*More information on all the announcements listed below can be found on the 109th AW Wellness Center Facebook page.

Hero Care Network
The new and improved Red Cross Hero Care Network. By calling the Emergency Communications number, (877) 272-7337, families can have the Red Cross notify of family emergencies but they can also access emergency financial assistance. Families can also visit To download the Red Cross Hero Care mobile app, visit, search for American Red Cross in your app store, or text GETHEROCARE to 90999 for a link.

Military to Mercy College to Math Teacher
Earn a tuition-free Master of Science Degree in Mathematics Education
Click here for more information

Armed Forces Vacation Club
Resort Vacation Condominium Rentals. Choose from over 3,500 locations in over 80 countries. Click here for more information and also visit

Military Families: Sesame Street Needs You!
We are looking for military families who will soon or have recently gotten out of the military. Researchers at the University of Minnesota are evaluating a new, fun, interactive, 6-week online resource created by Sesame Workshop. This free series of short videos and worksheets teaches families how to work through challenging times. The study is available to families:
· Where one or both parents currently serve in the Active Duty military and are within 18 months of separation, or families with a Veteran who has separated from the military within the last 18 months
· Who have a child between the ages of 3-7
· Who are fluent in English
· Who have reliable internet access
For more information, click here.


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109th Airlift Wing Airman and Family Readiness Program

Welcome to the 109th AW Airman & Family Readiness Program

* Military lifestyle education and skill building
* Crisis assistance services for Airmen and families
* Wing family activity and volunteer management
* Deployment cycle support for Airmen and families
* Community outreach and engagement

Airman and Family Readiness Program Manager

  Colleen Casey
Office:  (518) 344-2357
Cell:     (518) 416-4333

To be included on the e-mail distro list for families, please click here.

The Airman & Family Readiness Program office is located in Bldg. 1, 2nd Floor in the Wellness Center. 

Child and Youth Resources

Air Force Teen Council
2017 Air Force Teen Council Regional representatives are being requested. Dependent teens of active duty, retired DOD civilians, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve are eligible to apply. All applications must be submitted no later than May 24, 2017. Contact Colleen Casey for an application and more information.

2017 Operation S.T.A.R. Camp
For surviving families, youth, and teens
June 25-30, 2017
Angola New York
Click here for more information

Camp Raven - Save the Date
July 10-14, 2017
More information TBA

Watervliet Arsenal Summer Camp
2017 Summer Camp Applications are now available at the Body Forge, the Post Restaurant, Snack Bars 10 and 35 or by emailing Melissa Ryder at Children of active duty military personnel, DOD Civilian personnel, reservists on active duty and approved Watervliet Arsenal tenant contractors are eligible to use the Summer Program. Children must have completed 1st grade (with proof of report card) thru completed 8th grade (with proof of report card) in order to participate in the Summer Program. You must have legal custody of the child(ren) to participate. Eligibility: First priority is single and dual military families and DOD civilians personnel who are single parents; then full time working active duty military and DOD civilian parents; then approved Watervliet Arsenal contractors. ***NEW THIS YEAR*** Parents of children who will be enrolled into the School Age Program (SAC) (completed grade 1 thru grade 5) must go to Military Child Care dot Com and request care prior to registering children at the Summer Camp Office. This is a new DOD requirement. Applications will be accepted starting March 6, 2017 by appointment only once all paperwork is completed. Completed registration packets are strongly urged to be completed and turned in by May 31, 2017. Please call (518) 266-4697 or (518) 266-4829 or email to schedule an appointment. The Watervliet Arsenal Summer Program is located at the pavilion near the swimming pool. The program will run in accordance with the Watervliet Arsenal workforce hours of schedule.

NYNG Child & Youth Program
The New York National Guard Child and Youth Program exists to provide military children and youth with valuable opportunities for networking and skill development. Building on its philosophy of providing social, emotional and academic support to military children and youth, the NYNGCYP works to increase awareness of challenges facing military children and youth as well as the resources available for these individuals.
Guard En of Youth newsletter
Winter 2016-17 Edition

Child Care Aware of America (Formally NACCRRA)
*Military Family Child Care Fee Assistance*

Childcare Aware has partnered with the DoD to provide eligible military families, with children aged birth to 12 years old, assistance to offset the cost of paying for child care in their community. Child Care Aware of America is the nation's leading voice for child care, working with more than 700 state and local Child Care Resources and Referral Agencies nationwide to help ensure that families in 99 percent of all populated ZIP codes in the United States have access to high-quality, affordable child care.
Sittercity connects families with quality local in-home caregivers. With over 2 million caregiver profiles nationwide, members can quickly find child care options, in-home care, pet sitters, and more. Members have online access to local caregivers with profiles that include pictures, parent reviews, references, background checks, and more.

YMCA Respite Childcare
Participating YMCAs will provide up to 16 hours per month per child for eligible military families. Parents can drop their child off and leave to catch up on errands or stay and use the YMCA facilities.

Our Military Kids
Our Military Kids provides tangible support to children of deployed National Guard and Reserve personnel as well as to children of sever

Personal Finance

•Start now and take control of your budget and finances

We talk about being physically fit, mentally fit but how about financially fit. It isn't something that can happen overnight for some, but if we take a step toward the right direction you can get there.

If you would like to set up a Spend Plan and devise an Action Plan based on your monthly budget please visit Colleen Casey, Airman and Family Readiness. It starts with you!

Available Resources:

Personal Financial Counselor
Laurie Bonser, CFP, CPA, MBA
PFC Services are Free, Private and Confidential
Stratton ANGB, Scotia, NY
(518) 948-7028

Free tax consultation/filing through Military OneSource

InCharge Debt Solutions
DoD partnership program to assist with credit counseling and debt consolidation. Minimal to no fee involved for assistance to military members. This offers nonprofit credit counseling professionals devoted to your financial health, providing credit counseling, debt management programs and alternatives to debt consolidation -- without a loan or bankruptcy. Get debt relief and eliminate the stress caused by credit card and medical debts with a solution from InCharge. (877) 399-8656

Free Financial Coaching for Transitioning Veterans
If you are struggling or you just have questions, we can help
• NAVIGATE through a financial crisis
• BUILD a working budget
• LEARN how to deal with collectors
• ESTABLISH a plan for emergencies, savings, retirement, college
A financial coach works with you to help you:
• IDENTIFY your financial goals
• CREATE a plan
• TRACK your progress to ACHIEVE your goals
• SUPPORTS you along the way, for as long as you need
Three Financial Coaches for you in New York State:
• Jason Lampert-NYS Dept. of Labor, Div. of Employment & Workforce Solutions, Brooklyn, NY 718-613-3736
• Paula Mucci- Workforce New York Career Center, Patchogue, NY 631-687-4879
• Financial Coach-The Work Place, Watertown, NY 315-786-3673
This program is provided by The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
in collaboration with The Department of Labor

Military OneSource
Learn more about Military OneSource Financial Services by calling (800) 342-9647

Financial Readiness
What you should know about your credit score. Click here.

Budgeting tips - click here.

Thrift Savings Plan - click here.
The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a retirement savings and investment plan for Federal employees and members of the uniformed services. It was established by Congress in the Federal Employees' Retirement System Act of 1986 and offers the same types of savings and tax benefits that many private corporations offer their employees under 401 (k) plans. The TSP now has both regular and Roth account options.

Annual Credit - click here.
Federal law allows you to get a free copy of your credit report every 12 months from each credit reporting company. The site is totally FREE. It does not provide you with a credit score, but you can use it to ensure that the information on all of your credit reports is correct and up to date. Order one report every four months and you can see your report three times each year.