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December 2020 Articles

Seeking Help is a Sign of Strength

12/30/2020
No matter what problems you're dealing with, there are resources available to help you, and people to lean on for support. As part of the Army Family, you're never alone. You have a strong, supportive community that understands the challenges you face and how you feel because they have experienced the challenges and felt the way you do. Learn about the support services the Army has to help you.

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50 Lifehacks for Building Resilience

12/30/2020
Building resilience is an ongoing process that takes practice, but the rewards of building your mental agility and resilience are lifelong. Resilience can improve the quality of life for you and your loved ones, helping you to grow and thrive. To get started on this journey of resilience, try some of these lifehacks and make resilience practice a daily habit.

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Army to Widen Scope of Legal Counsel Program for Victims of Sexual Assault

12/18/2020
The Army looks to expand its Special Victims’ Counsel program this fiscal year, as the need for legal counsel and victim representation increased at some installations. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 extended the SVC program’s pool of potential clients. The SVC program now provides legal representation to certain eligible victims of domestic abuse. The service is adding 30 full-time Special Victims’ Counsel lawyers this fiscal year to bring its total to 74 full-time SVCs. The Army will further increase SVC authorizations by an additional 17 in fiscal 2022.

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Handling Stress and Anxiety During the Winter Holidays

12/11/2020
With the holiday season upon us, the cold, dark days that winter brings, and the social distancing and movement restrictions brought about by COVID-19, it’s not uncommon for people to feel depressed. Combined, these issues have created sources of stress for most people, but medical experts suggest there are ways to minimize or alleviate those symptoms. Some of these methods include limiting social media exposure, maintain adequate sleep, exercise, and a healthy diet, and spending some time outdoors.

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Army Continues to Combat Discrimination Through Project Inclusion

12/11/2020
To help foster a culture built on trust, the Army is conducting additional listening sessions at most Army installations as part of Project Inclusion, a senior leader-directed initiative that began in the summer. Project Inclusion, which is part of the Army’s five-year strategic diversity plan, is a holistic effort to listen to Army personnel and enact programs to promote diversity, equity and inclusion.

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Army Senior Leader Message to the Force

12/08/2020
The issues at Fort Hood exist at other installations. We will not tolerate these behaviors. Leaders at every echelon play a role in driving culture. Respect, trust, and discipline are the foundation of unit cohesion and readiness. Leaders have the responsibility to build and maintain that foundation. They must drive a culture of prevention before, intervention during, and compassion and human decency in the face of a catastrophic event.

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SecArmy Announces New Policy, Forms People First Task Force to Implement FHIRC Recommendations

12/08/2020
The Secretary of the Army announced a new Army policy on missing Soldiers and formed the People First Task Force to address the recommendations of the Fort Hood Independent Review Committee. The Committee found a deficient climate at Fort Hood and recommended staffing and structural changes to SHARP.

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Secretary McCarthy Holds Ft Hood Leaders Accountable

12/08/2020
The Secretary of the Army directed the relief or suspension of 14 Fort Hood commanders and other leaders down to the squad level based on the findings of an independent review of the command’s climate and culture.

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