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April 2016

Celebrate With Us During Month of the Military Child

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Take time in April, Month of the Military Child, to honor military children for who they are and what they do. Take advantage of free resources all month long for your children and for you through Military OneSource. Learn about camp opportunities, non-medical counseling and help planning for college expenses. (Show your support.)

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Tips for Parents to Keep Their Cool

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No matter how good a parent you are, chances are you get angry with your children occasionally. Parental anger, though understandable, is not productive for anyone if left unmanaged. If you struggle to manage your anger at your children, the following tips may help.

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Keep Kids Safe and Sound

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to renew our pledge to keep kids supervised, safe and sound. Let us help you on every step of your parenting journey, from the terrible-twos through the screen-obsessed tweens and teens. Take advantage of free resources like support groups and apps, and be ready for the challenges parenting throws your way.

Smart Ways to Use Your Refund

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There's nothing quite like the government giving some money back to you. But think twice before you run out and spend that tax refund on a vacation or new electronics. We've got 11 smart ways for you to use your tax refund. Reach out to Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 for free financial counseling and create a custom plan for your cash.

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Purple Up for Military Children

Children wearing purple, holding signs saying "Purple Up"

April is Month of the Military Child and you can purple up to help celebrate. Wear purple on April 15 to honor military children for their strength and sacrifice, and to show them your support for their service.

For Service Providers
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Upcoming Military Families Learning Network Webinars

Military Families Learning Network

The MFLN allows service providers to collaborate on issues unique to military families. In April, catch the webinars "Life Insurance Basics for Military Families" and "ADHD, Anxiety and Autism: Practical Approaches to Child Psychiatry." See the full list on the MFLN website.

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Explore Your National Parks

Group of children standing with male and female National Park Service rangers at the Grand Canyon

Join the celebration of national heritage this April 16-24 during National Park Week. Enjoy nine days of free admission to the parks, make priceless memories and take in stunning scenery. Start planning your visit today with our travel tips.

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Discover All Your Library Has to Offer

Service member reading in the library

Book it to your installation library April 10-16 — National Library Week — or any other time to enjoy a wide variety of offerings including audiobooks, classes, computer access, DVDs, magazines, book clubs and story times. Visit the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library for even more options.

Financial Capability Month

April is Financial Capability Month and it's time to celebrate and take stock.

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What's New at SECO

Did You Know?

The redesigned Spouse Education and Career Opportunities eNewsletter is coming soon. Don't miss a single issue.

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What You're Saying

What You're Saying

"I wish I had taken advantage of this a decade ago when I started to file taxes."

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Volunteer Here

Happy National Volunteer Week! Give the gift of your time April 10-16 and all year long.

Sexual Assault Awareness

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Call, click or text the Safe Helpline for confidential support.

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Jump-start Your Career

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Take advantage of our Spouse Education and Career Opportunities monthly webinars and kick your career into gear.

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Meet Your Sponsor

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Connect with your sponsor before you begin your next military move. You'll be glad you did.

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