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Nov. 3, 2010

"Across America, military families inspire us all with their courage, strength, and deep devotion to our country. They endure the challenges of multiple deployments and moves; spend holidays and life milestones apart; juggle everyday tasks while a spouse, parent, son, or daughter is in harm's way; and honor the service of their loved ones and the memory of those lost." Story
President Barack Obama, Nov. 1, 2010

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Nation Honors Families' Sacrifices

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Nov. 2, 2010 - November marks the return of Military Family Appreciation Month. Throughout November, the Army, the Department of Defense and the nation will honor the commitment and sacrifices made by the families of the nation's servicemembers. Story

Yellow Ribbon Event Helps Families

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Nov. 1, 2010 - Army reservists and their spouses who attended a reintegration event in San Juan, Puerto Rico, found help with a myriad of challenges that troops and their families contend with after a deployment. Story

General Provides Program Perspective

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Nov. 1, 2010 - Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, the Army Reserve’s top-ranking officer, called on military spouses to help teach their soldiers, who take pride in "we will not quit" philosophies, that it's OK to get help for PTSD. Story

Casey Pledges Ongoing Survivors' Support

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2010 - Army leaders are committed to expanding programs to support the families of the military fallen, said Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr., who has been inspired to help other survivors because his own father died in combat. Story

Military Spouses are Heroes, First Lady Says

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2010 - The needs and concerns of military spouses, whose sacrifices benefit the nation, should be of concern to all Americans, First Lady Michelle Obama said at the 2010 Womens Conference. Story

Families Voice Issues to Army’s Top Leaders

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2010 - Military families voiced concerns ranging from mental health care to child care to the people able to initiate change at the Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting. Story

Army Pledges Not to Cut Family Programs

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2010 - Army Secretary John McHugh pledged not to cut funds used to manage his service's family programs as the Army finds ways to reduce its budget. Story

Program Helps Couples With Deployments

HOUSTON, Oct. 25, 2010 - Learning how to parent as a couple again after one has been deployed is tackled in the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program couples seminars. Story

Family Plan Addresses Custody Questions

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2010 - A change in Defense Department policy highlights why servicemembers may want to seek legal help in arranging their children’s care during deployment. Story

Air Guard to Expand Childcare Program

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md., Oct. 6, 2010 - The Air National Guard hopes to increase the number of Home Community Care program providers around the country, the service’s child and youth specialist said here recently. Story

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Robert L. Gordon III

Blogger Praises Military Families

Nov. 3, 2010 - Today and throughout the month of November – Military Family Month – we join our nation in honoring military families. We are pleased to participate in this national tribute because we know firsthand the contributions military families make. Story

Elaine Wilson

Nation Celebrates the Military Family

Nov. 1, 2010 - Last year, I traveled to Fort Campbell, Ky., to talk with some military teens about the challenges they face and to hear firsthand about the effects of multiple moves and deployments after nearly a decade of war. Story

Elaine Wilson

Program Helps Guard, Reserve Families Reintegrate

Oct. 27, 2010 - I traveled to my old stomping grounds of Texas recently to speak with a group of Texas Army National Guard soldiers and their families about how they’re dealing with the challenges of reintegration after a yearlong deployment in Iraq, and to learn more about a Defense Department program that’s aiding them. Story

Elaine Wilson

Family Matters Blog

Elaine Wilson, editor and writer for American Forces Press Services, launched the “Family Matters” blog to provide resources and support to military families, as well as to encourage a dialogue on topics ranging from deployments and separations to the challenges of everyday life. Story

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