About Amy Bushatz

Amy is the managing editor of Military.com’s spouse and family blog SpouseBuzz.com. A journalist by trade, Amy also covers spouse and family news for Military.com where she is an Associate Editor. An Army wife and mother of two, Amy has been featured as a subject matter expert on NPR and in the New York Times. Follow her on twitter @amybushatz.

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Big Suggested Benefit Changes: What They Mean

It was the day all of us benefits nerds were waiting for -- Jan. 29 the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (MCRMC) released its report and recommendations to Congress on … [Read more...]

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Another Commissary Food Shortage: Poultry in Asia

Commissary shoppers in South Korea and Japan may soon be noticing a commissary food shortage of chicken, turkey, eggs and items that contain those ingredients (like pot pies, lunch meat, hot dogs, … [Read more...]

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Why Taxes Aren’t So Crazy for Military Families

If you’ve been listening to personal finance news at all recently, you’ve probably heard two things about this tax season – it’s going to be complicated for most people, and the Internal … [Read more...]

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Huge Proposed 2016 Commissary Cuts: What They Mean

A leaked draft cuts proposal from the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) to the Defense Department shows one thing very clearly: cuts are likely going to happen, and they are not going to be … [Read more...]

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BAH Changes and On-Base Housing: What it Means

You probably heard the news on Military.com last week that military leaders are working with privatized housing for two major changes. First, they are no longer going to be covering renters insurance … [Read more...]

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5 Frugal Living Tips for 2015

A new survey says that middle class military families are focusing their financial goals for 2015 on frugal living. They want to get out of debt, cut back their spending, budget, use more cash and … [Read more...]

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Disability Help Added to Exchange Gas Stations

If you are a disabled military member or military family member who either has trouble getting out of your car to pump gas or getting the attention of a gas station attended to do it for you, life is … [Read more...]

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Military Spouse of the Year Round One Voting Open

We recently told you about the Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year awards -- an annual nationwide program that not only allows military and non-military folks alike to nominate their … [Read more...]

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Commissary Keeping Curbside Pick-up Pilot

If you are one of the lucky ducks who lives where the commissary is piloting its Click2Go curbside pick-up program, you are in the money for an extra year, commissary officials recently … [Read more...]

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Marine Corps Exchange Ditches Some MilFam Books

The Marine Corps Exchange (MCX) system, which runs 17 stores on Marine bases stateside and in Japan, has elected to send back to the publisher many military family books, including those previously … [Read more...]

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Submit Your Spouse of the Year Nominations NOW

Let's face it, our community is full of amazing people doing astounding things for their communities. A little public recognition not only sounds like a good idea -- it is the least we can do for … [Read more...]

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Survey: Accessing Benefits Really IS Hard

If you've ever tried to use military healthcare, get childcare on base or get employment help you've probably noticed one, overwhelming thing: it's hard. Maybe it's that there are no appointments for … [Read more...]

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Credit Watchdogs: Expand Financial Protections for Troops

A new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) says that government officials really, really need to expand pay-day lender financial protections for troops if they want the rules to … [Read more...]

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Food Shortage: DeCA to Airlift Cold Items to Japan, Korea

Commissary officials will be airlifting some short shelf life cold items to Korea, Okinawa and mainland Japan starting Jan. 13 in an attempt to end shortages of those items on many overseas … [Read more...]

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Some Get Shorter Duty Days for the Winter

The families of soldiers who keep regular training hours at Fort Carson, Col. are in luck starting this week. A new decision by the post's commanders means that soldiers there won't be reporting … [Read more...]

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Why Your Commissary’s Shelves Are Empty (This Time)

As any experienced commissary shopper knows, empty shelves are often also known as "pay day." And if you combine pay day with a Saturday and a $1.50 boxes of Cherrios? It starts to look like the … [Read more...]

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Landmark Study to Examine Military Loss and Grief

A federally funded, landmark, never been done before study is examining military loss and grief through direct interviews with adult and child survivors. The study, which you can read about in this … [Read more...]

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New DoD-Sanctioned Housing Site Now Live

A new website for finding rentals near military bases worldwide went live for service members late last month. Homes.mil is meant as a DoD-sanctioned replacement for AHRN.com, with which the DoD … [Read more...]