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March 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:

 
Brain Injury Awareness Month

Brain Injury Awareness Month - March 2014

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) and our network of state affiliates, including self-advocates, families and volunteers across the nation, will mark Brain Injury Awareness Month this March.

Wrapping Up Military Saves Week

Set a goal. Make a plan. Save automatically. These calls to action were the themes to this year’s Military Saves Week. Installations all over the world joined in to educate and assist service members and their families with their financial goals. More than 540 installations, 215 financial institutions and 71 non‐profits organizations jumped in to get involved. This was the largest participation in Military Saves Week to date.

Military Saves
Olympians

Soldier Olympians help win 5 of 28 US medals in Sochi

Former and active-duty Soldiers from the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program, or WCAP, played a major role in five of the United States' 28 Olympic medals won at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Former WCAP bobsled driver Steven Holcomb, who spent nearly eight years in the Army's elite athlete program, won bronze medals in two-man and four-man bobsled.

Army aviator becomes DC National Guard's first African-American female pilot

The District of Columbia National Guard celebrated the graduation of its first African-American female pilot. First Lt. Dina Elosiebo earned her Army aviator wings in February after completing Initial Entry Rotary Wing Flight School at Fort Rucker, Ala.

Army Olympians
Army Budget

FY15 Army budget, request includes small pay raise, 490K end strength

Under the Army's fiscal year 2015 budget request, Soldiers will receive a 1 percent pay increase as well as a basic allowance for housing increase of 1.5 percent and a 3.4 percent increase in basic allowance for subsistence.

The rollout of the Army's budget submission, along with those of the other services and the Defense Department was announced today in the Pentagon. Congress will weigh in on the request in the coming months.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring Our Heroes

Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, was launched in March 2011 as a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment. The Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign is engaging businesses to commit to hire half a million veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014.

Hire Our Heroes
FGR Training

Training helps keep FRGs relevant

So, you've volunteered to be the Family Readiness Group leader for your spouse's unit. What now?

First, erase all stereotypes from your mind. FRGs are not coffee clubs, a fundraising organization or active only during deployments. They are the link between the command and family members, morale support for fellow spouses and a force multiplier. And they're more relevant than ever at an overseas location, despite a slower or nonexistent deployment cycle.

The Army Strong Bonds Program

Recognizing the importance of family support, the Army introduced the program Building Strong and Ready Families in 1997. Initially, 90 active-duty couples participated in four events. Over the past year, more than 160,000 Soldiers and Family members have participated in over 2,600 Strong Bonds events. The program’s success has led to increased funding, expansion Army-wide, and more training options.

New programs now meet Soldiers at different phases of the relationship cycle. Specific training is offered for the Single Soldier, Couples, Families with children, and all Soldiers and Families facing deployment.

Strong Bonds is fully-funded and Chaplain-led with the support of the Commanding Officer.

Strong Bonds
Electronic Medical Record System

Army fields upgrade to MC4 electronic medical record system

The Army is fielding a major software upgrade to its electronic medical record system to ensure Soldiers wounded on the battlefield will have detailed permanent accounts of the scenario and treatment received.

A new suite of the Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care, commonly known as the MC4 system, is being fielded through April.

National Women's History Month - March 2014

Each year, the National Women’s History Project selects a theme that highlights achievements by distinguished women in specific fields, from medicine and the environment to art and politics.

The 2014 theme, Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment, honors the extraordinary and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of women.

National Women's History Month's roots go back to March 8, 1857, when women from New York City factories staged a protest over working conditions. International Women's Day was first observed in 1909, but it wasn't until 1981 that Congress established National Women's History Week to be commemorated the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month. Every year since, Congress has passed a resolution for Women's History Month, and the President has issued a proclamation.

Womens History Project