The most common reason for using social media is keeping in touch with friends and family, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Communication is an an ever-present need for service member and military families nationwide. The holiday season is a great time to give communications technology tools a try.
Here’s a look at four options that can help military families stay in touch: See More
When a member of your extended family is facing deployment or other military moves, it’s easy to feel like there is nothing you can do to help. That can be especially true for military families new to the experience. It might feel like you’re prying or annoying rather than helping.
Here are 5 smart ways to help out a loved one without overstepping your boundaries: See More
One of the most difficult parts of a PCS with a family is ensuring your children receive a good education, no matter where you live. Choosing a school district from a distance can be difficult when you don’t know people in the town you are moving to. Here are some key things to research in your quest for the best school for your family. See More
It is an honor to be a parent of a United States soldier, they volunteered to fight for our country and you should be very proud of them.
That being said, you, like most parents out there, probably have many emotional and mixed feelings about a current or upcoming deployment. It is easy to start feeling helpless when your son or daughter gets deployment orders. You may feel like there is nothing you can do.
We put together the best tips and advice on how to support your child while he or she is deployed. They deserve all the support they can get! See More
The transient nature of military life means it’s not altogether uncommon to hear about a service members’ child attending nine schools before graduating high school. In fact, more than 1 million children of military parents relocate every year, according to the the U.S. Census Bureau.
Unfortunately, the timing doesn’t always work out, meaning schoolchildren are at times faced with a move during the school year. A student may be in the middle of earning a foreign language credit and serving as captain of the lacrosse team, only to move to a school that doesn’t offer either.
These are difficult moves for both families and young students. But here’s a look at six ways to help ease the transition as much as possible: See More
For military members, buying life insurance isn’t the only way to guarantee their family’s financial survival. By choosing to participate in the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), you can ensure that your family maintains a stable source of income.
Typically, the death of a military member would mean that military retirement pay ceases, which can leave families struggling to maintain. But by participating in the SBP, beneficiaries retain their financial security and may be able to avoid a hefty life insurance premium. See More
Much of military life is spent on the move.
Service members are typically transient, spending a few years in one location before packing up to head to a new installation. Moving can be an exciting time, but every decision is linked directly to time, effort and, of course, money.
Here are some moving tips that can help maximize your budget and your sanity: See More
When a parent is deployed for service the impact on children can be hard for them to handle.
To help provide military families with the resources and emotional support to deal with the absence of a family member the Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, has created the Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes initiative.
Known for family feasts and football, Thanksgiving is loaded with tradition.
If a deployment has your family split this season, it may be a bit difficult to enjoy a second helping of stuffing.
You can’t send a steaming plate of turkey, mashed potatoes and a side of pumpkin pie and expect it to last the two to three week minimum travel time and of course you can’t let him watch football and nap on the couch next to Uncle Joe. The name of the game becomes “improvise.”
Luckily you can send some tasty treats reminiscent of thanksgiving and send some great favorites that help bring Thanksgiving to your soldier! Here’s how: See More
Although it’s never easy to be separated from the person you love, holiday seasons likely exacerbate how much you long for your family member.
With Thanksgiving just three weeks away, now is a good time to prepare yourself and the rest of the family for the absence on those special occasions. At the same time, if things change for the better and your service member can make it home, then you’ll be that much happier.
Try following some of the tips below to make those special occasions less lonely.