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    Celebrate several awareness months in April

    Fort McCoy holds April Awareness Kick-off event for four observances

    Photo By Scott Sturkol | Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. Hui Chae Kim signs one of four monthly observance...... read more read more

    FORT MCCOY, WI, UNITED STATES

    04.19.2019

    Story by Aimee Malone 

    Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office           

    The Department of the Army recognizes several awareness months during the month of April, including Alcohol Awareness Month, Month of the Military Child, National Autism Awareness Month, National Child Abuse Awareness Month, and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

    Alcohol Awareness Month
    Founded and sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 to help reduce the stigma so often associated with alcohol addiction by encouraging communities to reach out to the American public each April with information about alcohol, alcohol addiction, and recovery, according to www.facingaddiction.org. Alcohol addiction is a chronic, progressive disease that is genetically predisposed and can be fatal if untreated.

    The Army offers a number of resources for those who need assistance with alcohol abuse, whether their own, a friend’s, or a family members.

    Month of the Military Child
    April is designated as the Month of the Military Child; a time to honor the sacrifices made by military families worldwide, with an emphasis on the experience of the dependent children of military members serving at home and overseas, according to www.militarybenefits.info. Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger was responsible for establishing April as the Month of the Military Child in 1986.

    Month of the Military Child events are organized by Morale, Welfare, and Recreation units at most installations.

    National Autism Awareness Month
    Nearly a quarter century ago, the Autism Society launched a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, inclusion, and self-determination for all and assure that each person with autism spectrum disorder is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life, according to www.autism-society.org. National Autism Awareness Month represents an excellent opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year.

    For information about programs connected to autism, call the Exceptional Family Member Program at your installation. EFMP also helps organize alternate events or special start times for certain events to help families participate in events they might otherwise avoid or find difficult.

    National Child Abuse Awareness Month
    National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect and promotes the social and emotional well-being of children and families, according to www.childwelfare.gov.

    During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to increase awareness and provide education and support to families through resources and strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect.

    Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
    Sexual Assault Awareness Month is a campaign to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it, according to www.nsvrc.org. The campaign theme, I Ask, champions the message that asking for consent is a healthy, normal, and necessary part of everyday interactions.

    The Army’s program to combat sexual assault and harassment is Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP). Both civilian employees and military members are required to take annual training through SHARP. Information about SHARP is available online at www.sexualassault.army.mil or through the installation sexual assault response coordinator.

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    Date Taken: 04.19.2019
    Date Posted: 04.19.2019 11:03
    Story ID: 318801
    Location: FORT MCCOY, WI, US 

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