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Power in Numbers

PUZZLES & CAMO BY SHELLY HUHTANEN Not only are we more powerful in numbers, we are more powerful when we use our voices. Regardless of one’s political views, no one can deny the concept of power in numbers. While some of us feel that our nation is falling apart or that we are in distress, a fellow advocate of mine could not disagree more and couldn’t put it more eloquently, “Our nation is not under […]

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Bullying How To Identify & Address Peer Aggression

Sticks and stones can break your bones and words can also hurt a child in immeasurable ways — even a tough military child. Bullying, or peer aggression, is any behavior — verbal or physical — directed at peers and intended to cause harm. It can cause stress for the child being bullied, the bully and you, the parents. And it is more common than you think. Some people shrug off bullying as a child being […]

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Signs Of Child Abuse

If child abusers looked more like the cartoon bad guys, it would be a lot easier to identify them and protect children. But, child abuse offenders come from all ranks, races, religions and income levels. As hard as it can be to imagine, an abuser can be your neighbor, co-worker or even friend. The Department of Defense and the Family Advocacy Program are committed to addressing, preventing and ending child abuse. Do your part in […]

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How To Report Child Abuse As A Member Of The Military

Everyone has a role to play in creating safe and healthy communities. This is particularly true when it comes to the health and safety of children. It is estimated that more than 3 million children per year are victims of abuse, much of which goes unreported. Though it may be uncomfortable, Department of Defense policy, as well as many state and federal laws, require that community members file reports of suspected abuse. Making a call […]