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Family Life Action Group (FLAG)

Purpose

The purpose of the Family Life Action Group (FLAG) is to strengthen and build connection between communities in San Diego County and veteran families.

Active FLAG Members

The Elizabeth Hospice
Support the Enlisted Project (STEP)
2-1-1 San Diego
Courage to Call
Mental Health Systems
Poway Veterans Organization
PsychArmor
Vets Community Connections
Department of Labor
Office of San Diego Mayor Faulconer
VA San Diego Healthcare System
Southern Caregiver Resource Center
Jewish Family Services
Wounded Warrior Project

Group Updates

Flag Forum Conference Call 0900-1000 the second Monday of the month 605-475-3220 Code 730850# or in person at Support the Enlisted Project (STEP), 9951 Businesspark Avenue, Ste. A, San Diego 92131. 

Proposed Goal One:

Develop neighborhoods’ commitment to engage transitioning and post-discharge veteran families and assimilate them into the fabric of their community, similar to family the military family support network that facilitate families connecting quickly after relocation.

Metrics:

  • Measured by number of neighborhood networks actively engaging transitioning and post-discharge veteran families to connect them to community activities and organizations that support and increase their capacity to thrive.

 Network examples:

  • Peer Networks
  • Civic Networks
  • Faith Networks
  • Professional Networks
  • Recreational Networks

Proposed Goal Two:
Connect veteran families to community events through a countywide activities/events calendar designed to foster veteran families connecting to their community.
Metrics: TBD

Proposed Goal Three:
Organize community events that provide opportunity for natural relationship building between veteran families and community organizations.
Metrics: TBD

An Advance Healthcare Directive can reduce your family’s stress.  Why plan ahead?

  • Allows a person to make choices as to what they want or don’t want both at end of life or if incapacitated
  • Avoids confusion and disagreement for family members and loved ones
  • Can prevent unnecessary suffering

How can I plan ahead?

Questions you will want to think about:

  • What are the differences between a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare and a Living Will?
  • Where does a Veteran get an Advanced Directive?
  • Who completes the Advanced Directive?
  • When is the Advanced Directive effective?

Resources

Resource Links to Visit & Refer to

Life after  the Uniform: The Resilient Spouse – Call (866) 923-6478 or email FFSCWorkshops@mwrsw.com

Caregiver’s Handbook – Call HHSA AIS (800) 510-2020 or visit www.caregivercoalitionsd.org

TGPS Standalone Training virtual curriculum: http://jko.jten.mil/courses/tap/TGPS%20Standalone%20Training/start.html

TGPS Standalone Training virtual curriculum: http://jko.jten.mil/courses/tap/TGPS%20Standalone%20Training/start.html

Ten Truths About Military Transition

http://www.spousebuzz.com/blog/2014/01/10-truths-about-military-transition.html

5 Tips to Help Your Service Member Transition Out

http://m.military.com/spouse/military-life/5-tips-to-help-your-service-member-transition-out.html

Thinking about life after the military? Whether transitioning tomorrow or 5 years from now it’s never too early to start planning. This 1 day workshop is designed to make the transition to civilian life easier for the whole family. Receive one-on-one advice from the experts and peer support from spouses who have already transitioned out. Topics include: VA Benefits, Healthcare, Relocation, Employment, Education, Finances and more! See attached flyer for more details.  Military Transition: The Spouse Edition