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- 80th Training Command Emphasizes Ready, Resilient Soldiers and Families
By Maj. Addie Randolph, September 22, 2016
Maj. Gen. A.C. Roper, commander of the 80th Training Command, has recognized that family separation is one of the unique challenges that comes with being a Soldier. To combat this issue, Roper has made developing ready and resilient Soldiers, as well as their families, one of his top five priorities. Read More
- STAND-TO! FOCUS: Suicide Prevention Month
Edition: Tuesday, September 6, 2016
What is it? Suicide Prevention is a 365-days-a-year effort and a top priority for Army senior leaders. The Army is taking a comprehensive and holistic approach to strengthening its people and mitigating risk. Read More
- STAND-TO! FOCUS: Army Reserve Family Programs
Edition: Thursday, July 21, 2016
What is it? Army Reserve Family Programs (ARFP) is focused on enhancing the readiness and resilience of Army Reserve Soldiers, family members, command teams and civilians. ARFP responds, connects, refers and provides resources in the communities of the geographically dispersed Army Reserve family, including those called to active duty. Read More
- Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness
Do you have children in high school or beginning college in the Fort Bragg, NC area? Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness is offering Performance and Resilience courses for students to enhance study skills and increase resiliency during the transition from high school to college. HP&R Flyer CP&R Flyer
- The Importance of Financial Readiness
Recently, Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley, Chief of the U.S. Army Reserve, joined financial expert & motivational speaker, Ms. Suze Orman for an in-depth discussion on the importance of financial readiness. During the on-camera discussion, Orman answered several questions provided by Soldiers and Family members through social media. Please share this important advice with your Soldiers, Civilians, and Family members to help build fiscal readiness and resilience. Video
- Saving with the New Blended Retirement System
The Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act provides our military force with a modernized retirement plan built for retirement savings. Beginning in 2018, our service members can get automatic and matching Thrift Savings Plan contributions as well as mid-career compensation incentives in addition to monthly annuities for life. All service members under the current system are grandfathered into today’s retirement system. Download Flyer
- Guard and Reserve Newsletter
The first quarter of the Guard and Reserve Newsletter is now available for download. The Guard and Reserve Support Network is a Department of Defense partnership of programs supporting the needs of the National Guard and Reserve community. View Newsletter
- My Training Hub: Financial Readiness Courses Fact Sheet
Financial fitness is right at your fingertips with new training for service members and their Families. My Training Hub is the Department of Defenseís new consolidated, online training platform. It brings learning to life in a convenient online setting that services the entire military community. This platform was created by professionals with the highest standards in training and technology, and responds to different learning preferences, tracks learners’ participation and evaluates training outcomes. Info
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- Apps for Download
Safe Helpline App for Sexual Assault Survivors in the Military (for iOS or Android) allows sexual assault survivors in the military to create a customized self-care plan and connect to resources from anywhere in the world.
Babies on the Homefront provides military and veteran parents ideas for enhancing everyday moments with their baby or toddler.
Battle Buddy gives you tools and information needed to assist in crisis situations.
- Request Your Soldier's Life Cycle Kit
Army Reserve Family Programs is here for you throughout the Soldier's Life Cycle. Putting Family first, then balancing between a civilian job and Army Reserve life is hard work. Let Army Reserve Family Programs (ARFP) help you make that balance easier. Get connected by requesting your Life Cycle Kit.
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Honoring Gold Star Mothers and Families
FORT BRAGG, N.C. — The United States will take a few moments to pause and recognize the unfathomable strength and sacrifice of the many Gold Star Mothers and Family members among us on September 25.
Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day is a yearly national commemoration that remembers and honors not just Fallen Soldiers, but also those who have lost their child or loved one in service to the nation.
The last Sunday in September was designated as “Gold Star Mother’s Day” in 1936 and has since then been expanded to include Family members grieving a military loss. Gold Star Mothers and Families can be instantly recognized today by the Gold Star and Next of Kin lapel pins that they wear with pride for their Fallen servicemembers.
For many, the connections made through Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) and the Gold Star community brings their healing process full circle, from leaning on others to lifting others up.
“SOS has certainly impacted my life for the good and continues to do so as I move from grief to healing and wholeness in my life journey,” said Toni Gross, who lost her son, Cpl. Frank Gross, during Operation Enduring Freedom. “While my life will never be the same since my son’s death... those memories that used to reduce me to tears now bring a smile to my spirit and heart.”
Many Gold Star Mothers and Families remain involved in supporting other Survivors, whether helping them learn to cope with the loss of their lost loved one or assisting with rebuilding their lives in critical ways. For Lydia Hansbrough, participating in SOS and American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., (AGSM) activities was initially an act of honoring her Fallen Soldier, Sgt. 1st Class Eli Toro. However, she soon found that helping those who shared her painful, but unique bond was a source of comfort—and became a way of life.
“I met families grieving,” said Hansbrough. “This was a bittersweet feeling. I felt their pain. I felt the compassion and caring and listened to them grieve.” Mary Time, who lost Sgt. Tina Safaira Time 12 years ago, finds a similar comfort in connecting with other Mothers and Families through SOS and keeping the memories of their loved ones alive.
“It enables Survivor families to come together and share stories about our children and loved ones,” said Time.
Some members of the Survivor community have taken their service to a different level and become a voice for Gold Star Mothers and Families.
"I am continually amazed," said Candy Martin, Gold Star Mother and National President of AGSM, who has witnessed countless cases of Survivors leaning on each other and inspiring connections and actions with lifelong impacts.
Martin became a Gold Star Mother in 2007 when her son, 1st Lt. Thomas Martin, was killed in Iraq. Her involvement with Survivors deepened as she was elected to greater levels of responsibility within AGSM, and Martin also champions for SOS as a member of the Army Survivor Advisory Working Group that advises senior Army leadership on Survivor issues.
One powerful story of grief-to-greatness that inspires Martin on her own journey is that of AGSM founder Grace Darling Seibold. Her son, 1st Lt. George Seibold, served during World War I. One day his letters stopped coming, and for months Seibold visited Walter Reed Army Medical Center every day, waiting for her son to return with the war-wounded.
"She was there often enough that she began to help... a lot!" said Martin.
When Seibold received word of her son's death, she continued to serve the wounded and soon after established AGSM. Her positive attitude and encouragement for Survivors to support the Families of Fallen Soldiers remains at the core of the organization's 150 chapters across the country.
While the weight of the Gold Star carries lifelong pain from a devastating loss, it also carries tremendous pride. For decades, Gold Star Mothers have honored the bravery and courage of their children through continued commitment and support to other Mothers and Families bearing their own loss.
In turn, this September, a grateful nation will once again honor the strength and dedication of Gold Star Mothers and Families as they reflect on the sacrifices and memories of their Fallen loved ones.
Click here for more information on Army Reserve Family Programs' Survivor Outreach Services.
The Zika Virus: What We Know
- Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus). These mosquitos are aggressive daytime biters. They can also bite at night.
- Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects.
- There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
For more information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html, or download the following pdfs:
Zika Fact Sheet (English)
Zika Fact Sheet (Spanish)
Mosquito Control (English)
Mosquito Control (Spanish)