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Announcing the Virtual Resiliency Campus in AOS Second Life

The Virtual Resiliency Campus in AOS Second Life is an innovative and fun way for Soldiers and Families to build resiliency in the Physical, Emotional, Social, Spiritual, and Family aspects of their lives.Full Story

Army OneSource introduces Money Matters Mobile!

Money Matters Mobile is available now! Access the new financial readiness application through your SmartPhone browser today and begin taking steps to save money, reduce debt and build wealth.Full Story

AFAP Update: Employment and Family Support

Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch offers an update on employment and family support recommendations submitted through the Army Family Action Plan process.Full Story

Idaho National Guard soldiers depart for yearlong deployment

BOISE - Some of the 2,700 soldiers with the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team are now on their way to serving a yearlong deployment.Full Story

"Welcome Home Joe" from JC Penny and Joseph Abboud
IAVA, JCPenney and Joseph Abboud have launched a national campaign to provide Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans professional attire as they transition to ...
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Operation Education™
You’ve served us; now let us serve you — with a college degree.
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Operation: Military Kids
See how Operation: Military Kids and Army OneSource are working together!
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Welcome to Idaho Community Support

Hello! I'm Sheila, your Idaho Army OneSource Community Support Coordinator. I am an Idaho Native, born and raised in Boise, Idaho. I am a college graduate of Lewis-Clark State College and Boise State University. My office is currently located in Boise at the Joint Force Readiness Center located at Gowen Field however I travel the State regularly advocating and resourcing for our Idaho Soldiers, Veterans and Families. Thank you for browsing the Idaho page, I hope that the information was helpful for you.

Remember to check monthly for new information and updates!

Free Handbook for Family and Friends of Service Members

A new, complimentary handbook offers support resources for families and friends of Service Members before, during and after a deployment.

Sponsored by the Department of Defense - Defense Centers of Excellence and the US Department of Health and Human Services - SAMHSA, the handbook offers ways to cope with the stressors and emotions of dealing with the deployment experience, or smoothing the transition to civilian life.

It's also valuable for your own personal support network: family, friends and co-workers.

Order the free handbook here.



New: AFAP Issue Search App

If you have an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, you can search the issues that matter to you with the new AFAP Issue Search App. With the easy-to-use interface, you can search by keyword or specific criteria and view the status, direction and resolution of AFAP issues from anywhere you have Internet access. You can also send email Questions to the Headquarters, Department of the Army staff.



NRD Idaho resources

The National Resource Directory (NRD) is a website for wounded, ill and injured Service Members, Veterans, their families and those who support them.



Facts To Know About Idaho

Here are some interesting Idaho State Facts...

  • Name: Originally suggested for Colorado, the name "Idaho" was used for a steamship which traveled the Columbia River. With the discovery of gold on the Clearwater River in 1860, the diggings began to be called the Idaho mines. "Idaho" is a coined or invented word, and is not a derivation of an Indian phrase "E Dah Hoe (How)" supposedly meaning "gem of the mountains."
  • Nickname: The "Gem State"
  • Motto: "Esto Perpetua" (Let it be perpetual)
  • Discovered by Europeans: 1805, the last of the 50 states to be sighted.
  • Organized as Territory: March 4, 1863, act signed by President Lincoln.
  • Entered Union: July 3, 1890, 43rd state to join the Union.

GEOGRAPHY

  • Land Area: 83,557 square miles, 13th in area size
  • Water Area: 880 square miles
  • Highest Point: 12,662 feet above sea level at the summit of Mt. Borah, Custer County in the Lost River Range
  • Lowest Point: 770 feet above sea level at the Snake River at Lewiston
  • Length: 479 Miles
  • Width: 305 miles at widest point
  • Geographic Center: Settlement of Custer on the Yankee Fork River, Custer County.
  • Number of Lakes: More than 2,000
  • Navigable Rivers: Snake, Coeur d'Alene, St. Joe, St. Maries and Kootenai.
  • Largest Lake: Lake Pend Oreille, 180 square miles.
  • Temperature Extremes: Highest, 118 degrees at Orofino July 28, 1934; Lowest, -60 degrees at Island Park Dam, January 18, 1943.
  • 2004 Population: 1,393,262, 39th among states. (U.S. Census Bureau)


Parent Support Groups

The purpose of the Parent Support Group is to help parents better understand the military life their sons and daughters have chosen, and to help families of service members cope with the deployment cycle. Meetings will be held the third Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Post Falls Armory. See the details (PDF).



Operation: Military Kids camps

Register now for weekend military family camps and day camps, open to all branches of Guard, reserve, active duty, and their Families. Costs for all camps and activities are either free or of nominal cost. For weekend camps, children of all ages are free and must be accompanied by an adult. Special effort will be made to help parents whose spouses are deployed get to and enjoy these camps. Other adult extended family members may be able to attend to assist as needed. Scholarships are available for those experiencing financial difficulties.

See details on all 2011 activities, including dates and registration.



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New To Idaho?

Welcome to the Gem State! Here is a site with all of the information you need about our wonderful state.



Combat-Related Special Compensation

To check out some resources that are directly related to claims and the claims process, visit the Claim Resources web site.



Community Partnerships

Our Community Support Coordinators have established key legal and financial partnerships that will help make your life as a member of the Army Family better!