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August 2013 Family Newsletter

Family Newsletter with Pictures

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:

 
ACS Bday

Army Community Service honors 48-year history

For generations, Army spouses have operated lending closets and thrift shops, raised funds to help the needy, assisted in emergencies, taught and trained the inexperienced, provided care and comfort to the ill and bereaved, and, through a grassroots understanding of the Army community, contributed significantly to its stability.

Child Passenger Safety

Motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of death among children in the United States. But many of these deaths can be prevented. Placing children in age- and size-appropriate car seats and booster seats reduces serious and fatal injuries by more than half.

Child Passenger Safety
Post-Deployment PTSD

Post-Deployment PTSD Creates Relationship Challenges

Post-traumatic stress disorder doesn’t have a distinct face. It’s neighbors. Acquaintances. Friends. It’s brothers. Children. Husbands. And as Laura Bender described it at February’s USO Caregivers Conference, it’s never easy to talk about.

Organizations can help manage furlough stress

Stress is an emotion community members will inevitably feel during the Department of Defense furlough period that started this week. Tension at appropriate levels can help a person focus to accomplish a goal but too much can lead to physical, mental and emotional issues. The Family Life Center is among the many organizations on post that can help community members properly balance their stress levels.

Furlough Stress
AFAP

AFAP Celebrates 30 Years and Adapts to Current Fiscal Climate

This July, the Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) celebrates 30 years of grassroots advocacy. At its core is the opportunity for Soldiers, Family members, survivors, retirees, and Civilians across all Army Components to identify, prioritize, and elevate quality of life issues to senior leaders for action and resolution.

ACS helps Soldiers, Families, civilians manage finances

It's important for people on Fort Rucker to be certain about how they manage their finances, especially in uncertain fiscal times, and Fort Rucker has the resources to help Soldiers and Families. "Our mission is to get Soldiers, their Families, civilians and retirees to focus on improving their personal finances and making informed decisions on how to get their money to work for them -- not against them," said Mike Kozlowski, personal financial readiness specialist for Army Community Service.

Finances
Start at the Top

Start at the top to prevent sex crimes

In April 2011, psychology professor and sex crime prevention expert Chris Kilmartin took his message to military leaders in San Antonio. He delivered his presentation, Leadership and Sexual Assault Prevention, at three bases to disparate audiences: A two-star general at Fort Sam Houston attended the seminar and re-enforced Kilmartin’s message afterward. At Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, about 75 people showed up for what was supposed to be mandatory attendance for 300. And at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Kilmartin spoke to an all-voluntary audience of seven.

My seat belt saved my life -- not once, but twice

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launches its Click it or Ticket campaign around Memorial Day each year and the 101 Critical Days of Summer are when most accidents happen. Although the Click It or Ticket campaign is the most successful seat belt enforcement campaign ever, helping to increase the national seat belt usage rate. The primary audience continues to be men ages 18 to 34, which research shows are less likely to wear seat belts.

Seatbelt
3D Printing

From brains to planes, 3-D printing opens world of possibilities for military

Making a gun with a printer is old news. The latest applications under development are straight from science fiction: ready-to-fly drones, transplantable organs, ammunition and even meals.

Korea Armistice Day – 60th Anniversary

The Korean War, which began June 25, 1950, with the North Korean army's invasion of South Korea, officially ended July 27, 1953, a day now officially recognized as Armistice Day. The signing marked the end of the longest negotiated armistice in history: 158 meetings spread over two years and 17 days.

Armistice