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July 2013 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:

 
4th of July

The Fourth of July 2013

On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country.

Eat Healthy - Be Active Your Way

Good health starts with good nutrition. That's why DeCA provides nutritional tips posted throughout its commissaries to help you make healthy food choices.

Eat Healthy
Change Your Behavior

Change Your Behavior for Good!

We all know people who courageously decide to make behavioral changes, whether it's to exercise more, cut out alcohol, stop smoking, or spend less time on the Internet and more time with family. Some are successful with making new habits stick, while others fall back into the familiarity of their former, even if unhealthy, routines.

Child Development - Infants (0-1 year of age)

Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving "bye-bye" are called developmental milestones. Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age.

Infants
SOS Cards

SOS Cards Help Commanders Comfort Survivors

The SOS note card was originally created to help provide information to command and casualty assistant officers with guidance on what to say and what not to say toward surviving family members. The idea of a note card was brought up by former Fort Gordon installation commander Maj. Gen. Alan R. Lynn, and developed by Kathleen Crosby, SOS support coordinator.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury is one of the invisible wounds of war, and one of the signature injuries of troops wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq. This American Forces Press Service special report highlights the Defense Department's efforts to care for wounded warriors suffering from this condition while promoting research to improve diagnosis and treatment.

TBI
Bullying

Bullying and Youth with Disabilities and Special Health Needs

Children with disabilities-such as physical, developmental, intellectual, emotional, and sensory disabilities-are at an increased risk of being bullied. Any number of factors- physical vulnerability, social skill challenges, or intolerant environments-may increase the risk. Research suggests that some children with disabilities may bully others as well.

Living Life with an Exceptional Family Member

Dealing with the stresses, uncertainties and constant changes of military life isn't easy for Marine families. That difficulty is only compounded for those families who have an exceptional needs family member.

Exceptional Family Member
Stress Tips

Tips for Dealing with the Stress of Furloughs

It is a very challenging time for many of us due to the upcoming furloughs. It is important that we recognize this challenging time as an opportunity to build our inner strengths. Although it will be a difficult time for individuals and organizations, we can keep in mind many ways to alleviate the stress of this challenging but temporary situation.

Register at your MWR Library for the "Have Book-Will Travel!" Summer Reading Program!

MWR Libraries will host a range of free activities for children, teens, and adults that encourage and support a love of reading.

Participants can win prizes for reaching their reading goals. Contact your MWR Library for details.

Summer Reading Program