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April 2014 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:

 
Child Abuse Prevention Month

Child Abuse Prevention Month - April 2014

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM) in the Army and everywhere that the sun rises on our nation’s flag. By officially designating April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, the President of the United States is calling on all of us – military and civilian, parents and non-parents – to unite in a common goal: to end the abuse of children.

Month of the Military Child (MOMC)

This special celebration is a legacy of former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger – established to underscore the important role children play in the Armed Forces community.

"Young Lives, BIG Stories" is the theme of the 2014 Month of the Military Child, which will be celebrated throughout April on U.S. Army installations.

Preschool children through high school seniors are invited to share their story about what it means to be a military child with photos, words, drawings or videos in the Army MWR-sponsored "Young Lives, BIG Stories" contest. Prizes will be awarded to an overall winner and the top entries in each category.

Month of the Military Child
Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

In the United States April marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). During SAAM activists raise awareness about sexual violence and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent it.

Secretary of the Army John McHugh speaks about the Army's important efforts to end sexual assault during the Sexual Assault Awareness Month Kick-off Ceremony held in the Pentagon in Arlington, VA.

Soldier Show Cast, crew prepare to 'Stand Strong'

The U.S. Army Installation Management Command has selected 19 cast and 2 crew to deliver the "Stand Strong" theme to garrisons starting April 11.

Army Entertainment, a division of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command's, or IMCOM's G9 Family and MWR Programs, made the selections through a week-long process including live auditions, full military screening and fitness testing.

Soldier Show
Senior Leader Spouses

Senior leader spouses gain program awareness, enhance camaraderie

Dr. Jill Biden invited the spouses of National Guard senior leaders to the vice president's official residence Wednesday and encouraged them to spread the word about programs that support service members.

Volunteer Appreciation Week: Time to emulate volunteers who change Army lives

Army Volunteers: Changing Lives and Communities" is the U.S. Army's theme for Volunteer Appreciation Week 2014, scheduled for April 6 through 12.

Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week is a time to celebrate people doing extraordinary things through voluntary service. It is a time for the nation to focus on the impact and power of volunteerism and service as an integral aspect of civic leadership.

Volunteer Appreciation Week
Army Women

SMA Chandler applauds strength, dedication of Army women

"There's been a lot of bad press" and "a lot of misinformation" about whether or not the Army is lowering its standards by the possibility of opening up military occupational specialties previously closed to women, said the Army's top enlisted leader.

"No, we're not" lowering the standards, said Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III.

Safe Kids Day

Kids are going to fall, crash, slip, explore. It’s part of being a kid. But we can protect them from serious injuries. Preventable injuries are the #1 killer of kids in the U.S. and each year a million families around the world lose a child to these injuries.

Learn ways you can promote and help.

Safe Kids Day
Gold Star Wives Day

Gold Star Wives Day April 5th!

“Remember, Respect and Honor”. Gold Star spouses represent the service and sacrifice of their Fallen Soldier. We must recognize their sacrifice, honor their resilient spirit and take time to listen to their stories.

Please visit these sites below as a way to inform, educate and ultimately, to honor the memory of those who gave so much.

TRICARE Service Center Walk-In Service Ending

As TRICARE beneficiaries increasingly access electronic, Internet, and toll-free customer service features, the need for walk-in locations has lessened. As a result, walk-in customer service at TRICARE Service Centers (TSCs) located within the 50 United States will no longer be provided as of April 1, 2014. Due to the unique needs of overseas beneficiaries, TSCs outside of the United States will continue to offer walk-in service.

TRICARE Service Centers
Resilient Soldier

Resilient Soldier in goal for Paralympic Team USA

Sgt. Jen Lee's resilient recovery from a motorcycle accident landed him a berth on Team USA's sled hockey team for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Lee, a goalie in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Paralympic Program, is the first active-duty Soldier selected for a U.S. Paralympic winter sports team. He was honored July 29, as "Hero of the Day" by the U.S. Army Installation Management Command.

Sesame Street Friends Help Military Children Move

Children in military families move six to nine times between kindergarten and high school, and a mobile app launched in December can help them cope with leaving a familiar place for the unknown.

The Big Moving Adventure app lets children create a Muppet friend to help them through the moving process.

Sesame Street
Oats are Healthy

Oats Make Healthy Breakfast

Recent studies have shown that a significant percentage of Americans skip breakfast and that doing so may raise the risk of diabetes and heart attacks in men. Speaking from experience, skipping breakfast is easy to do, especially when trying to balance the demands of military life.

Retiree credits Army Intramurals for his success on the courts

"I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for the Army Sports Program," said retired Soldier now turned NCAA Men's Division I College Basketball Official, retired Sgt. 1st Class Donnie Eppley.

Eppley began his officiating career in 1985, just four years after enlisting in the Army.

NCAA Referee
Better Business Bureau

CFPB Pushes Banks to Release Credit Reports with Monthly Statements

It happens all too often that American consumers overlook their credit report or, even worse, do not bother to request a free yearly report in the first place. Only one-fifth of U.S. adults look at their credit reports every year, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the nation’s top financial consumer protection regulator.