Joining Forces 2.0: Serving America’s Military Families In early January, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden announced the relaunch of the Joining Forces initiative, a program which aims to provide support for service members, veterans, and their families. Originally the brainchild of then-First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden during the Obama administration in 2011,… Read more »
April is the Month of the Military Child! Back in 1986, the Defense Secretary established April as the Month of the Military Child and the military community has celebrated it ever since.
Do you know about all of the VA benefits you and your loved ones may qualify for? This list can help you make sure you’re not missing out on health care, life insurance, or financial assistance. If you’re receiving benefits, there are resources to help you learn more about how to manage those benefits.
Families who are still having to participate in virtual learning or the hybrid form have had to shift their expenses to include the extra costs for their children. These expenses may include laptops, tablets, headphones, or other supplies. If you and your family need assistance, it’s best to check if you are able to receive financial support through the military relief society.
First established in 1996 by the Armed Services YMCA, Veterans and Military Families Month is celebrated each November. It is a time to honor those who not only know what service entails firsthand, but also make sacrifices alongside their service members in everyday life.
What Do DoDEA Schools Look Like This Year? On the homepage of Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), it states that the upcoming 20-21 school year will look different across all of their schools, with the creation of “a new-normal environment due to COVID-19.” While in-person instruction is what has proven to work best for… Read more »
Resources to Assist Child Development for the Parents of Military Families Being a parent is a fun and challenging journey that has many rewards. Parenting is full of daily surprises and unique situations. Parenting is a “learn as you go profession”, because each child is unique. Each child reacts to and responds to situations differently… Read more »
Staying Organized During a PCS Moving can be an exciting and stressful time for military families, that is why it is important to stay organized during your PCS. Each PCS is different, and a little planning can go a long way in making your transition to a new home easier. Research Research while you wait… Read more »
A bill, the Health Care for Military Families Act, (H.R. 475), has been introduced. If passed, it would allow young adults to stay on their parents’ TRICARE plan until the age of 26 without an increase in premiums.
Deciding where you want to move is one of the many decisions made when planning your transition out of the military. After being told where to move from duty station to duty station, you now have the choice of where you want to move and there may be many places that come to mind. In order to help with your search, we’ve made a list of the top 10 states that we find are the best for veterans.
Two Republican lawmakers, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, and Rep. Trent Kelly (R-MS), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Military Personnel released their latest proposal on military family readiness on April 2, 2020. New Military Family Readiness Legislation Proposed Rep Thornberry stated that “Family readiness is a major… Read more »
Organizations Supporting Military, Veterans and Their Families During The COVID-19 Pandemic During this time, many military families might be struggling either emotionally or financially. A spouse might have lost their job, they might need to spend more money on childcare, and regular resources could be limited. The good news is that there are different programs… Read more »
Military Family Support Organizations April is the Month of the Military Child. Our military children are resilient, understanding, and patient, as they have to be. They too go through deployments as well as PCS moves and anything else military life might bring them. It isn’t always easy but the good news is that there are… Read more »
Service members and veterans can come home from war needing to heal. There are many different ways to do this. One way to help is to offer these service members and veterans a service dog. Here is a list of organizations that help service members and veterans receive a service dog, and in some cases an emotional or healing dog.
YMCA Military Discount YMCA is a leading non-profit organization for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. What Is the YMCA Military Discount? They offer memberships and respite child care services. Who’s Eligible? Military members and their families. How Do You Get the Discount? You would need to go to their website and see if… Read more »
Military Benefit Changes For 2020 For the latest military benefit changes for 2021, please go here. Changes announced so far. Please keep checking back, as we will continue updating new changes to your military benefits for 2020. TRICARE Drug Costs To Increase By Over 40% Every year on January 1st, TRICARE has its regular cost… Read more »
With a new baby or one on the way, we’re sure you’re looking for ways to save. Here’s a list of military discounts for baby stores and products.
As a member of the military or a spouse of a member of the military, you are entitled to TRICARE, which is a benefit of serving. You might have TRICARE Prime, TRICARE Select or another TRICARE plan. One of the most common questions people have is what TRICARE is and what it actually covers. This… Read more »
If you are stationed overseas, or even if you are not, taking a family trip to an overseas location can be a great way to spend time together. There are plenty of options, and many interesting things to see. For that reason, we’ve put together some of the best vacations for military families overseas. Best… Read more »
Tips For Military Families Set to PCS Summer means PCS season for military families. While you might not be moving this year, you probably know plenty of people who are, and your own PCS could be coming up soon too. PCSing can be a stressful time. You have to move your home, your kids,… Read more »
April is the Month of the Military Child. To celebrate, here is a list of military discounts that kids will love to use this month, and all year long. Chuck-E-Cheese Chuck-E-Cheese is an indoor play place with games, entertainment, and food. They offer a couple of packages to military guests. Active duty and their dependents,… Read more »