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October 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:

 
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IMCOM's Family Advocacy Program takes on domestic violence in 2013

The Family Advocacy Program is taking the lead this year in the Army's campaign to give Soldiers and their Families the tools they need to avoid and prevent the occurrence of intimate partner violence. The U.S. Army Installation Management Command is making a concerted effort during Domestic Violence Awareness month to highlight their resources and strike a chord of resiliency on Army garrisons.

Libraries Remain Centerpieces of Morale, Welfare Programs

During World War I, troops deployed to Europe found they wanted more than just the beans and bullets the military logistics effort provided. The American Library Association stepped in, delivering books and magazines paid for through the war bond program to entertain and give them a slice of home.

Libraries
Massage for Babies

Massage helps bond mothers, babies

playroom in the Graham Resiliency Training Center is a relaxing oasis Wednesday mornings at 11 a.m. during the infant massage class. Soft music and the sound of cooing babies fill the vibrant room as new moms learn massage techniques to help them connect with their infants.

Scammers Exploit Affordable Care Act Confusion

Consumers across the U.S. are reporting phone calls that claim to be from the government about new health insurance cards required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Better Business Bureau is warning consumers that this is a scam, and it’s growing as the October 1 implementation date for the Health Insurance Marketplace approaches.

Health Care
Jobs for Spouses

Network Helps Military Spouses Find Jobs

The Defense Department has broadened its reach to military spouses looking for jobs through its new Spouse Ambassador Network, an arm of the department’s Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program, the program’s manager said recently in an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel.

Winterizing your vehicle; things to know before the snow

This time of year is a great opportunity to take advantage of the outdoors as most of the mosquitoes are gone. It's also a good time to begin trying to figure out where to put all that summer activity paraphernalia and to make room in the garage for vehicles. But with the colder mornings and September on the calendar, winter is just around the corner.

Winterize your Vehicle
Being a Teenager Isn't Easy

Parents, beware -- Being a teenager isn't easy

Another summer has come and gone, and the start of a new school year is here. Parents and students are synchronizing alarm clocks, cramming school supplies into backpacks, and getting used to new routines and busy days.

War Hero Credits Counseling for Continued Improvement

On Oct. 3, 2009, 54 soldiers from Troop B, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, defended Combat Outpost Keating, near the town of Kamdesh in eastern Afghanistan’s Nuristan province, from an estimated 400 enemy fighters who breached and nearly overran the position. Eight U.S. soldiers died during or after that day’s actions, and more than 25 were hurt. After a ceremony next week, two survivors of the battle will have the right to wear the star strung on a pale blue ribbon that the United States reserves for its most revered heroes: the Medal of Honor.

War Hero
Commissary Gift Cards

Commissary Gift Cards help spread holiday 'cheer'

The holiday season is right around the corner, and the Commissary Gift Card is a quick and easy way to help give the gift of groceries to military service members and their families around the world. "The Commissary Gift Card is a great way for non-authorized shoppers to help spread a little extra holiday cheer," said Joseph H. Jeu, DeCA director and CEO. "The gift card can be sent to any service member or their families to help out during the holidays. Military units can purchase the gift cards to be given to unit members as well."

Strike fast, first to stop the spread of influenza this season

Influenza, better known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness that can lead to mild to serious illness, hospitalization, and even death. The flu season typically peaks in the months of January and February; however the United States has seen flu outbreaks as early as October, Capt. Jennifer Istre, an Army Public Health nurse said.

Stop the Spread of the Flu