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December 2012 Family Newsletter

December 2012 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:

  

 
10 Holiday Tips

10 Holiday Tips 

'10 Holiday Tips' to help you through this holiday season. Learn to buy safe toys, how to celebrate on a budget and give the gift of service.

 

Is Your Child in the Right Car Seat?

Car crashes are the number one killer of children 1 to 12 years old in the United States. The best way to protect them in the car is to put them in the right seat, at the right time, and use it the right way.

 

Is Your Child in the Right Car Seat?
Scholarships For Military Children Opens Dec. 3

Scholarships For Military Children Opens Dec. 3

The Scholarships for Military Children Program celebrated a major milestone in 2012 as it reached more than $10 million in scholarships awarded to 6,742 students from around the globe.

It's time, once again, to add to these impressive numbers, as applications for the 2013 Scholarships for Military Children Program will be available starting Dec. 3 at commissaries worldwide.

 

 

10 Tips to Boost Resilience in Service Members

Service members face unique stressors, which, without the flexibility to recover and adjust, may challenge their fitness for duty and ability to manage home and family life post-deployment. Here are 10 tips experts at Defence Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury shared that if practiced may help service members better adapt and manage stressful situations.

 

 
10 Tips to Boost Resilience in Service Members
NIH study

NIH study finds leisure-time physical activity extends life expectancy as much as 4.5 years

Leisure-time physical activity is associated with longer life expectancy, even at relatively low levels of activity and regardless of body weight, according to a study by a team of researchers led by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health. The study, which found that people who engaged in leisure-time physical activity had life expectancy gains of as much as 4.5 years, appeared Nov. 6, 2012, in PLoS Medicine.

 

 

Military families meet with first lady at White House

The children of military families sat patiently in the front row of seats set up in the East Room of the White House, Nov. 28, to listen to remarks by Michelle Obama.

"Our military families truly represent the very best that this country has to offer, and I've seen it up close," Mrs. Obama said. "You all do so much for this country, and you do it with such amazing poise and grace."

Behind the children, the East Room was filled with military families.

 

 

Meeting first lady
IMCOM seeks to hire, retain former soldiers

Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! IMCOM seeks to hire, retain former soldiers in the Army civilian workforce

Army civilians serve alongside Soldiers every day, in every theater. From stateside garrisons to forward operating bases in Afghanistan, Army civilians write contracts, deliver goods, manage networks, operate ranges, manage business operations and provide support functions that would otherwise present distractions to training and wartime operations. From the sound of reveille to when a soldier turns out the lights at the end the day, Soldiers are supported by their civilian counterparts.

 

 

"Music Soothes the Soul" Operation Rising Star promotes Soldiers' musical talent

Off-duty military personnel, and family members took advantage of the stillness of the evening to enjoy the musical talent of some fellow Soldiers during the Area IV Operation Rising Star competition at the Evergreen Club on Camp Walker, Oct. 20.

A great night for celebrating unit cohesion, Operation Rising Star promoted area artistic talent that allowed a community of well-wishers to cheer on and applaud the voice of their choice throughout the evening.

"It's a great venue to promote talent within the military," said Mike Monti, Chief of Business Operations of the Area IV Directorate Family Military Welfare Recreation and the Master of Ceremonies for the event. "Tonight's winner will have a chance to move the worldwide competition in San Antonio, Texas."

 

 

Music Soothes the Soul
Plan to Help Homeowners

The Plan to Help Homeowners

Congress is considering a plan that would help millions of responsible homeowners save hundreds of dollars each month by refinancing their mortgages.

 

 

Which Student Loan Repayment Plan Should You Choose?

Student loan repayment season is nearing, and recent college graduates may be trying to understand the different types of repayment plans, and which ones may be best for them. Explore what repayment plans exist for federal student loans, and how they differ.

 

 
Student Loan Repayment
Volunteers deliver on tough home challenge

Volunteers deliver on tough home challenge

After living in a hotel for more than two weeks, 77-year-old Dora Henderson, the widow of Navy veteran Clifford Henderson who died in 1989, returned to her home Saturday in Phenix City, Ala. Her newly renovated home was in thanks to the efforts of Soldiers, volunteers, House of Heroes and the Sergeants Major Association.

 

 

Forever after: A warrior wounded, a family challenged

One bullet.

One choice.

One American military family shattered.

On Oct. 26, 2005, Army Spc. Erik Schei was shot in the head during a patrol in Iraq. The doctors said he would never recover from the catastrophic brain injury. They urged the family to take the 21-year-old off life support.

 

 

A warrior wounded
Teaching your Child to Ride a Bicycle

Teaching your Child to Ride a Bicycle

More than wearing a helmet,
More than just balance,
Teaching your child survival rules!

 

 

Boss offers community to single Soldiers

When Sgt. Marshall Pampkin arrives at a new installation, one of the first things he does is get involved with its Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program.

The assistant strength manager for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 165th Infantry Brigade, said the program is hands-down the best way to meet people, experience what the area has to offer, and get involved in the community.

 

 

BOSS offers community to single Soldiers