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CNIC Signs Memorandum With VFW

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS060330-13
Release Date: 3/30/2006 11:30:00 PM

By Ed Wright, Commander, Navy Installations Command Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) in March with the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) to provide assistance to Sailors and their families on military installations.

CNIC Chief of Staff Capt. John Cohoon and VFW Commander In Chief James Mueller signed the agreement that formalizes relationships targeted toward enhancing quality family support services to military personnel through the organization’s Military Assistance Program (MAP).

“Organizations like VFW fill the voids for the Sailors and make sure that we don’t let them drop through the cracks,” Cohoon said. “What you do is extremely important to what we do.”

Under the program, the VFW will offer assistance in keeping military personnel in touch through Operation Uplink, a program that distributes pre-paid phone cards to troops and hospitalized veterans. Emergency financial relief funds are also made available to qualifying military families needing assistance. The organization offers employment assistance to military spouses and personnel preparing for transition from military serve to civilian-sector careers, too.

“You provide assistance to those Sailors who return from overseas or to their families while the Sailor is deployed,” Cohoon said. “I applaud you for what you do for us and hope that we can continue to work together as we move down the road.”

For more information on the VFW, visit www.vfw.org.

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