News Briefs: Nov. 27, 2015

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News Briefs

Today

Soldiers & Mortgages — Service members and veterans applying for most mortgages now face less stress when shopping for their loan since new government rules and forms took effect, Oct. 3. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau made these changes to ease the process of taking out a mortgage and to help warriors save money.

In addition to making it easier to understand these forms, the “Know Before You Owe” mortgage disclosure rule applies:

  • Combines four overlapping disclosure forms into two forms, the loan estimate and the closing disclosure.
  • Allows you time to review your closing disclosure to ensure you fully understand terms and obligations.

Visit consumerfinance.gov/know-before-you-owe.

 

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

The U.S. Army Golden Knights urge Soldiers to make their voices heard by voting. (Courtesy photo by U.S. Army Golden Knights)

 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.

 

December

 7 / Monday

PEARL HARBOR — The National Park Service announces a new head of Hawaii’s World War II monuments, including the Arizona Memorial, here. (Photo courtesy National Park Service)

Arizona Memorial 

Remembrance — The National Park Service and the Navy host National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, overlooking the USS Arizona Memorial. More than 3,000 guests, including Pearl Harbor Survivors and World War II veterans, will attend the ceremony.

A moment of silence will be observed at 7:55 a.m., the exact moment the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor began. The guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) will render pass in review honors to the USS Arizona and all Pearl Harbor survivors. A missing man flyover will be conducted.

Visit www.pearlharborevents.com.

 

15 / Tuesday

Last Day for CFC — The Combined Federal Campaign for the Hawaii-Pacific region was extended. To pledge, see your unit representative or donate online at www.cfc-hawaii.org/.

 

January

 1 / Friday

Don’t forget where your smoking area is located just yet. A recent garrison policy memo places the same restrictions as cigarettes on electronic cigarettes.

Tobacco & E-Cigarettes — As of today, the purchase and possession of tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices, will be illegal to those under the age of 21. The Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Education Program will be creating temporary signage, informational packets and presentations for dissemination.

Also starting on January 1, e-cigarettes (and any electronic smoking devices) will be banned wherever smoking is currently prohibited by state law.

 

Ongoing

 

Judging — The Hawaii State Department of Education is seeking judges for an upcoming science and engineering fair, Feb. 13, 2016, for students in grades 6-12. This is a great opportunity to participate in an event that helps local schools and showcases the Army’s expertise in a variety of different career fields.

Judges must hold a B.A., B.S., M.S., B.Ed. or M.Ed degree and have work experience in the respective category.

Interested? Qualified Soldiers must fill out the registration form and send to sparkcubed@gmail.com. A DOE staff member will follow-up and provide details.

 

H2O Feedback —Honolulu’s draft Storm Water Management Program Plan is available for review and public comment. The plan is a requirement of the City’s National Pollutant Discharge and Elimination System Storm Water Permit No. HI S000002 and outlines steps the City will enact to reduce the discharge of storm water pollutants into state of Hawaii receiving waters.

Hard copies are available for review at Satellite City Halls or visit www.honolulu.gov/dfmswq/aboutus/875-site-dfm-swq-cat/20922-storm-water-management-plan.html. A public informational meeting for the SWMPP will be held next month.

 

VA

Homeless Vets — The VA is teaming up with the Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation to strengthen efforts to prevent veteran homelessness. This new partnership will expand the PenFed Foundation’s existing Military Heroes Fund Emergency Assistance Program to include all veterans.

Previously, the program was available only to veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom conflicts.

Visit www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2739.

 

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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/USARHAW2015. Call 656-0880 for more details.

 

 

 

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