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One protective factor of suicide: a Safe Environment. Our National Parks offer increased behavioral health by providing ...
09/07/2020
Take the Pledge

One protective factor of suicide: a Safe Environment. Our National Parks offer increased behavioral health by providing #(No Suggestions) Suicide is preventable. Take the Pledge:

#REACHnow #BeThe1To #PreventSuicide
#MilitaryMondayPlus #EncuentraTuParque
#RecreateResponsibly #HealthyParksHealthyPeople
#BHMC #PositivelyWell #ActivePeople #ParkedAtHome
#FindYourVirtualPark #MoreThanEverBefore

When we REACH to those in need, we will provide hope. When we REACH because we are hurting, we will find help. When we REACH, we will prevent suicide.

Labor Day Weekend is usually the last outing as a family before school starts. Looking for something to do? Visit a Nati...
09/07/2020
America the Beautiful Passes (U.S. National Park Service)

Labor Day Weekend is usually the last outing as a family before school starts. Looking for something to do? Visit a National Park and don't forget your free park pass if you are currently serving. While you are there have a conversation with your family and friends about the importance of mental health and the impact of COVID-19. #REACHnow to find help and to provide hope. Who will you REACH today?

#REACHnow #BeThe1To #PreventSuicide #MilitaryMondayPlus #EncuentraTuParque #RecreateResponsibly
#HealthyParksHealthyPeople #BHMC
#PositivelyWell #ActivePeople #ParkedAtHome
#FindYourVirtualPark #MoreThanEverBefore

The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites, covering entrance, standard amenity, and day-use fees.

Attention all military families: Join us at the first annual Military Appreciation Family Day at the Farm, presented by ...
09/07/2020

Attention all military families: Join us at the first annual Military Appreciation Family Day at the Farm, presented by DAV Minnesota and Sutton Ridge Farm in Jordan, Minnesota. This FREE outdoor event is open to all Veterans and military members, including Active Duty, Reservists/National Guard and Retired.

Enjoy food, guest speakers, live music, horse-drawn wagon rides, prizes, activities for kids and up-close views of their farm animals - including sheep shearing! Due to COVID-19 capacity restrictions, registration is REQUIRED,

no walk-ins will be allowed. More information and registration at http://davmnfoundation.org/military-day-at-the-farm/

Hurry, registration closes Sept. 20.

*COVID-19 health precautions: Event coordinators are working closely with local Department of Health representatives to ensure the safety of all guests. See website for details on the Covid-19 Preparedness Plan.

09/04/2020
PREVENTS

PREVENTS

PREVENTS seeks to change the culture surrounding mental health and suicide prevention. Together, we can prevent suicide among Veterans and all Americans.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call 1-800-273-8255, Veterans press 1.

The final surrender 75 years ago.
09/02/2020
Smithsonian Magazine

The final surrender 75 years ago.

The September 2, 1945, ceremony aboard the 45,000-ton battleship USS Missouri was a logistical nightmare for MacArthur’s staff and the ship’s crew.

09/01/2020
Navy Gold Star Program

The Navy Gold Star Family Initiative is a CNIC Fleet and Family Readiness program that honors the sacrifices of those Service Members who have lost their lives while serving on active duty, ensuring their parents, siblings, spouses and children remain part of the Navy family.

The Navy Gold Star Program is a CNIC Fleet and Family Readiness program that honors the sacrifices of Service Members who have lost their lives.

08/31/2020
Places To Go - Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve (U.S. National Park Service)

Did you know Florida's First Coast (Jacksonville, Amelia Island, St. Augustine) has one of the largest active-duty and veteran populations in the country. With multiple bases and a desired retirement community, hundreds of thousand of past and present military families call this area home.

On behalf of the Building Healthy Military Communities team and in partnership with the National Park Service, we invite you to enjoy at a free day at many of the National monuments, forts and preserves located throughout the First Coast.

It's Military Monday for all and your passes are waiting for you at parks across the country.

Happy Monday!!

"#MilitaryMondayPlus #FindYourPark #RecreateResponsibly
#HealthyParksHealthyPeople #BHMC #PositivelyWell
#ActivePeople #ParkedAtHome #FindYourVirtualPark
#MoreThanEverBefore"

Within the boundaries of the Preserve are national, state, and city park areas as well other public and private landholdings. Choose by topic or place below.

For all those living in the path of Hurricane Laura, some important information from the Department of Homeland Security...
08/26/2020
Hurricanes | Ready.gov

For all those living in the path of Hurricane Laura, some important information from the Department of Homeland Security. How to stay safe during the storm.

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Happy Birthday to our National Park Service. President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation establishing the agency 104 yea...
08/25/2020
NPS Birthday - NPS Celebrates! (U.S. National Park Service)

Happy Birthday to our National Park Service. President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation establishing the agency 104 years ago. Come out and celebrate a free day at the parks to commemorate the National Parks Service's official birthday.

The National Park Service celebrates its birthday on August 25 of each year. Learn how you can get involved.

Keeping Our Brains Healthy as We Age - Military Families Learning Network
08/24/2020
Keeping Our Brains Healthy as We Age - Military Families Learning Network

Keeping Our Brains Healthy as We Age - Military Families Learning Network

About This Webinar: Your brain functions best when it gets premium fuel in the form of good nutrition. A poor diet can be harmful to the brain, promote inflammation and oxidative stress. This webinar presents strategies for nourishment to promote healthy brain aging. Emphasis is placed on recommenda...

Take advantage of two days of free passes to our National Parks. Like all Monday's, today is Military Monday and all ser...
08/24/2020
America the Beautiful Passes (U.S. National Park Service)

Take advantage of two days of free passes to our National Parks. Like all Monday's, today is Military Monday and all servicemembers and their families enjoy free admission.

Tomorrow, is the National Park Service Founders Day. Another day to enjoy free passes for all.

"#MilitaryMondayPlus #FindYourPark #RecreateResponsibly
#HealthyParksHealthyPeople #BHMC #PositivelyWell
#ActivePeople #ParkedAtHome #FindYourVirtualPark
#MoreThanEverBefore"

The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites, covering entrance, standard amenity, and day-use fees.

Defense Health Agency
08/21/2020

Defense Health Agency

It’s time for TRICARE #FactFriday!

TRICARE covers age-appropriate doses of vaccines. Although your kids may not be returning to a traditional school setting, it’s still important to keep them up to date on their immunizations. Learn more: https://go.usa.gov/xfB2G. #BackToSchool

The Spouse Education & Career Opportunities Program Overview - Military Families Learning Network
08/18/2020
The Spouse Education & Career Opportunities Program Overview - Military Families Learning Network

The Spouse Education & Career Opportunities Program Overview - Military Families Learning Network

About This Webinar: This webinar provides an overview of the Department of Defense Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program and related resources offered through Military OneSource. Participants learn about education and employment resources available to military spouses and offerings avail...

There's still time to visit our National Parks before the kids go back to school. Plan a visit for any Monday and all mi...
08/17/2020
America the Beautiful Passes (U.S. National Park Service)

There's still time to visit our National Parks before the kids go back to school. Plan a visit for any Monday and all military service members and their families are eligible for free park passes.

"#MilitaryMondayPlus #FindYourPark #RecreateResponsibly
#HealthyParksHealthyPeople #BHMC #PositivelyWell
#ActivePeople #ParkedAtHome #FindYourVirtualPark
#MoreThanEverBefore"

The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites, covering entrance, standard amenity, and day-use fees.

Help organize your unorganized child for the upcoming school year. Free webinar.
08/13/2020

Help organize your unorganized child for the upcoming school year. Free webinar.

Today, August 12th is International Youth Day as designated by the United Nations. This year’s IYD seeks to put the spot...
08/12/2020
Youth Programs (U.S. National Park Service)

Today, August 12th is International Youth Day as designated by the United Nations. This year’s IYD seeks to put the spotlight on youth engagement through the following three interconnected streams:

Engagement at the local/community level;
Engagement at the national level;
Engagement at the global level.

What better way to engage than to do so with nature and the environment and to do so at our national parks.

"#FindYourPark #RecreateResponsibly #HealthyParksHealthyPeople #BHMC #PositivelyWell
#ActivePeople #ParkedAtHome #FindYourVirtualPark
#MoreThanEverBefore"

National parks are places for fun, discovery, exploration, wellness, and service. Youth Programs are designed to connect kids, teens and young adults just like you with opportunities at national parks sites to contribute to our nations rich natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources in...

Track your habits to improve your performance
08/11/2020
Track your habits to improve your performance

Track your habits to improve your performance

Use this monthly habits tracker to keep track of your positive performance-based goals and build healthy habits. |Track your habits to improve your performance

Today is the birthday of the Department of Defense. Building Healthy Military Communities and the National Park Service ...
08/10/2020
US Department of Defense (DoD) Birthday (The Museum is CLOSED) - Museum of Military History

Today is the birthday of the Department of Defense. Building Healthy Military Communities and the National Park Service wish Happy Birthday to all the uniformed and civilians employees of DoD. It's Military Monday at all our national parks. Get out and enjoy your birthday!

"#MilitaryMondayPlus #FindYourPark #RecreateResponsibly
#HealthyParksHealthyPeople #BHMC #PositivelyWell
#ActivePeople #ParkedAtHome #FindYourVirtualPark
#MoreThanEverBefore"

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) was established August 10th, 1949. Although, the federal government has overseen the U.S. Armed forces since our nation’s inception, the Department of Defense name and centralized defense department was not established until the late 1940s. The “official” a...

08/07/2020
8 Things You Need to Know About the Purple Heart Medal

August 7th is Purple Heart Day.

The Purple Heart Medal is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action.

To recognize Purple Heart Day on August 7, here are 8 facts about the Purple Heart and its recipients.

Great information for our war fighters.
08/05/2020
Use of face masks during physical work

Great information for our war fighters.

In order to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, wearing a face mask has been adopted as a best practice. Few question the effectiveness of face masks or other coverings to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus by droplets, but we have been asked several questions about their use. We offer answe...

The theme at our national parks for the month of August is "Looking Beyond the 19th Amendment."  Today is Military Monda...
08/03/2020
August 2020 Monthly Message: Looking Beyond the 19th Amendment (U.S. National Park Service)

The theme at our national parks for the month of August is "Looking Beyond the 19th Amendment." Today is Military Monday where our parks provide free passes to military service members and their families. Take advantage of this great opportunity

#MilitaryMondayPlus #FindYourPark #RecreateResponsibly
#HealthyParksHealthyPeople #BHMC #PositivelyWell
#ActivePeople #ParkedAtHome #FindYourVirtualPark
#MoreThanEverBefore

August 26 is the centennial of the 19th Amendment prohibiting disenfranchisement on the basis of gender. This was benchmark moment for American democracy and an important milestone in women’s equality and cultural change leading to more opportunities for women to be involved in all aspects of soci...

For service members and families, the storm is coming. Make your preparations now.
07/31/2020
Hurricanes | Ready.gov

For service members and families, the storm is coming. Make your preparations now.

Check out this guide on supporting your child during virtual learning available on militarychild.org or by clicking belo...
07/29/2020
[Resource] A Parent Guide: Support Your Child During Virtual Learning

Check out this guide on supporting your child during virtual learning available on militarychild.org or by clicking below.

Caregiver. Professional. Classroom facilitator. Seemingly overnight, parents and guardians are juggling more responsibilities than ever before. The added pressure of online schooling can feel overwhelming, and parents may find themselves asking: How can I help my child focus at home? Am I fostering....

Did you know the 10th Calvary Regiment of Buffalo Soldiers were ordered to duty during an epidemic of cholera? Even know...
07/28/2020
Buffalo Soldiers (U.S. National Park Service)

Did you know the 10th Calvary Regiment of Buffalo Soldiers were ordered to duty during an epidemic of cholera?

Even knowing the risks they did so willingly and were ordered to protect the Pacific Railroad. #BuffaloSoldiers, #FirstRangers

They joined for a better life and to fight for their country. They served valiantly on foreign battlefields and in the face of egregious racism at home. Explore the places throughout the country that these African American men known as the Buffalo Soldiers helped build, protect and operate. Immerse....

Today, July 27th, is National Korean War Armistice Day. Over 5.7 Million Americans served during the three-year conflict...
07/27/2020
Korean War Veterans Memorial (U.S. National Park Service)

Today, July 27th, is National Korean War Armistice Day. Over 5.7 Million Americans served during the three-year conflict. Two Million are still alive. Often called The Forgotten War.

Next time you're in Washington, DC you will be moved by the tribute to these veterans at the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the south side of the reflecting pond.

"#MilitaryMondayPlus #FindYourPark #RecreateResponsibly
#HealthyParksHealthyPeople #BHMC #PositivelyWell
#ActivePeople #ParkedAtHome #FindYourVirtualPark
#MoreThanEverBefore"

Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met.

07/24/2020
U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program- WCAP

Today would have been the opening day for the Olympics in Tokyo. Our world class athletes will have to wait and train for another year for their big moments.

Service members from many generations have gone onto Olympic glory in both summer and winter games. A big-time salute to all warrior-athletes.

A program that provides outstanding Soldier-athletes the support and training to compete and succeed in national and international competitions leading to Olympic and Paralympic Games, while maintaining a professional military career.

Latest guidance from CDC on wearing masks and best types for specific life situations. Worth the read.
07/23/2020
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Latest guidance from CDC on wearing masks and best types for specific life situations. Worth the read.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.

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