April Army Information Update - Because Knowledge is Power! ... Pass it on!

Because information is power, we are informing you each personally and inspiring you to pass it along.

Let’s spring into WELLNESS in April. The National Wellness Institute defines wellness as “an active 
process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence”.  (National Wellness Institute, 2022)

1. Army life can bring the unexpected right to your doorstep. Being prepared personally and as a 
family is critical. These three videos will help you get started and keep yourself updated so you can BE READY!

     a. Standing Ready Part I (4:13) covers the What, Why and How of four critical documents every Soldier and every Spouse should understand and know how to access:
                    1. Record or Emergency Data (DD93)
                    2. Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (SGLI)
                    3. Deployment Orders
                    4. Spouse Preference Form
    b. Standing Ready Part II  (4:43) covers the What, Why and How of:
                   1. Delegation of Parental Authority
                   2. Power of Attorney
                   3. Living Will
                   4. Last Will & Testament
    c.  Understanding Your Leave & Earnings Statement (LES) (6:05)

2. Armed Forces Wellness Centers- Find the nearest one to you! They are open to Soldiers and Family members and all the services are free.

3. Get outside, go on vacation or find discounted tickets and trips through your local MWR.
     a. Find your local MWR Outdoor Recreation opportunities.
     b. Find your local MWRs Sports & Fitness opportunities.
     c. Find Travel Opportunities including RV Parks and Campgrounds
     d. Let MWRs Leisure Travel Office plan your next vacation and help with discounted tickets to parks, concerts and more.

4. Connecting with others.
     a. Check out your installation’s Army Volunteer Corps and ask about non-profits on post.
     b. Connect with your Soldier & Family Readiness Group (SFRG). Inquire at your local ACS or ask your Soldier how to connect.
     c.  Connect with the local Army Spouses’ Club- a great way to meet friends, build your resume and contribute to your community.
              i. Ask your local ACS how to connect or google “Army Spouses Clubs in My Area”
              ii. For the DC/MD/VA area it’s the Army Spouses’ Club of the Greater Washington Area

5. Below are a few of the many other organizations & opportunities to help you connect & contribute:
     a. Explore the area where you live through your local Chamber of Commerce website
     b. Armed Services YMCA
     c. USO
     d. iRead and United Through Reading programs
     e. wear blue: run to remember
     f.  Operation Deploy Your Dress
     g. American Red Cross

6. See the attached document for more information and QR codes.