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The Art and Science of Caring for Others without Forgetting Self-Care

Charles R. Figley

“Each day as we read accounts of our American troops fighting, dying, and getting hurt in the current wars so far away, my heart goes out to them and their families. But my heart also goes out to the physicians, nurses, and technicians who will be working with these war fighters. It was with them in mind that I offer this brief article on compassion fatigue.” To read more, please visit Gift From Within at


Note: Gift from Within is a non-profit organization dedicated to those who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), those at risk for PTSD, and those who care for traumatized individuals; develops and disseminates educational material, including videotapes, articles, books, and other resources through its website; maintains a roster of survivors who are willing to participate in an international network of peer support; is designated by the Internal Revenue Service as 501(c)(3) public charity, eligible to receive tax-exempt grants, gifts, and donations.

Libraries – A Forgotten Treasure

Do you have a library card? If not, sign up for one this month. To find your nearest library, visit’s Libraries page and enter your ZIP code in the “Library Search” box.

Getting a library card is simple and allows you to borrow books, CDs, DVDs, and more. You can also benefit from the expertise of your local librarian whenever you have questions about doing research or using library resources.  In fact, you can even ask a librarian online! Ask A Librarian

Military Youth Coping with Military Deployment

This program is designed especially for teenagers and young adults whose parents or family members are deployed.  The Department of Defense is aware of the challenges of being in a military family and appreciates all that you do to support your deployed family member. Read more

Rainy Day? Kids Inside? No Problem! Check Out and Leave Boredom Behind!, the official kids’ portal for the U.S. government, has a new look and offers expanded resources. With links to more than 1,200 government web pages, makes it easy for children to learn, explore, and have fun.

Does The Military Family Network have a favorite? You bet! National Geographic Maps – Tools for Adventure just can’t be beat!

(Produced in concert with the The Children's Museum of Indianapolis)

SibKids Listserv Gets Siblings of Kids with Special Needs Conencted

SibKids is the internet's first listserv for young brothers and sisters of people with special health, developmental, and emotional needs.

SibKids is also a great place to meet other young brothers and sisters from around the world. On SibKids, members talk about their siblings with special needs, favorite music, friends, local sports teams, school—just about anything!

SibKids members say they enjoy talking about the good parts and not-so-good parts of having a sib with special needs with other kids who "get it!" After all, no one knows what it is like to be a sib of a kid with special needs better than another sib!

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Feds Prohibit Creditors from Charging Percentage Rates Over 36% for Payday, Title and Tax Refund Loans

Starting October 1, 2007 , a new federal regulation prohibits creditors making payday loans, vehicle title loans and tax refund anticipation loans to active duty Service members and their dependents with annual percentage rates over 36 percent.

The final rule regulates the terms of payday loans, vehicle title loans and tax refund anticipation loans when extended to active duty Service members and their dependents, known as 'covered borrowers'.  These three products have high interest rates, coupled with short payback terms.

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Military Spouse Unemployment Compensation Bill Passed

Governor Jon Corzine signed the bill, after it was passed with very strong majorities in both the New Jersey House and Senate in June. New Jersey joins 10 other states that have changed their policies on Unemployment Compensation since the beginning of the Department of Defense's "USA 4 Military Families" State partnership initiative three years ago. The new law becomes effective in New Jersey on December 9 (2007). Read more:

A Guide for Spouses in Leadership Roles - Spouses' Project 2007

Today's military serves a Nation at War.The Battle Book III: A Guide for Spouses in Leadership Roles offers a wealth of information and resources that address the tough requirements of our times. This handbook represents the caring work of spouses of students of the U.S. Army War College (USAWC) Class of 2005 and was recently updated by the USAWC student spouses of the Class of 2007.It is designed to help Families learn about the military and better understand the Soldier's mission.

Passport Changes in October
U.S. citizens flying to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, or the Caribbean will need to present a passport (the temporary accommodation, which allowed citizens to present a photo ID and proof of passport application, ended on September 30, 2007). For more information on the latest travel requirements, visit the U.S. Department of State. You can also learn how to apply for a passport or check the status of your passport application

Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed, and Get Involved!

In case you were too busy last month with back-to-school activities, September was National Preparedness Month. But it’s never to late to "Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed, and Get Involved!" Read More

Tools for Becoming an Effective Advocate

In addition to the plethora of information and resources on the website, there is another superb tool that can help you on your path to becoming a stronger advocate for your loved ones. The  Advocating for Your Child module of the DoD Special Needs Parent Tool Kit will help you:

  • Improve your communication skills
  • Organize your Medical and educational files
  • Learn about medical and educational Advocacy
  • Write professional letters
  • Learn about important legislation
  • Understand assessments and scores
  • Be an effective participant in the IEP process
  • Teach your child to self-advocate
  • Influence Public Law

Service Members Urged To Set Up Family Member Accounts Before Deployment

Deployable and TRICARE Remote service members should consider setting up Family Member Accounts enabling their family to access medical, pay and human resource Web sites in their absence. Read more

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Did you know that, in 2007, an estimated 178,480 women and 2,030 men in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer? This year, approximately 40,460 women and 450 men in the U.S. will die of breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month serves as a reminder to get screened—early detection saves lives! Screening for breast cancer includes self-exams, clinical breast exams, and mammograms. Speak with your doctor to find out when you should begin having mammograms. For more information on breast cancer, including risk factors, screening, and treatment, visit’s link to the National Cancer Institute


New Federal Tool Lets You Find a Gravesite
Use the new Veteran Gravesite Locator box to search by name for burial locations of veterans and their family members. You’ll get results from military cemeteries and private cemeteries in cases where a grave is marked with a government grave marker.

VA Reaches Out to Former Prisoners of War

Do you know any former prisoners of war (POW) or their family members?  If so, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs your help. Read More

Resources for Caregivers
Check out’s newest page, Caregivers’ Resources. Anyone who takes care of a parent, child, spouse, or other loved one with special needs can use this page to:

• Find help providing care.
• Search for government benefits.
• Get information on long-distance caregiving.
• Find legal information and end-of-life resources.
• Get support for caregivers.


More Military Friendly Deals

Songs for The Military Family

The Perfect Gift any time of the year! Check out for a lovely CD/Booklet Gift that will touch your hearts. A percentage of the sales of The Perfect Gift CD/Booklet Gift will be donated to The Military Family Network to help our families.

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Military Families in the Fort Riley Kansas Area Count on These Military Friendly Businesses – So Should You!

Barbara Torrey Real Estate Co., Inc. 785-456-6777
Carpet One at Manhattan-785-776-6742
Allstar Services Inc. 785-565-8735
Col. Dave Fiser (Ret)- AFLAC Kansas Region 785-537-9123
Kansas Gas 1-800-794-4780
Big Lakes Developmental Center 785-776-9201
Dick Walsh Realtor (785) 776-8506x225
The Vista Drive In Restaurant 785-537-0100
Jumpin' Joe's Family Fun Center 785-825-2906
Linda Shostak, Realtor 785-770-0254
Little Apple Toyota 785-539-2161
Crum's Beauty College 785-776-4794
Victory Inn Bed and Breakfast 785-456-1393
Manhattan Regional Airport 785-587-4560
Etherington & Company Realtors 785-263-1216
Hey Baby 785-539-7000
Great Mileage Rides, Inc 785-539-1122
Pizza Hut 785-537-8210
Great Clips for Hair 785-537-8282 – Two Great Locations!
AAA Allied Group 785-776-3131
Downtown Dental Group 785-776-0097
Manhattan Arts Center 785-537-4420
Nichols Chiropractic, PA 785-537-2211
First National Bank of Wamego785456221
Super 8 Motel 785-263-4545
Westlink Communications 785-365-5004
Cox Communications Kansas 866-719-9617
Kansas Kollection 785-537-6125
McPeak & Pugh Real Estate785-456-1899
Baskin Robbins - Seth Child Commons 785-537-3136
Tall Grass Lodge(800) 241-9122

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 th to October 15 th!

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15—a date that coincides with the anniversaries of independence in several Latin American countries. During this annual celebration, take a look at some facts and figures about America’s Hispanic population.

Did you know that more than 30 million American residents speak Spanish at home? For official government information, Spanish speakers can visit, the U.S. government’s web portal in Spanish.

October Is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

As the nation observes National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (NDVAM), the Department of Defense Family Advocacy Program is pleased to announce the publication of the new DoD Instruction, Domestic Abuse Involving DoD Military and Certain Affiliated Personnel. This Instruction is the first to specifically address domestic abuse in the Department of Defense and is the single-source document for DoD domestic abuse policies and procedures. Read More

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Order Now and Save- Your Military Family Network

The Military Family Network and Capitol Books in Washington DC are publishing the Nation's first military family resource guide. This 850-page book will cover all major military support topics from deployment to finding military friendly businesses. It also features a compilation of state and local resources available to military families - for the first time in a comprehensive and easy format.

To order your copy of Your Military Family Network or copies for your organization, please Visit Your Military Family Network online or call 1-866-205-2850 for more information. Military discounts apply.

MFN Military Deals
NASA Langley is less than a month away from its first open house in six years!

The home of the first astronauts and the world¹s fastest water powered sled will open its doors to the public for the first time in six years on Saturday, October 27.

NASA's Langley Research Center is celebrating its 90th anniversary.

It¹s NASA Langley¹s ³On the Leading Edge since 1917,² a public open house Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Langley Research Center is located near the corner of Commander Shepard Boulevard and N. Armistead Avenue in Hampton, VA. Read more

Glamour Shots in the Southeast Offers Free 8x10 Portraits for Military Families

The Military Family Network has teamed up with Glamour Shots located in the Southeast to provide a free session and 8-by-10-inch portrait to active duty, National Guard, Reserve, and retired service members and their families.

The Military Family Network is a member of America Supports You, a Defense Department program highlighting the way Americans and the corporate sector are supporting the nation's service members.

"As a retired member of our armed forces, I know how important it is to have high quality portraits of our loved ones, for those families who are at home and for our (service members) serving away from home," Al Sciarrino, veteran and owner of Glamour Shots stores in the Southeast, said.

Families can make an appointment at the Glamour Shots stores in Newport News and Richmond, Va., Jacksonville, Fla., Nashville, TN, Augusta and Savannah, Ga., and Bel Air, Al., to have their free portrait taken. Apart from the free 8x10 portraits and special pricing on other packages offered, Glamour Shots offers an ongoing 10% discount to the military on all Glamour Shots services.

"Mr. Sciarrino knows first hand what it is like to be a military family and how special photographs can be to our families," Caroline Peabody, President of the Military Family Network, said. "Our service members are doing their best every day to protect our nation, we are proud of Glamour Shots for giving this wonderful gift ... that will keep giving throughout their lives." Offers Free Discount Coupons and Promotions for More than 1,000 Stores

Continuing its tradition of creating value for the military community, The Military Family Network is excited to be teaming up with which offers military service members, Reserve and Guard, veterans and their families an opportunity to enjoy tremendous savings on various quality retail products and services for less. provides a free, private, no registration shopping experience for bargain hunters, coupon clippers and online shoppers. The website offers online coupon codes, free shipping bargains, printable grocery store coupons and other promotional discounts. is an online shopping network of more than 1,000 stores and websites including favorites like JCPenney, Target, Macy's,, Dell, and eHarmony. More than just a listing of secure and reputable stores, publishes coupons for free shipping, discounts including dollar off and percentage off savings, special Internet-only promotions and exclusive online bargains for these stores.

"You really can pay less if you shop with us first," said founder and president of, Mike Allen. "Our free shipping and coupons savings are perfect for military families who want brand name savings and online shopping convenience."

"We invite our military community to discover the advantages we offer by visiting us today," states Allen.

The founder of, Mike Allen, moderates the Military Deals Forum located at

The founder of, Mike Allen, moderates the Military Deals Forum located at

Forum Focus

Military Family Tribute  

Dave writes: “ As a quick introduction to myself, I'm a happily married father who has been in the reserves and has deployed overseas to a combat zone.

I take care of all the military family I serve with. And I also care about the military family I have not had the pleasure to serve with.

The video below is offered here in hopes of bringing a small amount of comfort to a few people who may be feeling a little ragged dealing with the demands of life while their loved one is deployed.” Click here to experience a moving tribute to military service members and those who love them:

Production Company Seeks Family Videos

Felix needs your help: Trinity TV is producing a music video called "PRAYING FOR YOU". The singer is John Sheppard Brown and the song is dedicated to the US troops in Iraq . Could your family memories bring you fame and stardom? To see how you can bring a little Hollywood into your family room:

Medical Transcription, Work From Home Good Opportunity for Military Spouse Employment

Debbie K wants you to know: “ I am a Marine Corps. wife and a medical transcriptionist (MT). I work from home! I wanted to let my fellow military spouses know that this is an excellent field for us as military spouses because at least 90% of all MTs work from home. Because we work from home over the Internet, in most cases we can take our jobs with us when we get orders to other bases throughout our spouses' military careers. Let Debbie K guide you through the benefits and pitfalls of medical transcribing:

Son Deployed – Again!

Donna F shares this gem: “I am also a mom of an Army Sgt. being deployed in Oct 2007. No, that doesn't give us much time. Third tour and he's only 23 y/o. I've found that if your military loved one will sign you up with the FRG (Family Readiness Group), you will most likely get more info on the soldiers. Visit to share a moment of support with Donna F.


Business Spotlight
Don’t Wait! Relocate and Save with U-Pack Moving!

U-Pack Moving is a service of ABF Freight System, Inc., one of the country's oldest and largest freight carriers. With 80+ years of safe driving behind our name, U-Pack is the solution for servicemen and women seeking to do a DITY move. Because U-Pack understands the complexities of military moving, we provide a convenient way to obtain empty and full weight tickets. And best of all, the U-Pack price includes all transportation fees including fuel, taxes, and tolls.

With over 95% satisfaction from prior military moves, we believe you will be pleased with the service you receive. U-Pack is the smart choice for your next DITY move. Call 1-800-355-1696 or go online at for a free quote or more information.

Online coupon: U-Pack extends an ongoing military discount to both active and retired servicemen and women. We offer a $50 coupon off of an already low moving price. Get a free quote today by calling 1-800-355-1696 or online at Mention coupon code DITY. You'll be glad you did.


Outstanding Service Member

Nominate a Deserving Service Member that You Know

The SemperComm Foundation is accepting award nominations from the military community for its 2008 SemperComm Award, which recognizes extraordinary efforts by military members to boost the morale of their fellow servicemembers while stationed at remote locations.

Community Connections Update

Ft. Wayne Patriots

We, the Fort Wayne Patriots, are a group of people with different backgrounds, opinions and beliefs that have come together to provide morale for our soldiers and veterans of the United States military. We work with the community, to contribute and promote awareness of the needs of our soldiers and veterans and to enlighten the public to the positive impact the soldiers have in our lives. Learn more about how you can lend support:

Talking With Heroes Programs Needs Your Help

Bob Calvert is the host of a fast growing talk show program called Talking with Heroes based in Colorado Springs . Talking with Heroesis a voice for our military, their families and those who support them. We share first-hand accounts straight from personal interviews with the men and women serving in our nation’s Armed Forces. These men and women are helping people worldwide, and that includes our own citizens right here at home in the USA .

Our program is about helping, honoring, supporting our men and women in the military and their families. Our goal is to give our military personnel an opportunity to share their mostly untold stories about the work they are doing worldwide. We believe that the American people have a right to hear these positive stories and our military personnel have a right to have their stories heard by all Americans.

Audio programs of our interviews from Iraq will now begin airing on the Internet on the network where our talk shows air. We are also creating DVD's of all these programs. If you know somebody who is good at designing brochures to create the cover and back of DVD Jackets, let me know. Bob can be reached at