An Overview Of Special Education

Learning how to navigate the special education system can be difficult for any family, but it can be an even greater challenge for military families whose educational environments are constantly changing. Military OneSource offers tools and resources to help make things easier for you and your family. Start here to learn about the special education process, including: •Eligibility • Relevant regulations • Moving • Moving overseas • Graduating or leaving school Special education is specially […]

Suicide Prevention Among Returning Troops

BY JENNIFER WOODWORTH, PSY.D. Suicide is “death caused by self-directed injurious behavior with an intent to die as a result of the behavior” (Center for Disease Control). According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 40,000 people in the United States die by suicide every year. On a larger scale, there are 25 suicide attempts for every completed suicide and many others, approximately 9.3 million people in 2014, who have serious suicidal thoughts. […]

A Message Of Gratitude For Our Freedom In The United States

BY MICHELLE BOUDREAU As we find ourselves in the middle of 2016, many of us will be celebrating the Fourth of July, a day that is known in the United States as “Independence Day”. It is typically a day filled with family, friends, barbecues, parades,  fireworks and musical favorites such as “God Bless America,” “America the Beautiful” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” to name a few. Here in the U.S., when we think of “independence” we […]


ELEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH YOUR SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT DOLLARS A tight budget doesn’t mean you have to sit home every night staring at the walls. You can have fun without busting your bank account. With just a little effort and investigation, you can find low-cost to no-cost fun for yourself and your family. Check out these ideas for saving money while still having fun: Take advantage of free outings. Local parks, waterfronts, memorials and art galleries […]

My Kid Works Harder than Yours

PUZZLES & CAMO BY SHELLY HUHTANEN A child with special needs may need to try to do a skill 100 times to get it right as opposed to a typical child that may take three times. It’s official. Summer has arrived. Our pool bag is permanently placed in our kitchen nook for easy access full of sunscreen and swim goggles. Our lawn furniture is placed strategically in the backyard for get-togethers in the evening once […]


BY HALE BRADT I do not know if my father, Wilber Bradt, suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) when he came home from World War II. I do know that he committed suicide six weeks later. It is known that PTSD sufferers are at  relatively high risk for suicide and that sustained combat can lead to PTSD. But there were no overt signs he suffered from “intrusive, recurrent recollections, flashbacks, and nightmares,” as PTSD […]

Inclusion In Sports

BY JENNIFER WOODWORTH, PSY.D. Often, inclusion is a word used in education when a child with special needs is included in a typical classroom, with or without an aide. What about outside of school? How does inclusion work when coaches or other group leaders are not informed, do not understand the challenges that your child faces, or how to handle them? It is possible and beneficial to include children of all abilities in recreational activities […]


It’s easier than ever to be distracted in today’s fast-paced age, especially if you’re a parent. But being distracted while watching your kids is a safety issue, and the military community is not immune. Be aware of these common distractions: • Technology (including use of smartphones and online games) • Stress (due to everyday situations or the unique circumstances of military life) • Daily tasks (like laundry, cooking, or other chores around the house) It’s […]

My Bet is on the Underdog

PUZZLES & CAMO BY SHELLY HUHTANEN TRICARE wants to instill the belief that we should be happy with what we receive and that it is good enough, but I’m not so sure. Don’t write off the underdog just yet. Rudy Ruettiger of Notre Dame, Abraham Lincoln, Michael Jordan, and Colonel Sanders all have something in common. They are all famous people inked in our history books who have impacted our lives in some way, but […]

An Overview Of Adults With Special Needs

Adults with special needs are individuals over the age of 18 who have a medical condition or disability. People in this group may include: • A spouse with a chronic illness or an acquired disability • A child with a developmental disorder transitioning to adulthood • A family member over 21 years of age, with complex needs and who requires assistance to live on his or her own Supporting adult family members with complex needs […]