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Big Changes to How You Pay for Your PCS

We have all heard the advice: start saving for you next PCS now, because even though many of the expenses are reimbursable, they come out of your pocket first. Now all of that has changed, in … [Read more...]

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The Troops and Ebola Stories You’ve Seen are Wrong

You've seen the headlines and felt the panic. "US troops deployed to battle Ebola in West Africa WON'T be equipped with Hazmat suits"  "US Soldiers Get Just Four Hours of Ebola Training" We … [Read more...]

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Commissary and Plastic: No Ban on the Horizon

As more and more grocery stores and municipalities ban plastic bags or, in some places like Washington, D.C., tax their use, the commissary still offers them. But after one website questioned … [Read more...]

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US Produce at Commissaries in Asia Safe for Now

A plan announced in February to slash the amount of produce flown from the U.S. to commissaries in Asia and instead source all produce locally has been put on hold for now, commissary officials … [Read more...]

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Will ISIL Panic You into a 21st Century Bomb Shelter?

Sarah, one of our favorite spouse bloggers, wrote us a post about the recent threats from ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) calling for an attack against individual military … [Read more...]

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MilSpouse Up for Pillsbury Bake-Off Award

A D.C. based Marine Corps spouse is one of 100 finalists for the annual Pillsbury Bake-Off contest thanks to a handy homemade donut recipe. Megan Beimer, 31, said she has always enjoyed baking … [Read more...]

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Some Tricare Paper Notifications Going Away

Tricare is moving many of its notifications from postal mail to an online system, the agency announced Oct 1. The change will be effective immediately, according to a release from Tricare, and … [Read more...]

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Why Cars Shipped Later by IAL Get Delivered First

As we muddle through the continued drama over vehicles shipped to and from overseas military bases by a Defense Department contractor, I've had the honor of listening to or reading the complaints and … [Read more...]

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Are Your Kids Afraid of Online Threats to Military Families?

Online threats to military families? I confess I ignored the recent news story about how extremists urged “lone wolves” in the United States to find military families online and kill … [Read more...]

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Anti-Hunger Org Calls for DoD Food Benefit Changes

Junior military personnel or those with large households can apply for a Defense Department food assistance subsidy to be added directly to their paycheck every month, instead of applying for or using … [Read more...]

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Officials: Despite Lost Cars, Contract Still Worth It

Officials with U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) said that despite the drama over cars seemingly lost in shipping to and from overseas locations, the switch to a cheaper contractor was worth it … [Read more...]

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DoD to Help You Turn Experience Into College Credit

The Defense Department is adding a new facet to the their Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) program that aims to help you turn life experiences into college credit: portfolio credit for … [Read more...]

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Did You Know the VA Still Denies Same Sex Benefits?

A deceased veteran’s spouse is twice denied survivor benefits because he resides in a non-marriage equality state. A Korean War veteran is denied joint burial in a national cemetery for his same-sex … [Read more...]

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Lost Car? Senator Wants Your Information

In the craziness that has become seemingly lost cars shipped to and from overseas bases, one Senator is asking users to contact him their issues -- regardless of their state of residence. Sen. Mark … [Read more...]

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Survey: We All Still Care About Benefits

The results of the annual Blue Star Families Military Lifestyle Survey, expected to be released today, will surprise no one: all military affiliated respondents - active duty spouses, veterans and … [Read more...]

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Troop Cars Shipped Recently Showing Up Faster

If you shipped your car to or from an overseas duty station after Aug. 1 (or are getting ready to) you may be in luck. According to a new DoD report based on a random sampling, most cars are now … [Read more...]

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44 States Now Offer Military Spouse License Help

If you're a military spouse who holds a professional license, military moves are only getting easier. That's because 44 states now offer some kind of professional licensing help, while 11 have … [Read more...]

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They Need Your Used Boots to Honor the Fallen

Picture it -- a boot for every soldier, sailor, airman and Marine killed in war since 9/11.  That's almost 7,000 boots. Seven THOUSAND. Breath-taking. Heart-wrenching. Poignant. That's the kind … [Read more...]