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Mazda Military Appreciation-Free Race Admission/Hospitality

Mazdas53NoBackgroundLR.jpgIn honor of National Military Appreciation Month (May), Freedom Autosport has teamed up with Mazda and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to provide FREE general admission to all active military in uniform and veterans with military ID who attend the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix, powered by Mazda on Saturday May 3. The day will include opportunities for VIP hot laps, autograph sessions, tech talks, driver meet and greets, and garage tours, and feature a special Military Hospitality Area sponsored by Freedom Autosport and MAZDA Motorsports.

Free lunch will be provided for active military, veterans and families.

Freedom Autosport will also be providing free t-shirts to military families while supplies last

The Monterey Peninsula’s love affair with world-class racing traces its beginnings to the inaugural running of the Pebble Beach Road Races in 1950. Those sports car events quickly outgrew the public roads of the Del Monte Forest yet the popularity of the races and the financial impact on the community had impressed the military authorities at Fort Ord and they wanted to pick up where Pebble Beach left off. In 1957 the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP), a group of local businessmen dedicated to keeping sports car racing alive on the Monterey Peninsula, began negotiations with the Army to build a race track on Fort Ord property. Major General W.M. Breckenridge cut the ribbon at the new facility for its first race November 9, 1957.

In addition, there is a 30% military discount on tickets for Friday and Sunday . Please contact the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca ticket office in advance at 800-327-7322 to receive the military discount.  Click HERE for more information about the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix, powered by Mazda, May 2-4.

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Operation Christmas Bear by NAVFOC

Operation Christmas Bear

The North Alabama Veterans Coalition is holding their 10th Annual Operation Christmas Bear event this weekend! In case you haven’t heard, it is a free event for the families of our deployed, or recently deployed Servicemembers, including all Active duty Guard, Reservists, & Deployed DOD Civilians.

It will be held at the Jaycees Building on Airport on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 1pm to 4pm. There will be food, drinks, and tons of fun! Santa arrives at 1:30 by fire truck and free portraits with Santa will be available!

View their flyer for details and registration info here: Operation Christmas Bear

Learn more about the North Alabama Veterans Coalition here: NAVFOC.org

Helpful Hints from Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program

Guard and Reserve Families: Get Connected!

When National Guard and Reserve members receive orders to deploy, there often isn’t much time to prepare. Knowing about all of the available resources, services, and benefits in advance will help you and your family face deployment more readily.

Have you heard of the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program? Managed by the Department of Defense and the Services, Yellow Ribbon connects you with the information and support you may need throughout each stage of the deployment cycle. The program hosts hundreds of free nationwide events specifically tailored for each Service. By attending a local Yellow Ribbon event, you will receive assistance in navigating the challenges of deployment and reintegration.

Experts who understand the deployment experience lead breakout sessions on financial management, legal planning, healthcare, benefits, employment, relationships, and family well-being. Many events also offer special youth programs and free childcare. Perhaps most importantly, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with fellow Guard and Reserve families who understand the issues you may be facing.

Your family doesn’t have to deal with the difficulties of deployment in isolation. Reach out to Yellow Ribbon today! Register for an event in your region at www.yellowribbonevents.org.

Marie Balocki is the Director of the Office for Reintegration Programs at the Department of Defense. In addition to being an Army spouse for more than 30 years, she has served military families around the globe as a volunteer and Federal civilian for 18 years.

Support Guard and Reserve Members in Your Community! 

In towns and communities across the country, National Guard and Reserve members are living double lives. Forget what you’ve seen in spy movies! These men and women are not only maintaining civilian lifestyles, but they also can be called to military service at any time. Guard and Reserve members regularly drill and train in preparation for national emergencies, like disaster relief, international missions, or combat overseas.

In recent years, the nation has increasingly called on the Guard and Reserve more frequently and for longer deployments. Last year, Service members averaged more than 130 Active Duty days. This trend is expected to continue.

What does that mean to those of us in the community? You probably know someone in the Guard and Reserve or someone with a family member who serves. The stress of multiple deployments weighs heavily on those Service members and their loved ones. They need the ongoing support of their friends, neighbors and local resource providers.

For the last five years, the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program has also stepped in to share the information and resources that help Service members and their families navigate the challenges of deployment. Yellow Ribbon offers free events nationwide, specifically tailored for each Service and stage of the deployment cycle. Experts lead breakout sessions on financial management, legal planning, health care, benefits, employment, relationships, and family well-being. Participants also have the opportunity to connect with fellow Guard and Reserve families who understand the issues you may be facing. Many events also offer special youth programs and free childcare.

Help us spread the word to Service members and their families in your community. Learn more about Yellow Ribbon at www.yellowribbon.mil or find an event in your region at www.yellowribbonevents.org.

Marie Balocki is the Director of the Office for Reintegration Programs at the Department of Defense. In addition to being an Army spouse for more than 30 years, she has served military families around the globe as a volunteer and Federal civilian for 18 years.

Guard and Reserve Members: Deployment Checklist

When you receive military orders, time to prepare is often limited. This quick checklist is designed to help you ensure your affairs are in order and your family is ready, no matter how long the mission.

  • Update important documents, including Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS), ID cards, living will, beneficiaries on financial accounts and Powers of Attorney.
  • Create a spending plan that includes your income and expenses (both planned and emergency).
  • Designate a trusted person to monitor your finances during deployment and be sure he or she has access to all account numbers and passwords.
  • Double check that your will is up to date and accurately captures your wishes regarding property, assets and the guardianship of any minor children.
  • Develop a family communication plan to help you set and manage each other’s expectations during deployment. Define the methods that work best (email, letters, instant message, Skype).

For more intensive preparation, attend a free Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program event in your region. Yellow Ribbon events are tailored to every Service and deployment stage, offering information for military members and their loved ones. Led by deployment experts, the events include free sessions on financial management, legal planning, health care, benefits, employment, relationships, and family well-being. Participants also have the opportunity to build support networks with fellow Guard and Reserve families.

Get connected today! Find and register for a free event in your community at www.yellowribbonevents.org.

Travis Bartholomew is the Director of Outreach Services for the Office for Reintegration Programs at the Department of Defense. He has 16 years of experience serving in the Army Reserve, including deployments, and  13 years of experience serving military families as a Federal civilian. 

2013 Veterans Day Activities

Friday, Nov. 8
YMCA Veterans Prayer Breakfast, Craig and Steven Hogan Family YMCA, 130 Park Square Lane, Madison, 7:30 a.m. Tickets are $20 for an individual, $200 for a table of eight. Reservations are requested and due by Nov. 5. Walk-ins will not be turned away, but table seating is not guaranteed. For tickets and more information, call 428-9622. Reservations may also be made at www.ymcahuntsville.org.

Veterans Day Dinner, Von Braun Center North Hall, 5:30 p.m. The evening will include keynote speaker Gen. Dennis Via, Army Materiel Command commander, as well as the Hall of Heroes induction, Purple Heart Honor Roll induction and announcement of the North Alabama Veterans and Fraternal Organizations Coalition’s Veteran of the Year. Reservations are required. Tickets are $40 for an individual, $400 for a table. For reservations, visit www.ausaredstone.org.

Saturday, Nov. 9
Marine Corps Birthday Ball, The Westin, 6800 Governors West NW, Huntsville. Reception begins at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6. Cost is $75 for an individual; $750 for a table of 10. For tickets call Staff Sgt. Juffure Delle at 213-9683 ext. 105, or stop by Kilo Battery, 3506 Memorial Parkway SW.

Monday, Nov. 11
Breakfast, Von Braun Center North Hall. Doors open at 8 a.m. with breakfast at 8:15 and program at 9. Program includes remarks by Lt. Gen. Patricia McQuistion, Redstone Arsenal senior commander and deputy commander of Army Materiel Command, as well as recognition of Gold and Blue Star families and Heroes Week participants. Cost is $10 for an individual, $100 for a table. For tickets, visit www.ausaredstone.org.

Veterans Day Parade, 11 a.m., beginning in front of the Von Braun Center’s North Hall. Events, to include a Military Walk through Time and the Huntsville Concert Band will be ongoing at Veterans Memorial Park, beginning at 10:30 a.m., until the parade arrives at the park.

Tri-dedication, EarlyWorks Patriot’s Mosaic, Gothic Guild Patriot’s Gateway and Patriot’s Pathway, Historic Huntsville Depot, 320 Church Street NW, Huntsville, 1:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Open House at the Veterans Memorial Museum off Airport Road.

Corps of Engineers waives day use fees for valid ID holders on Veterans’ Day for boat launches and swimming areas.