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AFAP Conference sends 4 
issues on for consideration

The Fort McCoy annual Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Conference was sponsored by Army Community Service (ACS). The AFAP conference purpose was to provide a means to review and discuss quality-of-life concerns submitted by members of the Fort McCoy community throughout the year.

Photo: Participants in the Fort McCoy Army Family Action Plan Conference discuss an issue submitted from the installation community. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Participants in the Fort McCoy Army Family Action Plan Conference discuss an issue submitted from the installation community. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

Two work groups comprised of 10 volunteers each provided a good cross representation of the Total Army Family. Volunteers were provided AFAP process and AFAP issue development training prior to the conference.

Four of the issues submitted to the ACS AFAP program for this conference will be sent to Installation Management Command (IMCOM) Northeast Region for submission to the U.S. Army Forces Command mid-level AFAP Conference to be held March 22-27, 2009.

These issues, in no particular order, are:

• Physical Fitness Time for Department of Army civilians.
     • Army Education Centers/Army Reserve Education Center Entitlements for active-component/Active Guard-Reserve/reserve-component spouses.
     • Long-Term temporary duty/permanent change of station options.
     • Sick Leave for Federal Employee Retirement System personnel.

An issue, involving the need for a Personal Property Shipping Office at Fort McCoy, along with the other local issues, will be provided to installation leadership for input on possible resolutions.

Photo: The participants in this year’s Fort McCoy Army Family Action Plan Conference. (Photo by the Army Community Service staff)
The participants in this year’s Fort McCoy Army Family Action Plan Conference. (Photo by the Army Community Service staff)

One issue having to do with access to Soldier and family services at Fort McCoy via the Fort McCoy installation Web site was completed prior to the conference by adding a link to the Fort McCoy home page.

An issue having to do with spouses being able to use their sponsors’ GI Bill benefits was not pursued by the conference volunteers due to the information provided by the Fort McCoy Education Center as follows: Montgomery GI Bill Chapter 30 currently allows a Soldier with six years of service who re-enlists in a "critical skill" military occupational specialty for at least four years to transfer at least 18 months of their benefits to their dependents.

The new Post 9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008 (Chapter 33), which will become effective Aug. 1, 2009, authorizes the Department of Defense (DoD) to allow individuals who, on or after Aug. 1, 2009, have served at least six years in the armed forces and who agree to serve at least another four years in the Armed Forces to transfer unused entitlement to their dependents (spouses and children). DoD may, by regulation, limit the number of months of transferable benefits to dependents to not less than 18 months.

All conference issues are presented to leadership for review and comment at biannual commander’s AFAP update forums.

The FY09 AFAP issues and conference recommendations as well as issues from previous years can be reviewed in the ACS Schoolhouse on the Fort McCoy Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Web site at http://www.mccoymwr.com.

(Submitted by Army Community Service.)

 

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