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Meet IVMF’s #MilitarySpouseOfTheWeek, Amanda Wheat, an #Army #veteran and #milspouse.

Wheat grew up in an Army family. Her father, mother, brothers and brother-in-law were military. Wheat enlisted in 1997 at 17 for the Split Option Program. She was stationed at Fort Carson and switched from active duty to reserves. Wheat separated from the military in 2007 after 10 years of service.

Wheat is married to a decorated Military Police Captain. Her husband has been stationed in Korea, Fort Rucker, Fort Carson, Fort Leonard Wood, Fort Rucker, Iraq, Afghanistan and most recently at Niagara University, where he is an ROTC instructor.

Wheat has been actively involved in the FRG at various duty stations, where she has held multiple positions including Treasurer and FRG Leader. Wheat helped build an FRG program at one of the duty stations she arrived at that didn’t have an existing program.

“Families meant everything to us and we strongly believed in order for Soldiers to be able to give 100% everyday, they had to know their families were taken care of at home,” she says.

Wheat knows this from her own family. Her son has Autism and she has worked hard to be an advocate for Autism support and acceptance. Her son has become a fully functioning teenager who finds success in school and wrestling. Wheat also has a daughter who excels in various sports including track, soccer and basketball.

Wheat believes that home is where the Army sends her family and her involvement in the military community fosters that belief.

The IVMF is the first interdisciplinary national institute in higher education focused on the social, economic, education and policy issues impacting veterans and their families. Through our focus on programming, the IVMF provides no or low-cost industry training, business ownership training, and certification opportunities for veterans, military family members and service members. To see if you or someone you know qualifies, visit www.vets.syr.edu.
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Meet IVMF’s #HometownHero, Marc Baker, a #NavyVeteran.

Baker enlisted into the Navy after high school in 1990. After bootcamp, he was stationed at Dam Neck Naval Base in Virginia to complete A School in December of 1990. Baker was given the opportunity to pick his duty station and chose to move to San Diego, California where he was stationed on the USS Comstock LSD 45.

In 1991, Baker married his wife of now 24 years. He then deployed for six months to the Persian Gulf during Desert Storm. While he was there, he visited Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney, Australia. As he was headed back to the United States, his ship was asked to help out on the Philippine Islands, where a volcano eruption had occurred. Baker was involved with helping to transport Philippine citizens to safety on a new island.

Baker was also involved with the Navy’s efforts to stop drug cartels in Mexico. He helped track low flying airplanes and high speed boats that were coming into the United States.

“Both my father and uncle served in the Navy and I always knew I wanted to join. Where else can you get paid to serve your country and explore the world?” he said.

After separating from the military, Baker moved to Pennsylvania with his wife and son. He worked as a blue collar factory worker until he decided to start his own lawn care and snow removal business. In 2008, he began Mighty Mow Lawn Care, which he runs in Danville, Pennsylvania.

The IVMF is the first interdisciplinary national institute in higher education focused on the social, economic, education and policy issues impacting veterans and their families. Through our focus on programming, the IVMF provides no or low-cost industry training, business ownership training, and certification opportunities for veterans, military family members and service members. To see if you or someone you know qualifies, visit www.vets.syr.edu.
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As part of its continued support of military veterans and their families, The Heinz Endowments today announced a $300,000 grant to the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) to create PAServes, a single-point service to connect veterans and their families in Allegheny, Butler and Westmoreland counties to social, health and wellness services.

PAServes is the first program of its scope in the Pittsburgh region, made possible through collaboration between 45 local organizations that provide a comprehensive range of support and advisory services, from housing and job assistance to healthcare referrals for the more than 200,000 veterans who live in southwestern Pennsylvania. PAServes will launch on October 1, 2015, and will be administered locally by Pittsburgh Mercy Health System (PMHS).
http://vets.syr.edu/heinz-endowments-awards-300000-to-ivmf-for-creation-of-pa-serves/
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Meet IVMF’s #MilitarySpouseOfTheWeek, Rebecca Homan, an #Army spouse.

Homan’s husband has 18 years of service with the Army, including two deployments to Iraq and one to Afghanistan. He is currently stationed in Kentucky.

“Some days we just need to take it one minute at a time - keep moving our feet, one in front of the other and keep breathing,” she said about living life as an Army spouse. However, Homan knows the life all too well. She’s an Army veteran herself, serving in the Reserves for eight years.

She now has a Bachelor’s in music education from Northern Kentucky University and is currently working on a Master’s in Children, Youth, and Family Ministry through Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Homan’s passion is children’s ministry, where she works at Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. In her spare time, Homan runs a direct sales businesses with Scentsy and Velata.

During her time as a military spouse, Homan has volunteered with the 449 EN CO FRG in Fort Thomas, Kentucky while her husband was stationed as a platoon sergeant there. She also volunteered for five years with the Army Wife Network. She has been involved with Her War, Her Voice and Wives of Faith, as well as AUSA and the National Military Family Association. Her and her husband are both active members of Team RWB.

“Sometimes we have "I hate the Army days", but it's really not a bad life - crazy and chaotic at times but not bad,” Homan said. Her best advice? “Embrace the suck.”

The IVMF is the first interdisciplinary national institute in higher education focused on the social, economic, education and policy issues impacting veterans and their families. Through our focus on programming, the IVMF provides no or low-cost industry training, business ownership training, and certification opportunities for veterans, military family members and service members. To see if you or someone you know qualifies, visit www.vets.syr.edu.
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Meet IVMF’s #K9OfTheWeek, a service dog from America’s VetDogs.

Hi, I’m Benjamin! I am an 8-year old male Golden Retriever. I have been trained to help my dad, retired Navy Corpsman, Joseph Worley.

My dad has a prosthetic leg and sometimes uses a wheelchair. He was hit by an IED on a deployment to Iraq in 2004. He lost his left leg and had a lot of damage occur to his right leg.

I was trained for a year and a half specifically to help my dad become physically independent. I know commands to help my dad get dressed for the day and I’ve helped him improve walking.

In the process, I provide him with emotional support as well. My loyalty to my dad is the best thing I can give him. I know I’m truly the meaning of man’s best friend.

To learn more about America’s VetDogs, please visit www.americasvetdogs.org or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AmericasVetDogs. To learn more about me and my dad, watch this video http://ow.ly/NiPL4
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Meet IVMF’s #MilitarySpouseOfTheWeek, Heather Haphey, a dual #AirForce spouse.

Haphey and her husband met in high school and dated throughout college. She attended the University of Idaho, where she was separated from him only 8 miles and the state border, while he completed school at Washington State. They both enlisted in the Air Force ROTC program at their schools.

During ROTC, the two completed the ACE internship program at the Air Force Research Lab in Rome, NY. Haphey stayed in NY after the program to complete a semester at Syracuse University. The two had spent a majority of their relationship long-distance, but in 2013, Haphey finally married her husband.

“The distance was a challenge and we were both very relieved to finally be together after being married,” she said.

Haphey is now in Ohio at her first duty station, where she joins her husband who is also stationed there.

“We're still new to the Air Force, but we love the strong support group. It's really like a big family,” she said.

They just bought their first house and celebrated their two year anniversary.

“We joked that our 2 year anniversary was more like a 6 month anniversary, given how much time we'd actually lived together as a married couple,” Haphey said.

Haphey says that there are lots of opportunities in the Air Force to serve their country and also do what interests the two of them in their careers.

The IVMF is the first interdisciplinary national institute in higher education focused on the social, economic, education and policy issues impacting veterans and their families. Through our focus on programming, the IVMF provides no or low-cost industry training, business ownership training, and certification opportunities for veterans, military family members and service members. To see if you or someone you know qualifies, visit www.vets.syr.edu.
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Meet IVMF’s #StudentOfTheWeek, Janet Tuohy.

While attending high school and college, Tuohy served in the Army Reserves from 1984-1989. Within the past eight years, she had been employed as a counselor for both the Department of Defense and as a contractor for the Navy in Japan and the Air Force in Del Rio, Texas.

In 2014, Tuohy attended the Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) National Convention and is a previous graduate of the V-WISE San Diego program.

“V-WISE gave me the courage to start my first business. Finally putting roots down has allowed me the opportunity to begin my private practice, with the hopes of designing unique programs in collaboration with others that will greater benefit the community. I love the sisterhood that I have found through V-WISE,” she said.

She is now the owner of Zen Hart Counseling & Consulting, PLLC in Georgetown, Texas. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Supervisor with more than 17 years of experience as a clinician, Tuohy specializes in trauma and loss.

Tuohy is currently working on a book and App for her Questions Discover Meaning (QDM) method. The method helps people find answers quickly to questions that greatly affect their lives and feel better about their decisions.

Tuohy also owns a Chocolate Labrador named Charlie, who helps provide therapy to her patients. He has assisted in comforting others in two local disaster relief efforts, but most notably, has been instrumental with Tuohy’s clients. Charlie brings instant comfort, particularly to those who are suffering with PTSD.

As a Navy spouse, Tuohy she has been the President of a Family Readiness Group and the Secretary of a Navy League chapter.

For more information on Janet Tuohy’s business, visit her website at www.zenhart.com.
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Meet IVMF’s #K9ofTheWeek, a service dog from Canine Angels Service Dogs!

Hi, I’m Leroy and I’m four-years old! I’m a Labrador and Beagle mix who was rescued from a nearby shelter, where I stayed for over a year and I half, pacing back and forth.

No one wanted me until Canine Angels discovered that I had a raging ear infection and got me the right medicine. They saw my potential and trained me to be a service dog that can assist disabled veterans.

Now I’m a permanent member of the training pack and help to train the rookies about what’s expected of a service dog. I’ve been trained to carry, lift and pick up items for my trainer. I also love to be with people and provide emotional support since I’m so sensitive to their needs.

My trainers love me because I’m hard working and very affectionate. I love to put my paws up on my trainer’s chest for a head rub. Even though I walk with my trainers up to ten miles-a-day, my favorite thing is snuggling on the couch with my bone at the end of a long day.

For more information on Canine Angels, please visit www.canineangelsservicedogs.org.
 
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According to the The Wall Street Journal and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) News Service, President Obama is implementing the Military Lending Act of 2006 regulations to reduce predatory lending interest rates and fees in consumer credit, excluding residential mortgages and car loans. Announced at the VFW National Convention, the regulations cover “all forms of payday loans, vehicle title loans, refund anticipation loans, deposit advance loans, installment loans, unsecured open-end lines of credit and credit cards”, and are the result of a study by the DoD, Treasury, FTC, FDIC, Federal Reserve Board, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, CFPB, and NCUA.
While these protections won’t be implemented for some time, raising awareness of the issue now may protect some military members, transitioning service members, and their families. Market Watch’s Quentin Fottrell writes, “Perhaps more surprising, however, is how even minor financial issues can spiral into bigger problems for veterans. Military veterans who report having relatively minor financial problems, such as bouncing a check or going over their credit limit, are four times more likely to become homeless within the next year than veterans without such problems, according to a survey of 1,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans published in the American Journal of Public Health in 2013.”
The Department of Defense News Service has a chart illustrating the coverages and caps at http://www.defense.gov/DODCMSShare/NewsStoryPhoto/2015-07/scr_MLA-Infographic-v3.jpg
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On Monday, President Obama signed the Veterans Identification Card Act of 2015 which will allow veterans to obtain an ID card from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs rather than use their DD-214 or a state identification noting veteran status. Representative Vern Buchanan of Florida introduced the bill and 82 co-sponsors signed on. The Act will protect against risk of identity theft (the DD-214 has Social Security numbers on it). Detailed information on the bill and its path through the House and Senate to President Obama’s signature is available from GovTrack.us at https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hr91.
The bill takes effect 60 days after it was enacted. The Department of Veterans Affairs will create and implement a process to obtain the ID card and determine the fee to be charged.
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Meet IVMF’s #StudentOfTheWeek, Dr. Stephanie L. Foster!

Foster is a retired Army Colonel whose military service began as a graduate of the United States Military Academy (USMA). Highlights of her military career include two faculty assignments to USMA and Acquisition Corps commands at the Lieutenant Colonel and Colonel levels. In 2012, Foster retired from the Army.

Her experience during the 2012 Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (VWISE) San Diego program propelled her to make her dream of entrepreneurship a reality.

"In V-WISE, I found my community of like-minded leaders who affirmed my talents and inspired me to boldly live the life of ownership that fear tried to talk me out of,” she said. She reiterated the importance of boldness during Team SOAR’s inaugural keynote address at VWISE's first National Conference in November 2014.

Foster is devoted to the causes of leadership development of girls and women, advancement of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics disciplines as career paths for today's youth and the economic empowerment of women and veterans. Also a John Maxwell certified Coach, Trainer and Speaker, she owns her company, Intentionally Me, LLC.

Intentionally Me, LLC provides goal setting expertise to individuals and organizations, yielding them accelerated advancements in influence and leadership. Incorporated in 2013, her company offers speaking engagements, coaching, books, workshops and training.

For more information on Dr. Foster, visit her website at www.intentionallymellc.com and her author page at amazon.com/author/dr.slfoster that introduces her book, Talking Myself Into My Desired Future.
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Meet IVMF’s #HometownHero, MSgt (Ret.) Kelvin Ringold of the U.S. Air Force.

Ringold joined the Air Force in 1971 and turned 18 while in basic training. He spent his first four years as a still photo laboratory specialist and later cross-trained into electronic communications. Ringold has been stationed in Virginia, Mississippi, Korea, the Philippines, New York and California throughout his military career.

In 1978, he was stationed at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi at the 1839th Electronic Installations Squadron as a Crypto Installations team chief. He spent the next three years installing and upgrading secure communications systems, primarily in the southern United States and Korea. He was later assigned with a Communications Group in the Philippines as a crypto systems shift supervisor. In 1991, Ringold retired as a Master Sergeant and moved to New York.

After separating from the service, he worked as an administrative assistant for 16 years at Upstate University Hospital, while also running a successful portrait and wedding photography business.

In 2008, Ringold became President of the Professional Photographers' Society of New York State. He has since decided to pursue his photography business full time. Ringold is also a motivational speaker and life coach. He has two sons who served in the military—one currently serving in the Army and one who is a Navy veteran. In July, Ringold will be photographing IVMF’s EBV conference. To learn more about Kelvin, visit intenselypositive.com.

The IVMF is the first interdisciplinary national institute in higher education focused on the social, economic, education and policy issues impacting veterans and their families. Through our focus on programming, the IVMF provides no or low-cost industry training, business ownership training, and certification opportunities for veterans, military family members and service members. To see if you or someone you know qualifies, visit vets.syr.edu.
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