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NEWS | July 17, 2013

News Briefs - Air Base

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

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All classes or events will be held at the Airman and Family Readiness Center (Building 500) unless otherwise specified. For more information, or to register for a class or event, please call 963-4406.

July 19

A "Veterans Affairs Benefits Briefing" will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn about all your VA benefits in this briefing. If you are exempt from the TAP GPS Workshop, you will need this. The workshop is open to all active duty service members.

July 23

A "Slaying the Debt Dragon" will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Explore debt's history, what undermines our need to stay out of debt, and how to stay out of debt. Couples are highly encouraged to attend.

July 24

A "Ready, Set, Parent!" class will be held from 8:30 to 11 a.m. This course provides useful tips for expectant parents, while helping them to understand the importance of budgeting for their new addition. Additionally, parents receive a free bundle for each expected baby.

July 25

MANDATORY TAP Pre-separation Briefings will be provided for separatees from 8 to 11 a.m. and for retirees from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Per Public Law 107-103, in the case of anticipated retirement, retiring service members can receive pre-separation counseling up to 24 months prior to DOS. And, a separating service member can receive pre-separation counseling up to 12 months prior to DOS. This is the first step in the process to making you "career ready" to leave the service; and this briefing/counseling is required prior to attending the TAP GPS Workshop.

July 25-26

A "Camp Rise Above" will be held at James Island County Park from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register to join us for this camp designed to provide fun, life-changing experiences for children (ages 6-17 yrs.) with serious illness, life challenges, and disabilities. Camp theme is "Giving Kids Strength for the Journey," and the fee is $5 per child.

July 26

A Workshop for Department of Veteran Affairs Disability Claims will be held from 8 a.m. to noon. The VA representative will cover the VA claims and filing process. VA One-on-One Disability Claims Assistance will be provided from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Members (who do not have a copy of their medical records) must sign an authorization letter (authorizing the VA representative to obtain your medical records) at the Joint Base Charleston - Air Base Clinic's Family Practice section. This letter must be signed no later than the Monday prior to the week's Friday VA One-on-One Assistance with Disability Claims that you plan to attend.