books, fees and supplies.

All Soldiers, students and spouses must be registered in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System (DEERS). Students’ DEERS status can be verified by calling 1-800-538-9552. Students must maintain a grade-point average of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale.

Applications for the 2010-2011 AY scholarships will be available online from Dec. 1, 2009 - March 1, 2010 at http://www.aerhq.org.

Applications must be submitted by March 1, 2010. Other deadlines are in the instructions. AER will notify applicants about their scholarship during the last week of May 2010.


NAMI group meetings held at Tomah VA Medical Center  [ back to top ]

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), meets on the last Monday of each month beginning at 6 p.m. in the Tomah Veteran Affair’s Medical Center Victor Center.

For more information, call 608-372-1764 or e-mail marcy.engebretson@va.gov.


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