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Army Volunteer Corps - A Tradition of Service

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"Today, the Senate has taken an historic step toward ending a policy that undermines our national security while violating the very ideals that our brave men and women in uniform risk their lives to defend. By ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” no longer will our nation be denied the service of thousands of patriotic Americans forced to leave the military, despite years of exemplary performance, because they happen to be gay. And no longer will many thousands more be asked to live a lie in order to serve the country they love."

- President Obama, in his released statement on the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010, Dec. 18. 2010

The President on the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010: "A Historic Step"

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"I thought the show was awesome. They had a really good mix of music and entertainers. Being away from family and friends can be hard, but events like this help us stay focused on the mission at hand."

- Staff Sgt. William Smith, a liaison officer with the 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment, showing his appreciation for the seventh United Service Organizations' Hope and Freedom Tour at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Dec. 17

SMA Preston hosts Hope and Freedom Tour

CALENDAR

2010-2013: 60th Anniversary of the Korean War

December 2010

Dec 16: Battle of the Bulge

Dec 18: Gold Star Wives Day

Dec. 24 & 31: No STAND-TO!

January 2011 :

Jan. 8: The U.S. Army All American-Bowl

Jan. 17: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday ( NO STAND-TO! )

PROFESSIONAL WRITING

NOTE: This series will be discontinued from January 2011: Army Professional Writing



TODAY'S FOCUS

Army Volunteer Corps - A Tradition of Service

What is it?

The Army Volunteer Corps (AVC) is managed by Army Community Services (ACS) and their volunteer coordinators on garrisons across the United States and around the world. AVS helps identify volunteer opportunities, promote volunteerism, and connect Soldiers, family members, civilians, retirees and community members to legitimate service organizations. Through the AVS, the Army is helping individuals join together in military communities around the world to acquire and maintain skills while serving their neighbors and the Army family.

The AVC mission is to "promote and strengthen volunteerism by uniting community volunteer efforts, supporting professional management, enhancing volunteer career mobility, and establishing volunteer partnerships to support individual personal growth and life-long volunteer commitment."

What has the Army done?

AVC has established a Services Locator website which helps interested parties identify and contact their local volunteer coordinators. It has also established the Department of Army Volunteer Management Information System (DAVMI), allowing for online volunteer registration, the ability to search for volunteer opportunities, track volunteer hours, and receive training and awards. The DAVMI also provides coordinators a real-time snap shot of volunteer activity at any given time.

Both websites are located on Army OneSource website under the "Family Programs and Services" tab.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

Through the Army Family Covenant and the Army Community Covenant, the Army has given the AVC a high level of visibility and promises to provide training for coordinators, as well as screening of volunteers, records management and community outreach to organizations such as the American Red Cross, enlisted and officer spouse's organizations, chapel programs, youth programs, and Family Readiness Groups (FRG).

The Army has identified and plans to continue to recognize the 4th Saturday of October as 'Make a Difference Day'. The next scheduled recognition day is Oct. 22, 2011. On this day members are invited to participate in a "national day of doing good" by conducting food drives, repairing homeless shelters, visiting veterans and the elderly and supporting special local activities and events.

The Army also recognizes volunteers with annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremonies and may convey the following awards to deserving volunteers: Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service, Outstanding Civilian Service Award, Commander's Award for Public Service and Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army believes building volunteer networks and communities enhances the quality of life of Soldiers, their families, our civilian workforce and retirees throughout the world. AVC also allows members to meet new people, acquire and maintain skills, develop and grow personally, gain a sense of achievement, obtain training and knowledge, and acquire a high level of personal satisfaction.

Resources:

Volunteering
Army Volunteer Corps Resources
'Make A Difference Day'

Local AVC websites :
Fort Bragg
Fort Hood
Fort Carson
Fort Detrick
Fort Benning
Fort Jackson
Fort Drum
Fort Campbell
Tobyhanna Army Depot
West Point

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