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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:

 
Spouse of the Year

Army Spouse of Year Leads Military Family Legal Network

Reda Hicks, an Army wife and attorney who works to improve the lives of military families, was recognized as Army Spouse of the Year.

Sony's 'Play Station' Division Signs up with Army in PaYS Partnership

For some Soldiers leaving the Army, they've already got a job interview lined up with one of more than 500 private-sector companies.

In fact, as part of the U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success Program, called "PaYS" for short, those Soldiers had their interviews lined up as soon as they completed initial-entry training.

PlayStation
Army Birthday

Happy 239th Birthday U.S. Army - FREE Birthday Book eDownload!

The 239th Army Birthday is just around the corner. Celebrate this year with a FREE copy of Happy Birthday U.S. Army! The children's book tells the story of the Army's rich history and some of the people that have been a part of it. The purpose is to help children understand the Army's history and their role in the greater Army Community.

PAWS TO READ! Summer Reading Program

Army Libraries launch their Paws to Read! Summer Reading Programs. During the next two months, the libraries will host a range of free activities for children, teens, and adults that encourage and support a love of reading. Participants will have the chance to win prizes for reaching their reading goals.

Summer Reading Program
Strike Brigade

Veterans Remember Historic 'Strike Brigade' Deployment

When notice arrived that he was deploying to Iraq, 1st Lt. Scott McCullough was ready to return from his year-long tour with the 2nd Infantry Division, in South Korea.

Smartphone App Aids Victims of Sexual Assault

U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command recently developed a "We Care" app that can be used by victims of sexual assault, someone who witnesses sexual harassment or assault, and those in need of suicide prevention help.

Smartphone App
Acupuncture

Acupuncture Helping Reduce Use of Pain Killers in Army

Acupuncture and other forms of alternative and complementary medicine are helping reduce the use of opioids to block pain in Army patients, the service's assistant surgeon general said.

Advocacy Program Established for Victims

The Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh fully established a special victim's advocacy program Nov. 1, that entitles victims of sexual assault to legal representation from the moment the victim reports the crime through the conclusion of all legal proceedings against the alleged perpetrator. This program is available to Soldiers, adult dependents of Soldiers, or other qualifying sexual assault victims who are affiliated with the military when the alleged perpetrator is a Soldier.

Advocacy Program
Strong B.A.N.D.S.

Strong B.A.N.D.S. Promotes Fitness and Resiliency

Army installations world-wide are banding together for the 4th annual Strong B.A.N.D.S. campaign in recognition of "National Physical Fitness and Sports Month" during the month of May.

Zama International Host "World Cooking Class

Four Camp Zama community members participated in the Zama City International Association's "World Cooking Class" event held on May 18 at the Zama City Citizens' Health Center to get a first-hand experience with the Tunisian culture.

Cooking Class
Shuttle Service

For Carson Shuttle Ridership Increases 1,000 Percent

If the Fort Carson post shuttle seems a little busier than it used to be, that's because it is, with growth of more than 1,000 percent since October. There have been some changes in the way the shuttles are run, but a lot of Soldiers are arriving without privately-owned vehicles, said Anneliesa Barta, Sustainable Fort Carson. She briefs incoming Soldiers on the free shuttle service.