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April 2013 Family Newsletter

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

IN THIS MONTH'S ISSUE:

 
Month of the Military Child

Month of the Military Child

Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger in l986 designated each April as “The Month of the Military Child”. Recognizing the contribution that the military child makes as their parent or parents serve our nation, it is during April of each year that all branches of services provide special days and events to honor the family and their children.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Nationally, April is recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, or SAAM. Originally, women-only protests emerged in direct response to the violence women encountered, but before long the activities became more coordinated and quickly developed into a movement that included issues of sexual violence against men and men's participation in ending sexual violence.

SHARP
Taxes

Taxpayer Responsible for Accuracy Even if Tax Pro Does Work

No matter who prepares your return, you are responsible for what goes to the IRS.

Earth Day is April 22!

Every year on April 22, more than one billion people take part in Earth Day. Across the globe, individuals, communities, organizations, and governments acknowledge the amazing planet we call home and take action to protect it.

Earth Day
PCS

Officials Urge Planning Early for Household Moves

For many military and federal government workers, spring signifies not only flowers in bloom and warmer weather, but also a good time to get the jump on peak moving season, which typically runs from May to August.

Wounded Warrior: Brain Injury 'Doesn't Mean You're Broken'

Army Spc. Kevin Wear was riding in an armored vehicle in Afghanistan last summer when a roadside bomb exploded, tearing the vehicle into three pieces and killing three of the five passengers inside.

Wounded Warrior
Pinwheel Parade

Pinwheel Parade for Prevention Scheduled

April is designated as a month for the nation to join together in raising awareness about the importance of preventing child abuse. The Blue Ribbon campaign was initiated by a grieving grandmother in Virginia who lost her grandson at the hands of his abusive father. The blue ribbon was a reminder of the bruises on the body of that little boy.

America's Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids

Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese.

Let's Move
Resilience

A Surviving Spouse Becomes a Leader in Army Resilience

This Women's History Month we recognize the service and sacrifice of not only our Soldiers, but their Family members, and how they demonstrate their resilience every day. The subject of this is both a spouse and a Soldier.

Sequester Furlough Planning Requires Complex Preparations

There's no shortcut to make the pending Proposal of Notification Letter easier or quicker to produce. Officials across the Army await the exact details and wording of the furlough communication to minimize confusion among employees.

Furlough Planning