Vehicles Gone Missing? The Shipping Problem

Officials with a company newly responsible for shipping service member's personal operated vehicles (POVs) too and from overseas locations say they have absolutely not lost any vehicles in the … [Read more...]


Should Gay Military Spouses Go Overseas Anyway?

Same-sex military partners, many of who cannot accompany their spouse on an overseas PCS because the host country won't recognize them as dependents, can now get command sponsorship to … [Read more...]


Army Boot Regulation Could Mean Big Expense

If you're an Army family member you've probably heard the news -- your service member's favorite off the shelf combat boots (known as COTS) may no longer be authorized. Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond … [Read more...]


Civilians Can Rent Military Housing

Have perpetually empty houses on your base? Your next new on-base neighbor could be a non-military affiliated civilian getting all the perks of on-base living without any of the sacrifice. If your … [Read more...]


Tricare Mental Health Provider Change Delayed

A Tricare mental health counselor rule change that some worried could drastically reduce the pool of available providers has been delayed until 2017, while a rule allowing others to operate under … [Read more...]


Booted Hickam Spouse Wins New Contract Process

A military spouse owned small fitness business that was given the boot from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH), Hawaii in late May after a contract was instead awarded to different company has … [Read more...]


Lawmakers Ditch Military Tobacco Discount

A Senate subcommittee July 15 approved a measure that eliminates the discount military members receive when they buy tobacco at the commissary or exchange. Currently, tobacco products are … [Read more...]


Report Takes In-Depth Look at all Military Benefits

We've told you about the work the Military Compensation Retirement and Modernization Commission (MCRMC) is doing. This board is tasked by Congress with coming up with recommendations that could … [Read more...]


How You Can Get a Free YMCA Membership

If you don't live near a military base during deployment - or are stationed far away from one - you could get a free YMCA membership for your family. That's because a program that gives free YMCA … [Read more...]


Exchange Wants to Open Website to all Veterans

The Army Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), which operates Exchanges, Class Six stores, Shoppettes and gas stations on Army posts and Air Force bases worldwide, wants to expand who can use their … [Read more...]


‘Better for You’ Foods Score Commissary Spotlight

The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) is planning to rearrange products in a handful of stores in an effort to highlight healthier foods that meet a "better for you" set of qualifications. They also … [Read more...]


Are Military Health Town Halls Just Box Checking?

A series of town hall meetings advertised as a means of hearing from families users as part of Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel's 90-day military health care system review may feel more like pro-forma events … [Read more...]


Commissary Case Lot Sales Return Despite Cuts

After eliminating case lot sales last year and the first half of this year thanks to budget cuts, they are now back for stateside shoppers, commissary officials said. The sales, which will be … [Read more...]


DoD To Roll Out New Housing Site

Military families were a little surprised when the Defense Department (DoD) decided not to renew their contract sponsorship of the popular Automated Housing Referral Network (AHRN) website late last … [Read more...]


Commissary Adds New Special Needs Carts

You may see some different looking new carts (or "buggies" as they call them here in the South) soon at your local commissary, Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) officials announced last week. The … [Read more...]


I Sued My Husband’s Commander

I might be the first spouse to ever sue her husband’s commander in civil court. This is the story of  why. My husband, Lt. Col Craig Perry, was fired from his job as a squadron commander, in … [Read more...]


Tricare Appeals Process Long and Unsure

If you talk to someone moving through the Tricare coverage appeals process, you'll probably find that they are frustrated. At least that was the attitude of the folks I talked to over the last … [Read more...]


Commissary, Tricare Likely Safe … For Now

Defense Department proposals to gut commissary funding, a move that likely would've led to store closures, as well as an elaborate plan to combine the various Tricare options into one system known as … [Read more...]