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February 2013 Family Newsletter

Army OneSource Family Newsletter, Soldiers, Military Families

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.



CSF2 provides family members, Army civilians with better resilience training tools

"It used to be that when I took the Global Assessment Tool all I got was the entire list of training videos that Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness makes available. I didn't know which ones I should take and felt kind of lost," said Erica Gantt, wife of Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Gantt. "Now when I take it, I get three videos recommended to me based on my scores, so it makes more sense to me," she added.

African American History Month

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.

Arican American History Month
Reliable Mortgages

Assuring Consumers Have Access to Mortgages They Can Trust

Today, we’re issuing one of our most important rules to date, the Ability-to-Repay rule. It’s designed to assure the reliability of mortgages – making sure that lenders offer mortgages that consumers can actually afford to pay back. This is a simple, obvious principle that needs to be cemented in the housing market.

Five Minutes (or Less) for Health

Take five for your health! Being healthy and safe takes commitment, but it doesn’t have to be time-consuming. Most things are so simple and take so little time, that you’ll wonder why you’ve been avoiding them. Taking just a few of the 1440 minutes in a day is worth having a safer and healthier life for you and your family. Below are some steps you can take to help protect your health and safety in five minutes or less.

5 Minutes or Less for Health
Identity Theft Tax Fraud

Protect Yourself From Identity Theft Tax Fraud

According to a recent government report issued by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), a partner, recorded 641,690 incidents involving identity theft tax fraud at end of fiscal year 2012. That's a 62 percent hike compared to last year. Identity theft tax fraud occurs when a criminal uses your personal information such as a Social Security number (SSN), and fraudulently files a tax return to steal your refund. Often, the innocent taxpayer has no idea about the fraud until they file - only to learn someone else already filed using their information, and claimed their refund. This is a disturbing and growing trend; however, the IRS' tips can help you thwart identity thieves.

SuperTracker: My foods. My fitness. My health.

  • Get your personalized nutrition and physical activity plan.
  • Track your foods and physical activities to see how they stack up.
  • Get tips and support to help you make healthier choices and plan ahead.
eCybermission Program

eCYBERMISSION program registers a strong year in STEM outreach

The U.S. Army's eCYBERMISSION program reported a record year in 2012 for science, technology, engineering and mathematics outreach, officials announced.

eCYBERMISSION is one of several STEM efforts offered by the Army Educational Outreach Program. AEOP provides student opportunities from elementary school to college and includes STEM competitions, real-world research opportunities, summer programs, career fairs, teacher professional development, and student internships.

Transition Your Skills to the Civilian Workforce

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is partnering with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help military personnel and veterans transition from military training and job specialty skills acquired in the service to exciting careers in the transportation industry. The information below highlights just a few of the exciting careers in the transportation industry which are most common in the military community.

Transition Your Skills


Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step in accessing the more than $150 billion available in federal student aid. Since the 2013-14 FAFSA launched, there are a few questions we’ve seen popping up more than any others.

Kaiserslautern on ice: Indoor skating helps beat wintertime blues

Winter weather in Germany’s state of Rheinland-Pfalz is typically dreary — cold, wet, snowy, with an occasional sighting of sun.

One way to fight off the wintertime blues: ice skating.

Kaiserslautern Ice Rink
Credit Report

Credit Report

Lenders use credit reports as tools to help them decide whether to give you credit or a loan, and to determine what interest rate they will charge you. Credit reports contain information about how you pay your bills and repay loans, how much credit you have available, the amount of your current debt, and other types of information to help a lender determine your credit risk.

The credit reporting agencies (CRAs) may charge you a fee for a copy of your credit report. However, an amendment to the Fair Credit Reporting Act requires each of the CRAs to provide you with a free copy of your credit report once every 12 months.

Soldiers school college students

FORT CARSON, Colo. -- In the brush and brambles near Gate 1, 24 Calvin College students lay facedown in the dirt, performing pushups and rowers as Soldiers called cadence.

"So far it's going great," said Jenna Heethuis, a junior, as she performed a windmill exercise.

"I'm a little nervous (for the run). I'm expecting it to be extremely, extremely difficult."

Soldiers School College Students