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January 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:

  

 
Think Safe, Ride Safe, Be Safe!

Think Safe, Ride Safe, Be Safe! – Traffic Safety Campaign

Think Safe, Ride Safe, Be Safe! is a new child transportation safety campaign from NHTSA and Ludorum, the producers of the Chuggington™ television series. The campaign provides you tools to help your child walk and ride more safely.

 

2013 Military Saves Campaign - Start Small, Think Big!

To kick-off the 2013 Military Saves Campaign, the Department of Defense has designated 25 February through 2 March 2013 as Military Saves Week. As part of the larger nationwide America Saves Campaign, Military Saves is conducted in cooperation with the non-profit Consumer Federation of America, which is one of the Department of Defense's Financial Readiness partners.

While the Military Saves Campaign is a year-long effort, Military Saves Week is an opportunity for our military community to come together with federal, state, and local partners and resources, including on-base military banks and credit unions, to bolster military financial readiness. Specifically, the Saves Campaign seeks to help Service members and Families reduce their debt and save for the future; two key components to maintaining financial fitness and personal and Family readiness.

The America Saves slogan, "Start Small, Think Big" is shared by Military Saves and speaks to the long-term benefits of saving a little each month. To learn more about the campaign or for new savers to make a savings or a debt reduction pledge, please visit the Saves website at www.militarysaves.org.

 

2013 Military Saves Campaign - Start Small, Think Big!
Flu Vaccination and Vaccine Safety

Flu Vaccination and Vaccine Safety

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine. Seasonal flu vaccines have a very good safety track record.

 

 

Be Food Safe

The Partnership for Food Safety Education and its government liaisons from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, have joined to create a campaign to bring renewed focus to the four core food safety practices of Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill.

 

 
Be Food Safe
Meditation classes assist stressed, better community

Meditation classes assist stressed, better community

Many people reduce stress and relax by running, talking with friends, or even by reading. Meditation might not be an obvious option, but it is becoming more popular and is now available on Caserma Ederle. Every Wednesday from 8-9 a.m., the Army Wellness Center hosts a free meditation-yoga class that teaches the relaxation response, different breathing techniques, meditation techniques, and yoga nidra, or yogic rest. Lacy Wolff and Frances Packard, instructors of the class, seek to help the participants reduce stress and feel good.

 

 

Job Searching Tips for the Veteran with PTSD or TBI

I won’t lie to you. Looking for a job in the current economic climate is hard. Finding an employer who understands your military background can be tough. And, thanks to misinformation and misperceptions about mental health concerns, many employers are hesitant, if not scared, to hire veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury (TBI). So, if you’re a veteran looking for work right now, it may seem like the deck is stacked against you. Here are five suggestions to help you improve your odds and transition into a civilian job.

 

Job Searching Tips
Army Medicine Helps Make a Sick Child's Dream Come True

Army Medicine Helps Make a Sick Child's Dream Come True

Army Medicine personnel joined dozens of Soldiers from the 200th MP Command out of Ft. Meade, Md., in making a young patients' dream of meeting Soldiers and becoming a Soldier come true. Ten-year old Baltimore resident Khalil Quarles was diagnosed with an invasive cancer a year and a half ago and has been bravely battling this disease. Every since he was four years old, Khalil said he dreamed of becoming a Soldier in the United States Army.

 

Scaled-down inauguration events honor troops, military families

President Barack Obama will honor troops serving overseas and military families in his inauguration festivities next month, an extension of the White House’s ongoing campaign to highlight their sacrifice.

 

Scaled-down inauguration events honor troops
Spouse Sponsorship program helps newcomers

Spouse Sponsorship program helps newcomers

Sandy Timbrook was one of the first participants in the Army Community Service Spouse Sponsorship program to receive a newcomer to help, and she eagerly awaited her arrival.

 

CYSS offers teen babysitter training

Child, youth and school services offers teens the chance to take off the training wheels and become entrepreneurs with its annual babysitter training course in January.

 
CYSS offers teen babysitter training
2013 BAH Rates

DOD Announces 2013 Housing, Subsistence Allowance Rates

On Jan. 1, 2013, service members can expect to see an average increase of about $60 in their 2013 basic allowance for housing, Cheryl Anne Woehr, the BAH program manager, said Dec. 13.

 

Spreading cheer: BOSS members help put smiles on young cancer patients' faces during hospital visit

Emely Unger, 5, laughed and pointed at Spc. Jeffrey Haines when her mother asked her who had given her the brand new Barbie in her lap.

It was St. Nikolaus Day at the children's cancer clinic of the University Medical Center Mainz, and Unger was one of about 15 patients to receive presents, candy and cards from U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers members.

 

Spreading cheer