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  • Eleven Employers Pledge to Add 15,000 New Military-Friendly Jobs

    Eleven Employers Pledge to Add 15,000 New Military-Friendly Jobs

    Nearly a U.S. dozen companies have pledged to add 15,000 jobs for military spouses and veterans over the next two years. First Lady Michelle Obama recently made the announcement as her "Joining Forces" program neared its one-year anniversary. The initiative aims to spread awareness and support military families by focusing on education, employment and wellness. “We’re working hard on their behalf becaus…

  • Military Looking to Slim Down With Healthier Food Choices

    Military Looking to Slim Down With Healthier Food Choices

    The nation's obesity epidemic presents real problems for the Armed Forces. Recent surveys indicate more than a quarter of adults ages 17 to 24 are ineligible to serve because of their weight. At the same time, 5 percent of active service members are overweight, about double the rate in the mid-1990s. The military discharges about 1,200 first-term service members a year because of weight related issues. The…

  • Unemployment: Do military spouses qualify for benefits?

    Unemployment: Do military spouses qualify for benefits?

    Being jobless is tough on all members of a military family. Filing for unemployment can be a big help in getting your feet back on solid financial ground. Laid Off Most Americans who receive unemployment compensation have been laid off, either permanently or temporarily. Normally being laid off means that you lost your job through no fault of your own, or, in other words, that you had no intention of leaving wo…

  • The Pro's & Con's of Moving Home During a Deployment

    The Pro’s & Con’s of Moving Home During a Deployment

    The issue of whether to move back in with family during deployment is one of the most debated issues among the younger members of the military community. Between a shaky economy and limited opportunities for civilians around military bases, many military spouses and significant others decide to move back in with their families during a deployment. However, there are just as many that advocate the benefits of sticking…

  • 5 Things to Know Before Attending a Military Ball

    5 Things to Know Before Attending a Military Ball

    At least once a year each military branch hosts a formal military ball in which spouses can attend. It’s an exciting time for military communities to get together, but often times, spouses get anxious about what to expect as they honorably represent their service member. Each branch runs their event differently, so some of the following advice varies, but here are a few general things spouses may want to know about military balls: What to Wear In a military ball, service members …

  • 8 Homemade Valentine's Day Gifts for a Care Package

    8 Homemade Valentine’s Day Gifts for a Care Package

    Military spouses and families are constantly trying to send a little piece of home to their service member while they’re apart. Valentine's Day is an opportunity to show your love and send a piece of home by making homemade or personalized care packages. Here are eight crafty-yet-simple ideas to get you started: Picture Pillowcase Grab a comfy pillowcase and some photo transfer paper to create a pers…

  • 11 “In Uniform

    11 “In Uniform” Rules Every Military Spouse Should Know

    It may be a natural reaction to run up to your spouse and give them a kiss, especially if you’re unable to see them on a regular basis. Unfortunately, if they’re in uniform, they could face penalties. In fact, there are quite a few etiquette rules when a service member is in uniform that spouses should know. Every military branch and installation is different, so some rules may be altered or vary in the level …

  • Christmas in a Care Package

    Christmas in a Care Package

    Holidays are hard when you spend them apart from the ones you love, especially with all the traditions of Christmas. Packaging up Christmas and sending it overseas may not replace holiday times together, but it can help ease some of the emotions and maybe even be a little fun. In addition to restrictions and guidelines, USPS recommends "send by" dates to get packages to military members on time. Most dates are be…

  • Putting Up With Others While Your Spouse is Away

    Putting Up With Others While Your Spouse is Away

    A deployment may top the list of challenges a military spouse must face. The distance, the safety risk, the sporadic, often delayed communication, and everything else that comes with an assignment isn’t easily understood by most people. Unfortunately, that doesn’t stop people from claiming they understand as they try to counsel you. When Military Spouse Central, hosted by Veterans United, inquired on facebook …