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Welcome to Army OneSource Family News - the monthly newsletter from Army Community Service (ACS) and Army OneSource, the Army's most comprehensive portal for Family members.


Special Forces

For Special Forces, a Battle At Home

The top enlisted leader of America's most elite and secretive military forces stood with his wife before a classroom of senior commandos to speak about war's destruction. Not on the battlefield -- but within the walls of their home.

"We're going to share some pretty ugly, personal stuff here today," Command Sgt. Maj. Chris Faris, 50, warns an audience of 30 special ops veterans, nearly all married men.

All About Mother’s Day

Have you ever wondered why Mother's Day is celebrated the second Sunday of every May? Do you want to know some things you can do to make Mother's Day extra special? Read on for the answer to these questions and more.

Did Mother's Day begin in the United States?

No. Long, long, ago, in ancient Greece, the people paid tribute to Rhea, the Mother of the Gods, each spring. A little later in history it is noted that England paid homage to mothers on "Mothering Sunday," the fourth Sunday of Lent.


Memorial Day

Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. While those who died are also remembered on Veterans Day, Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime.

Panetta, Dempsey Announce Initiatives to Stop Sexual Assault

The Pentagon’s top civilian and military leaders took their campaign to stop sexual assault in the military to Capitol Hill today, where they announced new initiatives to combat the problem.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke with reporters after meeting with three members of the House of Representatives who are working on the issue.

Sexual Assault
Email Scams

Beware of Scam E-mails

The Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) is warning of email scams targeting military members, military retirees, and civilian employees. The most recent email scam indicates that individuals who are receiving disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs may be able to obtain additional funds from the Internal Revenue Service, but only if they send copies of their income tax information. Do not open attachments or click on a link in the e-mail.

Army Extends Smartcard Pilot

The Army recently extended its smartcard pilot for Army spouses and retirees through September, 2012. The Army is evaluating smartcard identity authentication as an alternative to username/password login to websites, such as Army OneSource, Army Family Readiness Group, milConnect, TRICARE Online and Army Knowledge Online (AKO). Army spouses and retirees living near Fort Belvoir, Va.; Fort Bragg, N.C.; and Fort Jackson, S.C., are being asked to register for a smartcard, or renew their card by visiting the Smartcard Pilot page on AKO.

Civilian Credentials

DoD Can Help Troops Get Civilian Credentials, Board Says

An Air Force B-2 Spirit pilot can fly across oceans carrying nuclear payloads, but he will need to apply for a civilian pilot’s license before he can get a job shuttling businessmen from New York to Washington, D.C.

A Navy corpsman can treat mortally wounded Marines on the battlefield, but he would need a new certification to be a civilian paramedic in California.

You can read more by clicking the link below and scrolling down to page 3 under the Defense Department heading. The article titled "DoD Can Help Troops Get Civilian Credentials, Board says" is #20 overall but the second article under the Defense Department heading.

Troops Back From Deployment More At Risk of Car Accidents

Members of the U.S. military -- especially enlisted troops in the Army and Marines -- were significantly more likely to cause auto accidents within six months of returning from deployment, according to a study by USAA Property and & Casualty Insurance Group, a major insurer for military families.

These veterans probably are engaging in survival driving habits for a war zone, such as not stopping in traffic, driving fast and making sudden, unpredictable turns, experts said. But those driving practices create havoc back in the U.S.

Car Accidents

The State of our Re-Unions

Hal explores why second and third marriages end in divorce at a much higher rate than first marriages. What could be the root of this trend? And what can these failings teach all of us about our own hopes for marital bliss?

In 1996, Glynn “Scotty” Wolfe married Linda Essex. For Linda, it was her 23rd marriage. For Scotty, it was his 29th. Both, as far as we know, are the record-holders for marriage futility (or dogged perseverance). Now, to be clear, not all of their marriages ended in divorce; a couple of their spouses died. But all the rest of their “I do’s ended, voluntarily, with the words “I don’t.”

Army Takes a New PTSD Approach

In a move to improve treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder, the Army is discouraging the use of traditional definitions such as feelings of fear, helplessness and horror -- symptoms that may not be in a trained warrior's vocabulary. It also is recommending against the use of anti-anxiety and antipsychotic medications for such combat stress in favor of more proven drugs.

Military Spouse Appreciation

Penske Truck Rental Teams With Support Military Spouses for Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Penske Truck Rental is supporting Military Spouse Appreciation Day by once again teaming up with the Shoeboxes for Military Spouses program and providing rental trucks for locations in North Carolina to help pick up and transport donated items. For more information on where and what to donate, visit

Diane and Dr. Steven Rumley, co-founders of Support Military Spouses, stated: "With the assistance of Penske Truck Rental, we have a goal of collecting boxes for military spouses. We are so pleased that Penske has continued to support our mission of providing a small gift of kindness to those that love and support members of our nation's armed forces."

Michelle Obama Visits Jacksonville NAS, Honors Sacrifices Made by Military Families

When people talk about sacrifices made by those in the military, Michelle Obama said, they don’t just mean by those in uniform.

“We’re not just talking about your parents,” Obama told a crowd of some 300 teenage girls at Jacksonville Naval Air Station. “We’re talking about all of you.”

Military Families

Jill Biden Thanks Military Families at Lee Hall Elementary

Jill Biden thanked military families and highlighted efforts to support them during a visit to Lee Hall Elementary.

The vice president's wife, whose son is in the Army, told the crowd of 300 that she knows firsthand how important it is to make sure "no military child falls through the cracks."

Living with Combat Stress

On the eve of my husband's return from a year-long deployment in southern Afghanistan a couple months ago, a friend who is also a military spouse told me everyone returns from deployment changed. And the at-home spouses are changed by the experience, too. Some of it is permanent. And some of it is bad.

I thought immediately of the ever-present anxiety I had lived with since he left last March. Would that anxiety be permanent? Could my body ever forget the now-too-familiar stress hormones pulsing through it? And what would be the change in my husband?

Combat Stress

Need a Paying Job? 8 Ways Volunteering Can Help

Use your skills to benefit others and yourself.

If you're unemployed and looking for work, try channeling your angst into altruism and becoming a volunteer.

Also known as working pro bono, volunteering lets you use your skills and abilities to help others. And from a practical standpoint, it can help you beef up your resume, acquire new skills, make important connections and potentially land a paying job.