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  • Just not worth it

    I'm Capt. Brad Ervin, the 96th Medical Group’s new Alcohol Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment program manager.  I have been here for two years and work in the mental health clinic.I am a licensed clinical social worker.  I have been lucky enough to work with kids, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings, ranging from community mental
  • Domestic abuse: help is available

    Eglin’s Family Advocacy Program offers prevention and intervention to military families who have experienced or are at risk of domestic abuse. One valuable resource offered by the program is the Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate. The DAVA provides services to adult victims of domestic abuse. Recently, the DAVA’s role expanded to provide supportive
  • Navigating financial mind fields

    Scams do not die, they hibernate. The best way to protect one’s self when they arise again is to know what they were like before they went into hibernation. Military members will always be a target for insurance scammers. As a Better Business Bureau president once said, “The sharks are circling the bases. Individually our soldiers don’t make a lot
  • Nature's hazards: poisonous plants

    State parks and woodlands are favorite places for many people who enjoy outdoor activities. Unfortunately, contact with poisonous plants can make these outings a miserable experience. Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac all contain the plant oil urushiol, which can cause severe skin rash when any part of the leaves, stem or root is touched.
  • Independence Day is a day of gratitude

    The Fourth of July is a day of celebration. Whether with parades, fireworks, backyard barbecues or enjoying a baseball game, we Americans will soon celebrate our nation's birthday.Our founding fathers' vision of a free nation was commemorated in 1776 in the Declaration of Independence. They believed all people have certain undeniable rights - the
  • A bridge between families, educational organizations

    School liaison officer
  • Dialing 911 from cell versus landline affects call route

    Eglin is a little piece of paradise enjoyed by thousands of military personnel, civil service employees and contractors.Amongst many of Eglin's characteristics making it one of the most unique military installations, to include its impressive 724 square miles of land and award-winning environmental initiatives, is its 911 emergency line - and it's
  • Nature's hazards: Mosquito-borne diseases

    Mosquito bites can be annoying, but they can also cause serious viral diseases, such as Zika, West Nile, Chikungunya and Dengue. If an infected mosquito bites a bird or mammal, including humans, it can transmit the illness to them.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, West Nile virus is the most common disease spread by
  • Registering, requesting absentee ballots

    To register to vote in the following states, visit FVAP.gov now to complete a registration application and request an absentee ballots for the presidential preference primaries (P), federal primaries (F) and State primaries (S).  Here are some important dates for individual states.*July - 30 Day Notice*Georgia: July 26 (State primary runoff)*August
  • Memorial Day a time to honor the fallen

    For many of us, Memorial Day kicks off the summer season.  Families will gather for cookouts, go boating or swim at the pool. While you enjoy these activities, please be mindful of your safety. But as we spend time with friends and family, let us be reminded of the most important meaning of this day.Established in 1868, Memorial Day was a day set