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December 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:

 
Tuition Assistance

Tuition assistance changes to take effect for 2014

Beginning Jan. 1, there will be a cap on the number of semester hours that can be taken using Tuition Assistance, and tighter TA eligibility rules.

Soldiers will be able to use TA one year after graduating from initial entry training, known as IET, said Brig. Gen. David. K. MacEwen, adjutant general of the Army, Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, Ky.

Decorate homes safely during holidays

Now that Thanksgiving Day leftovers have all been put away and the first of December has arrived, community member's thoughts are turning to the Christmas season and many are busy engaging in that classic annual tradition of decorating the house and yard with holiday lights, inflatable snowmen, Santa Claus, animated reindeer and sleighs along with a variety of other twinkling ornaments.

Holiday Lights
TSA

Soldiers to get expedited airport security screenings

Beginning Dec. 20, Soldiers will be eligible for expedited pre-flight screening at airports, meaning they'll be able to get into the express line where they don't need to remove their shoes and belts or take laptops out of their baggage.

Holiday cards bring love, piece of home to deployed service members

Far from home and stationed in a remote outpost in Iraq over Christmas, Sgt. Jonathan Thibault remembered the comfort of receiving cards from schoolchildren and other members of the public during the holidays.

Holiday Cards
Special Care

Special care, treatment available to sexual assault victims

Short- and long-term medical care and counseling are available to victims of sexual assault.

"We want every victim of sexual assault to receive health care. We encourage them. But it's up to that victim to decide," said Michele Barber, the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention medical management program coordinator for the Army's Western Regional Medical Command.

Commissaries to collect, recycle plastic bags

If you’re a stateside commissary customer, you’ll soon have an easy way to recycle plastic bags: Just bring them on your next trip to the commissary and use the new recycle bins.

All stateside commissaries now have plastic bag recycling bins that customers can use to recycle any plastic bag, not just commissary bags. Overseas commissaries are not participating in the program because the agency does not issue recycling contracts overseas.

Commissaries to Collect Plastic Bags
Romance Scams

Internet romance scams use Soldiers' identities

Special agents from the Army Criminal Investigation Command are once again warning Internet users worldwide to be extra vigilant and not to fall prey to Internet scams or impersonation fraud -- especially scams promising true love, but only end up breaking hearts and bank accounts.

More Corporations Join Military Spouse Employment Partnership

In a show of commitment and support to those who serve alongside uniformed service members, 60 new corporations joined the Military Spouse Employment Partnership.

With a prolific career in both government and the private sector, Frank Vollrath, assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management, praised MSEP’s global success rate.

MSEP
Well-Being Survey

Financial Well-Being Survey

Army OneSource is asking Service members and their Spouses, Veterans and DoD Civilians, to complete a short, 10-minute electronic survey on their financial well-being.

This information will provide military leadership and community advocates in the financial services area with actionable information to improve financial services and support available to the military community.

All input is anonymous and will be combined with the input from thousands of other Service members. You will not be asked for your name or contact information nor will you receive any contact as a result of your participation.