News Briefs: November 6, 2015

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Hepatitis C — The VA is stepping up its efforts to accelerate treatment for veterans with hepatitis C and advanced liver disease through the creation of a Hepatitis C-ALD dashboard.

Chronic hepatitis C virus infection is the most common blood-borne infection in the world. Complications that result from untreated HCV infection include progressive liver damage leading to cirrhosis, primary cancer of the liver, liver failure and death.

Although many of these complications are treatable or even preventable, three-quarters of the individuals with HCV infection in the U.S. are unaware they are infected. Visit www.hsrd.research.va.gov/news/video/heap.cfm.

 

Pearl Harbor Volunteers — The Navy and National Park Service are looking for more than 700 active duty military personnel from all services to volunteer in various events commemorating the 74th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The joint NPS and USN 74th commemoration will be held on Monday, Dec. 7, at 7:45 a.m., at Kilo Pier, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Volunteers are needed to help Pearl Harbor Day commemoration, the USS Utah Memorial sunset ceremony, the USS Oklahoma Memorial ceremony, the USS Arizona interment ceremony, and more.

Please sign up by Nov. 24. Call 473-5752, 473-2926 or 473-2880.

 

Survey — Is the Garrison meeting your expectations? Tell us what you think and help improve services and programs provided at U.S. Army Hawaii. Take the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/USARHAW2015. Call 656-0880 for more details.

 

Voting Registration — Are you registered in your home state? Call Angie Dizon, the Installation Voting Assistance Officer at 655-5546 to register, or visit www.fvap.gov.

 

Federal Bennies — The Army Benefits Center-Civilian hosts a 2015 pre-Federal Employee Health Benefits Defense Collaboration Services, today. After completion of this presentation, you will know how to make your own FEHB open season election using the Employee Benefits Information System, be familiar with FEHB open season navigation tips in EBIS and on the Office of Personnel Management website, to navigate on OPM’s website for plan comparisons and to provide coverage details and premiums.

The Hawaii Time for presentations are 4 a.m. and 9 a.m. To enroll, visit www.atrrs.army.mil/channels/chrtas/student/logon.aspx. The course code is JB8AFEHB.

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CFPB — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed an administrative order against Security National Automotive Acceptance Company, an auto lender specializing in loans to service members, for engaging in illegal debt collection practices. The order requires the company to refund or credit about $2.28 million to service members and other consumers who were allegedly harmed and pay a penalty of $1 million.

A separate court order bans SNAAC from using aggressive tactics, such as exaggeration, deception and threats to contact commanding officers, to coerce service members into making payments.

Visit consumerfinance.gov/newsroom/cfpb-orders-servicemember-auto-loan-company-to-pay-3-28-million-for-illegal-debt-collection-tactics.

 

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Go for Broke! —The OC16 feature, “All the Things We Are Veteran’s Day Special 2015,” premiers today, 7:30 p.m., with encore presentations Nov. 9, 11, 14 and 18.

The exclusive half-hour fall special features Hawaii’s World War II Nisei veterans as they share their stories of courage and talk about how the bombing of Pearl Harbor forever changed their lives and our state.

OC16 held an exclusive presentation of the special for veterans of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and 100th Battalion and their families at Maunalani Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Kaimuki, Nov. 5.

 

9 / Monday

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USS Oklahoma — The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency hosts a Dignified Transfer Ceremony, 7 a.m., at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, or “Punchbowl,” to honor the final group of service members from the USS Oklahoma whose remains are to be disinterred earlier in the morning.

The ceremony honors those who have been unaccounted-for from the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec, 7, 1941. Recent advances in forensic science and technology, as well as family member assistance in providing genealogical information, have now made it possible to make individual identifications for many service members long buried in USS Oklahoma graves marked “unknown.”

ID Cards — The Schofield Barracks ID card facility will be closed from Nov. 9-13 for office relocation; however, please be advised that almost all DEERS/ID card services are cross-serviced and can be taken care of at any DEERS location islandwide. Visit https://rapids-appointments.dmdc.osd.mil to schedule an appointment with an alternate location. The ID card facility will reopen for regular business on Nov. 16 at 8 a.m.

 

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CFC_Star_Logo_wCFC Now — The Combined Federal Campaign for the Hawaii-Pacific region is underway, running until Nov 13. To pledge, see your unit representative or visit www.cfc-hawaii.org/.

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AFAP — The Army Family Action Plan Conference will run from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, Nov. 16-17. Soldiers and family members can submit quality of life issues for AFAP to the Garrison website, www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil; simply click the AFAP button.

Also, volunteers and delegates are needed from all demographic groups. Complete an application at www.himwr.com/getting-involved/army-family-action-plan.

 

Military Clothing — The Schofield Military Clothing Store ends its trial hours on Nov. 15. Effective Monday, Nov. 16, the stores hours will revert back to the following:

  • Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, closed.

Call 622-1773.

 

17 / Tuesday

eWaste Recycling — Responsibly delete electronics (computers and peripherals, stereos, cell phones, etc.) from your life, beginning today at Schofield’s commissary parking lot, followed by collection points near Fort Shafter’s library (Nov. 18) and inside Tripler’s main gate (Nov. 19). Certain items like appliances, refrigerators, plasma TVs and A/C units can’t be accepted. Call 656-3085.

 Ongoing

 

Gift Wrapping — Family readiness groups authorized to operate on the installation may register to participate in annual holiday gift wrapping fundraisers at the Schofield Exchange. Send a request to usarmy.wheeler.imcom-pacific.mbx.fundraising@mail.mil.

Fundraising dates are Nov. 27-Dec. 24, from 9 a.m.-8 p.m., daily and Saturday, and Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Call 656-0102.

 

 

 

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