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tk H.lhop SufFUmfit AIR FORCE RESERVE Tim o HEADS UP Monk I, lttl OQ Spouses learn ccplnrs skills o DOS ft GOOuHD o nn LJ baeo On r J X O v by Barbarann Vessels 419th TFW Public Affairs Office Betty Winebarger related an absence story when the general was in Vietnam, where 60 flying of the pilots were getting percent todsh?t down. "Our dler quit asking 'Where's Daddy? To keep him connected, I sent tapes of Dirk gurgling with his toys in the bathtub, and my husband tells me today the daily letters and tapes were the nicest thing he had to look forward to each day," she said. Even with letter campaigns, Chaplain (Capt.) Angelo Michaels sensitively probed into how each spouse was coping since the trail of recalled reservists began in December. One grandmother who has cusand a tody of a got answers on how to use the active duty medical facilities and get prescriptions as the custodial parent with both mom and dad deployed. The husband of a female reservist gave a humorous account of all his "whites were pink" and his "waxed floors were gritty and didn't shine like hers," with his care of the children and household. Carolyn Pierson, organizer for the medical network group, said, "These groups and sessions really fit the needs of the families, and I think when our spouses return, we will be a much closer group because of this experience," she said. .' ' - F-10- The 419th Tactical Fighter Wing embraced the families last month of more than 100 recalled reservists in an effort to provide that first critical step to network and cope with the absence of spouses. The Combat Support Squadron rbuilt an agenda that saved many steps and precious time away from exhaustive schedules. The spouses were handling the switch from reserve status to active duty, but some were still in the "overwhelmed" mode. The spouses and more than 50 children, who had sightseeing agendas on base, were given the gamut of "here w. ' ' This brought wing experts in personnel, pay, customer assistance, chaplains and administrators plus major base support and community agencies together to field questions, layout answers and find resources. Brig. Gen. Forrest S. Winebarger, wing commander, said, "Total Force would not have success behind its name if it were not for the support from the families. You have made this (Air Force Reserve) the success it is today and the people of this wing work for you, too," he said in an opening session. time-consumin- g dual-parentin- g -y ld -- I jL i - v v f I I (; Lxr ,r J - 1 f ., ' v.. A T 1 j - I i . full-tim- e I , " "" 1 V V 7 right to return to these colleges and universities upon completion of their active service. "To show your support for the youth of America summoned from the classroom to the battlefield, I ask you to use your good offices and authority under state law... to refund to student members of the Guard and Reserve tuition and fees they paid for the semester they cannot complete," Secretary Cheney wrote in the letter. He also asked the governors to grant these students the right to return to the classroom when they complete their military service. I r President Bush's Jan. 21 designation of portions of the Persian Gulf as a combat zone triggered a number of federal tax relief provisions, one of which exempts most combat pay from federal tax. The Internal Revenue Code exempts from income tax all pay received by enlisted personnel and exempts up to $500 per month for commissioned officers for service in a combat zone. Because Utah's tax system is tied to the federal tax system, combat pay which is exempt from federal income tax will also be exempt from State of Utah income tax. An action by Congress on Jan. 24 extended the tax-frestatus of military pay in the Persian Gulf combat zone to Jan. 1, 1991. Utahns in military service or in a civilian support capacity in the combat zone will not have to file their - ' i U S Atr Force Photos by Burborcnn Vessels Wives listen for good news Dian Bos, top photo, far left, wife of 419th Medical Squadron Commander, Dr. (Lt. Col.) Norman C. Bos II, listens to briefings on benefits, along with other family members. Mary Barnett, left bottom photo, wife of TSgt. Gary A. Barnett, and Suzann Wayment, right, wife of CMSgt. Val E. Wayment, are happy to hear their husbands may come home sooner than expected. ft e r , . ecretary seeks fuii11Din), fee refyondls Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney has written to the nation's 50 state governors asking for assistance in getting refunds for tuition and fees paid by National Guardsmen and reservists who could not finish school because they were called to active duty. Federal law guarantees that members of the Guard and Reserve will have their jobs to go back to at the end of the Persian Gulf war; however, no such legislation exists to protect those students called to duty. These students are not guaranteed refunds of tuition and fees they have paid for a semester they have not completed, nor are they guaranteed the v . state income tax returns until at least 180 days after they depart from the Persian Gulf or are dis- ftix br In addition, no penalties or interest will be charged on unpaid 1990 Utah income tax due from Utah active military or reservists deployed due to Operation Desert Storm, provided they file their returns and pay any taxes due within the applicable extend- charged from a hospital. This extension coincides with the extension from the IRS and means that the Utah state return will be due on the same day the federal return is due. ed time period. However, many Utah military personnel are stationed outside the United States in areas other than the designated combat zone in support of Operation Desert Storm. They are eligible for a shorter extended filing deadline available to all military personnel stationed abroad. Their returns must be filed within three months and 15 days from their dates of discharge or return to the United States, whichever is earlier. Some military or support personnel may ask their representatives or spouses to file returns as soon as possible to receive refunds. The Tax Commission will accept any legal power of attorney that will permit a spouse or other representative to file a return without the service member's signature. To identify these returns for special handling, please write "Desert Storm" prominently across the envelope and the return itself.