News Briefs: April 3, 2015

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News Briefs

News Briefs


$100 to $100K — April is Financial Literacy Month, the perfect time to re-evaluate your spending habits. How does $100 become $100,000? Time is your biggest ally when it comes to the growth of your savings. The Thrift Savings Plan, a low-cost retirement plan for military and federal civilian employees, helps you do that. Ready to save? Here’s how:

  1. Sign into myPay. Click “Traditional TSP and Roth TSP.”
  2. Decide whether to make Roth or traditional contributions.
  3. Choose how much you’d like to save (10 percent, for example).
  4. Click “Save” at the bottom of the screen.


VA Grants — On Tuesday, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced nearly $93 million in Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) new grants to help end veteran homelessness. The initiative targets 45,000 homeless and at-risk vets and families in high-need communities.

The grants will be distributed to 24 nonprofit agencies in 15 communities, with $30 million in awards being distributed to the Los Angeles area. These grants will provide additional resources to the fourth year operations of the SSVF program.


Also, the VA is issuing a Notice of Funding Availability for up to $8 million in grants for fiscal year 2015 to provide adaptive sports opportunities for disabled veterans service members throughout fiscal year 2016.

Grants are available to non-federal entities with experience in managing a large-scale adaptive sports program for persons with certain disabilities. The grants call for planning, developing, and managing and implementing appropriate adaptive sports activities.

Recipients may use grants for training, program development, coaching, sports equipment, supplies, program evaluation and other activities related to program implementation and operation. The deadline to apply is May 26.

Visit Additional details are posted on the VA Adaptive Sports website at


Going Vertical — As the Army, supported by NASA and the Navy, develops a new fleet of joint aircraft, it has the opportunity to cost-effectively leverage advanced commercial electronics and integration technologies. Army rotorcraft of the future will depend on the imagination and engineering prowess of scientists, researchers and aviators at the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Center. Learn more at


7 / Tuesday

Strategy Conference — Participate virtually in the Army’s conference for a fresh look at the fundamentals of defense in the 21st century. The Army Strategy Conference is a two-and-half day virtual conference for worldwide participation. Visit


17 / Friday

Graduation Day — The first graduation ceremony of the Hawaii Veterans Treatment Court is at 2 p.m. at the State Supreme Court (behind the King Kamehameha statue), 2nd Floor, Aliiolani Hale, 417 S. King St., Honolulu. Call 539-4133.


20 / Monday

Winging it — Wheeler’s Wings of Lightning dining facility reopens today; until then, food is being served out of Hangar 111. Hours of operation remain the same.

Visit for DFAC updates.


29 / Wednesday

Denim Day — Personnel are encouraged to wear denim jeans and a “Take A STAND!” T-shirt on April 29 and Fridays in April to support Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Visit or for more details.

Need help or to talk to someone? Call toll-free to 1-877-995-5247.


30 / Thursday

PrepareAthon — Despite multiple campaigns and awareness efforts, a large percentage of Americans have not performed preparedness actions to increase their personal safety in the event of a disaster or emergency. “America’s PreparAthon” builds on the FEMA Ready Program by adding a focused national call to action for individuals and organizations to take simple, specific actions to increase their preparedness for a potential disaster. Visit and


E Malama Ola — Attend the annual Prevent Suicide Hawaii Conference, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at the Marriott Waikoloa Beach Resort. Email




4 / Monday

Fatal Falls — Prevent falls in construction by gaining awareness. Falls are a leading cause of death for construction workers. Visit to learn more about OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down for today and May 5.


15 / Friday

End of AERToday marks the conclusion of the 2015 Army Emergency Relief campaign “Making a Difference.” Donation forms are available at the Schofield Barracks Army Community Service or at any Community Readiness Expo held at the Nehelani on Thursdays.

Return completed donation forms to ACS. Call 655-7132 or visit to make an online donation.




8 / Monday

Dedication — The 19th Military Police Battalion (CID) will host a ribbon cutting and building dedication ceremony at 2 p.m. at its new headquarters at 1045 Kelly Road, Bldg. 1411, in the newly constructed facilities at South Range, Schofield Barracks. Call 656-3455.


16 / Tuesday

EEO Training — Mandatory annual training for civilian employees/supervisors and military supervisors of civilian employees takes place today and June 17 at Schofield Barracks’ Nehelani, and again at Fort Shafter’s Hale Ikena, June 22-23. There are multiple one-hour class time slots to choose from. Call 438-4963.


17 / Wednesday

Retirement Planning — From today through June 24, USACE, USPACAF, VA, Navy Federal Fire Department, HUD and NOAA host several CSRS, FERS and LEO retirement planning sessions. At all locations, registration is open. Register at





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