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Memorial Day
 
 Guest Blogger, Melissa A Gold Star Wife's Perspective
Gold Star Wife, Melissa, gives us her perspective on Memorial Day.
 
 Guest Blogger, SGT Kramer A Letter to My Father on Memorial Day
Gold Star Family member, SGT Kramer, shares an excerpt from a letter written to his father.
 
Guest Blogger, Angel All Gave Some and Some Gave All
Gold Star family member and United States Army veteran, Angel, shares her survivor story.
  
 Guest Blogger, Glenda The Difference Between Memorial Day and Veterans Day
Gold Star Mother, Glenda, lost her son Army 1LT Daniel Hyde on March 7, 2009 as he served during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
 

Guest Blogger, Sheila What I Want Americans to Know About and Do on Memorial Day and Veterans Day
What Gold Star Mother, Sheila, would like Americans to know about when it comes to Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
 
  
 Guest Blogger, Esther A Gold Star Mother's Perspective
Gold Star Mother, Esther's perspective on Memorial Day.
 

 Guest Blogger, Sharrell The Day My Life Changed Forever
Gold Star Wife, Sharrell, shares the day everything changed.
  
Flags placed on headstones Memorial Day
Have you ever wondered where the idea for Memorial Day came from? Here's a brief history of this day to honor those we've lost.

 
 
 
On Memorial Day Honor the Lives, Courage and Legacy of Fallen Service Members Army Releases Memorial Day PSAs
The Army released two public service announcements about Memorial Day
to inform the American public about the holiday's true meaning.
 
   
 
 



Strong B.A.N.D.S.
 
 
  Strong B.A.N.D.S.
Join Army Garrisons around the world for the 5th annual Strong B.A.N.D.S. campaign during May, National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.

 
 
 
Map of Locations Strong B.A.N.D.S. Locations
Interested in taking part in Strong B.A.N.D.S. - check to see your local garrison's events!

 
 
 
  Meet the Athletes
Find out more about this year's Strong B.A.N.D.S. athletes SPC Parker, SPC Storie, and SPC Williams.

 
 
"Fitness" file Fitness Resources
Find the resources to help you with your performance goals: learn about the performance triad (P3), build esprit-de-corps, and get healthy recipes.
 
 


Military Spouse Appreciation Day
 
 
The Strength of Our Soldiers Military Spouse Appreciation Day
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed the first proclamation officially recognizing Military Spouse Appreciation Day. The Department of Defense then standardized the date by declaring the Friday before Mother's Day every year as Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

 
 
 
Mica's artwork Military spouse, blogger 'draws' on child's creativity
Mica Hendricks' post, "Collaborating with a 4 year-old," published on her blog Busy Mockingbird, went viral in 2013. Since then, Hendricks balanced the responsibilities of being a mother, military spouse, MWR employee and online blogger.

 
 

Soldier and her spouse Male military spouses do much more than mow lawns
According to a 2013 Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense report, males made up 7.3 percent of the Active Duty spouse population.
 
 
 

 Guest Blogger, Mica Collaboration with a 4-year old
Read the blog that inspired thousands to collaborate on art projects with their children.
 
 


Military Appreciation Month
 
 
National Military Appreciation Month Stand-To! Military Appreciation Month
In 1999, Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month to encourage the nation to publicly demonstrate their appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by service members....

 
 
 
Army MWR Guest Blogger, Rachel Guest Blog: Military Appreciation Month
Military Appreciation Month honors current and former members of the Armed Forces. For those of us who are attached to the military, we already appreciate plenty of what the Armed Forces do.

 


Month of the Military Child
 
 
Their Lives, Their Stories Month of the Military Child
Learn more about Their Lives, Their Stories this year.
 
 

 
Month of the Military Child: Share & Win, April 1-30. Click to Learn How! Young Lives, BIG Stories Contest
Share your story on what it is like to be a military child for a chance to win cool prizes. Enter the Young Lives, BIG Stories Contest NOW through April 30th.
 
 
 
 
I will always be with you... Meet Elizabeth
Elizabeth is a surviving military child. Learn more about her and what it means to be a military kid.

 
 



Gold Star Wives' Day

 
Guest Blogger, Jennifer Army Wife, Gold Star Wife: Why I Wear My Pin
When I married my husband in May of 2000, I joined the ranks of being an Army wife and a proud one at that. 

 
 
Gold Star Pins Stand-To!
April 5, 2015, is Gold Star Wives’ Day. The purpose is to honor the surviving spouses of our fallen Soldiers.
 
 
 
Guest Blogger, Kat Trust Your Journey

“Wherever life takes you- trust your journey.” My grandmother used to tell me this when I was a little girl. So when Mark had told me this on our first date, I knew we were destined to be together.
 
 
 
 
Guest Blogger, Cheryl  Bouncing Back by Helping Others
On September 22, 2007, I went from being an Army wife to a Gold Star Wife. After a knock on the door, early Saturday morning and a well known speech “On Behalf of a grateful nation……” my life changed forever.

 

 


Women's History Month
 
National Women's History Month: Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives Celebrating Women's History Month
March is National Women's History Month. Every year the National Women's History Project selects a unifying theme and this year's theme presents the opportunity to weave women's stories -- individually and collectively -- into the essential fabric of our nation's history.
 
 
The U.S. White House Presidential Proclamation: 
Women's History Month

Women's History Month is an opportunity for us to recognize the contributions women have made to our Nation, and to honor those who blazed trails for women's empowerment and equality.
 
 
 
Women in the U.S. Army Women's History Month: Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives
The Army dedicates each March to highlighting individual and collective stories of female Soldiers. Their stories are inextricably woven into the essential fabric of the nation's history and the history of the U.S. Army.

 
 
Tri-Signed Letter for Women's History Month Tri-Signed Letter: 
Women's History Month

Women's stories are inextricably woven into the essential fabric of our Nation's history and the history of our Army. Every March we dedicate ourselves to highlighting these individual and collective stories.
 
 
Corps of Engineers leader shares her story
Growing up in Mississippi with a single mother, who was a registered nurse, Brenda Johnson-Turner thought she would like to try that as a career.
 
 
Advocate offers message of hope Advocate offers message of hope
Human trafficking and other forms of abuse of men, women and children are growing at home and internationally at a greater rate than most other crimes.
 


St. Patrick's Day
 
Crackers and dip Featured Recipe:
Corned Beef Dip

A new twist on an old favorite.
 
 
Green Velvet Cupcakes Featured Recipe:
Green Velvet Cupcakes

Sweet treats to brighten your St. Patrick's Day!
 
 
Potato Salad Featured Recipe:
Paddy's Irish Potato Salad

Try this festive potato salad.
 
Stew Featured Recipe:
Slow Cooker Guinness Irish Beef Stew

Savory and delicious, this beef stew is a hit for St. Patrick's Day!
 



Military Saves/Employment
 
 
Military America Saves. Start Small. Think Big. Military Saves
Military Saves Week, Feb. 23-28, joins the military community with federal, state and local resources, along with military banks and credit unions to focus on financial readiness, debt reduction and future savings.

 
 
 
Boardroom table with pen and paper on it Soldier for Life: Expert offers salary negotiation tips
Many job seekers fail to prepare themselves for this final hurdle and may end up with less compensation than they are worth.

 
 
 
Training Notebook, glasses, pen and phone Soldier for Life: It pays to get more education or training
We live in a competitive society. There are generally more people looking for jobs than there are jobs available.

 
 
 
"Training" Key on Keyboard Military Spouse Employment Program expands partnership
Through Joining Forces, an initiative offering employment, educational and wellness resources to military families, Pentagon officials today inducted 38 organizations into the Military Spouse Employment Partnership.

 



African-American/Black History Month
 
 
A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture National African American History Month 2015
Read the proclamation from the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.
 
 
Actress portrays Harriett Tubman Corps of Engineers brings actress to highlight rugged American history
Acclaimed actress, Gwendolyn Briley-Strand brought her one-woman show "Harriet Tubman: The Chose One" to the Defense Distribution Center.
 
Buffalo Soldiers Black History Month: Shining a light on contributions of black Americans
February is Black History Month, a time set aside to learn more about the many contributions that black Americans have made to our history, and to celebrate their culture and achievements.

 
 
Children at Fort Rucker perform musical numbers African-American History Month: Event kicks off month's activities
A month-long celebration of unity kicked off Jan. 30 at the Fort Rucker Post Exchange with food, fashion, music and dance in honor of African-American History Month.
 
 
MG Bingham Exposure to success positively influences youth, Army leader says
Maj. Gen. Gwendolyn Bingham mentored youth as a part of the "Stars and Stripes" portion of the annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA).

 
 
Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) Annual event honors military's African-American leaders
Prominent African-Americans from all walks of life have served as a bridge between the past and today, as well as a bridge to the future, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said here Feb. 6.
 


Celebrate with MWR
 
 
Calzone Featured Recipe: Heart Shaped Calzones
These delicious treats are perfect for a casual romantic dinner.
 
 
 
 
Heart Shaped Shrimp Skewer Featured Recipe: Heart Shaped
Shrimp Skewers

Looking for a light addition to your Valentine's dinner? Try these!
 
 
 
 
London Broil Featured Recipe: London Broil Steak
An appetizing main dish for a great dinner!
 
 
 
Drink and sweets Featured Recipe: French Kiss Fizz
Try out this sweet drink (non-alcoholic recipe available!)
 
 
 
Mardi Gras mask and beads Mardi Gras
Get the back story on this well known celebration. Make sure you also check out the Mardi Gras inspired recipes from MWR!

 
 
 
 


Fitness and Health
 
Water bottles, fitness equipment, healthy food and a measuring tape Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle
Looking for ideas on how to become healthier? Check out these tips from MWR on ways to upgrade your fitness lifestyle.
 
 
Quinoa in a bowl with a spoon Featured Fit Recipes
Finding the right combination delicious foods that are good for you too can be tough. Try some of these tasty and healthy recipes from MWR.
 
 
Apple, red heart and measuring tape Keeping Your Heart Healthy
Learn ways to help keep your heart healthy.

 
 
 
Person practicing yoga on beach Exercise and You
What exactly are the benefits of a regular exercise program?
 

 

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