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Council Expands Grant Program

The New Jersey National Guard State Family Readiness Council has expanded its Family Grants Program to include an additional grant.

There are now two levels of Family Grants; TIER I is the $2,500 Grant that has been in place for the past couple of years.  The TIER II opens family grants to New Jersey Army and Air National Guard non-deployed service members who were on State Active Duty or State Missions (e.g., hurricanes, floods, border missions) for more than 20 consecutive days.  Servicemembers meeting these criteria are eligible to apply for a financial hardship grant up to $1,500.  Applications are available at all New Jersey Army and Air National Guard Family Assistance Centers. Those interested should contact Family Assistance through the hotline at 1-888-859-0352.

More information is available by e-mail at or through the Family Assistance Centers (FACs) or the Family Readiness Groups (FRGs). For a complete list of the FACs and the FRGs, turn to page 23 to find the one closest to you.

Free SAT/ACT Offer Extended

A group of NFL, NFL Europe, AFL, and CFL football players have announced they are extending their sponsorship of the SAT/ACT training to all military families.

The sponsorship allows any military person (active, Guard, Reserve, or retired) to request as many programs as they need for the students in their lives.  There is a secure website to confirm a person’s military status before directing the user to the software order site. Instructions for ordering the software are available at: www.militaryhomefront.  Programs are shipped to domestic U.S. addresses and APO addresses.

The sponsorship covers the purchase price of $199 and the family pays only the shipping and handling of $9.95.  To view a flyer that has been made to assist in the effort, go to:

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Youth Camp Forms Available

The thirteenth Annual New Jersey National Guard Youth Camp will be held July 29 to Aug. 4 at the New Jersey National Guard Training Center, Sea Girt.

All applications are available online at:

Children, ages 9-13 are invited to apply. The camp fee is still $100.
Campers must be children, grandchildren or legal dependents of an active or retired member of the New Jersey National Guard. A variety of volunteer positions are available.

For more information, call the Family Programs Office at (609) 562-0668.

Gift Card Fraud

Criminals are now jotting down gift card numbers in the store, wait a few days-then call the company and ask how what the card's balance is. Once they find a card that has been activated they go online and start shopping.

If you want to purchase gift cards it is suggested that you obtain them at the customer service desk where the public has not had access to the cards.

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Volume 32 Number 6
Staff / Information
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