Commentary

March 1, 2013

Sequestration maybe, but You are not alone!

John Haire
412th TW Public Affairs

Webster’s Dictionary lists about 10 synonyms for this word, “sequestration,” that we have heard all too much about lately. None are pleasant. Aloneness, insulation and seclusion being a few of what Webstersí lists. Well, it’s a good thing, we are not Webster’s. Why? We are not alone, insulated or secluded.

We, who may have to face this specter, have a support mechanism that can help us meet the challenge of Sequestration face on. That mechanism is EAP or the Employee Assistance Program.

EAP is an Air Force Materiel Command sponsored service for federal employees and their families. It exists solely to enhance our effectiveness through prevention, identification and resolution of personal and productivity issues. And what could impact our own productivity as husbands, wives, fathers, mothers and individuals more than the seemingly merciless specter of DOD-wide sequestration?

Through EAP, we have a professional we can turn to 24 hours a day that can help us with counseling, coaching, legal and financial advice, in short, precisely the tools we may individually need to meet a future of uncertainty and come out on top.

To call EAP, any time of the day or night, dial (800) 222-0364 to obtain an authorization and/or speak with a counselor. A live counselor who can immediately begin to help you see the “light at the end of the tunnel” so to speak. You can also find the EAP on line at www.FOH4You.com. For those who may be hearing impaired, no worries, a TTY line is available too, just call (888) 262-7848.

Here on base, you can call Dr. William ” Bill” Vail at (661) 277-1183.

How does EAP work? Financial consultations are with a financial consultant over the phone for up to 60 minutes. They can help with budgeting, planning and with several financial questions Legal consultations can be by phone or EAP can refer an employee to a lawyer locally as long as the issue concerns topics such as a foreclosure, child custody or divorce, etc. But, the legal referral cannot be work related. Example, an employee could not seek an EAP legal referral to sue their place of work.

One of the best things about EAP is that it is 100% free and 100% confidential, with one exception, and 100% for you, your family members or anyone living in your household, relative or not. The only exception to confidentiality is eminent risk of harm to self, to others or in cases of child abuse. Example: If a person were to call EAP with a loaded pistol on the table in front of them, threatening immediate suicide, EAP would have to do what it could to prevent a tragic and unnecessary loss of life.

After speaking with a counselor on the phone, a referral to a live counselor is not mandatory. The decision to follow up in person rests entirely with you, the caller. Callers can also be referred to counselors near their work or residence so it is not essential for a person to see the counselor here at Edwards. That, again, is all up to the client.

EAP is prepared for furlough and ready to help us out for the duration.

Literally the only thing to fear is not picking up the phone to begin using the tools that are there for you to use. Sequestration may try to make us feel alone, but through EAP, we are only alone if we choose to be.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Air Force photograph by Chris Higgins

412th Test Wing 1st Quarter Award Winners

Air Force photograph by Chris Higgins Brig. Gen. Carl E. Schaefer, 412th Test Wing commander, watches Jeanette White, 412th Civil Engineering Group, absolutely smash a foam baseball into the audience after accepting her 30-year...
 
 

News Briefs May 22, 2015

North Gate safety alert SAFETY ALERT! Due to mechanical issues with the North Gate, there have been large metal plates installed over gaps in the roadway while repair operations are being scheduled. Drivers should exercise caution and reduce speeds in these areas. In inclement weather and blowing dust, the plates may become slippery and vehicles,...
 
 
MG-appointments

Don’t be a no show

The 412th Medical Group is dedicated to meeting the health care needs of you and your family by providing access to its services and the best possible medical care. No shows are a costly problem for the 412th MDG and the patie...
 

 
Air Force photograph by Brad White

Team Edwards hosts Military Retiree Appreciation Day

Air Force photograph by Brad White Approximately 400 military retirees, their families and surviving spouses were in attendance during the 2015 Military Retiree Appreciation Day event held at the Oasis Community Center and 27 i...
 
 

Education Center Open House May 27

The Edwards AFB Education Center will be hosting an Open House†that will be open to all military and their family members, and civilians working on Edwards 11 a.m.-1 p.m., May 27. The Education and Training†Center is located on 140 Methusa Ave., Bldg. 2453. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with the Ed Center staff...
 
 

Excellence in Aviation Award banquet set for June 13

The Flight Test Historical Foundation will hold the 5th annual Excellence in Aviation Awards banquet June 13. This year’s honorees are the California Air National Guard’s 163rd Reconnaissance Wing from March Air Reserve Base. The wing operates the remotely piloted MQ-1 Predator aircraft built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems. For the first time in the...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>