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May 2016

Spouses — May 6th is Your Day

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May 6, 2016 is Military Spouse Appreciation day, but the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program celebrates spouses every day. With new webinars, like the monthly entrepreneurship series, connections to Military Spouse Employment Partnership companies and other resources, you can take the next steps toward a rewarding career no matter what day it is.

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Filing Your Taxes Late?

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If you are filing your taxes after the IRS April deadline, make sure you are aware of the extended deadline and other important information. If you are eligible for Military OneSource support, you have access to free tax services until June 30.

(Find resources.)

Military Youth of the Year

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Military Youth of the Year, a national program of Boys and Girls Clubs of America, recognizes and celebrates the achievements of military youth. Throughout May, visit the Military OneSource Tumblr page to read blogs from state and regional winners. See what they have accomplished and how they've helped their schools and communities to shine.

Memorial Day Is for Remembrance

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May 30, 2016 is Memorial Day, when we pause to recognize the ultimate sacrifice paid by our service members for the freedoms we cherish. From the nation's capital to small town, USA, there are many ways to pay your respects. Discover how you can celebrate freedom this Memorial Day while honoring the courage and selflessness of American heroes.

(Pause, honor and celebrate.)

PCS Meltdown? Not in Your House

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Moving is full of surprises. But surprises can be tricky when moving with kids who are all about their routines. A little advance planning may help you avoid the moving meltdowns altogether. Check out "Making the Move Easier for Your Kids" and find tips for making your next move a smooth one for kids — and you.

Free Entry, Priceless Fun

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Fun is just a quick drive away this summer, and it's free! The Blue Star Museums initiative invites service members and their families to enjoy free access to fine art, history, science and children's museums, as well as arboretums, historical parks, nature centers and more. Make it a summer to remember. Put away your wallet and put on your walking shoes!

For Leaders

Tap Into a New Healthy Base Initiative Toolkit

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Make the healthy choice an easy choice. Promote a Department of Defense culture that encourages active living, healthy eating and tobacco-free environments by leveraging the Healthy Base Initiative Commanders' Toolkit. Unlock healthier habits for every member of your community.

Join the Conversation About Mental Health

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Take time in May, Mental Health Awareness Month, to talk about mental health. Don't try to tough it out on your own if you're experiencing depression, anxiety or other issues. Learn to recognize signs that you or someone else may need a hand. Find out where to turn.

(Help stamp out stigma.)

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Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Rebranding

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Check out new ways to get information through Spouse Education and Career Opportunities' Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Access career counselors or tap into resources. Subscribe to their newly redesigned eNewsletter and get the latest information delivered to your inbox.

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Get a Read on Summer

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Summer vacation season is coming. Bring on the barbecues, bodysurfing and bonfires — and don't forget the books. Sign up for the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Summer Reading Program and prevent a "summer slide" in learning. Everyone in the family can get in on the fun.

For Service Providers
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Upcoming Military Families Learning Network Webinars

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The MFLN encourages providers to learn from each other. In May, check out "The Experience of Reintegration for Military Families and Implications for DoD" and "Nutritional Trends and Implications for Weight Loss Surgery." The full list is on the MFLN website.

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Sesame Street for Military Families Presents: Transitions

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Start on Sesame Street if you have little ones and are headed out of the military and into civilian life. Get free resources, like videos and an eNewsletter with fun activities, to make the transition journey fun and easier for the whole family.

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Bereavement Camps Offer Comfort, Companionship

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Bereavement camps, seminars and retreats provide safe places for adults, teens and children to grieve, bond with other survivors, share personal stories and take a break. Grieving can be emotionally and physically exhausting. Connect with people who understand your grief journey.

Tax Tips and Trivia

Prior year returns? Check. Talk to a tax consultant for help filing your 2014 return, too.

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Don’t Pack Everything

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Pack like a pro...know what to box up and what to hand carry to your next duty assignment.

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Dream Vacations

Did You Know?

May 1-7 is National Travel and Tourism Week. Book your getaway using military lodging. Save cash and have fun.

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May 29 Is National 529 Day

College savings plans, or 529s, are flexible, offer tax savings and are available in every state. Get the facts.

Let's Hear it for Mom

Moms can do it all, but Military OneSource can lend a hand on Mother's Day, May 8, or any time.

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What You're Saying

What You're Saying

"I will ensure all of my soldiers know that they can turn to Military OneSource for their needs."

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Spring Into Action

Did You Know?

Be ready when disaster strikes. Act today to keep yourself and your family safe. Join America's PrepareAthon!

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From Military OneSource

Military OneSource representatives have assisted more than 800 wounded warriors during the current fiscal year.

Armed Forces Day 2016

Honor members of all service branches for their commitment and mission-focus on Armed Forces Day, May 21.

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Hot Off the Press

Did You Know?

The newly redesigned Spouse Education and Career Opportunities eNewsletter is even easier to read and share.

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