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May 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:

 
SafeKids

Getting Ready to Drive

Few teens and preteens ever think about the rules of the road or how to drive safely until they’re just about to start driving. For something as important as driving, we want your kids to get a head start.

National Military Appreciation Month

Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month in 1999 to ensure the nation was given the opportunity to publically demonstrate their appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by our servicemembers - past and present.

National Military Appreciation Month
R2C

The Army's Ready and Resilient Campaign

The Campaign is now focusing on “intervention,” not on “bystander” behaviors, Sharyn Saunders, director of the Army´s Ready and Resilient Campaign program, said. She said the change is a “big culture shift” away from just focusing on particular programs and getting PowerPoint presentations or lectures, it is about the need to intervene.

O'Neal Set Bar Sky High for 'Young Lives, BIG Stories'

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

MOMC Theme
Financial Fitness

Financial Fitness: Deployed and Homefront

The days leading up to a deployment, for both the deploying service member and the spouse or family members that will be maintaining the homefront, are full of planning, discussions of responsibilities and some quality family time.

Help Your Teen Manage Stress

You might not know this, but there are two types of stress - good stress and bad stress. Everyone, including your teen, needs some amount of stress in life to push him or her to achieve success. Sometimes, however, life changes and other challenges can create high levels of bad stress.

Teen Stress
ADHD

Language Problems Common for Kids with ADHD

Children who have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are nearly three times more likely to have language problems than kids without ADHD, according to new research. Those language difficulties can have far-reaching academic consequences, the study found.

National Guard Family Program

The National Guard Family Program exists for the purpose of supporting and educating families along the path of their National Guard life. Get to know us!

NG Family Programs
Blinded Soldiers

Soldiers of Darkness: Blinded Soldiers Return to Active Duty

After being blinded in the line of duty, three Soldiers – Maj. Scott Smiley, Capt. Ivan Castro and Capt. Joe Bogart – have each overcome the odds to achieve amazing feats and remain on active duty.

Ms. Veteran America Uses Title to Tell Army Story, Support Homeless Female Veterans

When Staff Sgt. Allaina Guitron volunteered for recruiting duty, little did she know how her title of "Ms. Veteran America" would be a perfect fit to showcase her Army story.

Homeless Women
New Normal

Fort Bragg Leader, Wife Embrace 'New Normal' in Fight Against Cancer

Fort Bragg Soldier Col. Lenny Kness, chief of staff, 1st Sustainment Command (Theater), is an avid runner. So, it was no surprise in October 2011, that he would stay the course, as planned many months before, and run the Army Ten Miler.

Stressors in Life can Result in Greater Resilience

Repeated deployments into harm's way can accumulate unresolved tensions and stress, resulting in post-traumatic stress. On the other hand, Soldiers can learn adaptive techniques that inoculate them against it.

Resilience
Troops to Teachers

Troops to Teachers Program Offers Post-Army Careers

In the coming months, an influx of Soldiers will begin the year-long process of transitioning out of the military, and one program can help Soldiers utilize Army abilities by engaging students as teachers.

Military OneSource Special Needs Consultants

Many military families are aware that Military OneSource offers a variety of consultations and counseling options, but did you know that there is a specialized group of consultants that serves families with special needs?

Special Needs Consultants
Passports

Securing Passports and Visas Before Your Overseas PCS

Civilian personnel, including dependents, require a passport. For official travel, DoD Directive requires you and your dependents to have a no-fee passport and a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) stamp in these passports.

Stay-At-Home MOM? How to Fix Your Resume

No one needs to tell a stay-at-home parent how much work she does. But often, someone does need to help her figure out how to craft her resume.

For a military mom dealing with an empty nest, an upcoming transition or an important life change, that challenge can be all too daunting. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be.

Resume
Benefits

State Veteran's Benefits

Many states offer veterans benefits. These benefits may include educational grants and scholarships, special exemptions or discounts on fees and taxes, home loans, veteran's homes, free hunting and fishing privileges, and more.

Health and Academics

The academic success of America’s youth is strongly linked with their health. Health-related factors such as hunger, physical and emotional abuse, and chronic illness can lead to poor school performance

Health and Academics
USDA

USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

The Office of Family Policy/Children and Youth/Special Needs recently met with representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services to discuss the 2014 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Childhood hunger is a problem that affects almost every community in this country.