Family & Youth Programs Archive

  • SANDSTON, Va. — At Camp Pendleton, the Virginia National Guard’s oceanfront training base in Virginia Beach, one week of each of the past 11 summers has been dedicated to military kids. In late July or early August, approximately one hundred kids and teens, all with a parent serving in the Virginia Army or Air National Guard, come together for the […]

    Youth Camp leaves positive impact on Va. Guard military youth

    SANDSTON, Va. — At Camp Pendleton, the Virginia National Guard’s oceanfront training base in Virginia Beach, one week of each of the past 11 summers has been dedicated to military kids. In late July or early August, approximately one hundred kids and teens, all with a parent serving in the Virginia Army or Air National Guard, come together for the […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Veteran and Family Support will present a Mission: Healthy Relationship Workshop April 7-9, 2017, at the Landsdowne Resort and Spa in Leesburg, Virginia. The workshop is for all military veterans and spouses coping with the impact of deployment, military service, post-traumatic stress, operational stress or traumatic brain injury. To register, please email or call Brittany Jones, […]

    Mission: Healthy Relationship Workshop will be held April 7-9, 2017, in Leesburg

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Veteran and Family Support will present a Mission: Healthy Relationship Workshop April 7-9, 2017, at the Landsdowne Resort and Spa in Leesburg, Virginia. The workshop is for all military veterans and spouses coping with the impact of deployment, military service, post-traumatic stress, operational stress or traumatic brain injury. To register, please email or call Brittany Jones, […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — A Virginia National Guard family was recognized as the Army National Guard Family of the Year and a volunteer was recognized as Regional Volunteer of the Year in an announcement published Feb. 13, 2017, by Maj. Gen. Kevin L. McNeely, the Director of J1 Manpower and Personnel at National Guard Bureau. The Merritt family of Brian, Teresa […]

    Virginia National Guard family, volunteer receive national recognition for service

    SANDSTON, Va. — A Virginia National Guard family was recognized as the Army National Guard Family of the Year and a volunteer was recognized as Regional Volunteer of the Year in an announcement published Feb. 13, 2017, by Maj. Gen. Kevin L. McNeely, the Director of J1 Manpower and Personnel at National Guard Bureau. The Merritt family of Brian, Teresa […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Soldiers and spouses weren’t the only ones going through post-mobilization training during Yellow Ribbon weekend for the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team September 17-18, 2016, in Richmond, Virginia. In the teen room at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, children of Soldiers were conducting their own post-deployment training that didn’t involve slide […]

    Children of returning Soldiers build lifelong resiliency skills

    RICHMOND, Va. — Soldiers and spouses weren’t the only ones going through post-mobilization training during Yellow Ribbon weekend for the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team September 17-18, 2016, in Richmond, Virginia. In the teen room at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, children of Soldiers were conducting their own post-deployment training that didn’t involve slide […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — More than 80 kids took part in a variety of activities from laser tag to robotics at the 11th annual Youth Summer Camp hosted by the Virginia National Guard Family Programs Office July 24-29, at Camp Pendleton in Virignia Beach, Virginia. “Youth camp brings together National Guard youth, teens and adults from around Virginia to participate […]

    Youth camp combines fun, education to build resilience, leadership and character

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — More than 80 kids took part in a variety of activities from laser tag to robotics at the 11th annual Youth Summer Camp hosted by the Virginia National Guard Family Programs Office July 24-29, at Camp Pendleton in Virignia Beach, Virginia. “Youth camp brings together National Guard youth, teens and adults from around Virginia to participate […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — A new personal financial counselor has been assigned to the Virginia National Guard for the next 90 days and is available at no cost to assist with a wide variety of financial planning needs. A PFC provides direct financial readiness education and counseling services on topics such as personal financial planning, budgeting, saving, reducing debt, retirement planning, […]

    Financial counselor available to assist with wide variety of financial planning

    SANDSTON, Va. — A new personal financial counselor has been assigned to the Virginia National Guard for the next 90 days and is available at no cost to assist with a wide variety of financial planning needs. A PFC provides direct financial readiness education and counseling services on topics such as personal financial planning, budgeting, saving, reducing debt, retirement planning, […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Brig. Gen. Paul Griffin, the Virginia National Guard Director of the Joint Staff, recognized Krystin Kelley as the 2015 Volunteer of the Year for Region 3 July 6, 2016, in Sandston, Virginia. Joining Griffin for the presentation were Vickie Sais, State Family Programs director, Lt. Col. Rusty McGuire, commander of 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th IBCT, […]

    Volunteer recognized with regional award

    SANDSTON, Va. — Brig. Gen. Paul Griffin, the Virginia National Guard Director of the Joint Staff, recognized Krystin Kelley as the 2015 Volunteer of the Year for Region 3 July 6, 2016, in Sandston, Virginia. Joining Griffin for the presentation were Vickie Sais, State Family Programs director, Lt. Col. Rusty McGuire, commander of 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th IBCT, […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia National Guard senior leaders thanked adult and youth volunteers for their significant contributions at the 2016 Virginia National Guard State Volunteer Recognition Workshop & Youth Symposium May 21, 2016, in Richmond, Virginia. The purpose of the volunteer workshop and youth symposium is to recognize volunteers and thank them for everything they’ve done over the past year […]

    Volunteers recognized at annual workshop

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia National Guard senior leaders thanked adult and youth volunteers for their significant contributions at the 2016 Virginia National Guard State Volunteer Recognition Workshop & Youth Symposium May 21, 2016, in Richmond, Virginia. The purpose of the volunteer workshop and youth symposium is to recognize volunteers and thank them for everything they’ve done over the past year […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard Youth Program has opened up registration for it’s Annual National Guard Youth Camp, and the deadline for registration is June 24, 2016. This six-day camp has a broad range of educational, team-oriented and resilience-building activities. This year the camp will bring out programs that educate through robotics, physics, chemistry and visual art. It […]

    Virginia National Guard Youth Camp registration open

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard Youth Program has opened up registration for it’s Annual National Guard Youth Camp, and the deadline for registration is June 24, 2016. This six-day camp has a broad range of educational, team-oriented and resilience-building activities. This year the camp will bring out programs that educate through robotics, physics, chemistry and visual art. It […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Members of the Virginia National Guard State Teen Panel gathered for their annual Winter Training Dec. 19, 2015, in Richmond, Virginia. The training focused on the new Master Resilience Training curriculum passed down from the National Guard Bureau. The teens focused on the skills of “Goal Setting” and “Hunt the Good Stuff,” which involves finding optimism in […]

    Va. Guard State Teen Panel gathers for Winter Training

    SANDSTON, Va. — Members of the Virginia National Guard State Teen Panel gathered for their annual Winter Training Dec. 19, 2015, in Richmond, Virginia. The training focused on the new Master Resilience Training curriculum passed down from the National Guard Bureau. The teens focused on the skills of “Goal Setting” and “Hunt the Good Stuff,” which involves finding optimism in […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va.– The Virginia National Guard Youth Program is currently seeking volunteers to assist with youth events in 2016. Volunteers are needed for Yellow Ribbon events, to assist with registration for youth events, and to serve as photographers, chaperones, team leaders, mentors and teachers. Volunteers with medical experience are also needed to provide medical support at camps and retreats. In […]

    Va. Guard Youth Program seeks volunteers

    SANDSTON, Va.– The Virginia National Guard Youth Program is currently seeking volunteers to assist with youth events in 2016. Volunteers are needed for Yellow Ribbon events, to assist with registration for youth events, and to serve as photographers, chaperones, team leaders, mentors and teachers. Volunteers with medical experience are also needed to provide medical support at camps and retreats. In […]

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  • CHESTER, Va. — Virginia National Guard families learned about litter control and enjoyed activities like mini-golf, laser tag and go-carts during the Fall Family Day held in recognition of Military Family Appreciation Month and hosted by the Virginia National Guard Youth Program Nov. 14, 2015, at Iron Bridge Sports Park in Chester, Va. Representatives from Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation […]

    Fall Family Day combines education, fun

    CHESTER, Va. — Virginia National Guard families learned about litter control and enjoyed activities like mini-golf, laser tag and go-carts during the Fall Family Day held in recognition of Military Family Appreciation Month and hosted by the Virginia National Guard Youth Program Nov. 14, 2015, at Iron Bridge Sports Park in Chester, Va. Representatives from Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation […]

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  • SANDSTON, VA – Virginia National Guard Family Programs received notification on Aug. 15, 2015, that it was officially accredited by the Council on Accreditation, becoming one of only 11 National Guard Family Programs offices in the nation to receive that honor. “It’s a big deal and a great accomplishment,” Vickie Sais, state Family Programs director for the Virginia Guard, said […]

    Va. Guard Family Programs receives accreditation for services, assistance, support it provides across the community

    SANDSTON, VA – Virginia National Guard Family Programs received notification on Aug. 15, 2015, that it was officially accredited by the Council on Accreditation, becoming one of only 11 National Guard Family Programs offices in the nation to receive that honor. “It’s a big deal and a great accomplishment,” Vickie Sais, state Family Programs director for the Virginia Guard, said […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va- On July 26th, 2015, 66 National Guard youth, 24 National Guard teen volunteers, and 25 adult volunteers descended on Camp Pendleton Collective Training Center in Virginia Beach, Va., for the 10th annual Virginia National Guard Youth Camp. The week presented a full schedule of activities for youth who traveled as far as Roanoke and the D.C. area […]

    Virginia National Guard hosts 10th annual Youth Camp

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va- On July 26th, 2015, 66 National Guard youth, 24 National Guard teen volunteers, and 25 adult volunteers descended on Camp Pendleton Collective Training Center in Virginia Beach, Va., for the 10th annual Virginia National Guard Youth Camp. The week presented a full schedule of activities for youth who traveled as far as Roanoke and the D.C. area […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, joined the commanders of several Virginia National Guard commands to recognize and honor Virginia National Guard volunteers at the 2015 Virginia National Guard State Volunteer Recognition Workshop & Youth Symposium July 18, 2015, in Richmond. “It is an absolute honor for Cheryl and I to be able to […]

    Virginia National Guard honors volunteers at 2015 Volunteer Recognition Workshop

    RICHMOND, Va. — Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, joined the commanders of several Virginia National Guard commands to recognize and honor Virginia National Guard volunteers at the 2015 Virginia National Guard State Volunteer Recognition Workshop & Youth Symposium July 18, 2015, in Richmond. “It is an absolute honor for Cheryl and I to be able to […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — More than 30 Virginia National Guard youth from around the state joined 12 other children of active duty Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force personnel June 20- 26, 2015, for the Virginia National Guard Teen Wilderness Adventure Camp at Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing. The purpose of the camp, which is funded through a Department of Defense […]

    Military youth gain experience of a lifetime at Va. Guard Teen Wilderness Adventure Camp

    SANDSTON, Va. — More than 30 Virginia National Guard youth from around the state joined 12 other children of active duty Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force personnel June 20- 26, 2015, for the Virginia National Guard Teen Wilderness Adventure Camp at Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing. The purpose of the camp, which is funded through a Department of Defense […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The U. S. Army recognizes April 12 – 18, 2015, as Volunteer Appreciation Week, and this is a perfect time to recognize the great work of two outstanding groups who are essential to the success of the Virginia National Guard: family readiness volunteers and the Virginia Defense Force. Family Readiness Volunteers provide services in support of the […]

    Family programs and Va. Defense Force recognized during Volunteer Appreciation Week

    SANDSTON, Va. — The U. S. Army recognizes April 12 – 18, 2015, as Volunteer Appreciation Week, and this is a perfect time to recognize the great work of two outstanding groups who are essential to the success of the Virginia National Guard: family readiness volunteers and the Virginia Defense Force. Family Readiness Volunteers provide services in support of the […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Personal financial counselors are available to assist Virginia National Guard Airmen, Soldiers and family members with free, confidential, personal financial counseling until April 13. The PFCs are located in Sandston, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg and Norfolk and are available to assist with personal financial issues and questions regarding budgeting, managing credit, debt repayment, saving, and investing with the Thrift […]

    Free, confidential personal financial counseling available to Va. Guard members until April

    SANDSTON, Va. — Personal financial counselors are available to assist Virginia National Guard Airmen, Soldiers and family members with free, confidential, personal financial counseling until April 13. The PFCs are located in Sandston, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg and Norfolk and are available to assist with personal financial issues and questions regarding budgeting, managing credit, debt repayment, saving, and investing with the Thrift […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — More than 60 children of Virginia service members attended the ninth annual Virginia National Guard Youth Camp July 20- 25, 2014, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach. During the weeklong camp, the campers enjoyed activities both at Camp Pendleton and in the surrounding area. “It was a great week,” said Drew Davis, lead child and youth […]

    Va. Guard hosts 9th annual youth camp at Camp Pendleton

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — More than 60 children of Virginia service members attended the ninth annual Virginia National Guard Youth Camp July 20- 25, 2014, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach. During the weeklong camp, the campers enjoyed activities both at Camp Pendleton and in the surrounding area. “It was a great week,” said Drew Davis, lead child and youth […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — A Virginia National Guard family was recently recognized as the Army National Guard Family of the Year for 2014 while a Virginia Guard family member was honored as the National Guard Teen Volunteer of the Year. The Billmyer family, which includes Master Sgt. Jeff Billmyer, Sgt. 1st Class Ellen Billmyer, and their children 1st Lt. Rachel Billmyer, […]

    Va. Guard family, teen honored by National Guard family programs for volunteerism

    SANDSTON, Va. — A Virginia National Guard family was recently recognized as the Army National Guard Family of the Year for 2014 while a Virginia Guard family member was honored as the National Guard Teen Volunteer of the Year. The Billmyer family, which includes Master Sgt. Jeff Billmyer, Sgt. 1st Class Ellen Billmyer, and their children 1st Lt. Rachel Billmyer, […]

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