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Welcome to Army OneSource Family News - the monthly newsletter from Army Community Service (ACS) and Army OneSource, the Army's most comprehensive portal for Family members.


Army Birthday

June 14th: The Birthday of the U.S. Army

When the American Revolution broke out, the rebellious colonies did not possess an army in the modern sense. Rather, the revolutionaries fielded an amateur force of colonial troops, cobbled together from various New England militia companies. They had no unified chain of command, and although Artemas Ward of Massachusetts exercised authority by informal agreement, officers from other colonies were not obligated to obey his orders. The American volunteers were led, equipped, armed, paid for, and supported by the colonies from which they were raised.

Military Veterans: The “Got Your Six” Project

The "Got Your Six" project links studios, networks, guilds and others with dozens of non-profits in a bi-partisan campaign to help those who served in the U.S. military.

Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin, Michael Douglas and Tracy Morgan are among the stars who will participate in public service announcements in support of the newly launched Got Your Six campaign, aimed at improving the image of America’s military veterans and helping them successfully reintegrate into civilian life.

Got Your Six Project
PTSD Name Change

Key Psychiatric Doctor Rejects Name Change for PTSD

A key leader in the psychiatric community has rejected the idea of altering the name of a traumatic condition affecting an estimated tens of thousands of U.S. combat veterans -- a move that effectively blocks growing efforts by a small group of psychiatrists and military brass concerned about reducing patient stigma.

Surgeon Offers Hope to Afghan Amputees

Eight-year-old Mohammed Rafiq was walking through a farmer's field when an explosive detonated beneath his feet, taking both of his legs.

American military physicians at a nearby U.S. Army post took care of his wounds so he would live and were not expected to do more.

Afghan Amputees
Gadson to Hollywood

Veteran’s Battle to Survive Carries Him to Hollywood

Gadson, a lieutenant colonel with the Second Battalion and 32nd Field Artillery, was returning from a memorial service for two soldiers when his vehicle passed a roadside bomb on May 7, 2007.

Gadson remembers the detonation sending his body tumbling through rubble, then medics placing him on a stretcher in a helicopter, his severed feet sitting in his lap. He awakened days later at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., his legs amputated above the knees.

House Votes to Expand Foreclosure Protections

The House overwhelmingly passed an amendment recently that would expand foreclosure protections for service members, their families and disabled veterans.

The amendment extends existing protections in the Service members Civil Relief Act to troops serving in support of contingency operations, surviving spouses of service members whose deaths are service-related, and veterans who are 100 percent disabled at the time of discharge because of service-connected injuries.

NFL Career

Army Service Ends; NFL Career Begins

He is trading in his camouflage uniform for a blue one. Although his biggest goal is about to come true, 1st Lt. Collin Mooney, C Battery, 1st Battalion, 78th Field Artillery, is reminiscent about leaving the Army to play football for the Tennessee Titans.

Alcoholism Test for the Alcoholic Marriage

Why do we need yet another test for alcoholism? The answer is simple: You will find that most such tests aren't very practical because they are aimed at the wrong person. They are designed for someone who is wondering, "Do I have an alcohol problem?"

The irony is that serious problem drinkers probably won't take the test because they don't want to have their suspicions confirmed. The typical functioning alcoholic isn't interested in questioning his or her alcohol abuse or seeking rehab. And if the signs of alcoholism are more advanced, no test is necessary to recognize the alcoholism.

World Class Athletes

Chandler Breaks Biscuits with World Class Athlete Program Soldiers

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler III recently gained insights into Olympic training from Installation Management Command Soldiers in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program.

At first, the Army's most senior enlisted Soldier had to ask Soldier-athletes to join him across the main table at Wolf Dining Facility for breakfast on May 4. "Lester, you didn't think you were going to be doing this, did you?" Chandler asked Spc. Justin Lester as he settled in with his tray.

Soldiers Shave Heads to Raise Money for Army Emergency Relief

People will pay a lot of money to see their supervisors bald.

That has led Company A from the 24th Military Intelligence Battalion in Wiesbaden to raise thousands of dollars for this year's Army Emergency Relief campaign.

AER Fundraiser

Preparing for Summer Co-Parenting

Summer is right around the corner in Colorado—which means school is out and kids’ schedules are about to change. For separated or newly divorced parents, summer can bring added quality time spent with the kids, but also worry and anxiety as parents juggle modified schedules, summer vacations, and visits from out-of-town family and friends.

Consider the following tips to make adjusting to summer schedules easier for you and your ex:

Military Families to Get Free National Parks Pass

Active-duty military personnel and their dependents will soon be able to enter every national park for free as part of an effort to thank service members and their families for the sacrifices they make, the Interior Department announced.

An annual pass will be made available to members of the military free of charge. The America, the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Annual Pass ordinarily costs $80. It provides access to more than 2,000 national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands.

National Park Pass
Post-Traumatic Stress

Post-Traumatic Stress Now a Leading Concern for Military Families

The nonprofit Blue Star Families survey military families and identify their Top 5 concerns. Other concerns include shrinking retirement benefits and the effect of deployment on kids.

A new survey that ranks the top struggles and worries of military families finds that after more than a decade of war, soldiers and their spouses are feeling isolated and financially strapped.

Progress in the Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Nine years of conflict has revolutionized the way the military treats its combat wounded, Vice Adm. Adam M. Robinson Jr., the Navy surgeon general, told American Forces Press Service.

The past years of conflict have witnessed improved battlefield care and well-oiled medical evacuation and trauma-care networks that are saving lives that in past wars would have been lost. There have also been huge advances in treating amputations and spinal-cord injuries.

Sexual Addictions

Effects of Sexual Addiction on Partners, Families, Children

The behavior of sex addicts has profound effects on partners, children, parents and siblings. The addict is usually partially or totally unaware that their behavior has affected their loved ones. Families develop unhealthy coping skills as they strive to adapt to the addict's shifting moods and behavior. Curiously, some addicts may act out in solo isolating behaviors, leading to feelings of family abandonment.

Partners can be affected in the following ways:

Jillian Michaels: Put the Brakes on Emotional Eating

A bad day at the office soothed by a pint of creamy ice cream. Nightly boredom in front of the TV solved by a bag of crunchy pretzels. Stressful family events managed with heaping plates of gooey pasta.

Whatever the cause, millions of people struggle with emotional eating, which is defined as eating because of an emotion, not hunger, every day. Experts estimate that 75 percent of all overeating is fueled by emotion.

Emotional Eating
Smart Phone Apps for Stress

20 Best Smartphone Apps to Combat School Stress

The picture of college that we get from Hollywood is usually one where everyone is happy, carefree, and laid back, giving no thought to tomorrow. If only college were actually like that. While university days should be some of the most exciting and enjoyable times in a person’s life, there’s no getting around the fact that there is immense pressure to achieve academically. Maintaining good grades to keep scholarships or to secure high-quality job offers can be extremely stressful, especially with the specter of a bad job market looming beyond graduation. With the prevalence of smartphone use, there’s no excuse for not taking responsibility for your own stress management with the help of these apps.