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June 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:

 
238th Army Birthday

238th Army Birthday

This 238th birthday commemorates America's Army - Soldiers, Families and civilians - who are achieving a level of excellence that is truly Army Strong. We also celebrate our local communities for their steadfast support of our Soldiers and Families. We are "America's Army: Service to the Nation, Strength for the Future."

Summer Safety

Summer is finally here, and with it comes hazards unique to this cherished time of year. As the weather warms and Soldiers, Army civilians and Family members take to roads and waterways for some well-deserved down time, they will be exposed to risk more often than they might think. It's critically important to prepare them now for what lies ahead.

Summer Safety
Military Rider

Military Rider

The Defense Department marks the start of prime motorcycle riding weather by designating each May as Motorcycle Safety Month. This special report highlights DOD and service-related efforts to enhance the safety and overall riding experience for service members and veterans through training, mentorship and education.

Families Of The Fallen Receive Designated Parking

U.S. Army garrisons across Europe have reserved 40 designated parking spaces for use by Gold Star Families at on-post public facilities. "The intent of the designated parking is to honor and recognize the sacrifice of Family members who have lost a loved one in military service," said Koch. "The reserved parking also serves as a means to promote awareness and educate the military community on Families of the Fallen."

SOS Parking
Finding a College

Finding The Right College For You – Tools & Resources From ED

If you are a high school senior who has yet to decide where you’re going to college this fall, you are most likely not alone. As you navigate the college decision process, the U.S. Department of Education provides tools for you and your family to make it easy to compare important information such as college costs, average student loan debt, and graduation rates across different institutions.

Families With Special Needs: Caregiving Tips

Caregivers typically provide assistance to someone who has a chronic illness or disabling condition. Whether a family member with special needs is a child or an adult, combining personal, caregiving, and everyday needs can be challenging.

Caregiving
Protect Your Skin

Protect Your Skin From The Sun

Protecting your skin from the sun today may help prevent skin cancer later in life. Most skin cancer appears after age 50, but skin damage from the sun can start during childhood.

Volunteers Share Hugs With Survivor Families

Part of the success of the Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command-sponsored Survivor Outreach Services Spring Fling cookout comes from the efforts of the many volunteers who made the event possible. More than 60 SMDC employees and their Family members showed up for the SOS event Saturday to demonstrate support and love for about 50 survivors who have lost a Service Member.

Survivor Families
Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums

The 2013 season of Blue Star Museums is going to be the best yet with more than 2,000 art centers, museums, and exhibits offering FREE entrance for all Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their Families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Blue Star Museums is a partnership among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, Joining Forces, MetLife Foundation and museums across the country.

Installation Management Command Gets SHARP On Sexual Harassment

Workers at U.S. Army Installation Management Command headquarters began their week May 20 with a previously unscheduled but mandatory three-hour session of Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention training. Four days after President Barack Obama tasked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to lead the effort to eliminate sexual assault and harassment from the military, IMCOM, the command whose motto is "We are the Army's Home," got busy changing its culture, beginning with its headquarters.

SHARP
Resiliency

Fort Belvoir Elementary Creates Resiliency Program

Fort Belvoir Elementary School's guidance program created a resilience program to teach military children how to deal with their personal stresses in a positive manner. Modeled after the Army's Master Resilience Training program, Belvoir's counselors will teach their students six resilience competencies: Self-awareness, self-regulation, optimism, mental-agility, strengths of character and connection. Right now, they are focusing on self-awareness, strength of character and self-regulation.

Aim For A Healthy Weight

Obesity happens one pound at a time. So does preventing it. Even a few extra pounds each year can affect your quality of life. There are many benefits to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight that will improve your health and life in the short-term.

Aim for a Healthy Weight