Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Army Community Service (ACS)

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TUESDAY TIP!!!Parenting and Teen StressTeens are juggling PLENTY: fitting in at school, managing classwork and clubs, th...
08/29/2023

TUESDAY TIP!!!

Parenting and Teen Stress

Teens are juggling PLENTY: fitting in at school, managing classwork and clubs, the daily tidal wave of hormones, body changes, high school romances. Military teens add a few more to that list: frequent moves, deployments, and the other pressures of being in a military Family.

You can help your teen manage stress in healthy ways! Tap your Family Advocacy resources to identify the signs of stress – and then work with them through it. Simple things can make a BIG difference! www.armymwr.com/fap

FAP strengthens Families and enhances resiliency by supporting victims of domestic violence, helping new parents, and assisting Family members.

Check out these EFMP events coming up at Fort Meade!!!  Please contact them for additional information and sign-up.
08/22/2023

Check out these EFMP events coming up at Fort Meade!!! Please contact them for additional information and sign-up.

TUESDAY TIP!!!Check out EFMP & Me: The Exceptional Family Member Program allows you to get the attention and help your E...
08/22/2023

TUESDAY TIP!!!

Check out EFMP & Me:

The Exceptional Family Member Program allows you to get the attention and help your Exceptional Family Member deserves. Get online and in-person access to EFMP tools, resources, and information.

If you feel overwhelmed by the process and care, link in with Family Advocacy. We can help you focus on what matters most to you and your Family member with special needs.
www.armymwr.com/fap

FAP strengthens Families and enhances resiliency by supporting victims of domestic violence, helping new parents, and assisting Family members.

American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. (AGSM) cordially invites you to join us for our annual commemoration of Gold Star Mothe...
08/17/2023

American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. (AGSM) cordially invites you to join us for our annual commemoration of Gold Star Mothers Weekend events in Washington, DC. Please see the schedule of events and registration information below. Please RSVP NLT 15 September 2023.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact me at [email protected] or (202) 265-0991. We look forward to having you join us in our nation's capital!

TUESDAY TIP:Remember Your ABC’S of Safe Sleep: If you’re parenting a baby, make sure you follow the ABCs of safe sleep t...
08/16/2023

TUESDAY TIP:

Remember Your ABC’S of Safe Sleep:
If you’re parenting a baby, make sure you follow the ABCs of safe sleep that child experts recommend:
A - put them to bed ALONE, without blankets, toys, or other people
B - on their BACK
C – in a CRIB that meets safety standards
It’s easy as A-B-C…and will help keep baby safe and sound! www.armymwr.com/fap
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If you’re parenting a baby, make sure you follow the ABCs of safe sleep! A - put them to bed ALONE. B - on their BACK. C – in a CRIB.
It’s easy as A-B-C…and will help keep baby safe and sound! www.armymwr.com/fap

FAP strengthens Families and enhances resiliency by supporting victims of domestic violence, helping new parents, and assisting Family members.

Drop into our virtual Credit and Debt Management class or the Thrift Savings Plan/Blended Retirement System training on ...
08/10/2023

Drop into our virtual Credit and Debt Management class or the Thrift Savings Plan/Blended Retirement System training on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 5pm.

Contact JBMHH ACS @ 703-696-2177 to register!

In absence of last week's TUESDAY TIP, today you get 2 TUESDAY TIPS!!!TUESDAY TIP  #2:A Safe Space for Relationship Help...
08/08/2023

In absence of last week's TUESDAY TIP, today you get 2 TUESDAY TIPS!!!

TUESDAY TIP #2:

A Safe Space for Relationship Help, The Family Advocacy Program
Domestic abuse victims are NOT alone. Your Family Advocacy Program offers victim-centered and victim-led assistance – that won’t try to force you into choices that aren’t yours.

You can take back your life. Talk confidentially with your Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate. www.armymwr.com/fap

FAP strengthens Families and enhances resiliency by supporting victims of domestic violence, helping new parents, and assisting Family members.

In absence of last week's TUESDAY TIP, today you get 2 TUESDAY TIPS!!!TUESDAY TIP  #1:What’s Normal?Is your child’s s*xu...
08/08/2023

In absence of last week's TUESDAY TIP, today you get 2 TUESDAY TIPS!!!

TUESDAY TIP #1:

What’s Normal?

Is your child’s s*xual behavior normal? There’s a difference between what’s healthy and what’s not. Problematic s*xual behavior can
• Involve force, coercion, or aggression
• Involve children with an age difference of at least two years or significant developmental or power differences
• Be potentially harmful or distressing to the child
• Bring on strong and upset feelings
• Continue despite intervention by caregivers or other guiding adults
• Involve preoccupation with s*xual content
Family Advocacy resources can help you tell the difference. www.armymwr.com/fap

FAP strengthens Families and enhances resiliency by supporting victims of domestic violence, helping new parents, and assisting Family members.

TUESDAY TIP!!!Thrive Parenting Programs for Parents and Caregivers of Children 0-18 Years oldHave you heard of the Thriv...
07/25/2023

TUESDAY TIP!!!

Thrive Parenting Programs for Parents and Caregivers of Children 0-18 Years old

Have you heard of the Thrive Initiative? It’s a suite of face-to-face and online evidence-informed parenting programs designed to empower parents and caregivers as they nurture children from birth to 18 years old.
They’re FREE – and POWERFUL!
Available now through your Family Advocacy Program.
Are you ready to Thrive? www.armymwr.com/fap

FAP strengthens Families and enhances resiliency by supporting victims of domestic violence, helping new parents, and assisting Family members.

TUESDAY TIP!!!Is jealousy normal?Ever feel jealous? Be honest – the answer is yes! We all do. But trust in a relationshi...
07/18/2023

TUESDAY TIP!!!

Is jealousy normal?

Ever feel jealous? Be honest – the answer is yes! We all do. But trust in a relationship is crucial.
A little jealousy is normal. But how much is unhealthy? Family Advocacy can help you tell the difference. For example, spying on your partner or looking through their belongings isn’t a normal behavior. If jealously becomes threatening or violent, it’s a real problem.

If jealousy’s an issue in your relationship, there are resources to work through it. www.armymwr.com/fap

FAP strengthens Families and enhances resiliency by supporting victims of domestic violence, helping new parents, and assisting Family members.

TUESDAY TIP!!!MilParent Specialty ConsultationDid you know you can get free, confidential support for expectant military...
07/11/2023

TUESDAY TIP!!!

MilParent Specialty Consultation

Did you know you can get free, confidential support for expectant military parents and parents with children up to age 5? The new MilParent Specialty Consultation allows you to set up individualized video or phone sessions with experts whenever it is convenient for you.
The consultation can give you support and resources on all kinds of parenting topics. www.armymwr.com/fap

FAP strengthens Families and enhances resiliency by supporting victims of domestic violence, helping new parents, and assisting Family members.

Due to the 4th being a holiday, we're putting out this Tuesday tip on a Wednesday!TUESDAY TIP!!!July 4:  New Military Pa...
07/05/2023

Due to the 4th being a holiday, we're putting out this Tuesday tip on a Wednesday!

TUESDAY TIP!!!

July 4: New Military Parents: 8 Ways to Keep Your Child Safe, Happy and Healthy

Welcome to parenthood, new parent! How ready are you?

· Safe environment? Check!

· TRICARE coverage? Check!

· Childcare? Check!

· New Parent Support Program? Check!

Get with Family Advocacy to confirm you’re as ready as you can be for this new adventure of parenthood! www.armymwr.com/fap

FAP strengthens Families and enhances resiliency by supporting victims of domestic violence, helping new parents, and assisting Family members.

JBM-HH ACS will be holding training sessions each month on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays during lunch at the Fort Myer Educa...
12/03/2022

JBM-HH ACS will be holding training sessions each month on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays during lunch at the Fort Myer Education Center in Room 107.

• Building Credit & Managing Debt

o 1st Thursday Class – 11:30 – 12:30p
o Building and maintaining good credit is key to financing important purchases. For service members, maintaining good credit is also an important component of the security clearance process.

This class offers best practices to building strong credit based on a solid understanding of your personal finances. It includes the creation of a spending plan and debt management techniques.

• Taking Advantage of the Thrift Savings Plan and Blended Retirement System

o 3rd Thursday Class - 11:30 – 12:30p
o Feel free to bring an LES!
o The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a great way to save for a better retirement.

We will review some of the basic TSP features, the Blended Retirement System and discuss recent enhancements regarding investment options.

The POC for both classes is Mr. Marcio Silveira, CFP at 571-635-5320 or [email protected].

As always, thank you for supporting the JBM-HH Financial Readiness Program and ACS!

JBM-HH ACS will be holding training sessions each month on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays during lunch at the Fort Myer Educa...
12/03/2022

JBM-HH ACS will be holding training sessions each month on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays during lunch at the Fort Myer Education Center in Room 107.

• Building Credit & Managing Debt

o 1st Thursday Class – 11:30 – 12:30p

o Building and maintaining good credit is key to financing important purchases. For service members, maintaining good credit is also an important component of the security clearance process.

This class offers best practices to building strong credit based on a solid understanding of your personal finances. It includes the creation of a spending plan and debt management techniques.

• Taking Advantage of the Thrift Savings Plan and Blended Retirement System

o 3rd Thursday Class - 11:30 – 12:30p

o Feel free to bring an LES!

o The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a great way to save for a better retirement.

We will review some of the basic TSP features, the Blended Retirement System and discuss recent enhancements regarding investment options.

The POC for both classes is Mr. Marcio Silveira, CFP at 571-635-5320 or [email protected].

As always, thank you for supporting the JBM-HH Financial Readiness Program and ACS!

Annual JBM-HH ACS Volunteer Association Holiday Gift Card ProgramOur annual JBM-HH ACS Volunteer Association Holiday Gif...
11/21/2022

Annual JBM-HH ACS Volunteer Association Holiday Gift Card Program

Our annual JBM-HH ACS Volunteer Association Holiday Gift Card Program has assisted our military community during the holiday season by providing support and a variety of gifts for our military families through donations from those in our community.

Our annual JBM-HH ACS Volunteer Association Holiday Gift Card Program works in conjunction with the installation chaplain's annual food voucher program for our military families. Those that are assigned or attached to our TOG and JBM-HH military communities are eligible to apply for this program.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and requirements, this year we are issuing store gift cards to military families instead of our usual toy distribution.

Any contributions given provides gifts for our military families for the upcoming holiday seasons.

For more information, please call 703-655-6091.

Thank you for your continued support of our programs!

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Honoring Veterans Day!Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is an official public holiday observed annually o...
11/21/2022

Honoring Veterans Day!

Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is an official public holiday observed annually on November 11, honoring veterans from all branches of service who have served in the military.

Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

Please note that Veterans Day is distinct from Memorial Day, a U.S. public holiday in May. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who died while in military service.

Today, we are honoring Veteran’s Day in remembrance for the sacrifice they made for us, our loved ones, and for our nation.

Our office is closed today, but will reopen at 07:30am the following business day.

If you are in need of AER assistance, please call AER Red Cross at 1-877-272-7337.

Happy Veteran’s Day!

“Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow, Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead, Walk beside me… just be my friend”― ...
11/21/2022

“Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow, Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead, Walk beside me… just be my friend”― Albert Camus

The flower that represents the month of November is the , which represents friendship. Having a friend and being a friend can be different things, and it is important for our mental health and overall wellbeing to be both. Sometimes, we are in need of our friends, as life can have many challenges and difficult times. We need our friends sometimes, but also sometimes our friends need us too. It is important to be a friend, which can require active listening, empathy and listening to what others are saying.

Sometimes this can be challenging to do, as everyone is busy and life sometimes gets in the way. It is important to remember and continue to build and have meaningful relationships. We need our friends, just as much as our friends need us.

“Voting is not only our right—it is our power.” Loung UngHappy Election Day! It is so important to get out there and vot...
11/21/2022

“Voting is not only our right—it is our power.” Loung Ung

Happy Election Day! It is so important to get out there and vote, as we make decisions of who gets elected into office and who is going to serve us in our communities.

Many have fought for us to have this right to vote, and it is important that we get out there and vote for what we believe in!

Voting is a fundamental right that we have and we get to have our voices heard by voting! Also, every vote matters and this is an opportunity to help influence the government and the leaders of tomorrow.

We have the power to vote, and the right to vote, so go out there and make your voices heard in your community!

11/01/2022
“Love is not to be purchased, and affection has no price.” – St. JeromeThe birthstone of the month of November is a Topa...
11/01/2022

“Love is not to be purchased, and affection has no price.” – St. Jerome

The birthstone of the month of November is a Topaz, which is represented by love and affection. Love and affection are important aspects and we need love and affection, but it is also important for us to remember to give love and affection to our loved ones. Being loved and showing love are different things, and they vary from person-to-person. It is important to show our loved ones we love them, and for them to show us that they love us. If we love others, we can make our world a little better for ourselves and for those around us! Remember, we cannot buy others love and affection, there is not a price tag on love and affection.

ACS will be holding training sessions each month on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays during lunch at the Fort Myer Education Ce...
10/31/2022

ACS will be holding training sessions each month on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays during lunch at the Fort Myer Education Center in Room 107.

• Building Credit & Managing Debt

o 1st Thursday Class – 11:30 – 12:30p
o Building and maintaining good credit is key to financing important purchases. For service members, maintaining good credit is also an important component of the security clearance process.

This class offers best practices to building strong credit based on a solid understanding of your personal finances. It includes the creation of a spending plan and debt management techniques.

• Taking Advantage of the Thrift Savings Plan and Blended Retirement System

o 3rd Thursday Class - 11:30 – 12:30p
o Feel free to bring an LES!
o The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a great way to save for a better retirement.

We will review some of the basic TSP features, the Blended Retirement System and discuss recent enhancements regarding investment options.

The POC for both classes is Mr. Marcio Silveira, CFP at 571-635-5320 or [email protected].

As always, thank you for supporting the Financial Readiness Program and ACS!

ACS will be holding training sessions each month on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays during lunch at the Fort Myer Education Ce...
10/31/2022

ACS will be holding training sessions each month on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays during lunch at the Fort Myer Education Center in Room 107.

Please pass this message on your soldiers/spouse groups.

• Building Credit & Managing Debt

o 1st Thursday Class – 11:30 – 12:30p
o Building and maintaining good credit is key to financing important purchases. For service members, maintaining good credit is also an important component of the security clearance process.

This class offers best practices to building strong credit based on a solid understanding of your personal finances. It includes the creation of a spending plan and debt management techniques.

• Taking Advantage of the Thrift Savings Plan and Blended Retirement System

o 3rd Thursday Class - 11:30 – 12:30p
o Feel free to bring an LES!
o The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a great way to save for a better retirement.

We will review some of the basic TSP features, the Blended Retirement System and discuss recent enhancements regarding investment options.

The POC for both classes is Mr. Marcio Silveira, CFP at 571-635-5320 or [email protected].

As always, thank you for supporting the Financial Readiness Program and ACS!

From our Financial Readiness Program ...Until Oct. 31, 2022, federal student loan borrowers can get credit for payments ...
10/31/2022

From our Financial Readiness Program ...

Until Oct. 31, 2022, federal student loan borrowers can get credit for payments that previously didn’t qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) or Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness (TEPSLF). Visit studentaid.gov for more information.

“Love is the perfect safety, or the perfect weapon.” — Bryant McGillBeing safe in relationships is important, as this ca...
10/31/2022

“Love is the perfect safety, or the perfect weapon.” — Bryant McGill

Being safe in relationships is important, as this can encompass physical and emotional safety. It is important to find safety and know what makes you and feel safe within the relationships you are in. This includes significant others, as well as friends. We have to keep ourselves safe physically, but also emotionally. Keeping ourselves emotionally safe, can involve the following aspects: being assertive to ensure your needs are met, having a support group of friends and family, manage stress, include fun activities, avoid negative information and learn certain grounding techniques. In relationships, we can learn to set clear boundaries, build trust before sharing secrets, stay away from people who hurt your feelings and practice safe s*x. These different aspects and techniques can help keep us safe, physically and emotionally in the relationships we have in our lives.

“When people are showing you their red flags, please show them your white flag.” — UnknownBeing able to identify red fla...
10/31/2022

“When people are showing you their red flags, please show them your white flag.” — Unknown

Being able to identify red flags in a relationship can be challenging and difficult. People can show red flags, but we may not want to believe them or think that we can change them. It is important to realize that we cannot change others and if someone shows red flags to be aware and have the strength and courage to move on from them. Some examples of red flags can include the following: wanting to get serious too quickly, make all the decisions, overly jealous and possessive and will not take no for an answer. There are several other red flags that are not listed, it is important to trust your gut instinct and feelings about an individual.

Here are some suggestions that you can take when red flags are identified in your relationship: avoid making big commitment until you are sure it is a healthy dynamic, talk openly with partner about the red flags identified, use “I statements” when sharing feelings, set boundaries and stick to them, stay true to yourself even if they ask you to change, make it clear you will not tolerate dishonesty, stand up for yourself against controlling behavior, do not let your partner cut you off from friends and family, give your partner positive feedback, if they are trying, seek additional help, such as counseling, if needed and finally end relationship if the behavior does not change.

“Listening doesn't always equate to hearing. Hearing doesn't always lead to understanding, but active listening helps ea...
10/31/2022

“Listening doesn't always equate to hearing. Hearing doesn't always lead to understanding, but active listening helps each person truly "see" the other.”― Sanjo Jendayi.

Being aware of how others feel and how our actions impact them is something that is very important. Being able to display and utilize empathy and active listening skills is very important. Being able to have empathy towards others and really understand and be present with another person. To display empathy, it is crucial to really listen to the other person, offer support and not show any judgements towards them or what they are going through. Active listening is also important, as this also encompasses empathy, as well as, paraphrasing, summarizing, reflecting and clarifying. Using these skills, we can make sure we are really understanding what someone is saying to us and be supportive. Sometimes, if we do not display empathy and active listening skills, we may really hurt someone, and not even realize it.

“All couples fight, but healthy couples fight fair. Unhealthy couples fight dirty, with below-the-belt jabs, sucker punc...
10/31/2022

“All couples fight, but healthy couples fight fair. Unhealthy couples fight dirty, with below-the-belt jabs, sucker punches, angry accusations, and bitter grudges. Healthy couples fight for resolution. Unhealthy couples fight for personal victory.” –Dr. Craig Groeschel

Every relationship and friendship has disagreements and fights that can occur. Fighting in a healthy manner allows for growth and development, while fighting in an unhealthy manner can cause a multitude of problems within the relationship/friendship and for the individuals.

Some important aspects of a healthy relationship include the following: love, support, respect, friendship, own friends and hobbies, consistency, encouragement, honesty and choices and options. These are all important aspects that make a relationship healthy and something we should strive for. In comparison, in an unhealthy relationship, the following is what is commonly seen: lies, control, manipulation, cheating, abuse, checking others phone, no choices, feeling overwhelmed and anxious, criticism and isolation.

If these are aspects that are occurring in your relationship, it may be time to move on, which can be very challenging. Use your support group and find a healthy way to leave the relationship. Remember, if things escalate, call the police and call your friends and family for support. This can be challenging, but it something that is needed in order to keep yourself safe.

10/07/2022

AUSA Annual Meeting Family Forum I

Click on our events page for updates and to watch live if you are unable to attend in person this year!

10/07/2022

AUSA Annual Meeting Family Forum II

Click on our events page for updates and to watch live if you are unable to attend in person this year!

10/07/2022

AUSA Annual Meeting Family Forum III

Click on our events page and follow for updates. You can also tune in live if you are unable to attend in person this year!

This year, AUSA is providing many new and interesting topics along with interactive workshops for you and your loved one...
10/07/2022

This year, AUSA is providing many new and interesting topics along with interactive workshops for you and your loved ones. Please check them out!

AUSA Family Readiness is excited to announce the 2022 Family Readiness Pavilion at Annual Meeting!

This year the AUSA Family Readiness Pavilion will feature 24 non-profit organizations and service
providers aimed at increasing the quality of life for Army families.

“Remember the wisdom of your ancestors in order to become wise.” -African Proverb We all have ancestors and have differe...
09/27/2022

“Remember the wisdom of your ancestors in order to become wise.” -African Proverb

We all have ancestors and have different backgrounds of where we come from! It is important to realize and understand where our ancestors come from and where our heritage comes from!

We can look to our ancestors for wisdom, as this can help us become wiser. We can learn from our backgrounds and ancestors! A few benefits of understanding our ancestors includes the following creates connections to the family, fosters a sense of identity and can create social interactions.

If we have an understanding of where we come from and who we are, we can better understand ourselves and our actions! Maybe it is time to learn about our ancestors and where we come from, so we can learn more about ourselves!

Honor your ancestors for what they have given you!

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” —F. Scott FitzgeraldIt is finally Fall, kids go back to sch...
09/20/2022

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald

It is finally Fall, kids go back to school and the weather cools off some! One important significant aspect of this season is overall motivation. It is hard to be motivated sometimes, as life pulls us in every which direction.

It is important to stay motivated on the goals you have for yourself and your family. If you don’t have goals, maybe this is a good time to set them and work towards a goal. What motivates us differs from person to person, as some may be motivated by intrinsic factors, while others are motivated by extrinsic factors.

The Fall time is a wonderful season, so figure out what motivates you and make it happen!

September 11 - National Day of Service and RemembranceIn the immediate aftermath of the attacks, President George W. Bus...
09/18/2022

September 11 - National Day of Service and Remembrance

In the immediate aftermath of the attacks, President George W. Bush proclaimed Friday, 14 September 2001, as a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on 11 September 2001.

An official bill to make 11 September a national day of mourning was introduced in the U.S. House on October 25, 2001. The result was the resolution to proclaim 11 September 2002 as the first Patriot Day in memory of the people killed in the September 11 attacks.

National Day of Service and Remembrance was launched in 2002 by 9/11 family members and support groups who established a charitable service day as a way to honor the sacrifice of those who were lost and those who united in response to the tragedy.

As a result of their efforts, the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance was established into law by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in 2009.

On the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we honor those by making today a day of service & remembrance. The U.S. flag is flown at half-mast at the White House and on all U.S. government buildings and establishments throughout the world.

Annually, people of all ages and backgrounds participate in activities to pay tribute to 9/11 survivors and heroes as we honor their memory by joining together for various service projects to help meet their community needs.

Today and every day, we will never forget. We will always remember.

Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month (15 September -15 October)National Hispanic Heritage Month traditionally ho...
09/18/2022

Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month
(15 September -15 October)

National Hispanic Heritage Month traditionally honors the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans as we celebrate heritage rooted in all Latin American countries.
In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week, observed during the week that included 15-16 September.

In 1989, Congress expanded the observance to a month long celebration (15 September – 15 October) of the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

Officially, the 15th of September kicks off the celebration as it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on 16th of September and 18th of September respectively.

This month, we are celebrating and paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic and Latino Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society by celebrating and honoring National Hispanic Heritage month!!

Today is National POW/MIA Recognition DayToday, we pause to remember the sacrifices and service of those who were prison...
09/18/2022

Today is National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Today, we pause to remember the sacrifices and service of those who were prisoners of war (POW), those who are missing in action (MIA), and their families.

United States flags and POW/MIA flags are flown on this day for POWs and those missing in action. All military installations fly the National League of Families’ POW/MIA flag, which symbolizes the nation’s remembrance of those who were imprisoned while serving in conflicts and those who are still missing. National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremonies and other events to observe the day are also held in places such as the Pentagon, war memorials and museums.

The United States Congress passed a resolution authorizing National POW/MIA Recognition Day to be observed on July 18, 1979. It was observed on the same date in 1980 and was held on July 17 in 1981 and 1982. It was then observed on April 9 in 1983 and July 20 in 1984. The event was observed on July 19 in 1985, and then from 1986 onwards the date moved to the third Friday of September.

The National League of Families’ POW/MIA flag symbolizes remembrance of POWs or those who served their country in conflicts and are still missing. Mr. Newt Heisley’s flag design features a silhouette of a young man, which is based on Mr. Heisley’s own son, who was medically discharged from his military service.

As Mr. Heisley looked at his returning son’s gaunt features, he imagined what life was for those behind barbed wire fences on foreign shores. He then sketched the profile of his son as the new flag's design was created in his mind.

The flag features a white disk bearing in black silhouette a man’s bust, a watch tower with a guard on patrol, and a strand of barbed wire. White letters “POW” and “MIA”, with a white five-pointed star in between, are typed above the disk. Below the disk is a black and white wreath above the motto “You Are Not Forgotten” written in white, capital letters.

Today, we are remembering those who were prisoners of war (POW), those who are missing in action (MIA), and their families.

“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.” — Sandy DahlIt ...
09/18/2022

“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.” — Sandy Dahl

It has been 21 years since the 9/11 attacks have changed our lives. I am sure we all remember exactly what we were doing at that exact moment when the attacks happened. Time flies by, as we have learned to cope, to deal and to move on with our lives, but we never will forgot that day.

It is important to remember that in a matter of an instance, our lives can change forever. Life is very short, and it is important to live it to the fullest and enjoy every moment with our friends, family and loved ones.

The attacks of 9/11 brought us together and we need to continue to stick together through the good, the bad and the ugly. There really is no time to and for hate. We will never forget the horrific attacks that occurred.

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone”― Pablo PicassoProcrastination is something ...
09/18/2022

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone”
― Pablo Picasso

Procrastination is something that we probably are all guilty of. We put off things, specifically things that do not necessarily have a deadline. There is nothing prompting us to do them, but there are things we procrastinate on that we should not. Sometimes we may procrastinate on calling our families or putting away the laundry.

There may not be a deadline for these things, but we never know what may happen tomorrow or in the preceding days. Fighting procrastination is something that can be challenging, but maybe try making a to-do list or checklist that helps keep you on track.

Maybe have a planner or try these things and figure out which one works for you! Procrastination can lead to unneeded, unwanted stress and can have a negative impact on our moods!

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I want to share an event that is happening in the Virginia/DC area TOMORROW! It is an event that is helping support veterans and will be great for anyone in the DC area to come to. You are invited and if you would pass along to anyone in that area, I would greatly appreciate your help to spread the word! I am a Marine Corps veteran myself and want to make sure the word gets out to veterans, family, and supporters in the area! This will be a fun family event so wanted to pass along the info!

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If you're a veteran, active military, or a military family member or supporter in the Virginia/DC area, you don't want to miss this special event, a fun event for the whole family this Friday, May 18th! It will be a lot of fun for the whole family, with entertainment and prizes, and is a program that helps injured veterans.

Please rsvp at the eventbrite link and get more details there too! All are welcome and encouraged to join for this fun day!

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The Military Battle Challenge will be at the AUSA expo this year started on 9 Oct - 11 Oct. Soldiers in BDUs can simply take their blouse off and run the course. Those who need to change into PT gear can do so - changing stations are on site! This open to all civilians, contractors, retirees, spouses and Service Members.

It is free to run and there is a $500 prize for the team of four that has the best time. Register today at battlechallenge.org. See you there!