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ExtensionNews Military and 4-H Partnerships Extend Services to Georgia Military Families A variety of services to Georgia’s military families made possible by partnerships with Cooperative Extension and 4-H assist them during deployment and in many aspects of community life. By Casey D. Mull, Military Liaison, UGA Cooperative Extension hroughout the 20th century, U.S. Senators Richard Russell and Sam Nunn and Representative Carl Vinson expanded an already strong military presence in numerous counties throughout Georgia. Today, our congressional delegation continues to support a strong military presence in the state. Taking a short drive along Georgia’s interstates will take you by most of the state’s 13 military installations. While thousands of military service members reside within the gates of these installations, there are many thousands more who live outside the gates. They make their homes in metropolitan counties such as Fulton, Bibb and Muscogee as well as more rural areas in counties from Chattooga to Chattahoochee and Tattnall to Taylor. Sometimes unseen and unheard until an activation and deployment, traditional reservists and National Guard members reside in all Georgia counties. They teach in the state’s schools, protect streets and contribute to the economy. The military has a significant influence on the economy and quality of life in Georgia. In order to encourage additional military missions to relocate to Georgia from other posts and bases around the world, United States Department of Defense (DoD) officials consider quality of life and local zoning issues, among other factors. T Participants at a camp for military youth have the opportunity to hear from military speakers to compare experiences when a family member is deployed. Services Expanded to Military Cooperative Extension in partnership with all 159 counties has expanded services to military families living outside the gates of installations and reinforces strong families and young people through collaborations within the gates of posts and bases. The 4-H/Military Partnership began in 1995 through a unique interagency collaboration between the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of the Army. The Departments of the Air Force, Navy, and likely Marine Corps this year, will round out the four military services who have established individual partnerships with 4-H — the youth development arm of UGA Cooperative Extension — at the national level. Most recently, the Office of the Secretary of Defense - Military Community and Family Policy initiated a formal partnership to expand the land-grant universities’ connections with all military services. On installations, military youth have facilities dedicated to serving and engaging young people, from child development centers for infants six weeks of age and older, to Teen Centers serving military youth until they graduate from high school. Away from installations, a National Guard family may be the only family experiencing deployment in a school. Cooperative Extension and 4-H, in particular, assist these youth in building resiliency as they experience deployment. Deployments and permanent changes of station disrupt not only a military student’s classroom participation and ability to perform well on standardized tests, but also affect other learners in the classroom. Last year, the Georgia Legislature passed SB 114, which extended flexibility to school systems in serving military youth transitioning into Georgia and leaving for other installations. As of July 1, 2009, Georgia school systems were given flexibility in waiving or accepting alternatives for some requirements for graduation and promotion. Operation: Military Kids Operation: Military Kids (OMK) is the U.S. Army’s initiative to build partnerships to serve all military families through deployment. Building awareness for educators, youth serving organizations and other community agencies is one aspect of the OMK project. An additional component of OMK serves military youth directly by providing programming exclusive to military youth experiencing deployment. OMK assists community agencies in understanding the deployment cycle, military culture and how to support military youth during a deployment. “OMK has enabled youth to learn about the military lifestyle and also give them the skills and knowledge necessary to contribute to their own communities and serve as advocates and EXTENSION continued on page 26 JULY 2010 25

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - July 2010

Georgia County Government - July 2010
President’s Message
Paulding County Takes Off
Seatbelt Usage Remains a Key Safety Issue in Counties
Military and 4-H Partnerships Extend Services to Georgia Military Families
Counties & the Law: Primaries and Elections
ACCG Renews Partnership with The Conservation Fund
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - July 2010