“To prosper economically and to improve relations with other countries, Americans need to read, speak and understand other languages,” Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, declared at the Foreign Language Summit, in 2010. Only about 18 percent of Americans report speaking a language other than English, while 53 percent of Europeans can converse in a second language.
Learning another language is hard work, but it’s fun and the rewards are innumerable. Here’s why you should learn, when you can learn and how you can learn another tongue.
Over the past few months it seems as if you can’t turn on a television or browse the web without being bombarded by news stories about the fiscal cliff and sequestration. While most focus on the gridlock in Washington, some were seriously considering the ramifications of the budget cuts over the next several months.
With some of the biggest cuts hitting the Department of Defense, the military tuition assistance program was nearly first on the budget chopping block.
Everyone on active duty and many guard personnel and reservists are enrolled in Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (SGLI), but, after the military, how do you guarantee that your family is financially secure if something were to happen to you?
Celebrate the New Year knowing that it is becoming much more difficult for fraudulent educational services and schools to scam veterans out of their GI Bill benefits. Last month, the VA officially announced their ownership of the term GI Bill, which will greatly cut down on the ways in which non-government affiliated companies can use the term in marketing.
Well, it’s almost that time of year again: New Year’s. And you know what that means: making 20 different resolutions, none of which you actually end up keeping for more than a week.
Believe it or not, there are ways to avoid this dead-end. Instead of setting vague and general goals like, “I will lose weight,” or “I will get richer,” start specific and set very practical and feasible goals one at a time. Over time, you can start to expand your goals, but starting small is the key to success (or at least keeping your resolutions longer).
Basic allowance for housing (BAH) got a boost for 2013. Starting Jan. 1, 2013 BAH will rise an average of 3.8 percent. For service members, that means an average increase of about $60 for BAH.
BAH is paid to service members who live in the U.S. off base or in privatized base housing. About one million service members receive the allowance, which is in place to cover the total cost of housing for median rental housing in accordance with the service member’s pay grade.
Today, as I prepare to graduate from college, I decided to sit down and reflect on the journey I took to get here. I want to share my story with you in the hopes that you find inspiration.
When it came time for me to transition out of the Army I was like any other soldier — nervous and a bit lost. I had no job lined up and no place to move to after ETSing. My now ex-wife had decided that working in Iraq as a contractor was her calling, so she left it up to me to raise our two children. I had no idea that it would be the last we’d see of her for nearly four years.
Military veterans can qualify for over $3,000 in benefits from the VA.
If you’re a disabled veteran, use the following charts to determine how much financial assistance you can receive from the VA. These rates took effect on Dec. 1, 2011.
The nearly 70-year-old VA home loan program hit an incredible milestone recently, guarantying its 20 millionth mortgage since 1944. The historic loan guaranteed a home in Woodbridge, Va., for the surviving spouse of an Iraq War veteran who died in 2010.
Imagine your favorite patriotic tune from decades ago. Imagine it in rich three-part harmony. Now imagine it live, just as you remember it.
Think the patriotic music of the 1940s are gone? Think again. They are alive and well thanks to The Victory Belles, The National World War II Museum‘s vocal trio that honors active duty military service members and veterans through the smooth vocal jazz of the swing era.