- Buffalo Soldier Acres Community Center Grand Opening
- How changes to your BAH will impact your renter’s insurance
- Changes to your lawn care service
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- Six Simple Steps to Jump-start Your Emergency Fund
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Corvias is excited to announce the Grand Opening of the Buffalo Soldiers Acres Community Center on February 1, 2016. We would like to invite you to tour the amenities of the Community Center during the Grand Opening. Corvias team members will be available to assist with any questions during your tour. Don’t forget to also check out the Corvias Bark Park located near the Buffalo Soldier Acres Community Center.
The Department of Defense (DoD) has changed the calculation for BAH and with that, renter’s insurance is no longer part of BAH. As a result of this change, Corvias no longer offers renter’s insurance to incoming residents effective April 1, 2015. Residents who moved in on or after this date are responsible for securing their own renter’s insurance policy.
How Does this Affect Me?
Based on the criteria above you may no longer have the renter’s insurance policy that has been previously provided through Corvias Military Living which included $20,000 personal property and $100,000 liability per occurrence with $50,000 on fire legal liability. The deductible on personal property was $500 and the liability deductible is $0.
What Should I do?
We recommend all residents obtain renter’s insurance immediately. The appropriate amount of renter’s insurance coverage is a personal decision that should be based on the value of your personal belongings.
Why Should I do it?
A renter’s insurance policy provides protection for personal property up to 20 types of loss that can create a financial burden for many families. Take a look at the example below of an actual loss which occurred as the result of a fire started by cooking on a stove.
**You could be liable for Fire Legal Liability of up to $50,000.**
As you can see, having a typical renter’s insurance policy purchased from USAA or another reputable insurance carrier can save thousands of dollars in what could be one of the most stressful times of your life. The following is a list of USAA representatives servicing the areas near you if you would like to call to discuss purchasing a policy.
- Aberdeen Proving Ground and Fort Meade, Md., Ronney Wright, 757-472-9105 or Ronney.email@example.com
- Fort Bragg, N.C., Dennis King, 803-445-434 or Dennis.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fort Polk, La., Craig (Russell) Howell, 228-238-4344 or Russell.Howell@usaa.com
- Fort Riley and McConnell AFB, Kan., Joe Romans, 785-213-6892 or Joe.Romans@usaa.com
- Fort Rucker, Ala., Chris Glennon, 850-624-8300 or Chris.Glennon@usaa.com
- Fort Sill, Okla., Gary Thompson, 405-315-1668 or Gary.Thompson1@usaa.com
- Edwards AFB, Calif., Eric Page, 951-318-2334 or Eric.Page@usaa.com
- Eglin AFB and Hurlburt Field, Fla., Chris Glennon, 850-624-8300 or Chris.Glennon@usaa.com
- Eielson AFB, Alaska, Mike Sevy, 253-315-2449 or Michael.Sevy@usaa.com
- Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C., Jim Lewis, 910-467-4540 or Jim.Lewis@usaa.com
We appreciate you cooperation and understanding as we go through this transition. For all questions and concerns, please call your Corvias Community Office.
One of the benefits of living on post is that Corvias maintains your lawn for you. Munie Landscaping is the vendor that we have contracted to maintain the lawns in neighborhoods and community areas. While we won’t begin mowing again until spring, we do want to communicate some small changes that will take place this year.
Munie will continue to mow resident lawns, playgrounds and picnic areas on a weekly schedule. Other common areas in the community, including small fields and pockets of grass not designated as “prairie areas,” will be mowed on a bi-weekly schedule this year. Residents who wish to maintain their own yard can contact their Community Center to submit their request.
During spring and fall clean up, Munie will continue to trim bushes and trees near homes and community areas. However, residents will be responsible for weeding and mulching flowerbeds. Munie will only complete these services prior to move-in. All flowerbeds should be maintained to keep a neat appearance. We appreciate you choosing to live on post with Corvias and are looking forward to warmer weather when landscaping services will begin again.
Don’t forget! Applications for the Corvias Foundation $50,000 Scholarships for children of active-duty service members are due Thursday, February 11. The application is available online at corviasfoundation.org. $5,000 Educational Grants for spouses are due May 5.
4 Truths about deployment no one tells you
When you hear that your spouse will be deploying, dread may come over you. You easily think of all the bad things that could happen during deployment, and become overwhelmed with the possibility of running a household on your own.
Here are four truths about deployments no one tells you, and how you can use them to navigate the ups and downs of the next year or so.
Saving several months’ worth of living expenses for an emergency fund can be intimidating, especially when it feels like all of your available cash is already accounted for each month. Better Money Habits offers these six simple steps to help you get started building a reserve of cash — bringing with it greater financial security and peace of mind. - See more at: http://www.americasaves.org/blog/1248-six-simple-steps-to-jump-start-your-emergency-fund#sthash.IH1KLp9l.dpuf
• Take it day by day
Putting aside months’ worth of living expenses might seem like an impossibly tall task. But more important than hitting your savings goal right away is simply getting started. To do that, pick a realistic number you think you could work toward in the short term. Some people, for example, might start with a goal of $50 or $100 a month—as little as $2 to $3 a day.
• Pick something and cut it
You could carpool or use public transportation to save on gas, bring your lunch to work or cancel that gym membership or cable subscription you don’t use. You may want to identify one discrete thing you can cut, which can be easier than trying to change your behavior.
• Make it easy on yourself
An easy way to save more consistently is to set up automatic transfers from your checking to your savings account. If you have direct deposit at work, you might be able to set aside a percentage of your paycheck to go directly to your emergency savings account each pay period.
• Don't let debt get in the way
If you’re struggling to pay down debt, saving might be the last thing on your mind. And if your debt carries high-interest rates—like credit cards—it might make sense to aggressively pay down balances first. But if your rates and balances are lower and more manageable, you can work on both goals at the same time: Consider allotting funds to both debt and savings each month.
• Keep your funds accessible—but away from temptation
Emergency funds must be available when you need them. That means not locking them up in accounts that charge you to access your money—or keeping them in an account you’ll be tempted to tap for everyday expenses. Consider creating a separate, interest-bearing, FDIC-insured savings or money market account.
• Now, up the ante
Don’t stop once you’ve hit your initial savings target. Steadily increase your savings goals until you have put aside enough money to cover your expenses for three to six months—a significant buffer against unexpected emergencies. - See more at: http://www.americasaves.org/blog/1248-six-simple-steps-to-jump-start-your-emergency-fund#sthash.IH1KLp9l.dpuf ary Saves Week is . However, here are a few tips to jumpstart your Emergency fund and
Keeping your home warm in the winter accounts for about 66 percent of your energy consumption. Making some small changes around the house can help you lower your energy consumption and save you money through the Live Army Green Program.
Under the program, occupied homes that are the same, or similar, are grouped together and the utilities are averaged to determine a baseline. The baseline is averaged monthly so current conditions are automatically factored in.
Once the baseline is established, a buffer zone is added above and below the average. When a resident's use falls within the buffer zone, the resident will receive a "no action required" statement, but when a family uses less than the baseline and buffer zone they receive a rebate.
Families consuming above the buffer zone will receive a "balance due" notice on their statement, meaning a payment is due.
If you regularly receive a “balance due” statement here are some tips to reduce your energy consumption while staying warm:
- Wear slippers. Warm air rises so your feet on the floor often get cold. Wearing a pair of cozy slippers can keep your feet toasty and help you feel warmer.
- Sweaters, cardigans and sweatshirts can help you stay comfortable while keeping your thermostat set lower.
- Regularly changing your air filter reduces stress on your HVAC system. Filters are available at your community office for no charge.
- A slow cooker is an effective way to make a hearty meal on a cold day.
If you have any questions about the Live Army Green Program contact your Community Office.
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Important dates and events
Feb.1- Buffalo Soldier Acres Community Center and Corvias Bark Park Grand Opening! Corvias Community Centers closed from 10-11:30 am.
Feb.3- Community Offices open at 10 am
Feb.7- Super Bowl Sunday!
Feb. 12- MWR Sweetheart’s Weekend at LETRA
Feb.14- Happy Valentine’s Day
Feb.14- Sweetheart’s Cosmic Bowling; Twin Oaks Bowling Center; 9 pm
Feb.15- President’s Day! Corvias Community Offices will resume normal hours of operation
Feb. 17- Community Offices open at 10 am