Spring 2020 Newsletter: The Year of Clarity

 360VA Newsletter

 Spring, 2020
From the President
Like most of you, the new year was off to a great start when life happened and COVID-19 changed our world.  When I wished Mary Happy New Year, she referred to 2020 as the Year of Clarity.  Perhaps she was prescient. The circumstances we are in certainly give us opportunity to pause and get clarity on what really matters.  President John F. Kennedy observed that, “The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger – but recognize the opportunity.”
No doubt these are tough times.  Take the opportunity to find more tools for your toolbox. Take care of you. And, make the most of all available to you and those you love.  We are grateful for each of you
2020 Started Well. Each of you should have received your complimentary Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Membership and should be getting AUSA electronic newsletters.
We also had a great - first of 2020 – course in January...  
360°Recognizes its 50th Recipient of the SSG Daniel A. Quintana Memorial Leadership Award!  Our Leader 360° Course at Lackland Air Force Base marked the very special opportunity to recognize our 50th recipient of the SSG Daniel A. Quintana Memorial Leadership Award.  The class voted Adrienne Beard the leader they most want to follow. Well Deserved Adrienne!  The occasion was made all the more special by the attendance of Daniel’s Gold Star Family, his wife Nilda and 8-year-old daughter, Adriana. Thank you Nilda, the stories of Daniel you shared priceless and what you have been through following his loss is moving and inspirational. You and your Family are very special to us. You can read SSG Quintana’s story and see the list of all 50 recipients of the SSG Daniel A. Quintana Memorial Leadership Award on your association’s website: www.360VA.org
A Very Special Ice Cream Social! We had a wonderful Ice Cream Social with Adriana presiding over the Raffle Prizes! The occasion moved us to sponsor a trip the following day to Six Flags Theme park where we had a blast!
360VA Sponsors Gold Star Families. 360VA is honored to sponsor Gold Star Family Member attendance to Leader 360° courses.  Nilda will be our first during the next available course.  My dear friend Barbara Arizmendez whose husband Marc made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan in 2010 will also participate this year.
Get Some 360° Stuff in Your Head! Coming soon!Just in time for the quickly emerging “online-time” and in commemoration of the Leader 360° Program’s tenth anniversary.  Watch for the publication of our first 360VA Podcast, hosted by Dr. Joe Conroy and featuring Dr. Mary Lopez telling the 360° Story.  This will be the kick-off of what we hope to be a regular and long running series on topics to help promote your well-being and resilience. 
Live Stream with Dr. Joe Conroy. Dr. Conroy has volunteered to live stream sessions on coping, self-care, kids-at-home, managing anxiety, etc... Register with Periscope and “Follow” @drjoeconroy to join the discussion!  https://www.pscp.tv/drjoeconroy
Got our Troops Foundation Invites 360VA to their 8th Annual Golf Tournament in New Orleans! GOT Foundation continues to be our largest donor making many of our programs possible. You can thank them on their Facebook page. We look forward to the 2020, 8th annual tournament!

The following HOLIDAYS AND OBSERVANCES in the United States of America are NOT Cancelled. 
(APRIL is the month of the Military Child)
April 8 – 16,  Passover
April 9 – National Prisoner of War Recognition Day
April 10 – Good Friday
April 12 - Easter
April 14 – Air Force Reserve Birthday
April 23 – Army Reserve Birthday
MAY 2020
(National Military Appreciation Month)
May 1, 2020- Silver Star Service Banner Day   
May 7, 2020 - National Day of Prayer  
May 8, 2020 - VE (Victory in Europe) Day  
May 8, 2020 - Military Spouse Appreciation Day.  
​May 10, 2020 - Mother's Day
May 13, 2020 - Children of Fallen Patriots Day  
May 16, 2020 - Armed Forces Day  
May 25, 2020 - Memorial Day (Decoration Day)
JUNE 2020
June 6, 2020 – Anniversary of D-Day (Allied Invasion in Normandy, France, 1944)
June 14, 2020 – Flag Day   
June 14, 2020 – U S Army Birthday
June 21, 2020 – Father’s Day
June 23, 2020 – Coast Guard Auxiliary Birthday
June 27, 2020 – National PTSD Awareness Day
360VA Excited to Welcome Chief Master Sergeant (Ret.) Vernon Putnam to its Board of Directors! Vern is a USAF Veteran, entrepreneur and founder, CEO & President AATD (All About the Data), LLC.  Located in San Antonio - Military City USA - Vern is well positioned to support our members and local 360VA Joint Base San Antonio Chapter. Great to have you Vern!
360VA is Very Grateful for its donors Who Make Such a Difference.
The Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation https://penfedfoundation.org serves our Military Heroes: You and your Families.  PENFED Foundation has demonstrated its support for you and 360VA with a generous donation.  Their donation will start by supporting our Gold Star Family Program. We invite you to become familiar with their resources, especially their financial support programs.  Learn more on your members toolkit page https://360va.org/alumni/resources/
Happy Birthday Leader 360°Program! We are deeply grateful for the many lives we have been able to touch over the last ten years.  We know the 360° course has made a difference for thousands of leaders and their Families.  In March 2010, Dr. Mary Lopez delivered the pilot of what became the Solder 360° Course to ten Non-Commissioned Officer from the Grafenwöhr Military Community, including SSG Daniel Quintana.  The impact was immediate, and Mary knew she was on to something special. We agreed, and together have been doing all we possibly can to continue delivering the 360°course, whenever and wherever we can, to help equip with life skills the most important, amazing, strong people we know: our military leaders like you. 
Thank you for the opportunity.  Thank you Mary.  I am eternally grateful and humbled by your boundless energy, dedication and compassion for people.
You are a very special gift. 
Stay Safe, Stay Well & Stay 360° Strong!
Steve Salazar
President360 Veterans’ Association