AUSA Releases 2 New Podcasts in December

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AUSA Releases 2 New Podcasts in December

The Association of the U.S. Army is releasing two new podcasts in December, following a major relaunch of its “Army Matters” series.

First up in December is an episode titled “Twenty-four Hours’ Notice to Deploy to Afghanistan,” featuring Lt. Col. Jacob Helgestad, executive officer for the Minnesota National Guard’s 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division.

70 Employers Sign on to Hire Military Spouses

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70 Employers Sign on to Hire Military Spouses

Seventy new organizations have signed on to partner with the Defense Department to recruit, hire, promote and retain military spouses, the Pentagon announced.

Gilbert Cisneros Jr., undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, welcomed the new additions, which include government, nonprofit and private sector organizations, to the DoD-sponsored Military Spouse Employment Partnership program on Oct. 25.

Military Families Resilient Despite Challenges

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Military Families Resilient Despite Challenges

The past two years have been marked by both challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and positive progress for military families and veterans, a report from Purdue University’s Military Family Research Institute found.  

The report, “Measuring Our Communities: The State of Military and Veteran Families in the United States,” analyzed the status of American military and veteran families across nine themes, including employment, housing, K12 and postsecondary education and behavioral health.  

Leaders Urge Army Families to Seek Help, Support

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Sergeant Major of the Army Michael Grinston answers a question during the Family Forum III - Senior Leaders Town Hall at the AUSA 2022 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022.
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Leaders Urge Army Families to Seek Help, Support

Questions about mental health and access to behavioral health providers prompted a frank discussion with Army senior leaders at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition.

Addressing a standing room-only, town hall-style forum with military families, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth gave her assurance that seeking help is “nothing to be ashamed about,” acknowledging that she has sought counseling during difficult times in her own life.

Connections Keep Military Families Strong

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Family Forum II at AUSA 2022 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022. (Tasos Katopodis for AUSA)
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Connections Keep Military Families Strong

Military families should look to family and community relationships to build connections, a panel of experts said Oct. 11 during the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2022 Annual Meeting and Exposition. 

“Connections are extremely important for our families because of the unique lifestyle that we live,” said Karen Halverson, an Army spouse and AUSA senior fellow. Being able to connect with people is a useful topic, perhaps the most useful skill that I use as a Naval officer and a longtime Army spouse.”

Army Families Balance Grit and Growth

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Family Forum I at AUSA 2022 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Monday, Oct. 10, 2022. (Pete Marovich for AUSA)
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Army Families Balance Grit and Growth

As they navigate the ups and downs of military life, Army families need grit to persevere and grow through the various challenges they face, military family leaders said Oct. 10.

DoD Unveils Plan to Help Families

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DoD Unveils Plan to Help Families

In the face of rising consumer prices, the Defense Department has unveiled a 13-point plan to help service members and their families.  

“This is personal for me,” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin writes in a Sept. 22 memorandum to Pentagon leaders and combatant commanders. “I have seen firsthand how much our military families sacrifice to keep our force strong, healthy and ready to defend this exceptional nation,” he says. “I understand the extraordinary pressures that our military families face, and we are determined to do right by them.” 

Survey: Army Housing Satisfaction Declines

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Survey: Army Housing Satisfaction Declines

Maintenance issues, including response times and communication, were among the top concerns cited by soldiers and family members in the Army’s 2022 housing tenant satisfaction survey.

Overall, the survey found a slight decrease in customer satisfaction for residents in privatized, Army-owned and government-leased housing on Army posts.

Army Families Want More Health Care Access, Support

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Army Families Want More Health Care Access, Support

Soldiers and Army spouses are looking for easier access to health care services and more support, particularly for their families and during the transition to civilian life, a new survey found.

The 2021 Military Family Support Programming Survey, conducted by the Military Family Advisory Network, combines responses from 8,638 people, including military spouses and active-duty personnel, to highlight the experiences and needs of military families. Of the respondents, just over 40% were affiliated with the Army.

AUSA Releases 5 New Podcasts in August

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AUSA Releases 5 New Podcasts in August

The Association of the U.S. Army is releasing five new podcasts in August, including a soldier who turned his passion for fishing into a post-retirement business and an Army family that has given much during the war in Afghanistan.

First up in the “Army Matters” series is an interview with retired Sgt. Maj. Burnie Haney, who owns New York Fishing Adventures with Captain Burnie Haney in Henderson, New York.