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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.



President Obama

Obama on Domestic Violence Awareness 

A proclamation by the President of the United States of America: 

For far too long, domestic violence was ignored or treated as a private matter where victims were left to suffer in silence without hope of intervention. As we mark the 18th anniversary of the landmark Violence Against Women Act, authored by Vice President Joe Biden, we reflect on how far we have come. 

National Depression Awareness Month

October is National Depression Awareness Month. On Oct. 11, 2012, organizations and communities across the United States will observe 'National Depression Screening Day' to educate people about the various signs and symptoms of depression and the availability of free anonymous behavioral health screenings. The Army theme for 2012 is Redefining Strength - Get Screened, Seek Care. Symptoms of depression include persistent sadness/anxiety, feelings of hopelessness, pessimism, helplessness, difficulty concentrating, alcohol or substance abuse, and more.


National Depression Awareness
After 9/11

11 Years Later: Honoring the Fallen - Moving Forward

For Americans, the date "September 11, 2001" evokes very distinct memories of that specific time in our lives when the world, as we knew it, changed forever. Our memories mark this day far more poignantly than any words ever will.

LTG Mike Ferriter: 'Stand Up for Life'

LTG Mike Ferriter, commanding general of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command, tells Soldiers, Families, and Civilians to stand up for life in this public service announcement.

"The Strength of our Nation is our Army, the Strength of our Army is our Soldiers, the Strength of our Soldiers is our Families, and this is what makes us Army Strong!"

LTG Ferriter
Substance Abuse

Study: Military Substance Abuse at 'Crisis' Levels

The Pentagon must acknowledge a "public health crisis" in the growing abuse of alcohol and prescription drugs by troops and show stronger leadership in dealing with it, according to a report released Monday.

Advocate for Financial Health of Military Visits Hawaii

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Hollister “Holly” Petraeus spoke from experience as a military spouse of 37 years and as the wife of a retired four-star general when she talked to Soldiers and family members, Sept. 7, about personal financial health and mission readiness.

Holly Petraeus
Special Monthly Compensation

Benefit Spotlight: Special Monthly Compensation

SMC is a monetary compensation (paid in addition to the regular VA Disability Compensation) to a veteran who, as a result of military service, incurred the loss or loss of use of specific organs or extremities. Loss or loss of use is described as either an amputation or having no effective remaining function of an extremity or organ. The VA will pay higher rates for combinations of disabilities such as loss or loss of use of the feet, legs, hands, and arms, in specific monetary increments, based on the particular combination of the disabilities. SMC rates for 2012 range from about $3,400 to more than $7,000 a month, depending on the qualifying factors and whether or not you have dependents.

Gold Star Mothers Day

What is it?

The Gold Star tradition has been in our country for nearly a century as a reminder of the men and women who have sacrificed their lives in the service of their nation. During World War I, flags were displayed in homes, businesses, schools and churches bearing a blue star for each military service member. A gold star was stitched over the blue one when one of the members of the military had given their life for their country. From this simple expression of community solidarity, the Gold Star Mothers - an organization comprised of mothers who have lost a son or daughter in war - was born.

Gold Star Mom Statue
Gold Star Mothers

For Gold Star Mothers, a War Without End

Gold Star Mothers are women who have literally borne the troops that have made the ultimate sacrifice.

If you look closely next time you’re driving through a neighborhood, you may see a banner hanging in a window: a white field with a thick red border and a blue star in the center. The Service Flag, which has been around since World War I, indicates that a family has a son or a daughter, a spouse or a sibling, serving in the armed forces during a time of war. During World War II, it was not uncommon to see banners hanging in windows with three or four blue stars as multiple members of a family were fighting overseas.

Yellow Ribbon Program Reconnects Families

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal visited Soldiers and their families, Sept. 8, 2012, at an Army Reserve Yellow Ribbon Program event in Kansas City, Mo.

During his stay, Westphal met with some of the 700 participants and their children and stressed the Army's commitment to helping with transitional issues surrounding deployment.

Yellow Ribbon Event

How to Forgive, and Why You Should

The deepest wounds feel like they'll last a lifetime: The absent mother who robbed you of the mother-daughter bond you craved and deserved. The eighth-grade bully who turned the classroom into a living nightmare. The boyfriend who broke his promises and chose her instead.

War Might Be Making Young Bodies Old

Study finds that veterans in their 20s and 30s show signs of premature aging

BOSTON -- A litany of physical or emotional problems spill out as Iraq and Afghanistan veterans make their way, one by one, to the 11th floor of a VA hospital in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood.

Soldiers Against Suicide

Fort Lee to Stand Down for Suicides

FORT LEE - Soldiers, civilian employees and family members at Fort Lee and across the Army will participate in a Sept. 27 suicide prevention stand down to help build resilience and reduce suicides throughout the force. The stand down is a highlight of the Army's expanded Suicide Prevention Month observance, which is themed "Shoulder to Shoulder, We Stand Up For Life."

Cracking the Code: The Secret Language of Babies

Believe it or not, babies have a secret language, and they are trying to talk to you. Learn how to crack the code and discover a whole new relationship with your baby.

Is your baby talking to you?


GSAS Preps Spouses for Command Support

FORT SILL, Okla.-- When a Soldier takes command oftentimes his or her spouse feels the same pressure of responsibility. Growing Spouses Army Strong is a class that's unique to Fort Sill, and it's meant to teach spouses the ways of the Army so they can support their Soldier and be a resource for other families.

10 of the Biggest Money Drains

Before you take another sip of that $5 latte or buy a new shirt, you need to read this: The average personal savings rate for Americans is at its lowest level since 2001 - it fell to 0 percent in June 2007. What's more the U.S. savings rate is projected to fall below 1 percent at the end of this year, which will qualify as the lowest savings rate since the Great Depression, reports the U.S. Commerce Department.

Training Session

ScreamFree Training Offers Parents Chance to Stay Calm, Form Better Relationships

SAN ANTONIO -- What do effective leaders and effective parents have in common? Both tend to remain calm under pressure.

So says Hal Runkel, a licensed marriage and family therapist.