Hello USAREUR Team,

Over the past few months I have talked extensively about the Army's Ready and Resilient Campaign, from what it entails to the resources it offers our great Soldiers, civilians and families, to what I expect from leaders at every level when it comes to taking care of our own.

I am continually impressed as I travel around United States Army Europe, whether it's at a unit or an installation, I see increased leader engagement and I see Soldiers at every level looking for ways to combat the serious issues that face our force today.

I am certain that we are on the right path and together we can accomplish any mission and overcome any challenge.

To that end, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and I'd like to take a moment to discuss the Army's comprehensive approach to the prevention of domestic abuse.

The Army is fully committed to supporting its Soldiers and families by overcoming harmful issues that affect the health and well-being of the force.

Domestic abuse, at any degree of severity, undermines that commitment. The Army provides varying degrees of resources such as ACS programs, chaplains and behavioral health specialists, which everyone can use to prevent domestic abuse and develop skills to help restore stability and health if needed.

As our Army has seen multiple deployments in over 12 years of persistent conflict, our Soldiers and their families live with multiple stressors, and wounds that may not be visible. The entire Army community must work together as a team to prevent abuse, protect victims and hold offenders accountable when abuse occurs.

Together, we can combat issues like this if we focus on caring for and about ourselves, those around us, and the communities we live in.

On that note, I would like to remind everyone that the 2013 Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas (CFC-O) is currently ongoing.

This year's theme is "Serve to honor your country. Give because you care." Military, civilian personnel and federal employees can donate to more than 2,600 national and international charities through the campaign.

Last year, donations from USAREUR totaled more than $2.2 million. The CFC-O is currently the only authorized avenue for charitable organizations to solicit Department of Defense uniformed service members and civilian employees stationed abroad.

Contributions can range from $1 per month for a single charity to a one-time donation for multiple charities. This year, for the first time, military and civilian personnel will be able to use My Pay to make their contributions.

Contact your local unit CFC-O representative today to get more information or visit the USAREUR home page under Hot Topics. The campaign ends Nov. 15.

Strong Soldiers, Strong Teams!

Page last updated Wed October 16th, 2013 at 05:00