Naval Services FamilyLine

Naval Services FamilyLine A volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to serving naval spouses across the country and the world. Our network of experienced, trained volunteer spouses allows us to mentor, consult, and guide families in the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.
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Founded in 1965, as the Navy Wifeline Association, Naval Services FamilyLine is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to serving Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard families across the country and the world. FamilyLine stands out from other organizations because it was founded, and continues to be, by spouses for spouses. Our objective is to create a network of informed Navy families that can strengthen one another and provide a solid, united homefront. We accomplish this by focusing on our programs below: COMPASS is a standardized 12-hour Team-Mentoring program. It focuses on spouses new to the Navy, however, all spouses are welcome. Taught over 3 days, COMPASS features spouse Mentors acting as discussion leaders with information and resources. The participants are encouraged to ask any questions they may have in an open forum. With knowledge and realistic expectations, their journeys can be successful and rewarding. Spouse Courses consist of the Naval Spouse Leadership Course (NSLC) consists of courses for CO/XO and CMC/COB. These courses are intense one-week, executive-level courses for spouses of Commanding Officers, Command Master Chiefs, Chiefs of the Boat and Command Senior Chiefs en route to their first command tour. Conceived by Senior Navy Spouses and supported by Naval Services FamilyLine since its inception in 1997, these courses run in conjunction with the Naval Leadership Courses. Guideline Series includes electronic and printed resources that address the many aspects of life as a sea service spouse. Naval Services FamilyLine volunteers have been creating and publishing guidelines for United States Navy families since 1965. Including titles like “Sea Legs,” “Social Customs and Traditions,” and "Are You Ready?", each of the 11 publications is free-of-charge for our Navy families and available for download or viewing online. CORE provides continuing education for spouses to meet the unique challenges of a military lifestyle. It offers a selection of seminars, workshops, classes, and individuals dedicated to empowering the Navy spouse, educating the Navy family and, promoting the Navy lifestyle. Workshops, topics, and speakers vary and are facilitated by local CORE Team members. Anchors Aweigh is designed to provide spouses, parents and loved ones a brief overview of what to expect of the Navy life with an introduction and eight informative sections available for download. The downloads give a new spouse or family the “just in time” information with just a click, organized by topic. Just as the needs of sea service have evolved since 1965, so too have the programs offered by Naval Services FamilyLine, accomplished by spouses, for spouses.

Mission: Our mission is to empower our sea service families to meet the challenges of a military lifestyle with information, resources, and mentoring.

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For anyone impacted by the severe weather! Please be safe and reach out for help if you need it.
02/21/2021

For anyone impacted by the severe weather! Please be safe and reach out for help if you need it.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is providing immediate disaster assistance grants to active duty and retired Sailors, Marines and their families impacted by the severe weather events in Texas. If you have unexpected additional expenses as a result of the storm such as inaccessibility to food, lodging needs, damage to cars/homes, your relief is here. Please contact the following NMCRS locations for assistance: Fort Worth, Kingsville, San Antonio, and Corpus Christi. https://www.nmcrs.org/locations

It is Random Acts of Kindness Day! Even the smallest act of kindness can change a life.We are spouses mentoring spouses ...
02/17/2021

It is Random Acts of Kindness Day! Even the smallest act of kindness can change a life.

We are spouses mentoring spouses and what we do for each other matters! Even the smallest gesture can change a life. Here at Naval Services FamilyLine, you can always count on us for up-to-date information and resources to guide you through military life and empower you to succeed. Reach out to someone today and pay it forward with a small act of kindness!

www.nsfamilyline.org

02/15/2021
It is National Library Day! Did you know Navy MWR has a digital library? Check out the important information below about...
02/14/2021

It is National Library Day! Did you know Navy MWR has a digital library? Check out the important information below about the recent changes!

**Important Update**

The RBdigital MWR Library ebook and audiobook collection was removed from the RBdigital site Jan. 14 and moved to the MWR OverDrive. Your RBdigital account can still be used to access Great Courses, ArtistWorks, magazines, and comics on the Navy MWR RBdigital site or app. If you do not have a Navy MWR OverDrive and would like to register, please see the following registration instructions.

If you have an OverDrive account and have not updated your password since Jan 4, please go to the Navy.OverDrive.com sign-in page and use the "Password Help" link to reach the new EOS MWR account management system. Do not "reset" password. Initially, your email is the password. When prompted, enter your email as the "old password" and make a new password (8 character minimum).

The accounts had to be moved to support the site upgrade needed to accommodate the RBdigital books. Later in 2021, the DoD RBdigital collection and Navy collection will merge into dod.overdrive.com, but you will be able to sign in with your existing OverDrive account.

Happy National Make a Friend Day!One of the many benefits of being in the military family are the people you get to meet...
02/11/2021

Happy National Make a Friend Day!

One of the many benefits of being in the military family are the people you get to meet, from all over the world! Moving from duty station to duty station, it can be hard to make friends. But, once you do, you have a bond that will last forever (even if you're miles apart).

There are lots of ways to meet people--fellow military spouse Sasha T. says, "Clubs - book clubs, walking clubs, cooking clubs, you name it! When I moved to Maryland the first thing I did was look for the closest gym, the closest book club and then I take to social media to find local volunteer opportunities and events in the area!"

Kate D. says, "I've met some of my dearest, lifelong friends at Command events. It's a great way to meet people with similar backgrounds. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there and have a good time! Volunteering is also a great way to meet people. You share a passion for helping others and that connection is unbreakable."

What are some ways you have met your friends? Share in the comments!!

Being in a military family has its perks! You may get the opportunity to travel ALL over the world. Do you have a wall o...
02/10/2021

Being in a military family has its perks! You may get the opportunity to travel ALL over the world. Do you have a wall or a space dedicated to the places you've lived at? It is a great way to remember the places you've been and the memories made!

Share your space in the comments!

Have you visited our website? It is full of resources and information for you! You can sign up for a virtual COMPASS ses...
02/08/2021

Have you visited our website? It is full of resources and information for you! You can sign up for a virtual COMPASS session, download or order our publications, read our blog, learn about ALL of the fantastic programs we offer, to include: CORE, COMPASS, Command Spouse Courses, and Anchors Aweigh. You can also sign up to volunteer and make donations!

Check us out today!

www.nsfamilyline.org

It’s Give Kids a Smile Day! Check out some of these tips from United Concordia Dental for how to keep those little mouth...
02/05/2021

It’s Give Kids a Smile Day! Check out some of these tips from United Concordia Dental for how to keep those little mouths healthy 🦷

For information on TDP Dental Coverage, visit: https://www.uccitdp.com/dtwdws/member/landing.xhtml

In honor of Children’s Dental Health Month, we’re sharing a few tips for how to keep little mouths healthy. Encouraging your child to keep their teeth clean and ask lots of questions about the dentist can help foster a lifetime of good dental hygiene. That's certainly something to smile about!

🌅 Start early. The American Dental Association recommends scheduling your child’s first dentist appointment sometime after their first tooth appears, usually around 6 months, or before their first birthday. During COVID-19, see if your dentist recommends an in-person or teledentistry appointment. Regardless, this initial visit is a great way for both you and your child to ask questions, become familiar with the dentist and establish a healthy routine for taking care of baby teeth as they appear.

😄 Continue the education at home. Be sure to talk to your kids about any upcoming dental appointments, and help keep them on track with their dental care at home. The cleaner they keep their teeth on a regular basis, the easier each dental visit will be!

📱 Make it fun. The colorful, animated Chomper Chums mobile app is designed to make brushing, flossing and rinsing enjoyable! With the help of three loveable characters, your child will learn the importance of making healthy choices and creating good dental habits. Download it here: https://bit.ly/3az3ILu

Learn more about children's dental health on our website: https://bit.ly/39RtBXK

💕💕It is the month of LOVE and Naval Services FamilyLine has some great tips for you to feel ALL the love, even if your d...
02/03/2021
Valentine's Day-Tips to Thrive While Your Loved One Is Away

💕💕It is the month of LOVE and Naval Services FamilyLine has some great tips for you to feel ALL the love, even if your dearest is away. 💕💕

https://www.nsfamilyline.org/post/020320211

For many military spouses, Valentine’s Day can be one of those tough deployment moments. You are sailing through like a champ and then suddenly your social media feed feels full of happy couples sharing romantic moments that make Hallmark Movies seem amateur and the reality that you are “alone.....

Today is Groundhog Day!! When you become a part of the military family, deployments become inevitable. They can be long,...
02/02/2021

Today is Groundhog Day!!

When you become a part of the military family, deployments become inevitable. They can be long, stressful and monotonous--it's like Groundhog day everyday! Military OneSource is an amazing source of information and resources to help you overcome the boredom and frustration of having your loved one away. One great way to manage your time is to focus on your relationship! Even if you can't physically be together, there are tons of things to do to keep the family bond and love strong. Check out this great article below--it has lots of great info for your kids too!

https://www.militaryonesource.mil/family-relationships/relationships/managing-deployments-and-separations/10-tips-for-keeping-a-relationship-strong-during-deployment-and-separation/

Congratulations to our January Virtual COMPASS participants! We are SO glad you joined us!If you want to join in on the ...
01/29/2021

Congratulations to our January Virtual COMPASS participants! We are SO glad you joined us!

If you want to join in on the fun and learn some valuable information to help make this military life adventure easier, please register today!

If you don’t see your duty station listed—don’t worry!

We will mail the participant materials to you and email you a Zoom link prior to the session. You can register for ANY of the sessions that fit your schedule and needs.

https://www.nsfamilyline.org/compass-registration

Congratulations to all of those who pinned on Chief Petty Officer! We are incredibly proud and honored to stand by and s...
01/29/2021

Congratulations to all of those who pinned on Chief Petty Officer! We are incredibly proud and honored to stand by and support you and your families. Anchor up!

It’s #throwbackthursday and #dataprivacyday so we are sharing our blog post from COMPASS on ways to stay safe online. He...
01/28/2021
Social Media Safety Tips

It’s #throwbackthursday and #dataprivacyday so we are sharing our blog post from COMPASS on ways to stay safe online.

Head on over to the blog to read about ways to keep you and your family safe!

https://www.nsfamilyline.org/post/122820202

The way we communicate online has changed. Instead of just receiving info, we can participate in a two-way conversation where we share and interact with others. This is especially important to military families as a way to stay connected. Because of the ease of communication, it is important to rema...

"...in this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” -Benjamin FranklinThankfully you don't ha...
01/27/2021

"...in this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” -Benjamin Franklin

Thankfully you don't have to go it alone when filing your taxes. The Navy and DOD have many resources to assist you in preparing and filing your taxes and in addition, has partnered with other organizations to help as well. Check out these resources to make the tax season a little less painful!

Military OneSource has lots of resources for free available! Check them out:

https://www.militaryonesource.mil/financial-legal/tax-resource-center/taxes-services-resources/

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) is a program that provides free tax preparation, tax advice, and other services related to tax assistance.

https://www.militaryonesource.mil/vita-location-lookup/

Did you know Naval Services FamilyLine is by spouses for spouses?  On National Spouses Day take a moment to thank a sea ...
01/26/2021

Did you know Naval Services FamilyLine is by spouses for spouses? On National Spouses Day take a moment to thank a sea service spouse who has been a mentor to you!

The Spouse of the Chief of Naval Operations, Mrs. Gilday, wrote a blog post about coping and adapting during COVID. It i...
01/25/2021
Letter from Mrs. Gilday on COVID Resources

The Spouse of the Chief of Naval Operations, Mrs. Gilday, wrote a blog post about coping and adapting during COVID. It includes a list of support groups and COVID resources. Check it out: https://www.navy.mil/Resources/Blogs/Detail/Article/2479073/letter-from-mrs-gilday-on-covid-resources/

Dear Navy Family Members and Spouses,Over the last month, I have had the incredible privilege to talk to spouses and witness work that our women and men in uniform do every day across the Fleet. In

Naval Services FamilyLine's partner, The Navy League of the United States, is hosting their first Active-Duty Service Sp...
01/25/2021

Naval Services FamilyLine's partner, The Navy League of the United States, is hosting their first Active-Duty Service Spouses Webinar on Jan. 28, 2021! This webinar is part of an upcoming series from The Navy League catering to sea service spouses to share resources and support from their organization. Be sure to register ASAP and you can submit questions beforehand to this email: [email protected].

Click here to register: https://hubs.ly/H0Fdk8-0

Join us as we kick off Navy League's Service Spouse Series on January 28th at 11:00 A.M.

We will have a moderated conversation with Mrs. Gilday, spouse to our nation’s Chief of Naval Operations, and Michelle Norman, 2019 AFI Navy Spouse of the Year/2020 Heroes at Home Military Spouse of Year - Hampton Roads, as well as a Q&A discussion at the end. Mrs. Gilday will give a peek into how she balances her time with work and children, all while being a Navy spouse. Our goal is to provide valuable information to our active-duty spouse members in a virtual social setting.

Click here to register: https://hubs.ly/H0Fdk8-0

Naval Services FamilyLine exists to serve YOU!  Please share below ways that we can assist and support you in your sea s...
01/21/2021

Naval Services FamilyLine exists to serve YOU! Please share below ways that we can assist and support you in your sea service adventure!!

Have you visited the Naval History and Heritage Command website? It is FULL of history and pictures! We found some neat ...
01/11/2021

Have you visited the Naval History and Heritage Command website? It is FULL of history and pictures! We found some neat letters from James Wright and Charles W. "Bill" Cooper. Check it out!

"The Archives Branch maintains the personal papers of James Wright and Charles W. "Bill" Cooper, two Sailors who served in the Pacific during World War II. Both men wrote frequently to their families back home. The letters published here capture their thoughts and feelings about the end of the war, their activities following the cessation of hostilities, and their eagerness to return home. Some of the letters also describe the activities of their families on the homefront."

https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/research/archives/digital-exhibits-highlights/vj-day/letters.html

Here are a few more photos of Sailors reading their letters from home!

https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/our-collections/photography/numerical-list-of-images/nhhc-series/nh-series/NH-122000/NH-122893.html

https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/our-collections/photography/numerical-list-of-images/nhhc-series/nh-series/NH-43000/NH-43384.html

This week is National Universal Letter Writing Week!Letter writing is becoming a lost art with the advancement modern te...
01/10/2021

This week is National Universal Letter Writing Week!

Letter writing is becoming a lost art with the advancement modern technology and communication. We encourage you to pick up a pen & paper and write someone a letter. There's nothing like getting a good ol' fashioned letter in the mail!

Stay tuned this week for some famous letters from Service Members & spouses!

Tomorrow is the big day! Check out some important info below ⬇️⬇️
01/08/2021

Tomorrow is the big day! Check out some important info below ⬇️⬇️

Tomorrow is the big day and we are elated for you to join us for the 12th Annual CPO Selectee Spouse Conference. Here a few tips and suggestions about using the GotoWebinar platform (https://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar)

*You may join from your phone, tablet or computer.

*Please download the GoToWebinar App on your phone or tablet prior to the start of the conference to ensure prompt login.

*Please note that phones have limited display options (and also some small tablets) so those joining from smaller devices might not be able to see everyone all at once.

*When joining from your personal computer, you can download GoToWebinar in advance OR your computer will prompt you to download it if you have never used the platform before.

*Once you click the join link in the email you received, it will download as a program on the computer or an app on a mobile device or tablet.

Here is the link to GoTo support should you need it: https://support.goto.com

Congratulations!! 🎉
01/08/2021

Congratulations!! 🎉

Congratulations to our January COMPASS Annapolis graduates! Thank you for joining us to gain more knowledge and resources for a successful Navy life journey! Special thank you to all the mentors for sharing your knowledge to empower spouses!
Go COMPASS Annapolis!

We did some amazing things in 2020–stay tuned for what’s to come in 2021!!www.nsfamilyline.org
01/06/2021

We did some amazing things in 2020–stay tuned for what’s to come in 2021!!

www.nsfamilyline.org

What are your goals for the New Year?Naval Services FamilyLine will continue to empower you with resources, education an...
01/04/2021

What are your goals for the New Year?

Naval Services FamilyLine will continue to empower you with resources, education and spouse-to-spouse mentoring. The best is yet to come!

"There are better things ahead than any we leave behind" --C.S. LewisMay this year be filled with happiness, love, and e...
12/31/2020

"There are better things ahead than any we leave behind" --C.S. Lewis

May this year be filled with happiness, love, and empowerment. Happy New Year from all of us here at Naval Services FamilyLine!

We’d love to hear from you!
12/29/2020

We’d love to hear from you!

It is National Thank You Note Day!Today recognizes the time-honored tradition of thanking people for their gifts, hospit...
12/26/2020

It is National Thank You Note Day!

Today recognizes the time-honored tradition of thanking people for their gifts, hospitality, and generosity. Grab some note cards, paper, pens/pencils, envelopes and stamps and write those special cards.

The Navy also has many traditions that are still followed today. Check out our "Social Customs & Traditions" publication to read about them!

https://www.nsfamilyline.org/publications

Naval Services FamilyLine is a volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization dedicated to serving naval spouse...
12/22/2020

Naval Services FamilyLine is a volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization dedicated to serving naval spouses across the country and the world. Our network of experienced, trained volunteer spouses allows us to mentor, consult, and guide families in the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. FamilyLine stands out from other organizations because it was founded by spouses for spouses. Our objective is to create a network of informed Navy families that can strengthen one another and provide a solid, united homefront.

https://www.nsfamilyline.org/about

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Founded in 1965, as the Navy Wifeline Association, Naval Services FamilyLine is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to serving Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard families across the country and the world. FamilyLine stands out from other organizations because it was founded, and continues to be, by spouses for spouses. Our objective is to create a network of informed Navy families that can strengthen one another and provide a solid, united homefront. We accomplish this by focusing on our programs below:

COMPASS is a standardized 12-hour Team-Mentoring program. It focuses on spouses new to the Navy, however, all spouses are welcome. Taught over 3 days, COMPASS features spouse Mentors acting as discussion leaders with information and resources. The participants are encouraged to ask any questions they may have in an open forum. With knowledge and realistic expectations, their journeys can be successful and rewarding.

Spouse Courses consist of the Command Spouse Leadership Course (CSLC) and the Command Master Chief / Chief of the Boat Spouse Leadership Course (CMCSLC). These courses are intense one-week, executive-level courses for spouses of Commanding Officers, Command Master Chiefs, Chiefs of the Boat and Command Senior Chiefs en route to their first command tour. Conceived by Senior Navy Spouses and supported by Naval Services FamilyLine since its inception in 1997, these courses run in conjunction with the Naval Leadership Courses.

Guideline Series includes electronic and printed resources that address the many aspects of life as a sea service spouse. Naval Services FamilyLine volunteers have been creating and publishing guidelines for United States Navy families since 1965. Including titles like “Sea Legs,” “Social Customs and Traditions,” and "Are You Ready?", each of the 11 publications is free-of-charge for our Navy families and available for download or viewing online.

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Hi everyone! I recently became the CORE Director for Naval Services Family Line (NSFL). If you are not familiar with CORE, it is the worldwide Continuum of Resource Education for sea service spouses. It is one of four spouse-led programs under the (NSFL) umbrella. The other programs are COMPASS, the Guidelines publications, and the Command Spouse Leadership Course in Newport, RI. Each CORE location offers seminars, workshops, and classes designed to educate, support, and encourage spouse participation and leadership. CORE DC is one of our newer locations and we are looking for spouses across all ranks (officer and enlisted) and all Navy communities to be on our local steering committee. If you or someone you know is interested in working in concert with other Navy spouses to plan these events locally, please let me know! Say YES!!
I hope you enjoyed the trailer to our documentary “Operation Torrent”, where veteran Josh Collins prepares for the Race to Alaska in order to raise awareness and resources to help prevent veteran suicide. In this video, Josh describes life with Traumatic Brain Injury and its perilous effects. As he shares his personal story, you will understand why suicide is too often a consideration of veterans with TBI. Join us on this mission by sharing this video and by following us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/operationtorrent. Together we can make a difference for our soldiers! Thanks again for your support!
We believe Connection is the Cure and we both seem to support our Veterans, so I wanted to take a second to connect with you on our new, veteran-focused documentary Operation Torrent. Delta Force Veteran Josh Collins will put his life on the line in the craziest water way race in the world called, Race To Alaska this June. Watch the trailer below, and if you like our mission to help stop veteran suicide and discussion concerning direct non drug related solutions to TBI/PTSD, then follow us on our FB page at www.facebook.com/operationtorrent. Thank you so much for your support, we look forward to connecting with you and together bring a better quality of life to those that have protected our freedoms!