Welcome to our unaccompanied tours (UT) blog, Foggy Bottom Rambles! We can share information, programs, and resources quickly with you and since blogs are a two way street, we (and the other readers) can hear from you. What's in a name you say? This blog reflects how we (back here in DC, Foggy Bottom area) provide information (rambles) to you. Find websites and information, upcoming webinars, programs and events. FLO does not endorse organizations or companies linked-to in this blog, the views they express, or the products/services they offer. Let us know what you think: contribute to the blog or email us at FLOAskUT@state.gov.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Rambles musings...

So you are experiencing an unaccompanied tour!?  Maybe it’s your first or third but the good thing is your looking for information J 

Have you seen FLO’s website on unaccompanied tours?  http://www.state.gov/m/dghr/flo/c14521.htm  Information not to be missed on this site:
·         Contact Sheet – fill able form used to collect e-mails you provide of your circle of family and friends, enables us to disseminate UT specific information and updates.
·         Decision Tree -use this document to help decide where to live during a UT and to learn about your allowances.
·         Workbook request- these activity books were specifically designed for parents separated by distance from their child, age specific we are happy to mail them as requested.
·         Tips from the Field-suggestions compiled from people’s knowledge of what worked for them on a UT.
·         Yahoo HomeFrontUS-a private chat group organized so you can virtually “meet” other people in a similar situation. 
·         Medal request- designed to recognize the sacrifice a child has made while a parent is away.  Request for your son, daughter, step-children, 0-21 years of age and Foreign Affairs agencies only-State, AID, Commerce, Agriculture, and BBG.
·         Mental Health Resources- MHN (Health Net Company) Employee Consultation Service (ECS), Deployment Stress Management Program (DSMP); all these programs offer valuable emotional & life style support to families and employees especially created for the issues and concerns of unaccompanied tours
Interested but unsure where to turn?  Please contact FLOaskUT@state.gov  And as always please remember to share this information with others!  Sometimes people don’t know where to search, sometimes e-mails go astray or they are put into SPAM folders (it happens…) but the important thing is the folks at FLO want to help. 

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