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- 10 Tips for Keeping a Relationship Strong during Deployment
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Summer time typically means moving time in the military. This is the perfect time to get to know your neighbors. Whether you are new to the community, or have been around to see moving trucks and neighbors come and go, summer is the perfect time to forge new relationships. Knowing your neighbors, helps build a strong support network, builds a sense of community, provides a safer community, and you might just meet a life-long friend.
If you aren’t sure where to start, here are some simple tips to get to know your neighbors:
- Say Hello – The neighborhood welcoming committee may no longer know on doors with a fresh a fresh dessert to make a formal introduction. However, it doesn’t need to be formal – wave hello or smiling is a good way to start.
- Spend time outdoors – You are more likely to see and meet your neighbors, by just hanging outside of your home. This is a good way to spark up a conversation and make small talk.
- Get Involved – Learn about volunteer opportunities, support groups, classes and community events and make a point to attend. Contact ACS or check out the Corvias and installation Facebook. You are guaranteed to run into a neighbor or meet someone new.
- Drop by your community center and attend resident events – Enjoy the amenities available at the community center. Hanging out by the pool, working out in the fitness center, or using the computer lab are just a few ways to meet people. Also, stay tuned for upcoming resident events.
- Host a Welcome Party or Block Party – Invite neighbors over to your home or backyard for food, fun and to mingle. This is a great way to include children and get everyone together and begin to build relationships. If you don’t have time to plan the party yourself, try to get everyone involved in the planning process. Consider planning activities and games for neighbors of all ages. If you need a larger location, consider reserving a community center.
Fort Polk, La. (June 5, 2017) – Corvias Foundation, a private, charitable foundation and the charitable arm of Corvias, has been committed to supporting military families in the pursuit of higher education since 2006. This year, its 11th, Corvias Foundation has awarded a college scholarship of up to $30,000 to an outstanding student from Fort Polk, as part of the 12th class of scholarship recipients.
Scholarship recipient, Chesna Castro from DeRidder High School, has participated in soccer, peer tutoring, and volunteers in her community. Chesna plans to study chemical engineering at Louisiana Tech University.
The scholarships provide reliable, recurring financial assistance over each student’s four years of study, as well as a support network that is committed to his or her academic and professional growth. Students receive scholarships to pursue a secondary education at colleges and universities around the country.
“Receiving this scholarship will help relieve me and my parents of the financial burdens of college life,” said Castro. “I will be able to focus on my studies and grades as opposed to worrying about how I will pay for college.”
Corvias Foundation awarded the scholarships based on merit and need. Each student was required to respond to four questions that highlighted different aspects of their lives as students and as members of an active-duty military family. This fall, each student will be attending the four-year institution of his or her choice to pursue their academic careers.
“Each year, we are awed by the drive and determination in these military family members to reach high in their goals and dreams, and all the while, giving back to their communities,” said John Picerne, Foundation Founder, “Being able to support our scholars financially and through ongoing mentoring and other opportunities is an honor we cannot quantify.”
Since 2006, Corvias Foundation has awarded more than $7 million through 364 scholarships to military spouses and children at 13 different Army and Air Force installations. Among this year’s scholarship recipients are aspiring engineers, philanthropists, nurses, physical therapists, and teachers.
The Foundation awarded 12 scholarships up to $50,000 to children of active-duty service members stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Polk in Louisiana, and Fort Sill in Oklahoma.
About Corvias Foundation
Corvias Foundation, the charitable arm of Corvias, is committed to inspiring students, college and university campuses, military families, and our employees to reach higher. Founded in 2006 as "Our Family for Families First Foundation," our work increases access to educational, internship, mentoring and volunteering opportunities so that those we touch are empowered to pursue their dreams and to make a greater impact in service of their communities and their nation. We strive to create ever-increasing opportunities by providing the resources and networks needed to help our scholars and partners surpass their goals. We achieve this through a commitment to education, community engagement and high-impact charitable giving. Online scholarship applications are available each November at www.corviasfoundation.org or call 401-228-2836 for more information.
As a privately-owned company headquartered in East Greenwich, RI, Corvias partners with higher education and government institutions nationwide to solve their most essential systemic problems and create long-term, sustainable value through our unique approach to partnership. Corvias pursues the kinds of partnerships that materially and sustainably improve the quality of life for the people who call our communities home, purposefully choosing to partner with organizations who share our values and whose mission is to serve as the foundational blocks, or pillars, of our nation. To learn more, please visit: www.corvias.com.
Now that your spouse has deployed, you might be wondering how that will affect your relationship. You want to remain close, but you are not sure how. Fortunately, there are things you can do to nurture your love such as:
- Talking about your feelings
- Planning how to stay in touch
- Sharing daily happenings
- Sending care packages
Whether this is the first time or the 20th time that your spouse has been called to active duty, relationships become stressed when a spouse serves away from home. But that doesn't mean the relationship has to suffer. Here are some ways to nurture your love through the ups and downs of deployment:
Talk about your upcoming separation. Set aside some quiet time to talk about your feelings and plan how each of you will manage during your time apart. You can make this time special. If you have children, get a sitter and spend a few hours alone with your spouse in honest, open conversation. Don’t ignore or dismiss your feelings.
Discuss how you will stay in touch. Explore options, such as email, phone calls, video-chat and regular mail. Talk about which forms of communication make you feel closest and which options are most easily accessible.
Keep busy and stay active. The more fulfilled you feel, the better you will handle separations and difficult times. Participate in social outings and clubs. Connect with other military spouses. If you have children, keep them occupied and on track.
Share daily happenings from home. Hearing about your life (even the everyday routine) will help your deployed spouse feel closer to you. Talk about what your children say, what your pet did, the unusual dinner you prepared. Details and descriptions will make these conversations more than just small talk.
Learn about your spouse's job and other interests. Learn what your spouse's daily life is like to help you better understand his or her experiences while you are apart. Though your deployed spouse may not be able to share some aspects of the job, you can talk about other activities that keep him or her occupied.
Send care packages. It may sound old fashioned, but sending a care package never goes out of style. Care packages deliver a little piece of home to your deployed spouse. Be creative. Include treats, funny notes and items that have special meaning for both of you.
Record your thoughts in a journal to share with your spouse. You may want to keep an online journal with pictures your spouse can access over the internet. This is a great way to nurture your love while keeping your spouse up-to-date on life at home. Just be sure the journal is private, since you don’t want your life’s details available to the public.
Share songs that remind you of your spouse. Listening to songs that bring back happy memories keeps you connected and helps nurture your relationship.
Send handmade, personal coupons to your deployed spouse. Coupons are a fun way to get your spouse to think about what there is to look forward to after deployment. Your coupons might be for a special dinner or a backrub when your partner returns home, or it could be for time off from a chore, like emptying the trash.
Be realistic about communication. Keep in mind that your deployed spouse may be in an area with limited mail or email service or cannot respond right away. Remember, sporadic communication doesn’t mean your spouse doesn’t care.
Since each couple is unique, every spouse will deal with deployment differently. With a little planning and thought, couples can keep that special relationship solid by expressing love in a variety of ways until the family is reunited.
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With the summer heat upon us, it is important to think about the safety of your pets. Follow these tips to keep your pets cool and hydrated.
Provide ample shade and water: Any time your pet is outside, make sure he or she has protection from heat and sun and plenty of fresh, cold water. In heat waves, add ice to water when possible. Tree shade and tarps are ideal because they don’t obstruct air flow. A doghouse does not provide relief from heat—in fact, it makes it worse.
Limit exercise on hot days: Adjust intensity and duration of exercise in accordance with the temperature. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours, and be especially careful with pets with white-colored ears, who are more susceptible to skin cancer, and short-nosed pets who, because of their short noses, typically have difficulty breathing. Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet's paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible.
Source: The Humane Society of the United States
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