The Flagpole - eNewsletter
Edition 48 | April 21st, 2020
Honor. Empower. Connect.
Month of the Military Child

The Army Women’s Foundation and Trident University recognize the importance of education and the role it plays in personal, professional and economic fulfillment. As part of the Army Women’s Foundation Scholarship Program, the Tr ident University Scholarship Program provides full-ride scholarships to Women Soldiers, past and present, and their lineal descendants to help them attain their educational goals. The Trident University Scholarship Program annually provides full ride scholarships for one (1) student pursuing a bachelor’s degree and one (1) student pursuing a graduate degree. Scholarships are awarded only for coursework from Trident University.  

Deadline: 15 July 2020
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Jennifer Niemann and Private First Class Ashley Ensminger, both assigned to the East Africa Response Force (EARF) for Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, talk about their deployment to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti and their experience as the first females in Easy Company, 2-506 Infantry Battalion, 101st Infantry Division (Airborne), out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. 
When Del Gaudio transitioned back to civilian life, she was unprepared. She didn’t know how to budget, a common challenge for veterans who are used to having housing, meals, and clothes provided for them. She also had a hard time finding housing, moving back in with her family.
The Impact of COVID-19
The reality that corona virus has changed all of our lives is no surprise to any of you.  The board of directors at the Army Women’s Foundation share your concern and in an effort to reassure everyone that we are and always will be Army strong, we are sharing some of our experiences during this crisis. 
I received a call on 23 March, from one of my fellow choir members and friend. 

After exchanging pleasantries, I asked if there was a specific reason she was calling. 

Much to my surprise she explained that as a member of the board at my synagogue, she and other board members are  calling all the seniors in the congregation to make sure they were OK and inquire if they need any help. 

That’s when I started laughing because I never think of myself as a senior, even though technically I am.  
Here was my initial response to this kind offer:

That is my coronavirus epiphany for this edition of our newsletter. Hopefully I made you laugh, because even in the worst of times, humor and the ability to laugh, is a healing activity.
For those of you who have lost family and friends, please accept our deepest condolences.     
Ruth VanDyke-Secretary-AWF
Protect Yourself and Your Family
The U.S. Army is reaching out to gauge the interest of our retired officers, noncommissioned officers and Soldiers who would be willing to assist with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic response effort.
Read the following guidelines to learn more about what veterans should do if they are experiencing any symptoms. Also, take the time to read about how you can avoid exposure to the virus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Military Health System, and the U.S. Army Public Health Center are closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. 
The Army Women’s Foundation recognizes the importance of education and the role it plays in personal, professional and economic fulfillment. We are honored to be in the position to nurture the education amongst these recipients, and many to come.
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