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March 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.


Womens History

Women's 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 women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society.

Hagel Vows to Ensure Well-Being of Service Members, Families

WASHINGTON (Feb. 27, 2013) -- New Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel promised today to always be frank with the men and women of the department and said he expects all to be direct in return.

Hagel spoke to the Pentagon workforce and a worldwide audience on the Pentagon Channel just after taking the oath as the nation's 24th defense secretary.

Hagel Vows
St. Patricks Day

St. Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. St Patrick is credited with bringing christianity to Ireland. Most of what is known about him comes from his two works; the Confessio, a spiritual autobiography, and his Epistola, a denunciation of British mistreatment of Irish christians. Saint Patrick described himself as a "most humble-minded man, pouring forth a continuous paean of thanks to his Maker for having chosen him as the instrument whereby multitudes who had worshipped idols and unclean things had become the people of God."

There are lots of great activities scheduled around this holiday. To see if any are in your area for participation, click the link below.

National Nutrition Month - Eat Right!

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. NNM also promotes the Academy and its members to the public and the media as the most valuable and credible source of timely, scientifically based food and nutrition information.

Eat Right
Military Housing

Army Breaks Ground on Military Lodging Complex for Singles

Military lodging is primarily dedicated to housing families and married couples, but the Army recently took steps to change that. Earlier this month, officials broke ground on the first on-post apartment complex designed specifically for junior enlisted members who are unaccompanied, reports the Army's official website.

Military Spouses of the Year Honored

Behind nearly 2.4 million active-duty, Reserve and National Guard servicemembers, stand an army of millions of Family members guarding the homefront with spouses ready at the front lines. Military spouses often juggle employment, children and volunteer opportunities while their Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine or Coast Guard member protect the United States.

This year, two Fort Bragg spouses were honored as military spouses of the year.

Spouse of the Year
College Scorecard

College Scorecard

College Scorecards in the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center make it easier for you to search for a college that is a good fit for you. You can use the College Scorecard to find out more about a college’s affordability and value so you can make more informed decisions about which college to attend.

'Military Saves Week' Challenges Families to Set Goals

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Feb. 26, 2013) -- This week, U.S. service members around the world, along with their spouses and kids, are being been challenged to take a pledge to save money in their home budgets; to "set a goal, make a plan, and save automatically."

Military Saves Week
Military Saves: Kids

Military Saves: Teaching Kids to Save, Too

“During our Military Saves campaign it’s not just the service member and his or her spouse. We partner with our schools because learning about financial literacy needs to start at a very early age. We’re helping our children for the future so they won’t be entering the military at 18 with $8,000 worth of credit card debt.”

For-Profits Offer New Guidelines for Student Veterans

WASHINGTON — A coalition of for-profit colleges unveiled new guidelines for military-friendly schools on Tuesday, a move that officials hope will improve their interactions with veterans and their reputation among critics of the industry.

Military Friendly Schools