Caregiver Families, This is Our Promise to Your Children

By: Joyce Raezer, Executive Director of the National Military Family Association and Steve Schwab, Executive Director of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation Military kids serve, too! We believe it so strongly, it has become a rallying cry. We know military kids often become caregivers during deployments. They take care of younger siblings, worry about how mom is doing while dad is deployed, and take on extra chores. But, most of our thinking about military kids and […]

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 […]

FUN ON A BUDGET

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 […]

Disability Service Providers Raise Concerns about DOL Overtime Exemption Rule

Representatives from providers of community-based disability services from across the country converged in late April on Capitol Hill to meet with their legislators and express concerns about unintended consequences of the Department of Labor’s forthcoming Overtime Exemption Rule. The rule would update the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to more than double the salary threshold at which workers are exempt from overtime requirements, with the salary level increasing automatically over time. The rule was sent […]

Changing the Game

PUZZLES & CAMO BY SHELLY HUHTANEN Due to the collaboration of the Autism Project and Hasbro, children will be able to reap the benefits of ToyBox Tools and be one step closer to sitting with their peers while enjoying a game of Candyland or Connect 4. Memories of playing board games as a child may be a common theme, but not so common for some. I spent many afternoons playing Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders […]

VA’s Polytrauma System of Care Marks One Million TBI Screenings

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Polytrauma System of Care (PSC) has hit the one million mark in screening Veterans for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), often regarded as one of the signature injuries of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. TBI symptoms such as severe headaches, memory loss, reduced executive functioning, and tinnitus can range from manageable to seriously disabling, potentially limiting a Veteran’s ability to work and manage daily living. Screening Veterans for […]

Veterans / Ex-Servicemen Anxiety / Stress Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Psychology / Psychiatry Transcendental Meditation May Reduce PTSD Symptoms, Medication Use In Active-Duty Personnel

Regular practice of Transcendental Meditation enables some active duty service members battling post-traumatic stress disorder to reduce or even eliminate their psychotropic medication and get better control of their often-debilitating symptoms, researchers report in the journal Military Medicine. The study looked at 74 active-duty service members with PTSD or anxiety disorder, often resulting from multiple deployments over multiple years, who were seeking treatment at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center’s Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at […]

Manage Your Emotions When Your Spouse Is Deployed

POSTED FROM MILITARY ONESOURCE WEBSITE You thought Space Mountain was a thrill ride. Well, hold on tight because your spouse’s deployment comes with its own dizzying heights, twists and turns. It lasts a whole lot longer, too. Having your spouse deployed can bring up a wide range of emotions, starting when you first learn about the deployment and continuing until well after your spouse has returned home. You may experience fear, anger, loneliness, joy, relief […]

Celebrating The Holiday Season While Stationed Overseas

BY JENNIFER WOODWORTH, PSY.D Many countries do not celebrate the holiday season the way families do in the United States. So, how might you create your own holiday spirit? Military families are constantly on the move and traveling from base to base, separated due to training or deployment; however the holiday season can be particularly difficult when apart from family. This especially impacts families who are stationed overseas, and while you might have your immediate […]

Teaching Fiscal Responsibility To Children

BY JENNIFER WOODWORTH, PSY.D Creating boundaries when they are young and allowing more freedom as they get older, produces children who are savvy about how and why they are spending their money. Starting in kindergarten, and even before, children are learning about money; what coins and dollar bills look like, how much they are worth, and the symbols that differentiate them from each other. However, it is more likely that children are watching their parents […]