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Military Kid 2015 Commissary Scholarship Open Soon

A scholarship program run through the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) and administered by the Fisher House Foundation will open for applications Dec. 15. The program, which is celebrating its … [Read more...]

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They Cut the 2015 Commissary Budget?! Here’s What it Means

The 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, which is expected to become law before Christmas, included some surprises for those of us who follow this stuff closely. Despite lawmakers saying that they … [Read more...]

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What the 2015 Budget Deal Means for Families

While solid, on paper details are still emerging about a Defense Department budget deal announced to group of reporters yesterday, we do know enough about the plan to give you a big picture look at … [Read more...]

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How Far Should You Lock Down Social Media?

In recent days my social media feed has been full of people changing their names. It's a little bit like getting a hundred new friends all at the same time, except I can't remember who anyone is and … [Read more...]

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How are Immigration Changes Impacting You?

Thanks to recent changes to immigration rules, spouses of naturalized US military doctors  with critical language skills will no longer have legal residency status while waiting for their green … [Read more...]

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She Turned Her Grief to Giving. Let Her Inspire You.

Twelve days before Christmas 2011, Kryste Buoniconti had to tell her three children their dad was gone forever. Last week she gave away his old uniforms and other clothing to the homeless in her … [Read more...]

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Are TDY Reimbursement Cuts Hurting You?

You may get less back from the government after your spouse's next TDY, thanks to new DoD rules. But are they hurting your pocket book? The cuts, which were designed to save the DoD money while … [Read more...]

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Pet Surgery Must now be Done Off-Base

A change to on-base veterinary clinics that is reported as "temporary" means you'll need to take your pets off-base for routine surgeries, at least for now. The command that oversees veterinary … [Read more...]

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Poll: How to Handle ‘Home for the Holidays’

Thanks to my pal Uncle Sam, my family and I live far away from all of our family. My mother and other immediate family live in Idaho, a 27-hour drive and $500 non-holiday season per-person flight … [Read more...]

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Many Paycheck Allotments Going Away

If you are the type of military person who likes to use to paycheck allotments to pay for items like furniture or cars military financial life is about to get a little more annoying. The Defense … [Read more...]

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Commissary Adding ‘Value’ Tags to Generics

The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) has directed their stores to add "value" tags to products in their off-brand lines or put them in special displays in an effort to highlight the lower … [Read more...]

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APO Holiday Shipping Cut-Offs for 2014

Yesterday I realized that it is already the middle of November. And that means Christmas shopping ... and shipping. I know, I hate to admit it, too. I like the Fall season. I love … [Read more...]

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Upcoming Study Highlights ManSpouse Struggles

A study that will be released out of the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University next year takes a close look at the struggles faced by civilian male military spouses. The … [Read more...]

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Ebola Troops and Emergency Leave, R&R, Care Packages

Any time there is a new type of deployment to a completely new area there are a lot of unanswered questions from the family front. And while the major news outlets are focused on the mission, you know … [Read more...]

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DoD: Military OneSource is an Answer to Cuts

In the face of more potential budget cuts despite increased deployments to at least Iraq and west Africa, Defense Department family policy officials are trying to figure out how to stretch the dollars … [Read more...]

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Spiritual Reboot: PTSD Recovery Course Helps Spouses, Too

In the great cloud of resources out there for muddling your way through post-combat home troubles, it is can be hard to pick something and just do it. So overwhelming can the options be that it can … [Read more...]

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Happy Birthday, Corps: Thank God for Hot Marines

First and foremost, I want to make one thing clear: In my house abides the world's hottest service member. I don't even want to hear you say that yours is hotter because he simply is not. I would post … [Read more...]

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10 Military Pet Peeves That Drive Us Crazy

Some things in life just drive you crazy. Like my 5th grade classmate who always poked me with his finger in search of answers to math homework. Or the guy who hogs the shared arm rest on the plane. … [Read more...]