Army Community Service-Relocation Readiness Program reduces PCS stress
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. – When Pfc. James Barber, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, arrived at Fort Campbell last month with his wife, Savannah McMahon, they had lodging on post, but no crockpot to cook chicken noodle soup in their new home.
A quick trip to the Army Community Service-Relocation Readiness Program and its large Lending Closet March 16 solved that problem and also provided them with a few other basic household items until the two 19 year olds can get on their feet.
The Lending Closet, located inside ACS at 1501 William C. Lee Road, is just one of the many services the Relocation Readiness Program at Fort Campbell offers for Soldiers and their Families who are arriving or leaving Fort Campbell for a permanent change of station, said Connie Silk, ACS-Relocation Readiness Program manager.
The program was established to reduce stress Soldiers and Families feel when moving, whether it’s inbound or outbound, Silk said.
Barber and McMahon met with Silk for one-on-one counseling, something she suggests all newcomers do, especially those new to the Army and its way of life. She might not have answers to all questions, but she has a vast network of resources from other Fort Campbell agencies, other installations and surrounding cities and counties.
“You want Soldiers and Families to get the right information from the right resource partners, so we network and have partnerships with them,” Silk said.
Soldiers and Families shouldn’t wait until they arrive at Fort Campbell to take advantage of some of the resources provided by the Relocation Readiness Program, she said.
A Soldiers reassignment processing begins upon receipt of assignment instructions, and ends with the issuance of PCS orders in accordance with Army Regulation 600-8-105 The ACS-Relocation Readiness Program emails the Soldiers on assignment, a separate email, she said. Soldiers will receive an email with information about the program, its offerings and an invitation to register to attend the weekly Smooth Move Orientation, Silk said.
Depending on whether a Soldier is going overseas or staying stateside, the team can work to provide them the information they need to know about PCS travel, housing, per diem allowances, and screening that is required for Family members and who can assist with requesting command sponsorship approval for overseas assignments.
Soldiers and Families also are emailed an Automated Welcome Packet for the new duty station or if arriving, for Fort Campbell. The packets also are available online and include information about check-in procedures, housing, employment, education, medical and dental services, directory of services and the local community, Silk said. The automated welcome packets can be found at https://installations.militaryonesource.mil.
A postwide interactive Soldier and Family Orientation for Newcomers is hosted 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Cole Park Commons, 1610 101st Airborne Division Road.
The Newcomers’ Orientation is an interactive orientation for the command team to welcome and inform newly arrived Soldiers, civilian employees and their Family members of the many support services available on Fort Campbell and the surrounding communities. In partnership with Kalsu Replacement Company, new Soldiers in-processing attend the orientation. Married Soldiers are encouraged to invite their spouse to attend the Newcomer’s, she said. The spouse has the opportunity to network with other spouses, connect with the Spouse Career Center for employment, housing on their permanent home options, and learn of the medical support on Fort Campbell.
In addition to obtaining information at the ACS building, which reopened to the public March 16, clients can arrange to visit the Lending Closet, Silk said. Basic items for loan include dishes, pots and pans,
sleeping mats, folding tables, chairs, car seats, irons, toasters and coffee pots, along with utensils. The items are loaned to the Soldier and Family member for 30, 60 or 90 days.
“We got a crockpot, a mixing bowl, chairs, table, a skillet … all kinds of stuff,” said Barber, as he and McMahon loaded their car trunk with folding chairs and a box of kitchen gear. “It will help until we can get settled.”
Barber, from Colorado Springs, Colorado, just finished advanced individual training at Fort Eustis, Virginia. This is his first duty station, so the couple is still gathering everything they need.
“My mom told us about it because my dad is retired Army,” McMahon said. “It will help us get on our feet easier.”
Soldiers who have already packed up to go to another duty station also can borrow items for the several days they may spend waiting to leave.
The ACS-Relocation Readiness Program also offers citizenship classes to Soldiers and Family members who are working to become naturalized U.S. citizens, Silk said. Classes are hosted twice a month and registration is required.
For more information on relocation assistance, to schedule an individual counseling session, register for the classes the ACS-Relocation Readiness Program offers, or set up an appointment at the Lending Closet, call 270-798-6313. To view the scheduled classes, visit ACS @FortCampbellACS.
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|Location:||FORT CAMPBELL , KY, US|
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Fort Campbell Army Community Service to hold Military Saves Week free events
Fort Campbell, KY – Army Community Service Financial Readiness will observe Military Saves Week by holding a series of free events designed to offer you the resources to make sound financial decisions February 23rd-27th.
Military Saves, a component of the nonprofit America Saves and a partner in the Department of Defense’s Financial Readiness Campaign, seeks to motivate, support, and encourage military families to save money, reduce debt, and build wealth.
The research-based campaign uses the principles of behavioral economics and social marketing to change behavior.
Military Saves encourages all service members, their families, and civilian employees to take the Military Saves pledge and for organizations to promote savings year-round and during Military Saves Week.
Savers who take the pledge can opt to receive a monthly e-newsletter from Military Saves, as well as a quarterly e-newsletter from America Saves. Military Saves also works with FINRA Investor Education Foundation, the defense credit unions, military banks and other non-profit organizations to promote savings and debt reduction.
- 10:00am — Military Saves Kickoff Ceremony
- 10:00am to 11:00am — Free Seminar: Investing in Your TSP
- 10:00am to 11:00am — Free Seminar: Income Taxes – Save Money
- 1:00pm to 2:00pm — Free Seminar: Principles of Investing
- 9:00am to 11:00am — Free Seminar: Money Management
- 1:00pm to 2:00pm — Free Seminar: Military Retirement & TSP
- 8:00am to 9:00am — Commissary Tour (meet at Commissary Parking Lot)
- 10:00am to 11:00am — Free Seminar: Saving and Investing
- 11:00am to 1:00pm — Military Saves Information Table at the Main Exchange
All events will be held at Building 5662 unless otherwise stated.
You can find more information about Military Saves Week at www.militarysaves.org .
For information or registration, please call 270.798.5518.
Fort Campbell Army Community Service Newsletter October ...
In This Edition
ACS Celebrates the
Making Relocation a
I’m Dreaming Of a
Holiday Travel with
“Be In The Know”
4th Brigade Special
ACS program service
ACS Chief’s Corner
By Kevin Smith Sr.
Outreach Program Coordinator
The ArmyCommunityService Staff begins the Holiday Season by celebrating our Soldiers and Families. We take this
opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices that our Soldiers and Families have made for the past 10 years. We honor their
unwavering and selfless dedication to our country. We cannot thank them enough for what they have sacrificed in defense
of protecting our nation and our freedom.
We give to our
Soldiers the gift
are ready to do
which allows us
to sleep at
night. We also
never forget the
wonder if their
loved ones will
make it through
of our Soldiers
comes from the
their Families. They are a vital connection between Soldiers and the Army's ability to remain strong. Families are very
important to us.
We support our Soldiers and Families whose hardships are true. The ACS staff is there to help see them through their life
challenges and adversities. The ACS staff’s sole mission is to serve our Military Community by coordinating and delivering
services which promote self reliance, resilience and stability in war and peace. ArmyCommunityService, “Real- Life Solutions
for Successful Army Living”, makes memories of a lifetime every day. There is no finish line in the pursuit of
excellence and this ACS pursues excellence
Page 2 October/November/December
By Mary Young
Relocation Readiness Program Sr. Specialist
Relocation is a
standard part of
military life and can
be a positive and
for the military Family.
There are many exciting possibilities that can
come with moving to a new place. If you’re not
completely ready when the day finally arrives,
moving can be extremely stressful. You and
your Family will experience many emotions in
the weeks and months prior to your move.
Preparation and a positive attitude will be the
keys to making a smooth transition.
One way to help minimize some of the PCS
stress is to start planning as soon as you are
notified about the upcoming move. You may
consider planning and getting information even
before you receive your PCS orders to help
give yourself and your Family extra time to
While moving is always stressful, your stress
can be drastically reduced if you take full
advantage of the information, education, and
personal assistance provided to you by the
ArmyCommunityService (ACS) Relocation
Readiness Program. This is the place to find
answers and referral services to other
installation resources, as well as assistance with
The program is designed to answer questions
that Families may have about making a PCS
move and giving advice on how to begin the
process successfully. The most important thing
you can do to ensure a smooth move, is to plan
early and use the available relocation
assistance services and tools.
The following are programs and services
provided by the FortCampbell
Relocation Readiness Program when
you’re getting ready to move from Fort
Campbell to your next duty station:
Plan My Move: Is an automated welcome
packet online, website found at
www.militaryonesource.com, which provides
you with access to information about your
entitlements and benefits, points of contact,
checklists, planning tools, and information on
education, housing, medical, dental and
employment. “Plan My Move” will put you
and you’re Family in charge of a smooth
move to your new duty assignment.
Items are available for loan,
at no cost, for 30 to 60
days. The following items
are available: folding tables
and chairs, sleeping mats,
irons, ironing boards,
toasters, coffee pots, tea
pots and pans, dishes,
platters, mixing bowls,
colanders, pitchers, baking dishes, cutting
boards, pizza pans, cookie sheets, baby gates,
port a cribs, high chairs, booster seats, and
car seats. Copies of PCS orders and military
ID cards are required to borrow items.
Plan: Is provided to
personnel relocating to other
Counseling will include
assessment of individual or
Family needs and particular relocation
Relocation Resource Center: Offers
information packets from "Plan my Move",
www.militaryonesource.com, on all military
installations, foreign language, trip itineraries,
and a library of welcome packet information
about other installations.
Smooth Move CONUS to
CONUS and Mandatory
Orientation: The Smooth
Move Orientation provides
information on process and
procedures of a permanent
change of station move. Topics covered include,
finance entitlements, household goods, passenger
travel, Family travel, legal assistance and claims
information. Smooth Move Orientations are
provided every Tuesday and Wednesday for those
PCSing within CONUS to CONUS and every
Friday for PCS (OCONUS) overseas. Spouses are
encouraged to attend this briefing with their
Germany & Korea Culture Workshops:
Offered to Soldiers and Families moving to these
countries to provide information and knowledge of
the countries culture and language. Workshops
are held monthly on the last Tuesday for
Germany and last Wednesday for Korea.
Advance registration is recommended.
Sponsorship Training: Classes are designed to
train Soldiers, youth and civilian employees how to
be an effective sponsor for newly assigned
Soldiers and Families to FortCampbell. ACS
Relocation holds a quarterly training in the ACS
Center, building 5661 (Parlor Room) where
Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) brief attendee’s
on program’s resources. Training can be held at
any location upon request with a seven day notice.
Sample Sponsorship Packets will be provided.
Hearts Apart Program for Waiting
Families: Provides support to Families who live
on post or in the surrounding community who are
separated from the military Sponsor due to
mission requirements. We provide monthly
support group meetings and information via email
to include the ACS newsletter, MWR activities,
and information sheet.
The Relocation Office is located in the ACS
building 5661 Screaming Eagle Blvd.
Phone: (270) 956-2676 or 798-0513/ 0494.
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri 0730-1630. Closed
on weekends and Federal Holidays. Website:
By Teré Kangas
A recent Gallop
poll stated that
hard to believe
it, but it is that
time of the
year again. Decorations are starting to pop up
here and there. It reminds us that we have to
budget for holiday spending. Many of us plan
every year to save for Christmas, when the
shock of the February credit card bill hits us.
We pledge to save every month in an account
set aside just for Christmas.
When do you start thinking about
I heard a resounding
Many also say, “I
wait for all the deals
that Black Friday
offers”, the day after
Thanksgiving. If this
is you, let’s look at
your options. First,
we will start with the ones who start thinking
about Christmas on December 23. If you have
not set the money aside every month for the
past 11 months, then you are the ones that
should have the motto: Cash is King. You
should not pull out any plastic; and yes, I mean
those debit cards too. When we take the trip
to the bank and withdraw one lump sum to
complete a purchase, it makes an impact on
our minds. Additionally, when we use our debit
cards for individual purchases, money slides
add up to
the end of
the month. But if we withdraw $1,000 in cash
and watch that pile dwindle with every
realize just how
much we have
If you do not have
the money, then
become your best
friend. Make a coupon booklet for babysitting
or grass cutting for a neighbor or a friend.
Massages and candle light dinners are great
gifts for your Spouse. What do you do well? If
you do scrap booking well, you can give a
coupon that entitles an individual
to a completed scrapbook, as long
as the individual agrees to supply
all the materials. Your talent is
priceless, put it to use. Although,
you do not supply the materials,
your time and effort becomes the gift. What is
a good gift for your child’s teacher, your hair
dresser, your mailman and garbage man? Host
a cookie exchange. It’s a thoughtful way to
show your appreciation.
Now, to the person who has saved money and
decided to wait for the great deals, especially
Black Friday, be careful. Black Friday is known
to retailers as the day of feast; they count on
us to be impulsive buyers and this is what the
day is all about. Beware of so called “great
deals”. Not all great deals are created equal.
Many people look at the bundle package deals.
Be very careful not to get old stuff. The other
deal, that many people jump on during Black
Friday are the electronics. Do not be fooled!
They often involve
off brands, not top
of the line, or even
deals that are not
as good as regular
priced items. One example was a laptop that
was advertised at $229. Seems like a great
deal but the processor was outdated and
extremely slow. To make matters worse, the
memory was only 1GB, not very good at all.
However, when you looked closer you still had
to buy and install items to make it wireless,
although it stated the laptop had “wireless
Blu-ray players are sure to be offered really
cheap this year. Make sure they do not need
updates to the technology. Many of the first
updates. If they had
ethernet connects, it
was never an issue. All
Blu-ray 2.0 players
have the ethernet jack.
Finally, reliability should
be the number one concern with electronics.
Make sure you check out which TVs, DVDs,
Blu-rays, and other electronics have fared well.
Also, pay attention to the warranties. Many
electronics have a 90 day warranty. Look for
one that has at least a one year parts and
labor warranty. Make sure that you
understand the warranty. If you buy a 56 inch
TV and the warranty work has to be done in
Nashville, can you transport it safely or pay to
have it done? If you buy extended warranties,
make sure you know what is covered. Know if
you must have all original packing for the
warranty work to be completed, not just the
During this holiday season, have a plan and
educate yourself. Do not give into the need for
immediate gratification. Remember the old
saying, “A fool and his money are soon
By Ann Brown
In October, we highlight the awareness of Persons with Disabilities during the “National Disability Awareness Month”. EFMP will host its annual
luncheon to commemorate the event at Cole Park Commons with guest speakers, entertainment, informational displays and much more. All are
welcomed to attend. For tickets and information call (270) 798-3426.
In an effort to help our Families connect and have fun, EFMP has scheduled various events and activities to include:
Movie Night at Clarksville Great Escape
A View from Space at Customs House Museum
Support Group with featured speaker from “Tennessee Voices”
In November the featured events and activities are:
Ceramic/Pottery painting at FortCampbell’s Guenette Arts and Craft Center
Support Group with featured speaker James McCarten from the Autism Society Middle Tennessee
System Navigators will host the Individual Education Plan (IEP) Parent Network Workshop
To conclude the year, In December, our events will include:
The Annual Holiday Celebration with entertainment, food and fun activities for all
Q & A Potluck for EFMs and their Families – bring your favorite dish and fellowship with each other
Source: Military Community and Family Policy
The holiday season is when most Families take time off and travel to visit loved ones. For military Families, traveling to visit grandparents, aunts, uncles, and
cousins is fairly typical. Packing up the car with presents, Family pets, and child-friendly entertainment is definitely on the checklist. As an Exceptional Family
Member Program (EFMP) professional, how can you help EFMP Families prepare for the road trip and have a successful visit with extended Family members?
Here are a few tips for you to share with Families:
The Road Trip
1. Stay safe – Check your vehicle. When was the last oil change? Are the tires in good condition; will they handle snow or icy conditions? Keep an
emergency roadside kit in the car and be sure to have tire changing tools handy. Set reasonable time limits on daily driving, making sure it is not too long for
your Family member to manage. Have a plan. What if you break down? Who will you call? Does your Family member have identification in a wallet or on his
or her clothing?
2. Pack right – Pack lots of healthy snacks and blankets if you are traveling in cold weather. Remember to plan sleeping arrangements for your Family
member. What can you pack to make him or her more comfortable and safe while sleeping? Pack extra batteries and chargers if you are traveling with
medical equipment or other types of equipment requiring battery power. Have you packed medications, special foods, clothing, and hygiene or other
necessary items? Do you have necessary documentation, medicine, and food for your service animal?
3. Remember accessible accommodations – Know your rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Ask about accessible features in the
hotel when making reservations. Customer satisfaction is important in the hotel industry. Do not hesitate to ask for what you need to make your stay more
Visiting Extended Family Members
1. Prepare in advance – If possible, have your Family member with special needs speak with your extended Family members prior to the visit. If you do
not communicate regularly with the people you are visiting, share photos or videos or try video teleconferencing (e.g., Skype) prior to the visit to help them get
to know each other.
2. Foster independence – Have your Family member speak openly with your extended Family members about visiting them. Share ideas about making
the experience more comfortable for everyone (e.g., having familiar foods available or scheduling activities your Family member will particularly enjoy). Address
any concerns he or she may have in advance.
3. Understand limitations – A large room full of relatives can be overwhelming for anyone. Find a quiet area that you and your Family member can use
to take a break or a nap.
October/November/December ACS CONNECTION
“Abilities are Strengthened through Difficulties”
Luncheon Keynote Speaker
Dr. James Coplan
“Making Sense of Autistic Spectrum Disorders”
Cole Park Commons
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Cost $10 per person
Exceptional Family Member Program
Equal Employment Opportunity Office (EEO)
For ticket information and requests for
please call (270) 798-2727 or 798-2581 or
email [email protected]
Space is limited, advance ticket sales only
Page 6 October/November/December ACS CONNECTION
By Sharon E. Edwards
FERP Team Leader
The New Year is just around the corner,
and it’s a good time to start reassessing
and getting some questions answered.
The ArmyCommunityService (ACS)
Family Employment Readiness Program
(FERP) aims to keep our customers “in the
know” during the holidays and throughout
the entire year.
The Unemployment Rate has remained
above 9% and according to the National
Public Radio (NPR) article, dated 8 July
2011, the unemployment rate for military
Spouses is higher than the national
average at 26%
2011 has been a record breaking year for
us. Our workload peaked during the
month of August with1,287 customers.
We have trained hundreds of clients this
year by providing the necessary tools and
information on improving job seeking skills.
The saying, “Knowledge is Power” rings
true every day in the employment
The ACS FERP team shares the most
current and correct information as it’s
received. We seek out the Subject Matter
Experts (SME) as often as needed to
deliver firsthand knowledge to our
We want to
eliminate the confusion and present
the facts about FERP to the public.
Q: What is ArmyCommunityService
(ACS) Family Employment Readiness
A: ACS FERP is an organization that
provides employment assistance to
Spouses of Active Duty personnel, DoD
Civilians, Retirees, Veterans and their
Q: What services are the offered at
A: We offer the FERP three steps
Family Information & Training (FIT)
Plan which includes; Information
Seminars, Specialty Workshops and
One-on-One Counseling that include:
1. Information Seminars, offered every
Wednesday at 1300 this session provides
an overview of services. All customers
are invited; newcomers are strongly
encouraged to attend. During the
session our customers learn about on
and off post job announcements,
employer information, education
opportunities, Non-appropriated Funds
(NAF) application process and more.
2. Specialty workshops: such as
Employer Spotlight, Jump start your
Resume and Federal Job Search Prep
Employer Spotlight: 0900 to 1000
every 2 nd Tuesday
Jump Start Your Resume:
1000 to Noon, every 2 nd Tuesday,
Federal Job Search Prep: Every
1 stand 3 rd Wed, 0900 to 1030.
3. One-on-One Counseling:
Walk-in or by appointment. Call
(270) 798-4412 to make an appointment.
Q: Where are you located and where are the
A: We are located at 5661 Screaming Eagle
Blvd, room 108. All classes are held at the
same address unless otherwise stated. ACS
and ACAP provide a calendar of events.
Q: Are you on FACEBOOK?
A: Yes, you may like us at
Q: What is your website?
Q: What are some websites to find jobs on
A: www.armycivilianservice.com and
October/November/December ACS CONNECTION
By Kevin Smith Sr.
Outreach Program Coordinator
Military OneSource (MOS) is an extension
of your local ArmyCommunityService.
MOS is sponsored by the Department of
Defense (DOD). All Active-duty Soldiers
and their immediate Family Members are
eligible users of MOS. National Guards
and Reserve members and their Families
are also eligible. In addition, anyone who
has legal responsibility for Soldier’s children
or personal affairs during deployment
or any other duty related to separation
from Family may use MOS service on
behalf of the Soldier. There are variations
on eligibility criteria, please log on to
www.militaryonesourc.com or call
1-800-342-9647 to get detailed
information on eligibility criteria.
MOS provides FREE services and
resources to all eligible users 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.
Family Members and Soldiers can expect
privacy and confidentiality when contacting
MOS, whether by telephone, internet or
face-to-face counseling. However, there
are exceptions; MOS consultants have a
duty to report Family maltreatment,
threats to harm self or others and any
MOS provides a broad array of services
and resources to Soldiers and their Family
Members. The services and resources are
not solely related to military life. Some of
the services provided are:
Community Resources & Referrals
Children & Youth
Counseling & Crisis
Career & Education
MOS provides educational services for children
in grades K-12. Educational consultants are
available to answer questions referring to:
Early childhood education – how to
choose a school
How to help your child with homework
Available resources to parents who wish
to home school
One great FREE service that MOS offers for
Soldiers and Family Members is tutor.com.
Tutor.com offers unlimited services that are
available 24hrs a day 7 days a week. It offers
assistance from professional tutors for reading,
math and written language skills. I found this
program to be very helpful for my child. We
utilized the service for homework help,
studying, test prep and more.
The TumbleBook Library is an online library
that has over 200 books. You can access
animated, talking picture books that help kids
improve their reading/literacy skills, along with
games and quizzes that will help build math
Test. They may also access
information on the following: Adjusting to
College, Alternatives to College, College Search,
Financial Aid, Scholarships, Applying to College,
and much more.
MOS offers a Department Of Defense Online
provides a wide
are not found in
the local library.
MOS also offers
Info track; this is
over 300 titles
for students in
and High School. You will have access to a
variety of index and full-text magazines,
newspapers and reference books. You can also
access information on current events, the arts,
science, popular culture, health, people,
government, history, sports and more.
website. If your
likely has it. If
MOS does not
issue on its site,
refer you to an
appropriate source. To gain access to MOS,
eligible users will need to create a user ID and
password at www.OneSource.com. MOS
ensures that personal information is secure and
each user is treated with respect.
Page 8 October/November/December ACS CONNECTION
By Penny Henderson
Family Readiness Support Assistant (FRSA)
Family Members of the deployed 4 th Brigade Special Troop
Battalion (Apache) enjoyed our “Big Bash”, which included
soccer games, swings and slides for the young and the young at
heart. We never miss an opportunity to provide needed
information to our Families; therefore, a Military Family Life
Consultant (MFLC) and a Personal Financial Consultant (PFC)
were invited to answer questions and provide information to our
Family Members generously donated plenty of food and drinks to be enjoyed by all on this hot day. Our children had the opportunity to
have their face painted by the face painting team. Free t-shirts were given away to all attendees. There was something for everyone;
our FRGs managed to sell some of their gear for proceeds that goes back to the Families. Great fun was had by all; even our four-legged
friends enjoyed the day.
Meg Prior was our special guest; she is an independent journalist from California. Currently, Ms. Prior is working on a documentary
about the Currahee Brigade’s deployment and redeployment cycle. We were honored and grateful that she was able to join us and
speak to many of our Family Members. CPT Richard Sposito, Rear-Detachment Commander, presided over an Apache Battalion Family
Readiness Group (FRG) Volunteer Recognition Ceremony. CPT Sposito thanked all of our Family Members for supporting and helping
each other during this deployment. He emphasized that our support of one another takes the pressure off of our Apaches downrange,
which allows them to concentrate on the mission and a safe return home.
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A time of festivity, parties, shopping, entertaining, religious observances, Family gatherings, and decorating, the holiday season can be full of excitement and
promise. However, with this time of year inevitably comes stress.
For many, the first signs of holiday stress emerge around Halloween, when stores start stocking shelves with Christmas decorations and candies. People begin
to feel the clock ticking and that there is not enough time to fit in everything. We often have higher expectations for this time of year than for any other,
which places even more pressure on us and increases the likelihood we may end up disappointed.
Signs of stress may include feeling impatient, worried, cranky, and, in some cases, depressed. People might experience sleep or appetite disturbances, or other
physical complaints such as muscle tension, headache, fatigue, or stomach aches. Children are not immune to this stress. Parents set the pace for their kids,
and they too, can feel the sense of urgency.
The following are some tips to help you minimize holiday stress. Major themes in these recommendations include:
Let go of unrealistic expectations, particularly the desire for perfection.
Invest your energies wisely.
Set a holiday budget.
Do not equate love with cost and quantity of gifts.
Consider giving the gift of your time and service.
Ask people what they want instead of searching for the perfect gift.
Shop early so there is more of a selection and you have time to really choose.
Shop on the Internet.
Ask others to bring their favorite dish.
Think simple, and focus on the purpose of the get together.
Getting Together with Family
Evaluate past holidays and traditions, and consider any changes in the Family
structure (e.g., marriages, remarriages, and divorce). Be flexible and willing to
let go of ideas of the way things "should be.”.
Share responsibilities so the pressure does not fall on one person (e.g., rotate homes,
Plan to visit some friends and Family soon after the holidays. There is no need to squeeze
everything in before the New Year.
Allow enough time to relax and recover after visiting with others. Children need this too.
Tell your Family about your commitments so you are not struggling against their
Travel after rush hour. When driving long distances, give yourself time to stop and rest.
Take Care of Yourself
Get adequate sleep. Eat regular meals. Don't abandon your exercise routine.
Plan pleasurable activities each day.
Don't let your "to-do" list control you. Set realistic goals for yourself.
Spend time with supportive people.
Take breaks. Rest when your body tells you to.
Practice relaxation exercises (i.e., stretching, deep breathing, yoga, meditation).
Get help if you need it. Talk to your doctor, a mental health professional, or minister or rabbi.
This information is provided by the Cleveland Clinic and is not intended to replace the medical advice of
your doctor or health care provider. Please consult your health care provider for advice about a specific
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October/November/December ACS CONNECTION
ArmyCommunityService provides services to our Military Families all year round.
The following programs are available to address the needs of the FortCampbell
In building 5661 Screaming Eagle Blvd, ArmyCommunityService you will find:
Information & Referral (270) 798-9322
Outreach Program (270) 798-0263/2062
Relocation Readiness (270) 798-6313
Exceptional Family Member Program (270) 798-2727
Family Employment Readiness Program (270) 798-4412
ACS Volunteer Program (270) 412-0358
Military Family Life Consultants (MFLC) (270) 205-1917
In building 1501 William C. Lee Road, Family Resource Center (FRC), you will find:
Army Volunteer Corps (AVC) (270) 956-2934
Mobilization/Deployment (Mob/Dep) (270) 798-3849
Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) (270) 798-2063
Army Family Team Building (AFTB) (270) 798-4800
Family Advocacy Program (FAP) (270) 412-5500
Military Family Life Consultants (MFLC) (270) 205-1917
In building 5662 Screaming Eagle Blvd., you will find:
Financial Readiness Program (270)798-5518
Consumer Affairs Office (270) 798-5528
In building 2433 Indiana Ave, you will find:
Soldier Family Assistance Center (SFAC) (270) 412-6000
In building 2073 Michigan Ave., you will find:
Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) (270) 798-0272/0277
Juanita Harris, ACS Outreach Program Team Leader
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TO CHANGE REQUIRES
DEDICATION AND EFFORT. THIS
ARMY COMMUNITY SERVICE IS
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THE CHANGES OF THE FORT
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